Bruno Munari (1907-1998), born in Milan, was the enfant

Bruno Munari (1907-1998), born in Milan, was the enfant terrible of Italian art and design for most of the twentieth century, contributing to many fields of both visual (paint, sculpture, film, industrial design, graphics) and non-visual arts (literature, poetry). He was twice awarded the Compasso d’Orodesign prize for excellence in his field. Bruno munari was one of the greatest of his generation in design field , and one of the greatest of all time. The great artist picaso said about munari” he is the new Leonardo dafinshi “. Munari insist to make the design unique and beautiful. Design as Art is considered by many as one of the The most obvious design books ever written .This book is a collection of Munari’s essays on various topics concerning design and art. if there is a distinction at all between them, which Munari questions at the start of the book. these short essays each two or three pages long, are grouped together under five areas; designers as stylists, visual design, graphic designs, industrial design and research design.  Munari said “the vase once had an extremely common use. Most probably it was used for cooking oil. It was made by a designer of those times when art and life went hand in hand and there was no such thing as a work of art to look at and just any old thing to use. I”.And this shows that Art and life are inseparable. It was difficult to distinguish between the technology works and tools used in daily life was to cut more than the use of art was not purely piecesMunari begins by saying:”The designer of today re-establishes the long-lost contact between art and the public, between living people and art as a living thing. … There should be no such thing as art divorced from life, with beautiful things to look at and hideous things to use. If what we use every day is made with art, and not thrown together by chance or caprice, then we shall have nothing to hide.”This book shows me that a lot has changed since the Classical and Renaissance eras. Art is no longer a thing for the selected few. Instead, designers are becoming the modern-day artists, who fuse his aesthetic beliefs with functionality, therefore creating objects used by many effectively. Properly designed objects should make the user feels the presence of the artist, who is bettering his life and encouraging him to develop sense of beautyThis is a good book. It is Interesting and not an easy read. It is a book that does need to be read carefully and picked up again from time to time. Bruno clearly shows how design can be used as art, and he takes you through the initial design process, and then through applications and critiques with care.The writing style is lucid and clear What I found was one of the most brilliant explanations of the merit of industrial, graphics, and architectural design I have come across yet. Munari’s very mid-century Italian humor pairs well with his immense knowledge of the tradition of commercial design as an art form. In many ways, Design as Art helped me learn to engage with everyday objects as not just objects of utility, but expressions of culture and aesthetic value.  Either way, Munari basically said everything Dieter Rams wanted to say about design in a much more round-about way, so kudos to him for that.It is interesting to see the image of design in the 50’s and the 60’s that are portrayed clearly by Bruno Munari in this book.  Design in that period is more related to engineering, architecture, mathematics, and physics. He introduces us something new at that time which is design as art that becomes the standard now. But, it’s quite technical and hard explanation that we will find in this book so could be a little complex Through this book Munari keeps going to Japanese design, Asobi, Also means game, which he approves The reason for this is that Japanese design is oftentimes exactly what I’ve described above: it’s designing the object as the object itself, and not an imitation of something else. Munari said “What then is this thing called Design if it is neither style nor applied art? It is planning: the planning as objectively as possible of everything that goes to make up the surroundings and atmosphere in which men live today. This atmosphere is created by all the objects produced by industry, from glasses to houses and even cities. It is planning done without preconceived notions of style, attempting only to give each thing its logical structure and proper material, and in consequence its logical form.”  That means, planning is a creator style and enforcement of art, a logic that arranges things around us from the small thing to the big one in which all objects have a better life than before.  Another important part of the ancient Japanese design is its close connection to the materials by making a good use of each material depending on its looks and properties. As a result, Japanese design shapes the object with both, function, and properties of the materials used, like the chop sticks.       The chopsticks are two pieces of wood. The same pieces of wood can be availed to anyone. They are simply designed, light and easy to make. They are cheap and you can throw them out after a meal. The only prerequisite for their use is to cut up the meat into pieces. Compare this to Western culture. You can buy all sorts of food tools like knives, forks, and spoons.  This spoons can be cheap, expensive, steel, silver, funny, serious, light, heavy, and knives designed specifically for different dishes, whether that be some chickens, cheese. Moving to a new house? You better make sure you’ve bought all the westren tools you’ll need like knives and etc,. The Western vesses is an explosion of complexity whereas the chopstick is the simplest food tool you will see as they said in the ancient world Simplicity make the beauty.  


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