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© Italo Lupi
For this issue of Modem Accessories, we gave carte blanche to Italo Lupi, the Editor in Chief and the Art Director of the Abitare magazine.
Architecture graduate at the Politecnico of Milan, Italo Lupi designs images, communication, signs, temporary settings and museum's ambient.
He is an Italian member of AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale), an honorary member of the Art Directors Club of Milan, and was awarded the title of HonRDI (Honorary Royal Designer for Industry) in London.
He was art director of the DOMUS magazine for six years and chief of external communication at the Triennale in Milan and at IBM/Italy.
He designed graphics and signs for famous exhibitions at Palazzo Grassi in Venice and in Stupinigi, at the Scuderie Papali of the Quirinale in Rome, for the Pinacoteca Nazionale in Parma.
He is in charge of image design of the new Contemporary Art Museum in Milan (Museo del Presente).
Together with Achille Castiglioni he designed the general settings of the XVI Triennale of Milan and the exhibition “Venezia e la sua laguna” at the Correr Museum.
Italo Lupi has been awarded of prizes and honorary mentions by the Art Directors Club of Milan, by the Typodomus of Prague, by the XIII Biennale in Brno, by the Poster Biennale in Lahti, by the American Illustrator, and by the Illustration Annual.
He also received the award Compasso d'Oro 1998 for Graphic Design and the award Pen Club/ Fedrigoni for the best editorial graphic of 2001.
Exhibitions on Lupi’s works have been displayed in New York, Tokyo, Osaka, Grenoble, and Echirolles.
Italo Lupi: «Breaking a rule implies the existence of a rule, which is paradoxically always necessary for the success of a good project.
I think this has been my choice in the different fields of editorial graphics, plain typography, advertising, exhibition design, by always getting ‘sense’ to go with ‘sensibility’, so that from this balance the project will come out as a mixture of personal memories and emotions and the extremely synthetic concept I want to express.
Drawing on the store of images accummulating in oneself through the years and trying to sum them up on a page where there is order and architectural structure along with dissonance and personal contributions, make poster design the best experience of this profession, the one where one's expressive ability is exploited to the full »
© Ezio Barbaro