here’s a new exhibition in Lucca, Tuscany: Creativa produzione. La Toscana e il design italiano 1959-1990. Creativa produzione will run until the 1st November and takes us right into the heart of Tuscan design. This exhibition, set up at the Fondazione Ragghianti, is part of a wider calendar of events: Piccoli Grandi Musei 2015. Toscana ‘900. Musei e Percorsi d’arte. Piccoli Grandi Musei 2015 shines a light on the national and international weight Tuscan design has had from the fifties until the present day.
In fact, halfway through the fifties, the region of Tuscany became noted as a centre for design research and experimentation; this was due to names the likes of Gio Ponti, Corradino D’Ascanio, Angiolo Mazzoni and many more besides. And it’s in the same years that interior design firms like Martinelli, Poltronova and Richard-Ginori (just to name a few), began championing pure creativity and started giving a voice to top designers like Ettore Sottsass, Achille Castiglioni, Matteo Thun, Alessandro Mendini…
And it’s not difficult to imagine what followed: a region, which was immediately able to attract new talents in the field of art and architecture and even today, Tuscany is still a most vibrant and buzzing place. Visitors will appreciate the rich creativity of this region, through an itinerary of furniture and commonplace objects, but also pieces in porcelain, glass, silver, crystal and marble by some of the most influential Italian and international designers, active from the artistic turmoil of the sixties until the nineties. However, there’s also an eye for contemporary designers, through a display of self-funded products made in the noughties.
This exhibition shows that Tuscany was and still is the start and point of reference for Italian design.
Where: Fondazione Centro Studi Ragghianti, Complesso Monumentale di San Micheletto, via San Micheletto 3, Lucca, Tuscany, Italy
When: ongoing – 1 November 2015