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11th June 2024

Enzo Mari: Design for the people

Mari was a giant of Italian design whose work spanned new products, graphics and art. Trained in design-intensive Milan in the 1950’s, his focus on simplifying form yielded elegant products somewhat at odds with post-war consumerism. He was also a design theorist who published widely and wasn’t afraid to express his opinion, once calling Ikea “genocide”. Among Mari’s best-known works are a calendar, a children’s puzzle and a fruit bowl made from a piece of steel I-beam.