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Exhibition chronicles history of Catalan industrial design

A new exhibition is presenting a 50-year retrospective of industrial design pieces that were awarded with the Delta Prize, from the ADI-FAD Association. The show attempts to place the designs in their historical, political and cultural context.

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14 October 2010 10:32 PM

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Barcelona (ACN).- For the first time, a new exhibition will present all of the Delta Prize winning designs from the last 50 years. Delta prizes are awarded by the Association of Industrial Design and Fostering Craft Arts (ADI-FAD). The exhibition called \u2018Delta Awards: 50 years with design 1960-2010\u2019 is taking place at the Palau Robert of Barcelona. It will include five decades of Catalan industrial design through 150 original pieces and images, placing the designs in their historical, political and cultural context.


One of the exhibition\u2019s curators, Viviana Narotzky, said that visitors will be able to \u201Crecognise\u201D pieces that form parts of their personal histories as well as pieces that \u201Cthey have lived with for many years\u201D.

The Cota 247 (1968) and Impala (1962) motorcycles from Montesa, designed by Leopoldo Milà, Miguel Milà\u2019s TMC lamp (1961), André Ricard\u2019s Copenhagen ashtray (1966), the Citromatic Instant MPZ-2 juicer (1970) from Braun, designed by Dieter Rams and Gabriel Lluelles, and the Cuks rug (2003) by Nani Marquina are among the 150 pieces on show at the exhibition. 

Viviana Narotzky said that many of the pieces can still be seen daily throughout the city, such as public benches and bus stops. She added that design \u201Cis not something that is separate from the user, but rather a part of people\u2019s lives\u201D. Narotzky also assured that the exhibition tries to create a more \u201Cnarrow and intense\u201D relationship between the entrepreneurial world and the world of design. The last part of \u2018Delta Awards: 50 years with design 1960-2010\u2019 includes technological objects that deal with sustainable and ecological design.

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  • The milestones of industrial design of the last 50 years on show (by ACN)

  • The Impala bike from Montesa (by ACN)

  • The famous MPZ-2 juicer from Braun (by ACN)

  • The milestones of industrial design of the last 50 years on show (by ACN)
  • The Impala bike from Montesa (by ACN)
  • The famous MPZ-2 juicer from Braun (by ACN)
Exhibition chronicles history of Catalan industrial design