On the 1 April 2017, Quercetti will make its official entrance in one of the temples of design. For one year, until 18 February 2018, the Triennale Design Museum will present Giro Giro Tondo – Design for Children. As part of this event, Quercetti will be present with its most representative product, the peg. Every year, the Triennale Design Museum recounts Italian design through a system of exhibitions that change theme, scientific disciplines and installments to try to answer the basic question “What is Italian design?”, offering original points of view on this theme. This is where toys meet design, with its most important examples. That is why the peg, predecessor of the modern pixel, the original 3D game, is a natural participant. A 3-metre high wall will be completely covered by a picture made up of 350 thousand pegs. Version 2.0 pegs to be precise, Pixel Art pegs. Mini pegs, 4mm in diameter that can be used to reproduce photos and paintings. A veritable work of pointillism art, created using plastic pegs in only 6 different colours. The human eye mixes the colours to create new colours and shades, with surprising results. A toy and a work of art at the same time, this image will be a homage to the work of the artist Bruno Munari. Of course, the classic version of the peg will also be featured. In fact, a wooden peg made in 1953, born from the creative mind of Alessandro Quercetti will be on display. Giro Giro Tondo - Design for Children, presents a new story of Italian design dedicated to the world of infants and children, to architecture designed for them, to games and images that entertained them, to the areas they explored, and to the objects they handled. There will be different themes: the history of design, the history of toys, the history of urban installations, performance art and architecture, the history of graphic art, illustrations and publishing. There will be a special focus on important figures involved with design in relation with education, such as Bruno Munari and Riccardo Dalisi, the history of pedagogy, such as Maria Montessori, and iconicity of storytelling, such as Collodi. Modern society often gives little importance to children’s abilities, forgetting that they are able to think with their own forms, structures and thoughts. Potential future designers, getting to know the world through handling things, putting them together and piling them up. That means toys are like their first school. And whoever makes those toys must consider each child’s intelligence and inclinations.
Photo credits: Bruno Munari, Monte Olimpino, 1972, photo by Ada Ardessi © Isisuf, Milano, reinterpreted by Quercetti Pixel Art for Triennale Design Museum 10, Giro Giro Tondo, Design for Children, 1 April 2017 – 18 February 2018