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Enzo Mari _ Autoprogettazione

It is not easy to translate into English the Italian word autoprogettazione. Literally it means auto = self and progettazione = design. But the term ‘self-design’ is misleading since the word ‘design’ to the general public now signifies a series of superficially decorative objects. By the word autoprogettazione Mari means an exercise to be carried out individually to improve one’s personal understanding of the sincerity behind the project.

Enzo Mari was born in Novara in 1932. The driving force behind his work has always been the meaning of form and project.

For years he has collaborated with top Italian companies. He has exhibited in leading international museums where some of his objects comprise part of their permanent collections.

He has held teaching courses and has received innumerable awards and prizes including five “Compasso d’Oro”.