17 April 2007
The University of the Republic of San Marino
The University of the Republic of San Marino

Above: The issue of four new postage stamps dedicated to the grand master, Bruno Munari, are intended to celebrate both the 100 anniversary of his birth and the properties of "good design".

The Industrial Design Faculty of the University of the Republic of San Marino is celebrating the 100 anniversary of the birth of celebrated designer Bruno Munari by collaborating with the Republic of San Marino Post - four new postage stamps dedicated to the grand master are being released this month.

The series was designed in 2006 in the Laboratory of Fundamentals of Two-dimensional Design held by Omar Vulpinari.

Amongst the work from Vulpinari's first year students, Ilaria Montanari's "Compasso d'oro ad ignoti" (Golden compass award to unknown) proposal was selected.

The project celebrates the design pioneer and at the same time honors "good design": that is modern, simple, functional, timeless and affordable to all. The type of design that education must always foster.

The stamps feature illustrations of four objects of daily use created by unknown designers, even before the term "design" was coined. The objects are still valid today in homes and work places. People continue to buy them because they don't follow style trends, don't distinguish class, they're beautiful, have honest prices and work properly. These products are perfect examples of "good design".

Munari awarded these objects, along with others he selected, his "Compasso d'oro ad ignoti", playing around with the world famous Italian design prize "Premio Compasso d'Oro ADI".

The stamps, on sale from 20 April 2007, are the result of the first collaboration between the newborn Industrial Design Faculty and the government of San Marino.

To view the full sheets of stamps, click here.

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