Founded in Turin in 1852, by the turn of the century the Nebiolo Foundry had raised to prominence as a leading manufacturer of foundry type and printing presses, with a competitive international edge.
From the 1910s throughout the 1970s its Art Studio, headed by renowned designers such as Giulio Da Milano, Alessandro Butti and Aldo Novarese, released influential typefaces — such as Paganini, Semplicità, Neon, Veltro, Augustea, Garaldus, Recta, Eurostile, Stop.
The foundry eventually ceased operations in 1978. While the complex story of the company’s folding is well documented, the origins of its design studio at the end of the nineteenth-century are still shrouded in contradictory references.
A close reading of information scattered in archival materials offers clues to solving the puzzle. By retracing these early steps, this presentation will help shed new light on the role played by lesser known figures, such as Dalmazzo Gianolio, Edoardo Cotti and Raffaello Bertieri.
Alessandro Colizzi »