Bruno Munari

Bruno Munari (1907 – 1998,) was an Italian artist and designer, who contributed fundamentals to many fields of visual arts (painting, sculpture, film, industrial design, graphic design) and non visual arts (literature, poetry) with his research on games, didactic method and creativity.

He was among the most inspirational designers of all time, described by Picasso as ‘the new Leonardo’.

Munari insisted that design be beautiful, functional and accessible. Lamps, road signs, typography, posters, children’s books, advertising, cars and chairs are some of the subjects to which he turned his illuminating gaze.

Below are images from one of his children’s books which reminds us of our own childhood, when we opted to paint landscapes instead of monkeys on beach combed rocks – failing to notice the landscapes we were painting over.

FROM AFAR IT IS AN ISLAND by Bruno Munari, World Publishing Company, 1972 (originally published in Italian, 1971)