DOMUS 319| June 1956

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Gio Ponti [Editorial Director]: DOMUS 319. Milan, Editoriale Domus: Giugno 1956.  Original edition. Text in Italian. English and French translation summary. Slim folio. Thick photographically printed perfect bound wrappers. Side stitched textblock. 64 [viii] pp. Articles and advertisements. Multiple paper stocks and inserts. Elaborate graphic design throughout. Wrappers lightly worn and soiled. Spine crown worn. Yellowing to page edges. A very good or better copy.

9.75   x 12.75  vintage magazine with 64 [viii] pages printed on a variety of paper stocks of black and white [and some color] examples of the best modern interior and industrial design, circa 1956 -- with  beautiful engraving and gravure printing throughout.

In Barcelona: Federico Correa & Alfonso Mila

Felix Candela

Two Swedish Schools: Bo Bousted & Hans Erland Heineman

An Office In Milan: Angelo Mangiarotti & Bruno Morassutti

Two Offices: Vittorio Gregotti, Ludovico Meneghetti & Giotto Stoppino

In California: Greta Magnusson Grossman

Hillside Units: Carl Maston

A Factory Made Fireplace: Wendell Lovett

Apartment For 2 Architects: Vito Latis & Margareta Tingdal Latis

Bent-Plywood Furniture: Gianemilio, Piero & Anna Monti

A New Apartment House: Carlo Paccagnini, Ernesto Bianchi

Four Elements: Torsten Johansson

The Future Of Painting: Gio Ponti

Introduction To Japan

Attilio Rossi

Glass, Wood And Silver: Tapio Wirkkala

Patterns For Fabrics: Ciuti, Gaspari, Tessari, Bice Lazzari And Prampolini

Giorgio Morandi: Leo Lionni

Akari Lamps: Isamu Noguchi

and more.

Long considered Europe&s most influential architecture and design magazine, Domus was founded by Gio Ponti in 1928 as a "living diary" in which he could advertise his own work, outline the "aims" of his projects and raise people's awareness about other design issues. Called the "Mediterranean Megaphone," Domus lauded mass-production and tried to link architecture and artisans in a new, unforeseen ways.  Ponti left Domus in 1940 to start his other journal, Stile in which he could focus on art and the impact of the war on Italian architects and architecture. In 1948 Ponti returned to Domus, where he recast it in his own eclectic, exuberant vision of the modern and tirelessly championed designers he admired, notably Carlo Mollino.

In his 1957 book Amate L&Architettura (In Praise of Achitecture) Ponti extolled his audience to "Love architecture, be it ancient or modern. Love it for its fantastic, adventurous and solemn creations; for its inventions; for the abstract, allusive and figurative forms that enchant our spirit and enrapture our thoughts. Love architecture, the stage and support of our lives." This spirit reverberates through every page of Domus.

Editor: Domus

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