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Milan Design Week: Greatest Hits

To mark the Salone del Mobile's 50th anniversary, the Triennale Design Museum will host an exhibition dedicated to the history of Italian design.

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699 Superleggera, 1951

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WWDStyle issue 04/06/2011

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Salone del Mobile, the Triennale Design Museum will host an exhibition dedicated to the history of Italian design.

Named “Le fabbriche dei sogni,” or loosely translated, “Dream Factory,” the show will celebrate significant artists, companies and projects that characterized the development and success of this sector.

About 200 iconic design pieces will be presented in a fairy -tale atmosphere referring to the imaginative worlds of Lewis Carroll and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

Here’s a dozen of Italian design’s greatest hits.

 

699 Superleggera, 1951

Who:
Gio Ponti for Cassina

What: Considered one of Ponti’s three masterpieces (the others include the Pirelli Tower in Milan and the Concattedrale of Taranto, Italy), this clean and minimal chair, consisting of an ash-wood frame and an India cane seat, weighs under four pounds.

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