The furniture designs of Enzo Mari are characterised by a consistent, direct style. His book “Autoprogettazione?” is an epochal work for furniture styled by the consumer with simple tools, and it shaped the do-it-yourself movement. The Milan-based designer died at the age of 88 on 19 October 2020. Design critic Alice Rawsthorn is commemorating Mari with a series of podcasts entitled “Enzo Mari Costellazione” for the Milan Triennial. She is accompanied in it by friends and companions of the legendary furniture designer. Ulrich Obrist, Martino Gamper, Paola Antonelli, Formafantasma, Marva Griffin Wilshire and Stefano Boeri each make spoken contributions. The podcasts are in English and available for free.
Episode 1: Hans Ulrich Obrist
Hans Ulrich Obrist is a Swiss curator and art historian. He is honouring Mari’s oeuvre in the exhibition “Enzo Mari curated by Hans Ulrich” at the Milan Triennial until 18 April 2021.
Episode 2: Martino Gamper
London-based designer Martino Gamper looks back at his former master Enzo Mari in a conversation with Alice Rawsthorn. Gamper created a homage to Mari’s autoprogettazione method in his work “L’Ultimo Mobile”.
Episode 3: Paola Antonelli
Design curator Paola Antonelli speaks about Mari’s heavy influence on modern design. Antonelli is a curator at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and is the German Design Award 2021“Personality of the Year”. Antonelli sees “the conscience of Italian design” in Enzo Mari.
Episode 4: Formafantasma
Design duo Formafantasma explains how Enzo Mari influenced their own work and examines the significance of Mari’s political views.
Episode 5: Marva Griffin
Marva Griffin is the founder and curator of SaloneSatellite and directs the public relations office of Salone del Mobile in Milan. In a conversation with Alice Rawsthorn, Griffin explains Enzo Mari’s role as an “outsider” in the design world.
Episode 6: Stefano Boeri
Stefano Boeri is the chairman of the Milan Triennial and a long-standing friend of Enzo Mari’s. He commemorates Mari in conversation with Alice Rawsthorn and Hans Ulrich Obrist.
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