Enzo Mari: Design Rebel

While perusing through the pages of the recent past, we came upon this interesting article titled “Enzo Mari: A rebel with an obsession for form,” by Alice Rawsthorn of the New York Times.

Here’s a snippet:

The objective, as Mari explained to Obrist, is less about pleasing the user, than the factory workers who make his products. One of his pet theories (a typically idiosyncratic conflation of the Communist Manifesto and Arts and Crafts Movement idealism) is that designers have a responsibility to liberate workers from the drudgery of what Mari calls their “alienated labor” by creating inspiring products for them to make in “transformative work.”

Read the rest of the article here.  The ending is somewhat of an eye opener.

Enzo Mari Photo

Enzo Mari sitting in his “Sedia 1 – Chair.”


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