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Riccardo Dalisi finished his architecture studies at Naples University in 1957, where he later became a professor of architecture. In the late 1960s Riccardo Dalisi was a leading exponent of individual creativity in the radical anti-design debate. The anti-design movement was highly critical of technical progress, mass-production of utilitarian objects and consumerism. Several radical design groups have been founded in Italy, including Archizoom, Superstudio, Gruppo Strum, UFO, and 9999. Riccardo Dalisi organized workshops in the Traiano section of Naples, where children could make objects using all sorts of recovery materials and experiment with “tecnica povera”. Riccardo Dalisi’s ultimate aim was to make design more personal, creative, and spontaneous again. In 1973 numerous designers and architects met in the rooms of the journal “Casabella”, whose editor was Alessandro Mendini, to discuss the foundation of a “School” for counter-design and counter-architecture: a year later Global Tools was founded in Florence.

Global Tools set up several workshops, which were called laboratories, in which design could be pursued on the lines advocated by Riccardo Dalisi. As co-founder of Global Tools, Riccardo Dalisi is one of the most influential partisans of anti-design and he has also written several books on the subject, including in 1969 “L’Architettura della Imprevedibilità” (Unforeseeable Architecture) and in 1974 “Architettura d’Animazione” (Architecture with a Soul). As a designer Riccardo Dalisi has worked for companies such as Zanotta, Alessi (“Caffettiera napoletana”, 1979), Fiat, WMF, Rosenthal, Bisazza. Riccardo Dalisi won Compasso D’oro award with project “Caffettiera napoletana” in 1981 and second time he won Compasso D’oro in 2014 for his professional career in design. Some of the papier mache and wood artworks by Riccardo Dalisi are in the permanent collections of Centre Pompidou (Paris), Frac Centre (Orleans) and Triennale di Milano (Milan).



By Riccardo Dalisi

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