Mapping the Radical Italians

Cartographier les Radicaux Italiens

For this intensive project the objective was to map an aspect of the Radical Italian Design movement that occurred in the 1960s.

For me the aesthetics of the movement were incredibly interesting, as there was a theme of creating unnatural feeling objects and environments, abstracting nature and using gaudy colours.

Working with others in a group, we recognised that there were aesthetic parallels between this movement and Italian Mannerism (or Late Renaissance) that occurred from 1520 to 1580. Just as the Italian Mannerists were taking a different approach than the masters of that preceded them by playing with distortion and using bright, unnatural colours, the Radical Italians were rebelling against modern functionalist design.

We created a suite of lighthearted collage images to highlight these similarities in approach, enjoy!

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