Scarpa and Spritz in Venice
After “The Book Affair” and many Spritz (beer for me) we had a little time in Venice, so Luca took me to see the just restored Olivetti Space in San Marco square.
It was wonderful as I expected. Even in Bologna there is a little masterpiece.
Not all the Art Biennale posters along the streets had a good design, hope that soon I’ll be able to check if the exhibitions are better.
Widely recognized for their Ettore Sottsass-designed Valentine typewriter, one of Olivetti’s less celebrated design accomplishments is the company’s Venice showroom and store. Architect Carlo Scarpa spent two years conceiving the space with a focus on transparencies and materials after commissioned by Adriano Olivetti in the late ’50s, leading to what became one of the most significant architectural achievements of the 20th century.