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Abet Laminati: design of surfaces

In the reference framework of this number, dedicated to the relationship between the Italian material culture and world of design, one emblematic story is the Abet Laminates company.
A story widely described, especially at the end of seventies and during the eighties, in relation to the Italian design situation of that period, and above all to the Memphis group headed by Ettore Sottsass. The main goal of this paper is to retrace a deep and more complete discourse about how, when and through which characters, a manufacturing industry  of semi-finished materials as plastic laminates, has evolved to become such an important and particular phenomenon  in the history of Italian design. Analyzing how the intrinsic modernity of this synthetic material, thanks to the choices of an illuminated management aiming at highlighting its identity as an artificial product, led the company to collaborate with artists, designers and architects, generating one of the broadest experiments in terms of primary design of the last sixty years. This has been possible thorough the collection of inedited archive materials, interviews, as well as through the comparison of a substantial number of bibliographical sources.

Questo articolo è stato pubblicato in AIS/Design Storia e Ricerche, numero 4 novembre 2014

Chiara Lecce

Chiara Lecce received her MA in Interior Design (2008) and her PhD in Interior Architecture & Exhibition Design (2013; with the thesis: “Living Interiors in the Digital Age: the Smart Home”) from the Politecnico di Milano. Since 2008 she has been engaged in teaching activities, in History of Design classes and Interior Design studio, at the Design School of the Politecnico di Milano, collaborating with professors Giampiero Bosoni and Ico Migliore. Since 2013 she has been managing editor of the scientific journal PAD (Pages on Arts and Design) and member of AIS/Design (Italian Association of Design Historians). She is the author of several articles featured in various design journals. She is currently research fellow and lecturer at the Design Department of the Politecnico di Milano, with a focus on exhibition design history and methodologies. In 2016 she was a tutor within the H2020 European project “Design for Enterprises”. Since 2009 she has been collaborating with the Franco Albini Foundation and with other Italian design archives, while continuing to work as a freelance interior designer.

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