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Over the past thousand years, the glassmaker masters from Altare, a small town in Savona’s hinterland, have created artifacts meeting even the most demanding requirements and needs of everyday life. Among these, many are articles designed to contain food. This production anticipates the modern concept of design: thanks to careful planning, the configurations most efficient in performing a specific function throughout the centuries could be identified. Then, the technique has made it possible to manufacture these only apparently simple objects. With the establishment in the middle of the 19th century of the Società Artistica Vetraria, operating until 1978, the mass-produced articles were offered on the market through sale catalogues.
Technical culture, the role of the designer and the organization of work are crucial issues in the debate on reconstruction. After September 8, 1943, in Switzerland, this reflection affects many areas of the project as the publication of the Bulletin of the Research Center, from June 1944 to April 1945, in part returns. Gustavo Colonnetti, liberal Catholic engineer from Turin and rector of the University of Lausanne, becomes a constant reference, from 1943 until the second half of the fifties, to a culture that distinguishes technique as one of the founding values of the reconstruction of the house and destroyed cities, but also the family as the core social, economic and cultural life of the community.