Agnoldomenico Pica: UNDICESIMA TRIENNALE. Milan: Vigano, 1957. First edition. Italian text with summary & picture titles in English. A very good hardcover book in full, decorated cloth: ex-university library copy with a pocket and withdrawn stamp on front endpaper, and small bookplate inside front cover. Spine cloth is lightly sunned and worn at the crown, with two faint shadows from sticker removal. Front board is lightly bowed.nevertheless, an unusually nice copy of this legendary (and easily-abused) volume. Interior unmarked and very clean. Way out-of-print and never reissued in any format. One of the most significant tiles documenting the mid-century design movement. Designed by Franco Grignani.
The Eleventh Triennale: Architecture/Arts and Crafts/Industrial Design
8.5 x 11.25 hardcover book with 365 pages and 369 finely-printed b/w and 19 color photographs and 47 architectural plans, elevations, and landscaping diagrams. In addition, there are 62 full-page (many in color) advertisements for Italian manufacturers at the back of the book. Italian text with summary & picture titles in English. There is also "A Shorter Guide in English" at the back of the book before the indices.
This magnificent volume is the comprehensive published record of the legendary Milan Triennale Exposition of 1957.
The primary essays are in Italian, BUT each object shown is accompanied by descriptive captions in both English and Italian. The usefulness of this book as a reference volume cannot be overstated.
The book covers all modern media from every country that participated in the Triennale, including Italy, the United States, Japan, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Germany, France, Austria, Belgium and many others.
Areas covered in great depth include modern ceramics, modern glass, furniture, lighting, metalwork, textiles, jewelry, graphics, interior design, automobiles and more. This volume contains detailed descriptions of the 1957 Triennale's physical layout, as well as historical information about the Triennale Exposition.
The most important text is devoted to each of the designers and manufacturers represented at this historic modernist gathering. The text includes lengthy descriptions of such icons as Gio Ponti Stig Lindberg, Charles Eames, Ettore Sottsass, Salvatore Meli, Marcello Fantoni, Guido Gambone, Carlo Mollino, Ercole Barovier, Paolo Venini, Flavio Poli, Gino Sarfatti, Sven Palmquist, Sigurd Persson, Nils Landberg, Vicke Lindstrand, Arne jacobsen, Finn Juhl, A. D. Copier, Timo Sarpaneva, Paolo de Poli, Lino Sabattini, Eliot Noyes, Walter Dorwin Teague, Kay Bojesen, Sori Yanagi, Franco Albini, Sergio Asti, Osvaldo Borsani, Achille Castiglioni, Bruno Munari, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Bruno Munari, Carlo Scarpa, Marco Zanuso and many others.
The book has a comprehensive index to the architects, designers, manufacturers, and artists whose works are shown and/or discussed this amazing vintage 1957 volume.
And in the back of the book are 62 pages of advertisements for the companies, designers, and artists.
No doubt about it-- this one is truly an essential volume for any serious design library collection. A scarce title, in unusually nice condition. You have been warned.
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