Radical : Italian Design 1965-1985, The Dennis Freedman Collection - the exhibition catalogue from Museum of Fine Arts Houston available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Radical : Italian Design 1965-1985, The Dennis Freedman Collection

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A look at Radical Design - a design philosophy and style that challenged Modernism in 1960s Italy

In the mid-1960s, reacting to contemporary social and political upheaval, young Italian architects and designers began developing a new style that openly challenged Modernism. Known as “Radical design,” this movement probed possibilities for visually transforming the urban environment. Radical design’s proponents also applied it to items such as furniture and lighting, utilizing alternative materials and an innovative formal vocabulary. 

Radical: Italian Design 1965–1985 surveys the work of these pioneering designers through nearly 70 objects and architectural models—including rare prototypes and limited-production pieces. Cindi Strauss insightfully explores the aesthetic inspiration and changing cultural mores that informed the movement, and her research is complemented by an essay from Germano Celant, the acclaimed author and curator who coined the term “Radical design.” Importantly, the book includes seven interviews with Radical designers and architects, offering fresh insights into the individuals who were at the vanguard of this groundbreaking movement.

Details
  • Author: Cindi Strauss is the Sara and Bill Morgan Curator of Decorative Arts, Craft, and Design at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
  • Hardcover: 224 pages | 117 colour illustrations
  • Date published: February 2020
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0300247497
  • Product Dimensions: 30.5 x 24.1 cm

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