Whilst acknowledging the celebrated, classic narrative of the subject, this course will endeavour to provide a critically up-to-date overview of Italian industrial design, from about 1940 to the 1980s.
1. Provide a cultural framework and historical context for understanding post-war Italian design;
2. Identify the most important Italian designs, designers, and companies involved in producing classic designs, whilst also appreciating the outside factors and influences that contributed to Italy's success;
3. Provide fresh approaches to interpreting and understanding Italian design, and question whether or not 'The Italian Line' was a distinctive phenomenon, and whether it has art historical significance.