The Triennale Design Museum is a part of the Triennale di Milano that is dedicated solely to Italian design. Every year the exhibition is renewed and focuses on a different aspect or period. Previous editions have for covered topics like graphic design, the origins of Italian design and the mass production of designer products.
The seventh edition of the Triennale Design Museum is called Il Design Italiano Oltre le Crisi – Autarchia, Austerità, Autoproduzione (Italian Design Beyond the Crisis – Autarchy, Austerity, Autoproduction) or simply TDM7. The idea is that in years of economic crisis the creativity is particularly stimulated, and the exhibition proofs this point by looking at three periods in recent history that were struck by economic crisis: the thirties, the seventies and the noughties.
The history of “alternative” Italian design it told with over 650 objects by artists including Fortunato Depero, Bice Lazzari, Fausto Melotti, Carlo Mollino, Franco Albini, Gio Ponti, Antonia Campi, Renata Bonfanti, Salvatore Ferragamo, Piero Fornasetti, Bruno Munari, Alessandro Mendini, Gaetano Pesce, Ettore Sottsass, Enzo Mari, Andrea Branzi, Ugo La Pietra, Martino Gamper, Formafantasma, Nucleo, Lorenzo Damiani, Paolo Ulian and Massimiliano Adami.