La serie Misura Domus, nr./no. 517

Superstudio

Authors

  • Peter Lang KKH, Royal Institute of Art Stockholm

Abstract

First referred to as Le tombe degli architetti, Superstudio’s designs for the Istogrammi and subsequent Misura furniture series were conceived as countermeasures geared to undermine the market’s unending demands for new consumer products.

The earliest Istogrammi came in a number of shapes and varieties that together constituted a comprehensive set of household solutions for everyday living. The Istogrammi formed an assembly of stacked and gridded blocks, combining pure geometrical forms, towers, pyramid tops and other primary architectural shapes into an open number of possible configurations. These gridded blocks were what inspired Edoardo Boncinelli to suggest the name Istogrammi. Typically, histograms are geometrical representations of data, commonly used to track and display sound activity on audio equipment. In a sense, Superstudio’s Istogrammi perform a similar kind of action, responding to the individual user’s needs through fluctuations in its various geometrical shapes.

Author Biography

Peter Lang, KKH, Royal Institute of Art Stockholm

Peter Lang is professor in Architectural Theory and History at the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, where he conducts post-graduate and pre-doctorate research courses in architecture, design and multimedia communications. Lang holds a Bachelor in Architecture from Syracuse University and earned a PhD in Italian history and urbanism at New York University in 2000. He is a Fulbright recipient in Italian studies. Lang works on the history and theory of post-war Italian architecture and design, with a focus on sixties Italian experimental design, media and environments. Lang has written and curated a number of projects on the Italian Radical Design and Architecture movement, most recently in 2016 “the Mondial Festival” in Mashup: the Birth of Modern Culture” at Vancouver Art Gallery Museum

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Published

2018-06-01

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Case Studies