Enzo Mari

See-saw by Enzo Mari

£22

The See-saw (L'altalena) can be either a book, a game, or hang up on a wall. The concertina-folded pages are full of black and brown stylised animals that chase one another, overlap, and leap with their 'heavy bodies' onto the ends of the See-Saw as they try to keep their balance. The story follows the group of animals learning about shape, weight and balance. 

We have two Italian godfathers in our collection – Enzo Mari one, and Bruno Munari the other. We first came across Mari’s work through our tutor Patrick Lacey, part of design collective Åbäke. We were fascinated by how Mari set out to democratise design, a value we have since adopted into our practice. His key projects Autoprogettazione, Serie della Natura and 16 Animali sum it all up. As a student we could never see them in real life, so it’s a pleasure to be able to sell them at Hato Store.

Emete, Brand Director

Enzo Mari was an Italian industrial designer and artist known for his simple but poetic interpretations of functional objects, including children's puzzles, calendars, and traffic bollards. His clever designs are characterised by their clean, minimal lines, a tactile handling of humble materials and a desire to create beautiful objects for everyone.

Published by Corraini Edizioni Format: Softcover with Concertina fold Pages:  28 Dimensions: 17 cm x 24 cm First Edition Year:  1961

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