1968 Radical Italian Furniture Design
1968 Radical Italian Furniture Design is the newest project from Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari’s TOILETPAPER. The book is published in collaboration with the DESTE Foundation in Athens and offers an unorthodox walk through the Dakis Joannou Collection of Italian Radical Design furniture.
The Radical Design movement was firmly opposed to the ethics, and indeed the very notion of, “good design” or taste. It was led by avant-garde design firms such as Archizoom, Superstudio, Global Tools and 9999.
TOILETPAPER has treated the subject in their distinctive high-contrast, erotic and unorthodox method. Their interpretation of Dakis Joannou’s collection results photographs that merge the seductive lines of Radical Design furniture and objects with the curves of the modern-day nymphs cavorting among them.
The 1968 Radical Italian Furniture Design book was commissioned by the Athens-based philanthropist’s Deste foundation and it features glossy photos of iconic furniture pieces from the 1960s and early 70s like the enlarged grass ‘Pratone’ chair by Gufram, which Cattelan imagines as a field of manicured zombies, and Alberto Rosselli’s 1969 ‘Moby dick’ lounge chair.
The book is named after a year that was pivotal for architecture and design, 1968 is a collection of dreams and nightmares, an inspiring, eye-popping compendium of colorful, ironic objects and bodies. It also includes drawings by one of the Radical Design movement’s foremost architects, Alessandro Mendini.
[divider]About TOILETPAPER [/divider]
TOILETPAPER was founded in 2010 by Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari with the art direction of Micol Talso as a picture-based magazine. In the last three years, photos published in the magazine have been applied to a variety of products and media, exploring the multiple possibilites for images to live beyond the pages. In June 2013, TOILETPAPER images have featured on Palais de Tokyo’s front windows. In this frame, TOILETPAPER creative team, has met Kenzo and ideated the advertising campaign for the next season.
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All photographs by Maurizio Cattelan and Pieropaolo Ferrari © deste foundation and toiletpaper