As is well known, Italy has always played a major role in the development of design, crafts, and style. This course w
ill focus on the history of design and production in Italy from the industrial revolution to the present, focusing on different kinds of design (that is, industrial, product, and furniture design).
During the semester we will trespass into the world of fashion design as well as that of car styling. Particular importance will be given to the parallel production of the visual arts, cinema, literature and other fields of culture.
After an introductory survey of the history of international design from the XVIII to the early XXI centuries the course will concentrate on Italy and Italian designers.
Each class meeting will discuss one decade in the last 150 years of Italian design. Each designer and his/her work and each object/family of objects will be presented in their cultural and productive context. At the same time, due emphasis will be put on the technical and semantic background behind these designers’ success.
This course runs through SRISA's partners at ISI.