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By Grace Lees-Maffei

Items made or designed in Italy get pleasure from a profile which a ways outstrips the country's modest production output. Italy's excellent layout background and acceptance for variety and innovation has 'added worth' to items made in Italy. considering that 1945, Italian layout has commanded an expanding volume of consciousness from layout reporters, critics and shoppers. yet is Italian layout a sufferer of its personal superstar? Made in Italy brings jointly prime layout historians to discover this query, discussing either the heritage and value of layout from Italy and its overseas impact. Addressing quite a lot of Italian layout fields, together with vehicle layout, picture layout, commercial and inside layout and ceramics, recognized designers resembling Alberto Rosselli and Ettore Sottsass, Jr. and iconic manufacturers equivalent to Olivetti, Vespa and Alessi, the publication explores the historic, cultural and social affects that formed Italian layout, and the way those iconic designs have contributed to the fashionable canon of Italian-inspired items.

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6 per cent of the vote in the 1953 election). In the world of industrial design, the socialist and communist influence surfaced in the VIII Triennale di Milano, for example, which was instantly dubbed the ‘proletarian Triennale’. If the left-wing parties had succeeded in gaining government influence, the development of Italian design might have taken a different path. Instead, the Italian nation and the history of Italian design alike were formed under the rule of the DC. Another prominent feature of the Italian state was the enti pubblici—government special agencies, of which there were 841 national examples in 1947.

This relative youth is significant for the understanding of Italian design as distinct for several reasons. 25 These local town, city and regional contexts and networks, further entrenched by the centrality of family within this Catholic culture, mean that a designer might identify as Neapolitan rather than Italian in the first instance and might favour local methods, personnel and manufacturers for the realisation of her or his work. 26 The centrality of local culture is exemplified beyond design in the development, for example, of the Cittaslow movement (1999–)27 and its culinary corollary, the Slow Food movement; Italian cuisine is distinctly regional.

Should the continued writing of national histories be confined to those countries that have to date been neglected in the English-language literature of design history? Are national histories to be justified only by the extent to which they address nations and regions previously unfamiliar to an international readership? Clearly, those nations that have received disproportionate design historical attention may also warrant new national histories in order to reflect novel approaches and innovative scholarship.

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