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Abitare: 50 Years of Design

The best of architecture, interiors, fashion, travel, trends

Posted 07.21.11 by Katherine Cowan

Abitare: 50 Years of Design - book cover

This new book in the circulating section of the Library is a compendium of the first 50 years of the Italian design journal Abitare.

As such, it contains a retrospective of the journal's covers, essays, and decade views -- page spreads that demonstrate the scope and sweep of the content during the publication's first fifty years.

Check it out, take it home, and get caught up!


  • Abitare 1961-2011 by Mario Piazza
  • An Italian feeling by Alessandro Mendini
  • The Italian "normal" by Paola Antonelli
  • 1960s
  • The culture of living by Piero Peroni
  • 1970s
  • Where, how, and with whom does Abitare live? by Franca Santi Gualteri
  • 1980s
  • 1990s
  • Speaking of architecture, but not only architecture by Italo Lupi
  • 2000s
  • Dwelling with readers by Stefano Boeri
  • The Abitare reader



The Italian shelter magazine Abitare (meaning ‘to dwell’), which began in 1961 under the title Casa Novita, was not entirely part of the mainstream at the time of its inception, but it certainly helped redefine Italian and, by proxy, American visual culture… Abitare: 50 Years of Design is not only a good record of half a century reduced to 430 pages, but a handbook on how a magazine can continue to inform and delight, even in the iPad era.” ~New York Times

Toasting the Italian magazine that has documented—and shaped—how people live, Abitare: 50 Years of Design covers innovative projects from churches by Mario Botta to superhighways in Los Angeles, as well as the earliest sectional sofas and an inflatable armchair. ~Elle Decor

Abitare: 50 Years of Design is the first-ever compilation of the most innovative design magazine of the 1960s and 1970s. Launched in 1961, Abitare is a revolutionary lifestyle magazine, the source of all things hip, important, and avante-garde… ~Design Addict