MuDeFri, Museo del Design del Friuli Venezia Giulia, makes a ‘census’ of female designers from the region
We should start from the past to draft a complete list, from figures such as Gae Aulenti, Monica Graffeo, Neera Gatti or Trudi Mueller Patriarca, to understand the role of these extraordinary women on the Italian design scene. This is exactly what MuDeFri – Museo del Design del Friuli Venezia Giulia is doing, with its research into female designers.
This project started at Triennale di Milano in 2016 with the exhibition “Women in Italian Design”, showcasing works by Cristina Celestino, Paola Paronetto, Anna Aurora Lombardi, and now MuDeFri, Museo del Design del Friuli Venezia Giulia, wants to continue and enhance it.
Friuli and female designers
55 female designers were born in Friuli Venezia Giulia, as to the current results. Among them, the pioneer from Gorizia, Elvira Luisa Morassi (b. 1903) stands out. After graduating in architecture in Milan, she worked with Gio Ponti in 1923 and, after a short stay in Paris, came back to Gorizia to work as in architecture and design.
Neera Gatti was born in Trieste in 1906. After attending Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia, in 1948, she established her own company Gatti Neera Ceramiche including a workshop/school.
All these women are nonconformist, competitive, versatile, open-minded, creative, passionate inventors. [Text Isabelle Fournier]
Opening picture, Cristina Celestino, successful Friuli-born designer
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