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Invited by the organisers of Designeast, Enzo Mari and Gabiele Pezzini gave a lecture on 3rd October 2010 in Osaka, as part of the promotion of their manifesto “Che fare,” unveiled last January in Paris at the Galerie Alain Gutharc. ‘Che fare’ (what can you do), a questioning without a question mark before repeated deviations of the production of objects and the situation of design in general. What can you do?

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Responsible design is the big issue right now, and Enzo Mari and Gabriele Pezzini have come in strong with the exhibition ‘Che fare’ (what to do) at the Gutharc Gallery (Paris), their search for the standard as the one creative stance that is aware and civic-minded. What they seek is perfect balance between constraints of marketing, production and manufacturer’s culture, in an attempt to evolve a form that is efficient and durable – a standard that survives passing fads and decorative caprices to impose a reference. The line they take is direct, unassuming and exacting, moving counter to the constant clamouring for ‘something new’. Let us invite you to an exclusive preview, put together by the designers themselves (also available in italiano and japanese).
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“Things are still being produced and they are still being called “design” even when they should be called “art pompier” instead, or, more generously, “decorative art”. Things don’t have to be, they should only appear to be, thus corresponding to the infinite induced needs imposed by the domination of goods.” Enzo Mari, August 2009
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‘Che fare’ (do what), a question without a question mark for an exhibition that side-steps the clichés of the routine production of objects and the situation of design in general. Do what? Enzo Mari, maestro and moral conscience of design, with Gabriele Pezzini, seeker of exactness in design: two generations faced with the same problems, both advocates of a regard focused on what is essential doing what they know how to do best: analyse and decipher.

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