Arazzi Contemporanei
Cristiano Toraldo di Francia
Ri-vestire

ISBN: 9788822901156,

2018,

pp. 232,

165x240 mm,

colour,

ITA-ENG,

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Modernity has reached our skin. There is a peculiar space on which it is worth reflecting today: it is that which stands between us and ourselves, between the perception of our identity and the way in which it takes shape and projects itself outside». Gabriele Mastrigli Photographer before becoming architect, Cristiano Toraldo di Francia, founder of Superstudio, started working in the early 1960s for fashion magazines, that put him in contact with the storming Milan world of Made in Italy. It is no coincidence that one of the first portraits of Superstudio was shot by his colleague at «Vogue» Ugo Mulas. His interest in fashion and clothes is a theme that if, on the one hand, puts him alongside his colleagues of Archizoom, authors of famous pop and psychedelic outfits, on the other places him in the long tradition of architectural reflection on the principle of re-covering, which, as Adolf Loos noted, «can also be applied to nature. Man is covered with skin, the tree with its bark». Ri-vestire is therefore an ironic autobiography through the images of the Florentine architect and designer, highlighting a profound, constant and unknown aspect, that accompanies his career from the beginning to his most recent projects carried out with his students and with the irreducible freshness of an indomitable experimenter.
Modernity has reached our skin. There is a peculiar space on which it is worth reflecting today: it is that which stands between us and ourselves, between the perception of our identity and the way in which it takes shape and projects itself outside». Gabriele Mastrigli Photographer before becoming architect, Cristiano Toraldo di Francia, founder of Superstudio, started working in the early 1960s for fashion magazines, that put him in contact with the storming Milan world of Made in Italy. It is no coincidence that one of the first portraits of Superstudio was shot by his colleague at «Vogue» Ugo Mulas. His interest in fashion and clothes is a theme that if, on the one hand, puts him alongside his colleagues of Archizoom, authors of famous pop and psychedelic outfits, on the other places him in the long tradition of architectural reflection on the principle of re-covering, which, as Adolf Loos noted, «can also be applied to nature. Man is covered with skin, the tree with its bark». Ri-vestire is therefore an ironic autobiography through the images of the Florentine architect and designer, highlighting a profound, constant and unknown aspect, that accompanies his career from the beginning to his most recent projects carried out with his students and with the irreducible freshness of an indomitable experimenter.

ISBN: 9788822901156,

2018,

pp. 232,

165x240 mm,

colour,

ITA-ENG,

Quodlibet

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Cristiano Toraldo di Francia (Florence 1941), founder of Superstudio with Adolfo Natalini in December 1966, has since 1973, held seminars at the Faculty of Architecture in Florence and given lectures throughout Europe, the United States, Japan and Australia, while teaching in several international schools. Since 1994 he has lived and worked in the Marche region, where he moved after an invitation to take part in the foundation of the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Camerino in Ascoli Piceno, where he still teaches today. Quodlibet has published the Superstudio books La vita segreta del Monumento continuo. Conversazioni con Gabriele Mastrigli (2015) and Opere 1966-1978 (2016).

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Cristiano Toraldo di Francia founded Superstudio in Florence in 1966: the experience will come to mark recent history’s poetics, aesthetics and conceptualizations of architecture and design with works, objects and products that have been the protagonists of some of the most important collections in the world...

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