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Riccardo Dalisi

Riccardo Dalisi

*  1931 Potenza

Riccardo Dalisi finished studying architecture at Naples University in 1957, where he himself would become a professor of architecture. In the late1960s Riccardo Dalisi was a leading exponent of the anti-design faction in Italy, which called for appreciation of the creative aptitude of all individuals and decried consumerist thinking. The exponents of anti-design criticised dependence on the idea that progress was always good and the need for advanced technology to manufacture utilitarian objects. In Italy numerous designers joined radical design groups such as Archizoom, Superstudio, Gruppo Strum, UFO, and 9999. Riccardo Dalisi organized workshops in Naples, in which he encouraged children to design objects and make them themselves by experimenting with "tecnica povera" (a simple technique). In this way Riccardo Dalisi hoped to make design once again express individuality, creativity, and spontaneity. In 1973 numerous designers and architects met in the rooms of the journal "Casabella", whose editor was Alessandro Mendini, to discuss found a "school" of counterdesign and counterarchitecture. Global Tools was founded in Florence in 1974. Working with new materials and new techniques was to produce new, creative approaches to design and architecture. By 1975, however, the group had disbanded. Some of its members would become leading exponents of Postmodernism in the late 1970s and the 1980s. Riccardo Dalisi was a co-founder of Global Tools and became one of the most influential advocates of anti-design. Riccardo Dalisi expressed his ideas and theories in several books on the subject, including "L'Architettura della Imprevedibilitā" (Unforeseeable Architecture, 1969) and "Architettura d'Animazione" (Architecture of the Soul, 1974). As a designer Riccardo Dalisi worked for distinguished firms, including Zanotta, Alessi ("Caffettiera napoletana", 1979), Fiat, WMF, Rosenthal, and Bisazza.