About Paola Proverbio

Paola Proverbio graduated in Architecture from the Politecnico di Milano and received a PhD in Design Sciences from the Università Iuav in Venice. She teaches Theory and History of Design and Contemporary Architecture at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and at the Istituto Europeo di Design. A scholar of Design Culture, she focuses on the evolution of design, in particular with regard to the Italian industry of light fittings and to contemporary decorative arts – on these subjects she has also held courses at the Politecnico di Milano. Since 2010 she has been carrying out research on the relationship between product design and photography. She has served as scientific consultant for the establishment of digital historical archives (Arteluce, Danese, Flos) and as a consultant for the iconographic archive of Domus magazine. She has collaborated with CASVA (Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts of the Municipality of Milan) for the study and cataloguing of design and architecture archives. Among her latest publications, “La ‘fotografia di design’ a Milano. Note per una storia fra gli anni Cinquanta e Sessanta”, in Milano 1945 – 1980. Mappa e volto di una città. Per una geostoria dell’arte (edited by E. Di Raddo, Franco Angeli, 2015); Design e immaginario. Oggetti, immagini e visioni fra rappresentazione e progetto (co-edited with R. Riccini, Il Poligrafo, 2016); “Come Angelica e Bradamante. Antonia Astori e Adelaide Acerbi, le donne della Driade”, in Angelica e Bradamante le Donne del Design (edited by R. Riccini, Il Poligrafo 2017).

Pubblicati in AISDesign Studi e Ricerche

Historical research process and considerations on primary sources in the case of Gino Sarfatti – Arteluce

Brooklyn: the Italian case of the chewing gum

Photography of industry and product design. Fragments for a history

Danese 1957 – 1991. An experimental design laboratory

Lucia Moholy, photographer of the Modern