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Everyday Modern: The Industrial Design of Alfonso Iannelli

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Everyday Modern: The Industrial Design of Alfonso Iannelli 

by David Jameson (Author)
Eric M. O'Malley (Designer, Illustrator)
Lauren Taylor (Editor)

ISBN 978-0990992134 • paperback • © 2015
172 pages (9.25” X 11”) • $45.00 plus $3.00 postage

Alfonso Iannelli was like an Italian Renaissance artist marooned in the twentieth century. Instead of creating altarpieces and carving saints, he put his creative energies in the 1930s 1950s into the design of electric knife sharpeners, coffee makers and drink mixers.

With new research and over 200 photographs, drawings and plans, EVERYDAY MODERN: THE INDUSTRIAL DESIGN OF ALFONSO IANNELLI tells the stories of those objects.

Published in conjunction with an exhibition, with funding by the Hieronymus Mueller Foundation.

Everyday Modern: The Industrial Design of Alfonso Iannelli by David Jameson (Author), Eric M. O'Malley (Designer, Illustrator), Lauren Taylor (Editor). (Decatur, IL: Bronze Man Books, 2015). 172 pages (9.25” X 11”), paperback. ISBN 978-0990992134
• $45.00 plus $3.00 postage
from the publisher at <http://www.bronzemanbooks.com> or by mail from: Bronze Man Books, Millikin University, 1184 W. Main, Decatur, IL 62522.

Synopsis

Alfonso Iannelli was like an Italian Renaissance artist marooned in the twentieth century. Instead of creating altarpieces and carving saints, he put his creative energies in the 1930s 1950s into the design of electric knife sharpeners, coffee makers and drink mixers. With new research and over 200 photographs, drawings and plans, EVERYDAY MODERN: THE INDUSTRIAL DESIGN OF ALFONSO IANNELLI tells the stories of those objects.

The distinctive qualities of Alfonso Iannelli's product designs came from his background as an artist, and especially his long experience as a sculptor. He was always driven by the ideals of Modernism in creating his art. But in applying those to his product designs of the 1930s through the 1950s, there were still whispers of his origins in a romantic Modernism that occurred decades earlier.
~Preface by Tim Samuelson

Alfonso Iannelli's remarkable career, in Chicago from 1914 to 1965, spanned the Arts & Crafts and Prairie School movements to the MAD MEN mid-century modern era and connected architecture, graphics, industrial design, and education. Working in the field then known as "commercial art" or "applied art," Iannelli aimed to infuse buildings, products, and advertising with a unified visual integrity in order to surround, inspire, and enlighten everyday life.
~Foreword by Victoria Matranga

About the Author

David Jameson is the founder of ArchiTech Gallery. He is the most knowledgeable living scholar on Alfonso Iannelli's life and works. ArchiTech was one of the few commercial galleries in the world to specialize in architectural and design drawings and places original modernist material in several American museum collections.

Events & Photos

August 29, 2015 - Exhibition and book signing at Millikin University, Decatur, IL.


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