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Rizzoli, Spring 2017

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    Distributor: Random House, Inc. Availability: On Sale Date: Mar 21, 2017 Carton Quantity: 3 $270.00 CAD
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Six Italian Lessons on Mobility and Modern Life
By (author): Jeffrey Schnapp
9780847859214 Hardcover English General Trade TRANSPORTATION / General Mar 21, 2017
$270.00 CAD
Active 10.6 x 13.3 x 2.7 in 336 pages 500 COLOR AND B/W ILLUSTRATIONS Rizzoli
A fascinating visual history of the iconic Italian scooter maker told through Futurist design concepts.
This book is a celebration of design in both subject and execution. Modeled after Fortunato Depero’s iconic bolted book published in 1927, it will be sold in a limited, numbered edition also bound by two metal bolts. Like the Futurist tome that inspired it, this book pays homage to the Machine Age, which at the time signaled a new era in speed, technology, and transportation. A visual feast for the senses, this volume is composed of various papers, colors, typefaces, and typesettings, actively engaging the reader and highly appealing to design enthusiasts and fans of scooter culture.
This graphically rich retrospective describes key moments throughout Piaggio’s history and the various models that have been introduced over the years, including the seductively stylish Vespa, which remains a cult classic. From working design sketches to exploded views of a scooter’s inner mechanical workings to vintage advertisements and photographs, this book captures the essence of a brand that continues to be relevant and exciting today. The epitome of freedom, style, and cool, Piaggio scooters continue to redefine transportation, and this book pays tribute through its revolutionary design.

The Piaggio book will be published on the occasion of the 130th anniversary of the Piaggio Group and the 60th anniversary of Vespa (2016).

The original Fortunato Depero book was published in 1927 and is a milestone in Futurist book production. Currently sold at auction houses such as Sotheby’s for 8,000-10,000 Euros, it featured, for the first time, a mechanical binding consisting of two bolts holding the pages together, as conceived by Fedele Azari, the publisher.

The book will be sold only in a limited, numbered edition in Italian (500 copies) and English (1,000 copies).

Jeffrey Schnapp is the founder/faculty director of metaLAB (at) Harvard and faculty codirector of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. He is the author of many books.

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