AR | Aldo Rossi
Catalogue of the re-edition of the historic furniture collection designed by Aldo Rossi for UniFor.
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AR | Aldo Rossi
Catalogue, 26×19.5 cm
24 pages

Ph. © Nicola-Matteo Munari
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Detail of the Bodoni-style binding
with the the cover plates
aligned with the book’s spine, covered in red cloth.

Ph. © Nicola-Matteo Munari
typographic modular grid
The typographic matrix made
of 884 square modules,
that has been specially designed
for the catalogue.

2021 © Nicola-Matteo Munari
ARCHIVIOUNIFOR

AR is the first catalogue designed for ARCHIVIOUNIFOR, a collection of re-edition of historic furniture that were designed by some of the most important architects and designers of the 20th century for UniFor, international leader in the field of office and workspace environments.

The first volume, published in the context of the Milano Design Week, is dedicated to Aldo Rossi (1931-1997), an internationally acclaimed architect and theorist of architecture, who was one of the most original masters of Postmodern architecture and the first Italian to win the Pritzker Prize.

The catalogue presents four among his most iconic furniture designs: the Parigi armchair, the Museo chair and armchair, the Consiglio table, and the Cartesio bookcase—emblematic works that fully express Rossi’s idea of furnishings as architecture—all designed between the end of the 1980s and the beginning of the 1990s.
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Past/Present/Future

The catalogue is divided in two main sections, both defined by the images, expressing now the past and now the present. The first section features the archive photographs of Gabriele Basilico (1944-2013)—one of the most important masters of contemporary photography—and the second one shows the photographs of the re-editions, shot by Alberto Strada.

The structure of the catalogue is further marked by a third series of detail photographs—shot by German photographer Amos Fricke—which, in their futurist abstraction, represent the exaltation of pure geometry—a projection of form through time.
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Cover, end pages, and center
page showing the detail
photos marking the different sections of the catalogue.

2021 © Nicola-Matteo Munari
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 The grid, called typographic matrix, represents a graphic invention
that allowed original structural solutions, defined by operating rules that are different from those of the canonical graphic design layout.
 The grid, called typographic matrix, represents a graphic invention that allowed original structural solutions, defined by operating rules that are different from those of the canonical graphic design layout.
The typographic matrix

A special micro-modular typographic grid—made up of 884 square modules—was specially designed so that it was possible to structure each element in the catalogue resulting in in a strictly geometric layout.

The grid, called typographic matrix, represents a graphic invention that allowed original structural solutions, defined by operating rules that are different from those of the canonical graphic design layout.

Despite the complex modularity that characterizes the grid, which is already evident in the title block shown on the cover, the pages are distinguished by a precise simplicity and a sense of classical composure—a symmetrical order evocative of Aldo Rossi’s work.
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An experimental project

The search for experimental solutions promoted by the art direction by Studio Klass led to the design of a catalogue that looks simple, but actually is characterized by a series of complex technical and design virtuosities.

Despite the small number of pages, the special Bodoni-style binding contributed to the production of a catalogue showing an important and authoritative feeling, enriched by the platinum metallic finish creating a material and chromatic contrast with the book spine, covered with a red cloth.

The dialogue between tradition and contemporaneity was further enhanced by the cover, which is graphically characterized by the linear score of a title block inspired by technical drawings, that is evocative of the aesthetics of industrial designs, codified and finally archived.

In this way, through its celebration on the cover, the title block has been transformed from a technical-functional tool for archiving projects to an emblem of the collection itself dedicated to archival designs.
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Aldo Rossi at UniFor showroom
in Paris, during the
Designers’ Saturday 1989.

Ph. © Nicola-Matteo Munari
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unifor logo
The logotype of UniFor made
of a two-tone serigraph printing.

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Archiving for the future

Through a rigorous, rational, and forward-looking aesthetics, the catalogue intentionally generates a contrast with the nostalgic idea related to the rediscovery of historic furnishings, thus offering a new interpretation of the concept of re-edition—no longer as a heritage fashion, but a projection of modernity.

Client
UniFor, Turate (CO)

Art Direction
Studio Klass

Design
Nicola-Matteo Munari

Collaborators
Jana Stürmlin

Year
2021