A book-manifesto that details the 60-plus year career of Ugo La Pietra in applied arts and design through his research. An unorthodox, humanist and eclectic designer, since the late 1950s, La Pietra has always moved on the outskirts of the system, but in a bravely transdisciplinary perspective. Through his tireless work, Ugo La Pietra has practised with and experienced all possible languages. Not just architecture and design, but also cinema, painting, sculpture, comics, drawings, music and poetry. Now this volume collects the various moments that, over time, have characterised his involvement in the evolution of the world of design, marked in thematic chapters that examine the problems and theories that have accompanied his research.
Ugo La Pietra lives and works in Milan. He has always described himself as a “researcher” in the visual arts and in communication. His thinking has been expressed in numerous exhibitions in Italy and abroad and he has curated various exhibitions for the Milan Triennale, the Venice Biennale, the Musée d’Art Contemporain in Lyon, the FRAC Centre in Orléans, the Museo delle Ceramiche in Faenza and the Fondazione Ragghianti in Lucca. He won the Compasso d’Oro in 1979. His research experience in architecture and design have led him to develop themes such as “The Domicile Cell: A Microstructure: within the Information and Communications Systems” (MoMA, New York, 1972 – Fiera di Milano, 1982), “Rapporto tra Spazio reale e Spazio virtuale” (Triennale di Milano 1979, 1992), “La casa neoeclettica” (Abitare il Tempo, 1990), “Cultura Balneare” (Centro Culturale Cattolica, 1985/95). Through his work, writing and teaching he has constantly supported “local” as opposed to “internationalist” design. www.ugolapietra.com