We’re feeling very Italian today and, for that reason, we would like to talk about Italian Design, but in this article, we want to explore the basis of Italian Design and that’s why we are focusing on the Italian Design Legends that helped shaped the industry!
We’ll start with the beginning and by this, we mean to say that we’ll star with the Legends and Icons that Inspired and Kickstarted the Growth of the Italian Design Industry. One of those legends recently left us in 2019, and his name is Alessandro Mendini! This top product designer was one of the Fathers of Modern Italian Design and during his long and prestigious career he helped shape the incredible industry of Italian Furniture and it’s amazing Craftsmanship Style!
Famed for designs that include the iconic Proust Armchair, Mendini was one of those Legends who were at the front row of the radical design of the Italian Modernity (Lighting and Furniture) movement that started in the 1960’s. He produced some of the most stunning projects, but at the backstage, he also helped Italy’s Editorial/ Media business to grow to incredible new heights with his incredible inside knowledge of Design!
Credits Alessandro Mendini Archive
Alongside with Mendini, Gio Ponti was also part of the Modernity Movement of the Italian Design! This two Italian design icons helped elevate the Design Industry in this country and in Milano, and they both had a powerful contribution in the progressive transformation of this cultural hub into the top Design Capital of the country and into one of the Design Capitals of Europe!
Credits Gio Ponti Archive
Credits Gio Ponti Archive
On his own, Poti is considered the father of modern Italian design, but to be fair he was only one part of a much larger movement: But no one doubts that Ponti was one of the ones that started the Design Movement in Italy and he developed a method of introducing his prolific work and method to the entire industry. There was little that Ponti couldn’t do. He trained as an Architect and in this Job, he created some of Italy’s most stunning and modern structures, like the Pirelli Tower, a statement of Modern Italian Architecture and a Vehicle for the Modernity of Design! But he also made a name for himself designing ceramics, glassware and furniture, in fact, his life work was at the basis of some of the great design brands of today!
With their powerful and unique style, Ponti and Mendini will always be remembered as the Founding Fathers of Modern Italian Design, but they must share this status for all eternity with other great design icons, namely Achille Castiglioni, Gae Aulenti, Joe Colombo, Franco Albini, Mario Bellini, Luigi Caccia Dominioni, Enzo Mari, Carlo Mollino, Carlo Scarpa or Marco Zanuso! As you can see, Italy’s Design History is rich in Design Influences and Amazing Creators, and that’s why this is one of the Top Design Markets in the World.