ALCHIMIA Never-Ending Italian Design, Kazuko Sato
Rikuyo-sha, 1985. Hardcover. 213 pages. 32 x 25 cm. Text in English and Japanese. VG · Signs of wear at cover. This complete book features the history of Studio Alchimia, exhibitions, prototypes, furniture, objects, textile pattern, fashion, architecture, spaces design (like 'Furnishing as clothes' by Alessandro Mendini for Fiorucci Showroom), amongst many others. A fascinating new and experimental design style that would lead to the formation and popularity of Italian design groups in the 1980′s such as the Memphis Group or the Alessi brand. A travel to the radical design group founded in Italy in 1976 by the Italian architect Alessandro Guerriero, profiles of Alchimia participants (which include designers such as Andrea Branzi, Ettore Sottsass or Michele De Lucchi...) and a full work index and reference bibliography.  An essential book for anyone interested in Italian radical design!