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    In 1978, Franco Fontana’s book Skyline helped pave the way for the new Italian photography with its radicalism and typically photographic approach. This book, made in a very simple way, without excessive graphic pretensions, presenting one photograph per page, was the culmination of a work in full maturity, freed from all the tics in vogue in photographic circles, advertising or conventional photojournalism.

    Skyline praised no city, no local production, it was a work closed in on itself. Starting from tangible reality, in this case the landscape, and from horizon lines, he excluded all superfluous elements to preserve the essential, the exaltation of forms and colors. Fontana codified his familiar landscapes and unknown expanses in such a way that signs, space, form, and color became the only elements of the image.

    With Skyline, before Luigi Ghirri’s famous book Kodachrome and six years before Viaggio in Italia, Franco Fontana was one of the first to question the linguistic possibilities of the chromatic process and the aesthetic characteristics of photography, personally reinterpreting the world around him while initiating a new reading of the Italian landscape. 

    This book is based on the original Italian edition and soft cover, both in format and presentation and in the number of photographs as set by Paola and Luigi Ghirri. To improve quality, the photogravure has been redone from the slides.

    Photographs by Franco Fontana
    Text by Helmut Gernsheim
    Book design Paola Bergonzoni and Luigi Ghirri

    21 × 27 cm
    80 pages
    Paperback
    Italian/English
    Isbn 978-88-98030-63-7
    First published September 2023

  •  29,00

    One hundred encounters, fortuitous and unexpected, wanted and desired, through which the biography of Armando Milani, the internationally renowned designer, is outlined through anecdotes and images. A sui generis memoir, which the author gives us to capture through flashes, fragments and interweavings the fundamental encounters that most influenced his work and inspired his creative choices. Alongside the story of each encounter we find a photo or work related to the character, in perfect harmony with Milani’s expressive style: to communicate an immediate message, which seduces the eye to reach the heart. 

    Vico Magistretti’s clothes pegs, Jack Nicholson’s cherries, Paul McCartney’s Happy New Year on the beach, Pele’s goals, Muhammad Ali’s handshake, Alberto Sordi’s markets and Umberto Eco’s drunken sailors. Milani dancing with Mariangela Melato and his wife waltzing with Saul Steinberg. 

    What emerges is a mosaic littered with stories, which allows us to go in depth not only into Armando Milani’s biography, but also into the message he wants to give us, which characterises the founding features of his expressive research: ethics, friendship, the desire and the need to communicate are at the basis of his encounters. This is also why his graphic sign is so special, because it goes to the essence of things, becoming indelible and timeless.

    With texts by Mario Piazza, Francesco Dondina and Anty Pansera, and testimonies by Sergio Noberini, Andrea Depretis, Federico di Wardal, Stefano Asili, Federica Marangoni and R. Roger Remington.

    Texts by Armando Milani
    Book design by Armando Milani and Bunker

    13,5 × 21,5 cm
    256 pages
    Paperback with flaps
    Italian
    Isbn 978-88-98030-60-6
    First published September 2023

  •  18,00

    A story within a story is that of Paolo Paolini, artisan by necessity and master by genuine vocation. He did not graduate from high school until he was 36 years old, making great sacrifices and working the most diverse jobs before crowning his youthful dream: to become a master. It all happens in post-World War I Italy, according to the testimony of Paolini’s daughter Sara – who was also his pupil for three years – and the stories of his grandson, Francesco Bombardi, editor with Giorgio Camuffo of this book. 

    A beautiful story, narrated and illustrated by Veronica Martini, as are many others, whose protagonists are teachers and teachers – some very famous, such as Giuseppina Pizzigoni, Alberto Manzi, Mario Lodi, Ettore Guattelli – others unknown or less celebrated, such as precisely Paolini.

    Paolini unfortunately does not leave many written testimonies, only a few lines and a few letters with other teachers and pedagogists in Italy and abroad; too little to trace a theoretical path. However, to try to understand more deeply the purposes that guided his work, one must learn to read his machines, the notebooks he designed with his pupils and the games he invented. Those published in this 128-page volume, documented by numerous photographs, are not only objects constructed by a skilled hand but are also texts that reflect the way Paolini understood school and the figure of the teacher. Around this topic revolve the interventions and reflections of Franca Zuccoli, Dario Scodeller, Barbara Caprara and Gerda Videsott, feeding the interdisciplinary debate between education and design in its inevitable and continuous evolution.

    Edited by Giorgio Camuffo and Francesco Bombardi
    Photographs by Giulia Pezzin, Luca Weste and Isabel Righi
    Book design Giulia Pezzin

    12 × 18 cm
    128 pages
    Paperback
    Italian
    Isbn 978-88-98030-66-8
    First published July 2023

  •  18,00

    The history of design is rich with figures who have experimented with collaborations with the world of education. The dialogue between the two disciplines has been for design an opportunity to research visual forms and languages, and for education an opportunity to introduce innovative, more creative educational models with a more playful attitude. Today, however, the situation is very different. The two worlds, stimulated by increasingly accessible technology, are experiencing a moment of transition to new centralities. The designer is an increasingly articulate figure, capable of attracting other figures to tackle complex tasks and activate learning practices.

