Moleskine announced The Hand of the Designer, a collection of 462 reproductions of hand made sketches by 150 internationally recognized designers, including Bouroullec Brothers, Michael Graves, Hella Jongerius, Karim Rashid, and many others.
The Hand of the Designer is an intimate look into the creative process of the designer, and a celebration of the everlasting power of free hand sketching even in the AutoCAD era. The general layout has the familiar look of a Moleskine notebook, which indicates a visual connection to the sketchbooks often adopted by designers. The dimensions are those of the A4 Folio collection, with all the iconic features of the Moleskine brand: hard rounded corner cover, elastic band, ribbon place marker. The only (and most noticeable change): the cover is white. The Hand of the Designer is packaged with a 120-page Moleskine Folio blank drawing book for notes and free hand sketching.
The publication will be released in conjunction with a special exhibition featuring all the original sketches at Villa Necchi Campiglio and Triennale Bovisa, during the 2010 Salone del Mobile Furniture Fair in Milan, Italy, April 14-19, 2010. Following the exhibition, the original works will be auctioned by Sotheby's Milan at Villa Necchi Campiglio on May 13, 2010, The initiative is organized by and will benefit FAI Fondo Ambiente Italiano (the Italian National Trust). Partners include Alterstudio, in collaboration with La Triennale di Milano, Galleria Antonia Jannone and Sotheby's, with Moleskine as the publishing partner. Curators are Francesca Serrazanetti and Matteo Schubert, together with design expert Doia Giovanola.
"The Hand of the Designer" follows the successful publication of Moleskine's "The Hand of the Architect," first published in 2009 and now in its fourth reprint distributed worldwide. Like its predecessor, "The Hand of the Designer" features an impressive array of original designs and never-before-seen works donated by designers Alberto Meda, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Fernando and Humberto Campana, Antonio Citterio, Massimiliano e Doriana Fuksas, Michael Graves, Jaime Hayon, James Irvine, Hella Jongerius, Piero Lissoni, Ross Lovegrove, Alessandro Mendini, Karim Rashid, and Oscar Tusquets, among many others. The book will also include previously unreleased essays by the curators, Juli Capella, Cristina Morozzi, Enrico Morteo, Vanni Pasca, and Franco Raggi.