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The island of Italian Design? Some notes for questioning a long-lived myth

DALLA MURA, Maddalena; VINTI, Carlo;

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Within the historical discourse over Italian design, a persistent interpretive strand can be detected which has tended to depict the Italian case as an island, detached from the mainstream international developments. While it has helped reveal some features of Italian design, this exceptionalist reading has tended to leave in the shadow some other stories and aspects of the development of design in Italy that do not align with that image of singularity. In this paper we intend to bring into light some of these other issues, as suggestions for further investigation.

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Palavras-chave: Italy, Historiography, Exceptionalism, Italianness,


DOI: 10.5151/design-icdhs-021

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DALLA MURA, Maddalena; VINTI, Carlo; "The island of Italian Design? Some notes for questioning a long-lived myth", p. 92-96 . In: Farias, Priscila Lena; Calvera, Anna; Braga, Marcos da Costa & Schincariol, Zuleica (Eds.). Design frontiers: territories, concepts, technologies [=ICDHS 2012 - 8th Conference of the International Committee for Design History & Design Studies]. São Paulo: Blucher, 2012. São Paulo: Blucher, 2014.
ISSN 2318-6968, ISBN: 978-85-212-0692-7
DOI 10.5151/design-icdhs-021

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