Tuesday 11 February 2020, 18:00 - 20:00
Lezioni Olivettiane®. Adriano Olivetti’s designers.

Industrial Design con Domitilla Dardi e Perry King

Carlo Scarpa hall – € 5 
carnet for three meetings € 10
10 individual seats free and reserved for myMAXXI cardholders by writing to mymaxxi@fondazionemaxxi.it, by the day before the event

Three meetings dedicated to advertising graphics, interior design, product design, and all creatives who have made the image of the Ivrea factory famous throughout the world.

The third cycle of the project created in collaboration with the Adriano Olivetti Foundation comes to the MAXXI. In the panorama of Italian and world industry, Adriano’s Olivetti has become the emblem of Made in Italy, and stands out for its corporate style based on technological excellence, innovation, quality, and design, respect for the market but also its strong commitment to art and culture, to sensitivity towards social problems and the constant improvement of the relationship with employees and the territory, in an extraordinary balance between design, society, and technology.

Industrial design
with Domitilla Dardi
followed by a conversation with PERRY KING

After the launch of the first portable type writer in 1932 with the name MP1, Olivetti quickly earned notable international fame and the “Lettera 22” – planned by Giuseppe Beccio and designed by Marcello Nizzoli in 1950 – was awarded with the Golden Compass in 1954 and was selected in 1959 by the Illinois Technology Institute as the best product in terms of design of the last 100 years, and became part of the permanent collections of the MOMA in New York. It was the first time that in Italy design and aesthetics were introduced as fundamental aspects of an industrial product.

In 1955, when Olivetti commissioned Ettore Sottsass to design the ELEA 9003, the first fully transistorised processor in the world, he wrote the most important page of the relationship between industrial designers and planners, thus starting a long history of excellence and innovation that would never have equals in the world, but only followers.

Margherita Guccione MAXXI Architettura Director
Beniamino de’ Liguori Carino General Secretary of the Adriano Olivetti Foundation

Domitilla Dardi design curator for the MAXXI Architettura
Perry King King & Miranda Design

Domitilla Dardi is the curator for the MAXXI design, teacher of Design History in the three-year courses and in the Master Sector at the European Design Institute in Rome. From 2009 to 2015 she was a member of the Osservatorio sull’Editoria for the ADI selection of the Design Index – Golden Compass. Her books include Manuale di Storia del Design (with Vanni Pasca), Silvana Ed., 2019.

Perry King studies Industrial Design in the United Kingdom. He came to Italy in 1964 as a consultant for Olivetti, where he worked on numerous products including the Valentine typewriter. Afterwards, as a Design Coordinator of the Olivetti Corporate Image Service, he designed dot characters, books and posters together with Santiago Miranda, and together they founded the King-Miranda Associates firm in 1976. In 1996/1997 he was Visiting Professor at the Architecture and Design Department at the Royal College of Art in London. He has also been an Appointed Professor at the Polytechnic University of Milan. In 2000 he was awarded with the RDI (Royal Designer for Industry) from the Royal Society of Arts in London. King is a Fellow of the University of Central England, the Royal Society of Arts, and Honorary Fellow of the Glasgow School of Art. In 2004 he was given the title of Visiting Professor from the University of Arts in London. He has held conferences throughout the world and is part of panels for international competitions.