Having become a maxim as if it were the best way to supply ourselves on our own, the term “Do it yourself” or “DIY” appeared with a link to design for the first time thanks to the Dutch designer and architect Gerrit Rietveldt during the 40s, when he published the leaflet “Furniture to build by yourself”. In this mini-catalogue, the designer showed 17 furniture designs so that other designers and cabinetmakers could make the pieces. However, it was not until the year 1974 when the term gained greater repercussion after the publication of the book “Autoprogettazione” by Enzo Mari, which questioned the role of the designer and the commercial purposes of design converted into a luxury item.
Currently, there are many designers that give a nod to this trend, placing their designs within reach of all consumers in order to democratise the design and stop the need to pay elevated prices for pieces of unique design.
In this spirit, the “Do it yourself” collection is presented in D-Espacio in the exhibition area of CentroCentro, with approximately thirty exhibits (chairs, lamps, toys, decorative items…) which explore this creative trend in contemporary signature design. “These are signature designs that can be put together in a simple manner with standard materials, by anyone who wishes to”, ensures Ana Domínguez Siemens, curator of the exhibit.
Visitors to the room can view from the first milestones that indicated the beginning of this trend, such as the table by Enzo Mari or the leaflet by Gerrit Rietveldt, to a small recycling plant as well as designs for chairs, shelves, lamps, toys, etc. Also, the book by Thomas Bärnthaler, published by Phaidon, “Do it yourself”, is on display, which includes 50 examples with instructions for building at home.
Until January 29th 2017
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