Another year over. But don’t get all misty-eyed. Apply that retrospection to some engaging design instead. Two exhibitions currently running, one at Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris, the other at the offices of MariniPandolfi/Comet in Florence, look back at the rapid expansion in design production and consumption in post-war France and the lighting designs of Italian design hero Vico Magistretti respectively. And retrospectively.
As we shuffle towards the end of another year, retrospection rears its head once more. Two current design exhibitions, one in Paris, the other in Florence, set out to examine design of the past, one along national lines, the other in terms of a renowned auteur. ‘Mobi Boom: the explosion of design in France 1945–1975’ at Les Arts Décoratifs and ‘Vico Magistretti & Oluce: the story of a partnership 1974–2005’ at MariniPandolfi/Comet’s Florence offices both embrace a material nostalgia, but not at the expense of criticism.