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Gabriele Devecchi, a committed designer

The analysis of Gabriele Devecchi’s writings offers the opportunity to understand and illustrate his work and the period he lived in. The variety of languages he employed reflects the multiple areas of interest with which he engaged. Beside the texts of the avant-garde artist and the committed intellectual, there is a large corpus of considerations on arts and crafts inspired by his personal entrepreneurial experience. Devecchi’s theoretical and critical work and his commitment to inform a wider audience culminate in the book Artigiano immaginario (“Imaginary craftsman”, 2010), an erudite reflection on the transition from minor arts to design, channelled through the literary device of the impossible interview with figures from the past, and accompanied by a short treatise on silver metallurgy based on Devecchi’s own knowledge of this craft as well as on his design culture. Devecchi’s writings show that he has always been a committed designer, pondering on the sense of his work, in every field he practiced.


the full version of this entry is available only in Italian.

Questo articolo è stato pubblicato in AIS/Design Storia e Ricerche, numero 6 settembre 2015

Matteo Devecchi

Matteo Devecchi graduated in 1995 in theoretical philosophy from the University of Milan, with a thesis on the American musicologist Leonard Meyer. He studied music and photography. From 1996 to 2010 he joined his father in the family’s silversmith laboratory and until 2012 he was the CEO of the De Vecchi 1935 company. He has recently specialized in self-production and personal fabrication technologies and methodologies, applied to design. He founded the Gabriele Devecchi Archives in 2014.

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