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  • 09 October 2019 Piloti, che gente… “My memories of motor racing go back to 1908, when my father took me to a race on the circuit in Bologna, which wound its way along the ... +
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  • 15 September 2019 Bob Noorda Design When he arrived in Milan in 1954, Bob Noorda was a young Dutch designer who had trained in the Bauhaus movement after graduating from the IVKNO school in ... +
  • Bob Noorda Design
  • 01 September 2019 Tales from a neighbourhood. Places, faces and memories of Bicocca Curated by Giorgio Bigatti and Gianpaolo Nuvolati and edited by Scalpendi in November 2018 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the University of Milan-Bicocca, Raccontare un quartiere. Luoghi, ... +
  • Tales from a neighbourhood. Places, faces and memories of Bicocca
  • 31 July 2019 India Rubber World: more than a century of tyre history ... Vittorio Gregotti designed the Pirelli Headquarters in the Bicocca District of Milan around the old cooling tower. In a corner of this building is a machine that dates ... +
  • India Rubber World: more than a century of tyre history ...
09 October 2019

Piloti, che gente…

“My memories of motor racing go back to 1908, when my father took me to a race on the circuit in Bologna, which wound its way along the Via Emilia and the Persicetana.” Enzo Ferrari was ten years old at the time, and the experience of witnessing Felice Nazzaro’s victory remained impressed on him for the rest of his life. Almost eighty years later, Ferrari tells his own story of a twentieth-century world of cars and races in Piloti, che gente...: a fascinating illustrated tale that reveals an entire era. Published by Conti Editore in 1985, it is available in a rare single copy at the Pirelli Foundation Library.

15 September 2019

Bob Noorda Design

When he arrived in Milan in 1954, Bob Noorda was a young Dutch designer who had trained in the Bauhaus movement after graduating from the IVKNO school in Amsterdam. Italy for him was Pirelli and Olivetti, Rinascente and the Milanese Metro – in other words, it was international fame. Published by 24 Ore Cultura in 2015, five years after his death, Bob Noorda Design is “... his book. A book that led him to retrace his own career as a designer, to put him in line with the struggle faced by people who prefer the future.” This precious volume on Noorda and sought by Noorda, is available for consultation at the Pirelli Foundation Library.

01 September 2019

Tales from a neighbourhood. Places, faces and memories of Bicocca

Curated by Giorgio Bigatti and Gianpaolo Nuvolati and edited by Scalpendi in November 2018 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the University of Milan-Bicocca, Raccontare un quartiere. Luoghi, volti e memorie della Bicocca (Tales of a neighbourhood. Places, faces and memories of Bicocca) is a fascinating journey to the historic neighbourhood that developed around the Pirelli factory in the 1900s. This multi-voiced narrative traces a historic and geographic route among Art Nouveau houses and futuristic post-industrial buildings, along avenues that once skirted roll mills and vulcanisers, and through institutions that house memories and others that foster knowledge. In the background rests a strong sense of belonging and a community that over the years has never wavered from offering integration and identity. The book is filled with stories by common people and images by leading photographers that draw our attention to the lives of blue-collar workers and visions of forward-looking architects. The Pirelli Foundation, keeper of the company's memories, takes a look at the Bicocca neighbourhood from an insider's perspective.

31 July 2019

India Rubber World: more than a century of tyre history encapsulated in a magazine

Vittorio Gregotti designed the Pirelli Headquarters in the Bicocca District of Milan around the old cooling tower. In a corner of this building is a machine that dates back to the beginning of the 1900s, the mixing mill built by Farrell Foundry and Machine Co, an American company specialised in rubber processing equipment. In 1904, when young Alberto Pirelli visited the American company in Ansonnia, Connecticut, he was already aware of the quality of Farrell equipment, having read extensively about it in the monthly magazine India Rubber World, the rubber industry "bible" since 1890. Edited by Henry C. Pearson from New York, the publication arrived every month on Pirelli's desk. It played a role in turning the company into a major multinational corporation because by reading the magazine, the trailblazer was continuously updated on what was going on in the still young rubber industry, both in Italy and around the world. The complete collection of India Rubber World is indexed in the National Library Service and is kept at the Group's Technical-Scientific Library. The collection is on display at the Pirelli Foundation and is practically the only one in existence, comprising issues that cannot be found elsewhere.