Ultrafragola Mirror by Ettore Sottsass It was among the objects I studied to prepare my thesis about Ettore Sottsass. Some time later I would have worked at Poltronova, the company that Sottsass has directed for several years and has produced some of his most important objects. Designed in 1970 it's made of thermoformed acrylic sheet and inspired to the feminine sensuality. It is said that the the factory workers named it 'the hippy'
I Componibili modular night stands by Anna Castelli Ferrieri Designed in 1967, the modular night stands are versatile and stackable. They are made of Abs: a then-new material which opened infinite possibilities in the design of innovative objects (also in terms of usage). They have been produced by Kartell for more than 50 years.
Stellina chairs by Alessandro Mendini Chairs in steel and polyurethane, a minimal 80s design for Elam. Before to enter in the Zip rooms they lived in my family's kitchen.
Passiflora lamp by Superstudio Passiflora is one of the objects that, born in cardboard for the arrangement of Superarchitettura exhibition in 1966, a real manifesto of the Radical Architecture, has become a product. The lamp, shaped like a flower that seems to spring from an extrution, it is instead made of perspex tubes and sheets. Poltronova production
Dalù lamp by Vico Magistretti An object without time, designed in 1969 and made in a single piece of abs molded so as to configure both the cap which contains the bulb that the support base. Artemide production.
Magister sofa-bed by Citterio e Nava It was red my Magister sofa and we chose it, my parents and I, for my bedroom in their home. Today, in the green version, it's furnishing the Eighties room at the Zip and, thanks to a very handy 'folding shelf', that normally supports the back and reduces the depth of the seat, it converts into a very comfortable third bed. A 1982 design by Antonio Citterio e Paolo Nava for Flexform.
Butterfly tent by Archizoom Starry sky, flowers and butterflies on the pop curtain of Archizoom designed in 1967. A rimain of original fabric, that a Poltronova collegue gave me many time ago, allowed me to put a very rare piece of italian design in the Seventy's room.
Elisa armchair by Giovanni Bassi Not a rivolutionary little armchair but solid, beautiful, that can be disassembled; made in curved beechwood, it doesn't reveal its age: drawn in 1964 it is more then 50 years old! Poltronova production.
Vase Series Tizio Caio Sempronio by Archizoom Another Archizoom's grafic experiment, dated 1967, called by Poltronova to look for a new way to use metalic cans originally intended for other purposes. They were born an ashtray, a vase and a lamp, with a marbled print on yellow, blue or black backgound
E5 Kitchen by Marco Zanuso I was a student in architecture when my parents bought this kitchen for their own home. Then I didn't know I would have dealt with design and that, 30 years later, that beautiful yellow kitchen would been in my house. The E5, designed in 1966 by Marco Zanuso, the first modular kitchen and the first with no handles on the doors, revolutionized the domestic landscape. Produced by Elam and then by Tisettanta, it was never out of production.
Lola Herzburg sink by Philip Starck A Philippe Starck project of 1982 when he was early in his career. Designed specifically for a major hotel customer was then produced by Rapsel. It 'a sink with chrome steel with a plexiglass tank, complete with mirror, towel rail, soap dish and toothbrush holder. This too was in my bathroom in my parents' house, now is one of the favorite places for the raids of Nina and Michelangelo.
Carrello Boby by Joe Colombo Born in 1970 from the brilliance of Joe Colombo, the Boby cart is for me, the emblem of technical design by hand in the time before the widespread use of the PC. Anyone who used a technograph table will recall how the Boby cart was invaluable for keeping nearby the myriad objects necessary for design. This Boby cart has a particular value because it comes from my father’s studio.
Umbrella stand by Emma Gismondi Designed in 1966 and made in abs, it was produced by Artemide and designed by Emma Gismondi, wife of the company founder. It is part of the permanent collection of the MoMa in New York.