The collection of essays Progettare per i bambini is born and finds space starting from the idea that a ‘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.

Le macchine del maestro Paolini tells the beautiful story, narrated and illustrated by Veronica Martini, of Paolo Paolini, craftsman by necessity and master by authentic vocation. The book collects the testimony of his daughter and grandson and provides valuable teaching cues, exhibiting the notebooks that Paolini designed with his pupils and the games he invented.

Alfazoo is not a conventional zoo, it hosts the most unusual animals in the world: wild vowels and consonants close to extinction. With its freshness and modern design, it is hard to believe that this illustrated book by Italian designer Alfredo De Santis was first published in 1968 by Emme Edizioni.

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  •  16,00

    There are places that exist only in memory, some of them so bizarre that they seem instead to be the figment of a child’s imagination-or perhaps an artist’s or even a designer’s. This is not the case with The Shops of Aoi Huber Kono: the meticulously illustrated facades in this leporello, which Aoi began composing in 1974, correspond to places that did indeed exist, everyday and familiar places. 

    If we are all accustomed to going to the bakery or the fish market, what happened instead to the confectionery, the dairy, the milliner or the haberdashery? Perhaps someday we will tell our children, as if it were a legend, that toys were not always crammed into the aisles of a shopping mall but that there were stores in which to spend hours looking at them all, magical places to be taken to after being at the doctor’s, or grandparents in secret. Or that once upon a time, when the world was a little less interconnected and much more diverse, there were no places in which to find everything from celery to tires: there were stores. 

    In this book, whose plates were designed for a small volume in the Tantibambini series, edited by Bruno Munari for Einaudi, Aoi Huber Kono illustrates the facades of 16 stores, making a summary of the most characteristic features of each: some still exist, but who can say for how long?

    The title on the cover is a small jewel of design and graphics, the result of the intense collaboration between husband and wife: Max Huber made the curtain strips with colored cutouts and composed the lettering, Aoi embellished it with a punctuated hemming.

    Illustrations by Aoi Huber Kono
    Book design Bunker

    23 × 16 cm
    16 pages
    Leporello with jacket
    Italian
    Isbn 978-88-98030-51-4
    First published July 2022

  •  19,00

    Why Pino Tovaglia kept this unpublished work, or what its true genesis is, we will never know. The fact is that his daughter Irene, getting her hands on her father’s materials, found these 24 plates, held together with tape, with an intriguing cover where the Pirelli logo stands out, front and back. The mystery deepens because the managers of the famous brand claim that there is no trace of such a project in their archives; even during the years of the collaboration between the designer and the multinational company nothing leads back to this pamphlet, which appears to be a real prototype.

    Whatever its origin, it is in any case an interesting and singular study of the elongated form, which Tovaglia evidently enjoys doing of his own free will. The association with the brand, as far as we can surmise, probably arises by analogy with the content, or vice versa.

    The 56 pages of A story as long as are thus a valuable exercise in style, reproposed in its formal integrity, but adapted for a contemporary publication, accompanied by a short text by Marta Sironi, which allows us to investigate and enhance the more human side of one of the most significant figures of Italian graphic design in the second half of the twentieth century. 

    Dedicated to fans of graphic design, illustration and simple admirers of a great protagonist who spontaneously addresses children, with a hint of mystery…

    Illustrations by Pino Tovaglia
    Text by Marta Sironi
    Cover by Flavia Ruotolo
    Book design Bunker and Flavia Ruotolo

    21 × 12 cm
    56 pages
    Paperback with dust jacket
    Italian
    Isbn 978-88-98030-54-5
    First edition November 2022

  •  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

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