Diseño y nostalgia
Isabel Campi (1951) graduated in Industrial Design at the Eina School and in History of Art from the University of Barcelona. She also has the Diploma of Advanced Studies of the doctorate Research in Design from the University of Barcelona. She specialized in theory and history of industrial design, teaching from 1977 as a lecturer at the Massana School, at the School of Industrial Design (URL), at the Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña, at the University of Barcelona and at the Hochschule der Kunste in Berlin.
She currently lectures at the Istituto Europeo de Design and at the Eina School, both in Barcelona.A lecturer with a broad range, a frequent contributor to magazines and exhibitions and the author of half a dozen books, including Iniciació a la història del disseny industrial (1987), Què és el disseny? (1992-2006), Quiero ser diseñador (1992), La idea y la materia: El diseño de producto en sus orígenes (2007), Isabel Campi is one of the most authoritative voices of the Spanish academic panorama interested in design.
This title gathers a series of short unrelated essays, originated from a course on history that the author gave to design students. These essays share a common theme, which is the main tool that historians use to carry out to approach any theme: time. The reflections that arose in the lecture hall revealed the need to address the past, which leads to realize that many of the phenomena that seem modern are not, as well as to refer to the past in order to be genuinely innovative and modern, through the questioning and reinterpretation of what has already been done. With time, these essays grew and took shape, resulting in this book, with a central chapter where the author explores why, in our world of hypertechnical objects, nostalgia for the past has become a collective obsession. This work displays some guidelines to a better understanding of the material world that surrounds us, and leads to a reflection on the rich connection between time and design.
Isabel Campi – 2008
Paperback, 23.5 cm x 16 cm / 9.25″ x 6.3″
55 b/w ilustrations