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The Pininfarina Book

The Pininfarina Book
An illustrated book from Guenther Raupp with a preface by Paolo Pininfarina. 304 pages with 250 coloured and b&w illustrations, size: 320 x 250 mm, binding: hardcover with book jacket. Words in English, German, Italian and Chinese
What is innovation? The dictionary defines it as “renewal through the use of new processes and technologies.” In advertising, everything is an innovation. But what is truly innovative? Since 1930, the Pininfarina design firm of Turin, Italy, has been answering that question. This is where the Cistalia 202 was developed, the first vehicle to be added to MoMA’s permanent collection. The list goes on: the interior of the new stadium for Juventus Turin, the Nash Healey Spider seen in Billy Wilder’s Sabrina, and the legendary Ferrari Dino 246 and Ferrari Testarossa. However, Pininfarina is not resting on its laurels, but blasting full speed ahead into the future with an expanded portfolio while honoring its heritage. Whether it’s a solution for sustainable mobility, interior designs, or household gadgets, all Pininfarina projects bear an unmistakable signature. To visually celebrate the history and influence of Pininfarina, there is no one better suited than a man who has made his own unmistakable mark on automotive photography. Günther Raupp has spent 30 years photographing cars for Ferrari’s official calendars, which enjoy a cult following among the experts. As a star photographer and connoisseur of industrial design, Raupp showcases a company that embodies true italianità.
Author Günther Raupp
Pages 304
Format 290 mm x 370 mm
Blurb The Pininfarina design firm of Turin celebrates their 85-year history, a family saga of ingenious designers, spanning three generations.

For 85 years now, the name “Pininfarina” has stood for first-class Italian design and is synonymous with unmistakable style. In the early decades, this was true, especially for cars, but more recently it also applies to architecture, industrial design, mobility, and sustainability. Design of the highest quality—for Pininfarina this has always meant technological expertise, functionality, innovation, and, not least, Italian elegance.

How to describe the synthesis of Pininfarina's work? First of all, the quality: the quality of the projects, the products, and the partners with which they were made. A Pininfarina product must always be innovative and must aim to achieve a high standard of elegance, a synthesis of function and form resulting in a strong aesthetic personality.After a considerable number of years, examples of almost timeless design include the Cisitalia 202—whose trailblazing design was honored by the Museum of Modern Art in New York as one of the eight most significant designs in the history of the automobile, or Ferrari's legends from 342 America to 250 GT, the Testarossa, and the F40 to Enzo Ferrari, FF, or today's Sergio.

Internationally, Pininfarina became a fixed term for Italian style, but it is not resting on its laurels. The design firm of Turin is blasting full speed ahead into the future with an expanded portfolio while honoring its heritage.Industrial design, ranging from sports equipment to furniture (including the “Ola” kitchen by Snaidero) to machinery, and not to mention transport vehicles, from aircraft to yachts to trains. Meanwhile, Pininfarina has also earned a name for itself in the field of architecture. Hotel buildings and apartment houses bearing the Pininfarina signature have gone up in Miami, San Diego, Singapore, Sao Paulo. In Turin, Pininfarina took on the task of providing the entire interior design for the award-winning Juventus football stadium, which was opened in 2011. Under the stewardship of Paolo Pininfarina, these business fields take particular priority alongside the traditional segments served—automotive design, engineering, and construction of very small runs and unique cars. It is this broad array of options that lends a company with such a brilliant tradition, one that dates back 85 years, a sense of hope as it looks to the future.

To visually celebrate the history and influence of Pininfarina, there is no one better suited than a man who has made his own unmistakable mark on automotive photography.