Adolfo Natalini, Cristiano Toraldo di Francia et al.
Edition : First / Tokyo / Japan Interior / 1982 / Softcover. / VG+ / VG+ 4to, 258pp. Printed wraps in dustwrap with Obi. Numerous Colour and Black & White plates. Text in English and Japanese. Cover design by Tadanori Yokoo. Wear to dustwrapper spine and repairs to Obi.
Definitive monograph on Superstudio, who for just over a decade were at the forefront of innovation in architecture and design. Their work ranged from furniture, to ideas for megastructures, films and the social organisation of cities, with their influence being seen everywhere from Koolhaas to Hadid. Eschewing modernism, Superstudio along with Archizoom helped usher in the new era of anti design- ‘…if design is merely an inducement to consume, then we must reject design; if architecture is merely the codifying of bourgeois model of ownership and society, then we must reject architecture; if architecture and town planning is merely the formalization of present unjust social divisions, then we must reject town planning and its cities…until all design activities are aimed towards meeting primary needs. Until then, design must disappear. We can live without architecture…’