|Died||19 October 2020 (aged 88)|
Early life and education
From 1956 onward, he specialized in industrial design and created a portfolio of more than 2,000 works. In the 1960s, he published a series of books, including "The Apple and the Butterfly," a book of illustrations depicting the story of a caterpillar and an apple, without any text.
In the 1970s as a professor at The Humanitarian Society, he founded the Nuova Tendenza art movement in Milan. Also in that decade, he designed the Sof Sof chair and the "Box" chair. In 1974, Enzo Mari created a book entitled, Autoprogettazione, which deals with the DIY construction of furniture. In the 1980s, he designed the modernist Tonietta chair.
Multiple works by Mari have been on display at the Museum of Modern Art. He had retrospective shows in Turin, and an important presentation of his work in the "Adhocracy" show, during the first Istanbul Design Biennial. In addition, the Triennale, Milan is exhibiting a tribute to Mari, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist with Francesca Giacomelli.
He donated the archive of his designs to the city of Milan on the condition that it may not be displayed for 40 years.
Mari married art critic, theoretician and performance artist Lea Vergine, in 1978. They had known each other since the 1960s. He died on 19 October 2020, at the age of 88, due to COVID-19, during the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy. His wife died a day later, also from COVID-19.
Awards and recognition
- Compasso d'Oro award: 1967 "for individual research in design" 
- Compasso d'Oro award: 1979 for the "Delfina" chair 
- Compasso d'Oro award: 1987 for the "Tonietta" chair 
- Compasso d'Oro award: 2001 for the "Legato" table 
- The RSA of London presented him with the award of "HonRDI" (Honorary Royal Designer for Industry) in 2000. Only 200 people may hold this title at any time.
- The Faculty of Architecture at Milan Polytechnic presented Mari with an honorary degree in Industrial Design in 2002.
-"Form is everything."
-"Design is dead."
-"I want to create models for a different society."
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