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“Exploring National Identity: Italian Design in the Twentieth Century”

The aim of this symposium is to explore the concept of ‘national identity’ through different aspects of Italian design.

How do designed objects help to define national identity?
Is nationality a useful framework for the discussion of design?
Are there ever tensions between the aims of the designer and the meanings ascribed to objects by wider society?

This event accompanies MoDA’s current temporary exhibition, Woven Splendour: Italian Textiles from the Medici to the Modern Age, which features a selection of fabrics from the collections of the Museo del Tessuto, Prato. Woven Splendour includes textiles by Gio Ponti and Mariano Fortuny, both of whom can be seen as expressing aspects of Italian identity through their work.


Grace Lees-Maffei | talks
Elyssa Schram da Cruz | talks
Michael Bzdak | talks
Lisa Hockemeyer | talks


Date and Time:

5 February 2005 at 10:00 am


Full Day



Middlesex University
Cat Hill
020 8411 5244

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£20.00 or £12.00 concession. 10 places are available free tos students, please book in advance. An

Available from:

Please call Abigail on 020 8411 4394 or email a.addison@mdx.ac.uk

Additional Information:

The event is supported by the Design History Society

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