The shape of the cross lies at the heart of this project by Giulio Iacchetti: his sign (the cross as a symbol of the divine, a meeting place and a centre for relationships) is observed and analyzed as a shape concealed within reality. A symbol with religious and earthly significance, it is also the outcome of a search for form and concept.
By deconstructing objects and spaces, investigating different ways of using certain materials and looking at daily objects through new eyes, Iacchetti creates the shape of the cross by emptying out the alveolar structure of a pierced brick, by blacking out nine postage stamps on a sheet, or by cleverly arranging electrical connectors and their screws to suggest the nails of the Crucifixion. The book contains twenty designs by Giulio Iacchetti created over a five year period. They show how “the design project can be a way of satisfying a market need but it can also be a means for describing your own way of seeing the “things” of the world and being part of them” (Beppe Finessi).
The exhibition “Cruciale 20 Croci di Giulio Iacchetti al Museo Diocesano” is on display from April 15th to June 12th 2011 at the Museo Diocesano in Milan.
Giulio Iacchetti has been working in the field of industrial design since 1992, designing for many brands including Alessi, Danese, Foscarini, Globo, Grom, Lavazza, Moleskine, Panasonic, Pandora Design, Sambonet and Skitsch. He alternates design work with teaching at many universities and schools of design in Italy and abroad. The distinctive traits of his work are experimental research and the defining of new object typologies, such as Moscardino, a multi-purpose biodegradable food utensil for which he and Matteo Ragni were awarded the Compasso d’Oro in 2001; Moscardino is now part of the permanent design collection at MoMA in New York. The concept and coordination of the Eureka Coop joint project for Coop Italia brought design into the major retailing circuit and drew attention to a new generation of Italian designers. In 2009 this project won the Premio dei Premi for innovation awarded by the President of the Italian Republic.
Architect Beppe Finessi (1966) is involved in education, criticism and research. Through exhibition and publishing projects, he deals with the work of Italian contemporary design masters and new protagonists on the international scene. He is author of several books about design, architecture and contemporary art among which, for Corraini, books dedicated to Bruno Munari, Angelo Mangiarotti, Alessandro Mendini, Vico Magistretti, Dino Gavina. From 2010 he is Director of Inventario.