    The Design for Children master’s degree, from the Faculty of Design and Arts of the Free University of Bolzano, was born and found its place starting from the idea that this ‘soft and spacious’ form of understanding design can be fertile ground for experimenting and implementing new tools and a different way of understanding an educational community. The medium chosen by the curators to respond to such aspirations is dialogue. 

    Those published here – between Lorenzo Bravi and Alessandra Falconi, Pietro Corraini and Monica Guerra, Claude Marzotto and Noemi Satta, Eugenio Cosentino / Parasite 2.0 and Adelita Husni-Bey, Ilaria Rodella and Chiara Guidi, Carlo Tamanini and Marco Peri – involved professionals from various backgrounds: theater, art, cultural mediation, strategic design in the social sphere, museum education and so on; all, however, with the relationship with children at the center of their activities. The value of this book lies in the diversity of approaches, the plurality of cues, suggestions, and openings that the dialogues generated.

    Edited by Giorgio Camuffo and Gerda Videsott
    Illustrations by Chiara Zilioli
    Book design Giulia Pezzin

    12 × 18 cm
    128 pages
    Paperback
    Italian
    Isbn 978-88-98030-64-4
    First published July 2023

  •  45,00

    Proceedings of the International symposium / Turin, 16–17 September 2021

    The Nebiolo company of Turin was Italy’s greatest type foundry on both national and international levels for most of the 20th century until its closure in 1978. Originating from a small type foundry established in 1852 and bought by Giovanni Nebiolo in 1878, Nebiolo was officially set up in 1880. By the turn of the century the company experienced a rapid commercial expansion that would lead it to successfully develop the production of printing presses, a sector in which it would dominate the Italian market until the 1970s.

    Nebiolo is especially remembered for its contributions in the field of typeface design. Its Studio Artistico – headed successively by Giulio Da Milano, Alessandro Butti and Aldo Novarese – released influential typefaces that had a strong impact on the history of 20th-century printing and graphic design in Italy and elsewhere. Due to the dispersion of the company archives, a critical evaluation of Nebiolo’s heritage has been lacking until now. With this first international symposium, and the publication of its proceedings, the Nebiolo History Project offers at last an overview of the latest research on hitherto underinvestigated aspects concerning Nebiolo and its role in the history of industry and the graphic arts in Italy.

    Edited by Nebiolo History Project: Alessandro Colizzi, Riccardo Olocco, James Clough, Riccardo De Franceschi, Marta Bernstein, Massimo Gonzato
    Texts by various authors

    19 × 27 cm
    376 pages
    Paperback
    Original language edition (italian/english)
    Isbn 978-88-98030-89-7
    First published July 2023

  •  40,00

    The volume is a photographic testimony of the American urban fabric of the late 70’s. Charles H. Traub creates a series of portraits, depicting street tenants of Uptown Chicago and Bowery New York. 

    The author declares: «I wanted to see, to try to touch at least with my camera the experience of loss». The intent was not to satisfy a sort of voyeurism, but to witness the dignity and humanity of the homeless. They were very different from the contemporary ones; today they are no longer the result of individual destinies but of great social disparities. 

    A famous book by Nelson Algren, A Walk on the Wild Side, wondered «why lost people sometimes become greater human beings than those who have never been in their lives». Skid Row responds by highlighting a nobility that unites urban communities, even in the worst moments. 

    Unfortunately, this sensitivity, due to gentrification and indifference, is now systematically suppressed in favor of a transformation made by urban chic. 

    It is therefore even more necessary to recount these experiences, so as to recall the fundamental role of the “lost nobles” in the construction of the historical identity of a city. 

    Text by Tom Huhn
    Book design Bunker

    21 × 26 cm
    112 pages
    Hardcover
    English
    Isbn 978-88-98030-59-0
    First published June 2023

  •  35,00

    The poster collects a hundred images of trees, printed in scale 1:200, with and without foliage, carefully selected from those enclosed in the homonymous volume. Replica of the original poster of L’Architettura degli Alberi from the exhibition of Modena and Reggio Emilia in 1982, corrected in the plates and updated in the graphics. The only difference from the original version is the addition of the
    green color.

    The ink drawings faithfully return the peculiarities of the tree species depicted, allowing us to enjoy their variety and specificity. The scientific nomenclature of each tree is accompanied by vulgar terminology. The images are numbered so as to allow the observer an easy identification of the trees and not only to appreciate their indisputable beauty.

    Original illustrations by Studio Leonardi-Stagi
    Design (based on the original layout from 1982) Bunker

    70 × 100 cm
    Paper: Fedrigoni Arena Smooth Natural 170 g
    Offset print 2 Pantone colors
    Isbn 978-88-98030-61-3
    First published April 2023

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    “Antologia di cultura grafica” is the new series dedicated to the history of visual communication. Edited by Alessandro Colizzi and Silvia Sfligiotti, assisted from time to time by one or more guest editors, the series offers a series of volumes, organized around a theme or era, and includes a rich anthology of texts (articles, essays, chapters, excerpts, posters) translated into Italian and introduced by an essay by the editors. 

