1968: Radical Italian Furniture

1968: Radical Italian Furniture


Every now and again, a book comes along that makes you want to put on a silver-foil catsuit and teeter on the back of you sofa, posing for pictures. Well, this one does, at least. We have been thoroughly seduced by 1968: Radical Italian Furniture by Maurizio Cattelan and Pieropaulo Ferrari, and have decided to give you a sneak peek at what lies beneath.

Words: Kate Coleman // @colemakf
All images: 1968 Italian Furniture, Maurizio Cattelan and Pieropaulo Ferrari, published by Deste Foundation/TOILETPAPER Magazine, available here.


Say what you want about Woodstock or Carnaby Street, it was really the Italians who nailed the laquered, curvaceous Austin Powers design element of the entire thing. This new volume from Maurizio Cattelan and Pieropaulo Ferrari of TOILETPAPER magazine – possibly the most bat-shit crazy design nirvana you’ll ever encounter – explores the era’s design.

The book is full of fresh shoots – these aren’t vintage advertorials, but a re-imagination of the design elements using pictorialist sets and some very pliable models. The result is squeaky, bright, humorous. It’s very dada, wilfully anti-commercial and bags of fun. In short, everything you would expect from a TOILETPAPER project.