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Best Thing in Venice: The Olivetti Store

So I was just in Venice, to see the Biennale. Art-wise, there wasn’t much that really wowed me, so I’ll start with the fantastic newly-restored Olivetti store in Piazza San Marco. Designed by the late, great Venetian architect Carlo Scarpa (one of my favorites) in 1957-58, the space has been turned into a stunning museum space by the city. They even got the original models of Olivetti typewriters that were on display when the shop opened.

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But the shop was never designed to be simply a shop. It was intended as a ‘business card’, that would showcase Olivetti’s attention to detail and affinity for good design, which was legendary. (Ettore Sottsass designed their amazing Valentine, in 1969.)

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Despite his brilliance, Scarpa was apparently difficult to work with, often taking years longer to complete projects that was originally agreed.

But I think it’s clear in retrospect that it would have been worth the wait.

All photos by Scott Barker. More after the jump…

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And the details…it’s like walking through an enormous jewelry box:

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One Response to “Best Thing in Venice: The Olivetti Store”

  1. ChrisToronto says:

    LOVE the eyeball windows!

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