First produced by Danese in 1965, Il gioco delle favole / The Fable Game, now in the Corraini catalogue, is made up of interlocking illustrations populated by animals, plants, and objects, which can be assembled and disassembled by inventing infinite stories.
In his pictures, Enzo Mari works on reducing superfluous details to create an essential, iconic representation of the elements of nature.
This series of posters includes four of the subjects created for the game: the Hen, the Rooster, the Dog and the Stork.
Enzo Mari – attended the Accademia di Brera in Milan and, at a young age, he worked in the field of Programmed Art to later focus on industrial design from 1956, while also experimenting with new materials. In art, he promoted the international Nuove Tendenze (New Trends) movement.
In the 60s he revolutionized the concept of design through objects that were seen as being useful to “ordinary people”, who were until then excluded from a sector that was considered elitist.
This led to creations that did not feel the wear and tear of time, liberated from trends, whose meaning rested not only in the constant and extensive research work, but also in the quality of the forms.
Mari has always looked at human needs outside of the constraints of the market. His output encompasses his artist’s inventions, his work as a designer and theorist, as well as being the author of fifteen educational and political books.
He has taught at several Italian universities, as well as in Vienna and Berlin.
He has been awarded the Compasso d’Oro five times; the first in 1967 for “Individual Design Research” and the last in 2011 for lifetime achievement.