In the class on collecting Italian Radical design of the Postmodernist era today, I enjoyed hosting two special guests, Parisian architect Charles Zana and French design historian Justine Despretz. Mr. Zana has created chic interiors where he attains personal identities through the selection of objects, his talk on his passion for collecting Italian design and for living with objects that matter to him, was inspiring. Ms. Despretz who is visiting New York for the occasion of the Salon Art + Design, where she represents Gate 5 Design, devoted her master thesis, entitled “Italian Modern Design at Action: History, Marker, and Challenges” to the role of the auction houses in promoting Italian mid-century design. The discussion focused on the Anti-Design Movement of the late 60s and the 70s, and on those collectives that came to shape this intellectual and fascinating manifestation of design. We mentioned the collectives that paved the way to Memphis, producing design that was conceptual, experimental, and mostly unsold at the time: Cavart, Global Tools, Superstudi, Archizoom, and particularly Studio Alchimia.
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