Italian design collaborative Superstudio is one of the most important radical architecture groups of the 1960s. Forty years after it launched, their Quarderna for Zanotta, their work endures.
Best known for its diversity of practice – architecture to objects, books, teaching and installations – the group is also remembered for the strength of its extraordinary drawings and images that gave light to elaborate explorations into the limits of architecture and design.
Some of the group's most recognisable designs include the Quaderna series of tables for Zanotta. In 1970 Superstudio revived the grid, what they called the "neutral surface", with a collection of furniture pieces wrapped in black on white geometric pattern and produced in collaboration with Archizoom. and Abet Laminate.
The series was seen as "non-traditional" and free, and a functional commentary at a time of huge political unrest. Read on in Domus magazine. The 'Superstudio 50' exhibition runs at the MAXXI Rome until 4 September 2016.
The Quaderna collection by Superstudio is still produced by Zanotta and available at Space Furniture. View the collection here.
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Italian design collaborative Superstudio is one of the most important radical architecture groups of the 1960s. Forty years after it launched, their Quarderna for Zanotta series endures.
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