Italian design icons, from the Triennale Museum in Milan to the MoMA in New York  

Italy has always occupied a leading position in the world of design, contributing to its definition with iconic works that have influenced generations of designers and enthusiasts. If the Triennale Museum in Milan is the home of design, the strength of Made in Italy has crossed the Ocean so much so that even the famous Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, contains some Italian works that have written the history of design globally. 

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Italian design is renowned worldwide for a series of unique and distinctive features that have made it an excellence in the creative landscape. What makes Italian design unique? 

The Italian declination of design stands out for its extraordinary ability to combine aesthetics and functionality in a harmonious way. This means that design objects made in Italy are not only beautiful to look at, but are also designed to be practical and usable. 

Another key feature of Italian design is the skilful use of high quality materials and the craftsmanship that underlies their workmanship. Italian designers often choose precious materials such as wood, glass, marble, leather and metal and work with highly skilled craftsmen to create works that are aesthetically striking and of great quality and durability. 

In addition, Italian design is known for its ability to anticipate trends and constantly innovate, from experimentation with unusual material combinations to technologies applied to production processes, helping to define the future of global design. 

Last but not least, Italian design is imbued with an added value: the connection with the culture and history of the country. Often the works of Italian designers are inspired by artisanal and artistic traditions with deep Italian roots.  

La Triennale di Milano: cradle of Italian design

The exhibition develops from its foundation to the evolution of technological research, materials and elements that have shaped the identity, aesthetics and distinctive features of Italian design.  

The exhibition of the Museo del Design Italiano includes over three hundred works chosen from over one thousand and seventeenth that make up the institution’s collections and other pieces on loan from private collections (such as, for example, pieces from the Giovanni Sacchi Collection, drawings by Alessandro Mendini, drawings that make up the Gianni Veneziano Collection, the graphic artifacts and patterns of the Nanni Strada Collection and the documents and materials of the Sirio Galli Collection).

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Among the new acquisitions there are the Nuova 500D of the Sixty by Dante Giacosa for FIAT, Lambretta E 125 and the Vespa 125 mod.51 arrived thanks to Carbonetti and Associati Studio Legale and the wooden models made by Giovanni Sacchi. 

The permanent exposed material and the new elements, wisely contextualized in the history of the institution through studied collocations, captions and texts, manage to narrate the history of Italian design. 

In addition, the Design Menu initiative aims to make the Museum as accessible as possible, that is, open to a different audience for culture and education. It is a system designed to facilitate navigation of the exhibition path, adapted to approach the needs and needs of all visitors.  

The journey through the history of Italian design culminates in the Design Platform, a space for temporary exhibitions that highlight the work of young designers and new creative expressions in the field of contemporary design. 

MoMA in New York: global excellence 

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, founded in the twenty-first century, is one of the world’s temples of contemporary art. Within its walls, stand out works of designers who have contributed significantly to the definition of modern design.  

The Italian design works exhibited at the moma are numerous, those that over time have become famous worldwide, from the Fiat Multipla of the late nineties to the Kar-a-sutra of Citroën made in collaboration with Pirelli and the Cisitalia 202. 

To the iconic objects made in Italy are also added more “common” objects (those that have accompanied and accompany everyday life), among which we remember as some models of typewriters Olivetti and Moka Bialetti.

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Inside the moma there is also space for furniture items born of Italian ingenuity. Some examples? The Arco and Parentesi lamps by Floss, the elegant Eclisse lamp by Artemide, the original Sciangai coat stand, the iconic Panton chairs, the innovative Tube Chair by Cappellini Cap Design and the revolutionary Allunaggio seat by Zanotta. 

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