    “La questione moderna in Europa”, first volume of the series, addresses the graphic debate within the modern movement of the interwar years, with an expanded look at the European continent to include authors from cultures and national histories hitherto neglected by historiography. 

    Far from being a unified phenomenon, the modern movement was characterized by a plurality of manifestations and the presence of very different theoretical positions. In particular, modernist graphics was the result of a process of negotiation between actors belonging to different national contexts. Moreover, actors from multiple disciplinary fields participated in its formation: advertising, publishing, architecture, photography, journalism, and the printing industry. 

    This anthology reflects the variety of orientations and opinions expressed both within individual national events and by the different personalities involved, who interpreted the ideology of the modern in ways and forms as heterogeneous as ever. The panorama that emerges is decidedly more nuanced and hybrid than has appeared in existing publications to date, and allows us to grasp the phenomenon in its theoretical, aesthetic, technological and social complexity. 

    Antologia di cultura grafica 1
    Edite by Alessandro Colizzi, Silvia Sfligiotti & Carlo Vinti
    Book design Bunker and Alessandro Colizzi
    13,5 × 21,5 cm
    280 pages
    Paperback with flaps
    Italian
    Isbn 978-88-98030-56-9
    First edition February 2023

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  •  40,00

    Published in 1997, this volume, the catalogue of the Roy Lichtenstein exhibition held at the Anthony d’Offay Gallery in London from 23 October to 27 November – only three weeks after his death –, contains six lithographic plaquettes of new paintings and two interviews with the artist, both recorded by David Sylvester, the influential British modern art critic of the second half of the 20th century. The first was recorded in January 1966, the second in April 1997 – a few months before Lichtenstein’s death.

    The first interview was commissioned by the BBC’s Third Programme for a non-specialist audience, who might have been interested in learning about the then exciting new phenomenon called Pop Art, probably largely without ever having seen an example of it in the original, and therefore altogether more general and theoretical. The second interview is a brief collection of information about an interesting new technical development in Lichtenstein’s work; as it was to be published in the catalogue of an exhibition for a specialised audience, the interviewer assumed the reader’s knowledge of the artist’s long previous career.

    Sylvester, unaware of the events, thus arrives at some considerations that, with hindsight, sound like a definitive summary of Lichtenstein’s work, which he has always claimed to have been inspired by Cubism, and likens him – perhaps unexpectedly – more to Braque and Picasso than to Gleizes and Metzinger.

    Published by Anthony d’Offay Gallery, 1997
    16.3 × 29 cm
    40 pages
    6 colour plates
    Hardback
    English
    Isbn 094756473X

  •  50,00

    This book celebrates two ‘titans’ of 20th century book design: John Mardersteig and Jan Tschichold. Hans Schmoller tells the story of two men who, from humble beginnings, became influential typographers of the last century: Tschichold as head of design at Penguin Books and Mardersteig as founder of Officina Bodoni. Illustrated with 30 examples of their work, this book was printed at the Stamperia Valdonega in Verona by Mardersteig’s son Martino. Schmoller was also a recognised book designer and was Tschichold’s successor in designing Penguin Books. The book was prepared for printing by Abe Lerner.

    Published by Typophiles, 1990
    11 × 18.5 cm
    96 pages
    30 illustrations
    Hardback with slipcase
    English
    Isbn 9780945074014

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    A collection – compiled by Carla Marzoli and published in 1962 by La Bibliofila – of seventy-two calligraphic manuscripts and specimens ranging from the 16th to the 19th century, from the Italian, French, Dutch and Spanish schools, catalogued, described and richly illustrated with 210 illustrations and an introduction by Stanley Morison. Each 178-page volume, originally printed in 2000 copies, is numbered; design by Max Huber.

    Published by La Bibliografica, 1962
    Compiled by Carla Marzoli
    Introduction by Stanley Morison
    Book design Max Huber

    17 × 24.5 cm
    178 pages
    210 illustrations
    Paperback
    English

  •  30,00

    Teoria del type design (Type Design Theory), the first comprehensive theory of type design, is published in its first Italian edition by Ronzani Editore.

    Written by Gerard Unger – a Dutch designer and lecturer internationally recognised as one of the most authoritative exponents of the discipline – and published in its original edition in 2018, the theory immediately established itself as a classic of typographic literature.

    The book is divided into 25 short chapters, each addressing a specific aspect of type design, from the relationship to language to styles, from the importance of historical patterns to digital evolution, from legibility to expressiveness. The chapters are accompanied by more than 200 images and practical examples; terminology is clarified by a comprehensive glossary.

    The ‘Theory’ will appeal to anyone with a sincere interest in typography; the comprehensiveness of the treatment and the clarity of the exposition make it suitable for a wide audience: from professionals in the field to students of typography and design, to simple enthusiasts of this marvellous art that has been giving shape to our words for more than five centuries.

    Published by Ronzani Editore
    Preface by Gerry Leonidas and a recollection by Riccardo Olocco

    16.5 × 24 cm
    252 pages
    Dutch hardback
    Italian
    Isbn 978-88-94911-43-5

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