Design from the Alps 1920–2020

Design from the Alps 1920–2020

Tyrol South Tyrol Trentino

The first comprehensive survey of modern design from the transnational and multilingual Alpine region Tyrol—South Tyrol—Trentino



Title Information

Edited by Claudio Larcher, Massimo Martignoni, and Ursula Schnitzer

1st edition

, 2019

Text English, Italian, and German


460 pages, 327 color and 39 b/w illustrations

23 x 29 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-649-8

In cooperation with Merano Arte


Over centuries, the transnational Alpine region Tyrol—Alto Adige / South Tyrol—Trentino has developed along ancient trade routes between Germany and Austria on one and northern Italy on the other side of the Alps. Similar to the region’s modern and contemporary architecture, its product design is in many cases rooted in a rich local tradition of craftsmanship. Yet since the 1920s, this multilingual region has also proven its remarkable openness to European modernism’s most progressive movements and become an unexpected laboratory for technical and formal exploration in the middle of the continent.

Design from the Alps, published to coincide with an exhibition at museum Kunst Meran in autumn 2019, tells the story of a century of product design from Tyrol—South Tyrol—Trentino, highlighting the vast variety of discoveries and innovations that have emerged there. Featured artists include, among others, Fortunato Depero (1892–1960), whose experiments were inspired by the Secondo Futurismo, Gino Pollini (1903–91), a pioneer of the interwar period, as well as the celebrated architects and designers Lois Welzenbacher (1889–1955), Clemens Holzmeister (1886–1983), and Ettore Sottsas (1917–2007). Lavishly illustrated, the book follows the many protagonists of this at the same time heterogenous and collectively strong scene and offers an insightful tour d’horizon of the manifaceted design culture of western Austria and northern Italy.

Mit contributions by Claudio Larcher und Massimo Martignoni, Antonino Benincasa, Nicoletta Boschiero, Hans Heiss, Hans Leo Höger, Christoph Hölz, Gabriella Parisi, Gianni Pettena, Kuno Prey, Siegfried de Rachewiltz, Ettore Sottsass, Matteo Thun, and Marco Zanini. Prefaces by Georg Klotzner, Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen, and Guido Tattoni.

Authors & Editors

Antonino Benincasa

Kunst Meran

Claudio Larcher

Massimo Martignoni

Ursula Schnitzer