Giò Ponti’s Superleggera chair, Achille Castiglioni’s Taccia lamp, Bellini’s Olivetti Divisumma18 and Sapper’s Moka 9090 are only a few of the works on exhibit in the Design Museum in None, Turin.
The Design Museum, an exhibition area bringing together important items of international design and promoting meetings with designers and events focusing on the theme of design with the involvement of schools and universities, opened next to the Galliano showroom in None, near Turin, in the 1970’s. The Design Museum passionately defends Italian know-how and quality, expresses a concept of design as “democratic access to beauty” and promotes design culture among the young, explains curator Riccardo Galliano.
The exhibition space was expanded over the years and is now a heterogeneous gallery of forms and colours, in which some of the items are presented in settings representing different periods in history. For example, the set of the final scene in Mario Monicelli’s 1958 film "I Soliti Ignoti" was recreated by the Film Museum in Turin to mark the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy. The exhibition route includes a number of iconic items representing key milestones in the history of design since the turn of the twentieth century, illustrating a century of changing tastes and lifestyles.
Images courtesy of Museo del Design