Italian Design and Photography Take Over BAM

Studio Ballo travels to the Bellevue Arts Museum with 300 images and 70 iconic design works from the 1950s on.

By Laura Dannen February 20, 2013 Published in the March 2013 issue of Seattle Met

Studio Ballo. Luigi Baroli/Baleri Italia, Cartoon, 1992, 50 x 65 cm

During the height of Italy’s Radical Design movement of the 1960s and ’70s—when armchairs looked like baseball gloves and chaise lounges doubled as sculpture—it was practically rite of passage for a designer to spend time in the Milan studio of photographers Aldo and Marirosa Toscani Ballo. Their marketing and magazine photos helped share Italian design with the world; and for this traveling exhibit, roughly 300 images from Studio Ballo along with 70 iconic design works will showcase the beauty of function and form.


Zoom. Italian Design and the Photography of Aldo and Marirosa BalloMar 15–June 16, $7–$10, free first Fri. Bellevue Arts Museum, 510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, 425-519-0770;

Published: March 2013

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