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One of the foremost proponents of the “hard and pure” vision of design applied to industrial production, Enzo Mari is the author of a small series of practical objects for the kitchen which clearly demonstrate his refusal to yield to the temptation to let his imagination run wild. He refuses to add gratuitous formal frills just to please the crowd, and instead follows a search for the simplicity that alone should justify the birth of a new object in our already crowded world.
He started his activity with studies on visual perception and then focused his attention on games for children, graphics, design and architecture: different directions sharing a common idea that is the reflection on the meaning of shape and project. He was consultant for Arredo Urbano of the Milan town hall and president of the Association for Industrial Design (1976-1979). He was awarded the Compasso d'Oro in 1967, 1979, 1987 and in 2001 for his table "Tavolo legato". In 2001 he published the book "Progetto e passione" (Project and passion) which analyses the design on a wider cultural horizon. He collaborates with design companies such as Artemide, Castelli, Danese, Driade, Gabbianelli, Interflex, Lema, Magis, Zanotta.