Thursday, April 15, 2010


Regarded as one of a group of Italian designers from Milan who shaped the international idea of "good design" in the postwar years, Marco Zanuso (1916-2001) trained in architecture at the Politecnico di Milano University, and opened his own design office in 1945. From the beginning of his career, at Domus where he served as the editor from 1947-49 and at Casabella where he was editor from 1952-56, he helped to establish the theories and ideals of the energetic Modern Design movement. Select designs by Zanuso are permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Triennale Milano, Triennale Tokyo, Vitra Museum, Arflex Museum and Kartell Museum. As a professor of architecture, design and town planning at the Politecnico from the late 1940s until the 1980s, and as one of the founding members of the ADI (Associazione Per Il Designo Industriale) in the 1950s, Zanuso has had a distinct influence over the next design generation coming out of Italy.

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Senior chair for Arflex c1950s (top)
Marcuso dining table for Zanotta (2nd)
Sleep-O-Matic sofa for Arflex c1954 (3rd)
Bridge folding chair for Arflex c1951 (4th)
Regent chair for Arflex c1960 (bottom)

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