Semplici Formalità / Simple Formality
A small army of objects, functional and devoid of author’s name, companions in everyday life. An Italian Landscape in miniature, to quote a famous exhibition title. These objects have been selected by the two-times Compasso d’Oro award-winner Giulio Iacchetti, in his capacity as a designer and critic, as well as a simple user. Proclaiming his admiration and gratitude loudly for the instant happiness they arouse. “Well-deserved not least in respect of their form,” he explains in the introduction to his 32 objects. All lined up, from the Staunton chessmen to the Monopoly tokens, by way of plasters, plastic bags, coffee capsules, ice-lolly sticks, suppositories, Allen keys and Plasmon Biscuits.
Objects of few words, their essential design devoid of stylistic complacency or vanity. “Perfectly formed objects,” as he describes them. The most authentic and powerful form, according to Iacchetti, is simple, yet with nothing simplistic about it. There are elective affinities with Munari’s “good objects,” marrying functionality and good looks.
Each item is accompanied by a personal reflection, because objects do speak to us, and we have to know how to listen and look in order to find out that toothpicks started out with a single point, later evolving into a dual function object, and that the Vinavil jars, which spawned an infinite number of imitations, are related to aluminium milk churns, due to the fact that the glue was produced near milk collection points, or that the wonderful Thirties Monopoly playing pieces (featured on the cover) were only produced for the Italian edition. “Objects that are happy to exist, to do their daily work, that don’t beat about the bush,” as the architect Cino Zucchi says in the afterword to the book. For those who relish simplicity.
Title: Semplici Formalità
Author: Giulio Iacchetti
Afterword: Cino Zucchi
Publisher: Johan & Levi Editore