Bruno Munari (1907- 1998)

“It hasn’t always been easy for me to make people take me seriously. I play with children. And, in a society such as ours, anyone who plays or works with children runs the risk of being thought eccentric.” Munari, Italian artist, inventor and designer.

Bruno Munari, portrait.
Bruno Munari, portrait.

image source: https://www.designdaily.com.au/blog/2013/12/bruno-munari


About his life

Bruno Munari (October 24, 1907, Milan – September 30, 1998, Milan) was  an Italian artist, designer, and inventor whose work could never be defined. He created and invented across mediums and methods as paper, painting, sculpture, toys, photography, film, education, fine art and graphic design.

info source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruno_Munari

ABC, Bruno Munari
ABC, Bruno Munari

image source: http://theanimalarium.blogspot.it/2010/12/alphabet-soup.html

What are the main features of Munari’s style?

The quirky objects, furniture, books, pictures and workshops he created encouraged learning through tactile, physical and kinaesthetic play. His work is often associated with the Italian Futurist movement, he also drew heavily from Surrealism’s vibrant pallets and the Bauhaus‘s geometric forms.

Curva di peano cm 80x80, Bruno Munari, 1996.
Curva di peano cm 80×80, Bruno Munari, 1996.

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A Bruno Munari doodle from 1987
A Bruno Munari doodle from 1987

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Munari encouraged children to learn about the world through touching and playing with materials and things. Possibly one of his most well-known interventions was his Tactile Workshop series. In these Murani in worked with groups of young children to experiment with touch as an exploration of material’s properties and artistic concepts.

info source: https://louisapenfold.com/2017/09/14/bruno-munari/

Bruno munari, Tactile Workshop
Bruno munari, Tactile Workshop

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Some of his other famous works

  • Chair for short visits, 1945, for Zanotta
  • Zizi Monkey, 1954, for Pigomma
  • Cube Ashtray, 1957,  for Danese
  • Falkland Lamp, 1964, for Danese
  • Tetracono, 1965, for Danese

info source: http://www.designophy.com/designpedia/design-designer-1000000073-bruno-munari.htm


Zizi Monkey, 1954, Munari for Pigomma.
Zizi Monkey, 1954, Munari for Pigomma.

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Cube Ashtray, 1957, Munari for Danese.
Cube Ashtray, 1957, Munari for Danese.

image source: https://www.moma.org/collection/works/91739

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