"Contro l'oggetto. Conversazioni sul design" ["Against the object. Conversations on design"] is first of all an attempt to relate three great design seasons that have managed to imagine a different presence of objects in the world: the Italian Radical design, the 90’s Dutch "conceptual design in context" and, lastly, the critical English design of the first decade of the 2000s. Bonded by the same tensions, yet very different in terms of political afflatus or narrative inclination, these three periods constitute for the author a privileged point of observation to lay the foundations for a critical design theory made, as Quinz himself reminds us, of "episodes like fragments of a sequence, or rather like the waves on a seismograph indicating the resurgence of a phenomenon", of which the author tries to "identify the constants and variables". By illustrating with painstaking care the concatenation of these movements yet leaving to each protagonist the possibility to freely express themselves, the book allows to delve into the stories of the individual designers, described as interesting round characters, escaping any canonization and claiming individual vocations and visions.
167 x 240 mm