To mark Food Wine Design Week, up until 15 June 2014 the Sala Mostre Palazzo Banca d’Alba (Alba, 4 Via Cavour) will be hosting a selection from the "Il Compasso d’Oro ADI" Classic Collection.
This selection of 21 objects symbolises the excellence of Italian design, each one having received this prestigious recognition from Associazione per il Design Industriale - the Italian Industrial Design Association. Iconic objects that have accompanied the female universe in the last 50 years and which have recently been restored thanks to “Fondazione Centro Conservazione e Restauro La Venaria Reale” and the support of the Miroglio Group.
The Classic Collection of the “Il Compasso d'Oro ADI” award
The “Il Compasso d’Oro” award was founded in 1954 by the La Rinascente department store on the basis of an idea by famous architect and designer Gio Ponti with the aim of highlighting the value and quality of Italian design products. Since 1958 it has been managed by Associazione per il Disegno Industriale (ADI) and has established itself as the most prestigious Italian design award.
Almost 300 projects have received the award in the prize's history, going back over fifty years, together with the 2000 or so projects awarded with an Honorable Mention, and these are gathered together and preserved in the “Il Compasso d'Oro ADI” award Classic Collection managed by Fondazione ADI, created ad hoc by ADI in 2001.
The “Il Compasso d'Oro ADI” award is assigned following a pre-selection process carried out by the ADI Permanent Design Observatory, a committee of experts, designers, critics, historians and expert journalists.
As part of what was an unprecedented initiative in the field of international design, with its Decree of 22 April 2004 the Italian Heritage Ministry declared the Classic Collection of the “Il Compasso d'Oro ADI” award to be “of exceptional artistic and historic interest”, inserting it in the national heritage list.
The objects on display during Food Wine Design Week: The “Le Bambole” sofa (1972) - The Soriana armchair by Cassina (1969) - The MT3 armchair (2008) - The PTolomeo bookcase - The structure-less Nomos table - The DU30 padded chair - The Doney television (1962) - The Atollo lamp (1979) - The Tolomeo lamp by Artemide (1989) - The Lettera 22 typewriter by Olivetti - The K1340 children's chair by Kartell (1964) - The Colonna table service by Ginori (1954) - The Spinamatic beer tap - The Sfericlock alarm clock - The Grillo telephone - The Moscardino spork (2001) - The Tratto Pen (1979) - The Zizi toy - The Ks 1481 citrus squeezer (1959) - The Alessi cafetiere (1979).