In No-form 2020. 10 Racconti oltre il Design, edited by Guido Musante, Clino Castelli revisits the history of his innovative approach to design with ten emblematic short stories, in which the backdrop of some of his most significant projects is interwoven with fragments of his personal life and surprising immersions into a past that has a taste of the future. The “no-form” of the title “is an attribute and a design modality that unites every extension of design conducted outside of strictly formal qualities. The [design] that seems to be waiting for us is populated by objects that are increasingly capable of transmitting emotions of all kinds and intensities. And maybe that’s what no-form means.” Through memory and suggestion, the book opens its eyes to languages emerging over the next decade, according to the author’s own attitude. Emblematically, each of the stories revolves around an object, found or designed – from a jacket crossing the Atlantic in 1967 to a bench tied to Alighiero Boetti, to a patent for a self-flapping flag – or to encounters with unforgettable characters and historical moments, between the United States and China, Japan and Australia. With archive photographic cameos illustrating each chapter, No-form is further complemented by a critical contribution from Tommaso Trini.
Clino Trini Castelli (born 1944), designer, artist and design theorist, lives and works in Milan. Known for being the initiator of CMF design, Castelli introduced extensive thinking into the renewal of plastic languages applied to industrial products, pursued through the tools of Primary Design. Unlike traditional compositional methods, since the 1970s he has focused on meta-projects and on the more intangible figurative aspects, such as material and colour, light and sound, exalting the virtues of a sensory approach to art and design. He has received significant European, American and Japanese awards for his work, including two ADI Compasso d’Oro awards.
Born in 1972, Guido Musante is an architect and PhD in Urban Planning; he currently teaches design and communication at the Politecnico di Milano. In the first phase he devoted himself to architecture with Boeri Studio and then founded the Collective Group, with which he followed Europan 8. Afterwards he started to work as a columnist with “Domus”, which continued and extended over time to include other magazines in the sector, including “Interni”. He has already edited the book Un bosco verticale (2015) with Corraini, and has created works for ADI and La Triennale di Milano, as well as various curating and communication projects, the last of which was the “Supercolla” exhibition in 2019.