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Giovanni Sacchi and the shared project

Giovanni Sacchi, the most famous model maker in the field of industrial design, was awarded the Compasso d’Oro for Lifetime Achievement on April 18th, 1998. The recommendation was advanced by professionals he had worked with throughout his fifty-year career. First and foremost by Piero Polato – author of the only monograph dedicated to his work (1991) – and Gianni Arduini, who wrote the following in the letter of introduction for the nomination: “The history of Italian design – fortunately, some might say – was not shaped by designers alone, or by manufacturers or people who have written or spoken about design, but also by those who made it possible to give real physical form to design. The greatest contribution in this sense was undoubtedly made by Giovanni Sacchi”.1 His recommendation was also supported by Italo Lupi, Paolo Viti, Renzo Piano, Mario Botta, Carlo Ulrico Hoepli, Ernesto Gismondi, Gae Aulenti and Francesco Trabucco. The latter explained his contribution in the following words: “Sacchi can read more into our drawings than what simply appears in the lines we have drafted; he does not merely execute, more often than not he offers a critical interpretation of our work”.2
This paper intends to explore the experience of Sacchi’s atelier, relying on first-hand accounts to reconstruct the value and many meanings that the model and model-maker bring to the design process, as well as the importance of the personal relationships that have long characterized and distinguished Italian design.

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Questo articolo è stato pubblicato in AIS/Design Storia e Ricerche, numero 7 maggio 2016

Alessandra Bosco

Alessandra Bosco graduated as an architect in 1998 from the Politecnico di Milano, where she also earned her Ph.D in Architectural and Urban Design in March 2003. She became a teaching assistant and researcher in 1998, and from 2004 to 2009 taught the Interior Architecture and Exhibition Design Studio at the School of Design. In March 2005 she participated in the foundation and organization of the Undergraduate Programme in Industrial Design of the Università degli Studi della Repubblica di San Marino, becoming Assistant Director in November 2008 and Director in September 2015. She has been a Researcher since July 2010; she has taught the Drawing for Design Studio since 2006 and the Thesis Workshop since 2013. She is the author of essays and publications, and combines her professional work with her research in the fields of design education, product and exhibition design.

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