New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1972. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's stiff white wraps, original printed glassine dust jacket, five loose color cutouts floating in dust jacket.
Catalog published in conjunction with a groundbreaking exhibition on Italian design held at MoMA in 1972. One of the most ambitious design exhibitions undertaken by the museum at the time, the show presented contemporary developments in Italy organized by Environments (postulation, design as commentary, counter design) and Objects (reformist, conformist, contestatory). Curated by award-winning architect and industrial designer Emilio Ambasz, the exhibition showcased the work of trailblazing architects and designers of the era such as Archizoom, Gae Aulenti, Mario Bellini, Joe Colombo, Gruppo Strum, Ugo La Pietra, Gaetano Pesce, Alberto Rosselli, Ettore Sottsass Jr., Superstudio, and more. Edited by Ambasz, this monograph comprises historical essays and critical analyses of Italian design by major critics and historians. Profusely illustrated with color and black-and-white photos, drawings, plans, and reproductions; complete with five loose color cutouts floating in dust jacket as issued. Published simultaneously in hardcover. Light toning to endpapers. Unclipped glassine dust jacket moderately toned, lightly wavy, split along bottom edge, small closed tear along top edge. Very good. Item #8272