The discovery of memorable pieces of design.
Why manufacture new products when so many evergreen, auteur pieces are still desirable? It’s better to look for a design forgotten in a drawer and aim at the names of the great Masters.
In past times it was just a sporadic event, but in 2013 the Reissues are a real trend. Limited edition or serial productions. Going back in time; ‘80s (Tonon/Nava, Alias/Botta), ’70s (Rexite/Munari, La Cividina/Paulin), ’60s (OLuce/Zanuso, Martinelli/Aulenti),’50s (Arper /Bo Bardi; Howe/Jacobsen, Meritalia/Zanuso, Nemo/Le Corbusier); we also find some complete re-lighting designs, as in the collections Stilnovo and Flos/Sarfatti. Indeed, this trend doesn’t stimulate research and the rise of new talents but, let’s face it, apart from a possible technological upgrade, they are still fashionable and perfect.
1 Arper’s limited and numbered edition (500 pieces) of Bardi’s Bowl Chair designed by the Italian-Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi in 1951.
2 The Tongue Chair is a design classic by Arne Jacobsen (1955) that went missing but with Howe, it has found a new producer.
3 Meritalia, Cubo armchair by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni (1957): the ability to use innovative materials to produce objects, diverged from usual schemes.
4 OLuce table lamp 275 by Marco Zanuso (1963).
5 Martinelli, MiniPipistrello, small version of the icona designed by Gae Aulenti in 1965.
6 La Cividina, Osaka sofa designed in 1970 by the French designer Pierre Paulin.
7 Stilnovo spot light Triedro by Joe Colombo (1972).
8 Rexite, Abitacolo designed by Bruno Munari per Robots, winner of Compasso d’Oro in 1979.
9 Alias, icon chair Seconda by Mario Botta (1983); 12 unique pieces in 12 colors to clebrate the 30 years.
10 Flos table lamp Model 548 designed by Riccardo Sarfatti for Arteluce in 1951.