"Italy's industrial landscape, the factory as a cognitive agency and as a community of people, of inherent meaning and shared values. The history and stories of products Made in Italy, with centuries of knowledge, manual skill and digital innovation"
— Antonio Calabrò

Object to project an outstanding tribute to the uniqueness of products Made and Manufactured in Italy and marks the 120th anniversary of Giorgetti, a leading brand in contemporary design. Italy’s industrial landscape, the factory as a cognitive agency and as a community of people, of inherent meaning and shared values. The history and stories of products Made in Italy which manage to couple process and content with significant added value. On their 120th anniversary this Italian agency looks to the future and how to interpret ongoing changes in the market and in consumer tastes, how to fend off fierce competition and how to continue generating wealth. 120 years of smart manufacturing in the traditional industrial areas of Meda and Brianza exemplify a native talent for creating beautiful objects that clients all over the world love. Italians famously excel in the fields of mechanical engineering, interior design and culture; in the skill of uniting the art of high quality manufacturing with a creative interpretation of their great culture. This is one of the strengths of industries with local roots, which over time have learnt to incorporate the essence of style into their production and products alike.
The landscape
Intelligent hands
and machinery
at work
Timeless creations
Form and function.
Quality, passion, detail
and new artisan
Tradition Multiplicity Apprentice and maestro A classic Bain-Marie Prototype Autograph/Allograph Iconic

Edited by

Francesca Molteni
Cristiana Colli


© 2018 Mondadori Electa S.p.A. Milan
First edition: April 2018
ISBN 9788891818911
231 pages


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There is a curious idea that tradition is immutable. However, all traditions are partly reinvented, revisited and therefore enhanced. Traditions are not just things that are there but also things that might be there, that are incorporated, virtual, as it were. Paolo Fabbri, CISS University of Urbino
The quality of Italian manufacturing is multiplicity which does not mean uniform. It is a distinctive feature of our culture. The issue therefore is plurality not of products but of a lifestyle, exported via items that add meaning to that lifestyle. Therefore, to some extent, the objects we send around the world may be given new meaning. Paolo Fabbri, CISS University of Urbino
Apprentice and maestro
As far as disseminating knowledge is concerned, differentiating between information and training is fundamental. Pure information is the transmission of something that is already known, training requires another kind of skill. It is the amount of correctable errors that defines the relationship between apprentice and maestro. Paolo Fabbri, CISS University of Urbino
A classic
"A classic" is an object, a concept, a perception, an effect that has never finished saying what it has to say”, as Italo Calvino said. It is a metaphorical way of saying that a classic has a concept of virtuality that can always be developed, as it were. This predisposition to create future memory is the main feature of a classic piece. Paolo Fabbri, CISS University of Urbino
Nowadays there is a tendency to bring science into the kitchen, based on processing the world’s materials and compatibility of these materials with ourselves, which are part of the world, i.e. alchemy. Cooking today requires extraordinary expertise, know-how, handling the world’s materials in an original, inventive manner, with tools that seem to be much more similar to those used in alchemy. Paolo Fabbri, CISS University of Urbino
I think teaching about models and prototypes is very important. It enables us to differentiate between fixed teaching, between those who say: “This is the model you need to follow”, and those who say instead: “This is the model and, starting with this, can you see how it can be improved”. In teaching there are those who demand and sanction the exact model and those who, instead, offer models – think of improvised jazz – the opportunity to create different options. Paolo Fabbri, CISS University of Urbino
An autograph is something done by someone, a painting for example. An allograph, instead, could be done by a machine. However, there are parts that can be done by machine, namely making a model, and parts that are done by hand, starting from models. Take music. Each score can be performed very differently. In the same way, in craftsmanship there are some parts that are simple model making and parts that are customized to each model. I would say, therefore, that the model is an autograph and is made in an autographic rather than allographic way. Paolo Fabbri, CISS University of Urbino
Today, in English, something very important, salient, is said to be “iconic”. This enables us to distinguish between salience and significance. There are items which are salient and to which certain significance is given – meaning, affection, investment, such as the items in a personal collection, which remind us of certain things. They have salience, i.e. they are configured on our investment in affection, memories, which have meaning for us. That same salience can be invested in different significance, new meanings, new feelings. So it can be said that they are “iconic”, since they embody that value of significance. Paolo Fabbri, CISS University of Urbino