Introduction: The History of Italian Design

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This general introduction is divided into three sections. It begins with a critical reflection on the place of national histories in an increasingly globalised design environment, highlighting the key methodological issues for design historians. The second section provides historical context for understanding Italian design during the period covered by the book as a whole—the early twentieth century to the present. The final section explains the book’s structure and contents.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMade in Italy
Subtitle of host publicationRethinking a Century of Italian Design
EditorsGrace Lees-Maffei, Kjetil Fallan
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
Number of pages34
ISBN (Electronic)9780857853905, 9781472558428
ISBN (Print)9780857853899
Publication statusPublished - 21 Nov 2013


  • Design History
  • Design
  • Italian studies
  • Cultural History


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