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Enzo Mari

Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist with Francesca Giacomelli.

This major exhibition celebrates the life and work of one of the greatest Italian designers of the 20th century, Enzo Mari, whose designs have inspired generations of creatives around the world.

What to expect

Not only one of the 20th century’s most significant designers, Mari was also an artist, teacher, theorist, and more. During his prolific career, he created countless enduring and timeless designs, filling the homes and streets of the Milanese and beyond. An outspoken critic of the design industry, his uncompromising belief in the social responsibility of design resonates powerfully today, as we face ecological and ethical issues with ever greater urgency.

This unmissable retrospective which was produced and presented by Triennale Milano in 2020, spans Mari’s 60-year career and brings together hundreds of his projects, ranging from furniture, children’s books and games, product and graphic design, to more conceptual installation-based works. Archival material provides greater insight into Mari’s research process, and the key principles that guided and unified his work.

Alongside this exhibition, the museum is showcasing a related free display featuring a number of commissioned tributes from contemporary London based designers in celebration of Mari's extraordinary life and legacy, on display at the first floor's balcony.

Share your favourite designs with us @designmuseum using #DesignMuseum #EnzoMariExhibition and #EnzoMariBalcony

From the press

★★★★★ The Telegraph

★★★★ The Guardian

Enzo Mari Exhibition Photos by Eva Herzog

Close up of 'The Nature Series' screen prints and Formosa Calendar

Close up of '16 Animals' puzzle, 1957, Danese Milano

Close up of the installation 'Lo zoo di Enzo' by Nanda Vigo

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Ticket Information

Adult tickets from £16.33
Children aged 6 to 15 from £8.16
Under 6s go free
Concession/Student tickets from £12.24

• Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. Visit our terms & conditions page for further information.

• Please note that the gallery starts closing 30 minutes before the museum closes. For opening hours and further information, please check our Plan your visit page.

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Members gain free access to the exhibition including a guest and up to three children, enjoy members-only previews, special discounts to events and more. Gift Membership and Student Membership are available from £45.

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During your visit, ask a member of staff for a printed copy of a Large Print Guide or download the digital version from our Access Information page on your phone.

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10 Unmissable Highlights

From Mari’s early industrial designs to children’s games, discover 10 curators' highlights from the #EnzoMariExhibition featuring more than 300 objects.

5 things to know about Enzo Mari

Find out more about the pioneer of post-war Italian design.

Discover The Fable Family Trail

Explore the exhibition with The Fable Family Trail featuring activities for children and young people. You can download below to use it on your phone or print before your visit. Print copies might be available on the day, please ask a member of staff.

Exhibition Catalogue

Explore 60 years of Mari's work through plans, sketches, unpublished archive material, essays and interviews that trace, for the first time, a systematic itinerary – articulated into 19 “research platforms” – that conveys Mari’s sensitivity as a designer, artist, critic and theoretician.
You can order now and choose home delivery or to collect when you visit the exhibition from March.

Grazie Enzo: Contemporary Responses to Enzo Mari

Accompanying the retrospective exhibition 'Enzo Mari Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist with Francesca Giacomelli', this free display will showcase the work of 14 London-based designers, studios and collectives whose practices share an affinity with Enzo Mari's.

Related events

Models for a Different Society Part 2

Exploring the legacy of pioneering Italian designer Enzo Mari, this event is the second in a series of discussions with contemporary designers, makers and curators influenced by Mari’s approach.

Workshop: Build the Enzo Mari Sedia P Chair

In this hands-on workshop led by RubinoWilson, learn how to make a wooden chair inspired by Enzo Mari's iconic 'Sedia P', following a visit to the exhibition Enzo Mari curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist with Francesca Giacomelli.

Enzo Mari Audio Described Sensory Tour

Join us for an audio-described sensory tour of highlights of the exhibition 'Enzo Mari curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist with Francesca Giacomelli', for blind and visually impaired visitors and their companions.

Enzo Mari British Sign Language Tour

Join us for a group tour of the exhibition's highlights, facilitated by Edward Richards, for D/deaf visitors who use British Sign Language and their companions.

Plan your visit

Plan your visit

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Background image: Enzo Mari exhibition photographed by Eva Herzog for the Design Museum.