||But Pininfarina’s close ties to Ferrari didn’t prevent it from creating classic designs
for cars made by Lancia, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Peugeot and others. And in more
recent years the company has expanded into non-automotive fields such as
industrial design, architecture, and mass transit.
The Pininfarina Book captures the sweep and variety of the designer’s
work through scores of new and historic photos, concept drawings, and design
sketches. Much of the focus is on Italian cars: the 1945 Cisitalia 202 honored
by New York’s Museum of Modern Art; the classic Ferrari and Alfa spiders of
the 1950s and 1960s; and such contemporary supercars as Ferrari’s
F12berlinetta and 458 Speciale. But the book also looks at Pininfarina’s
innovative work designing trains and boats; consumer products and furniture;
and even ultra-modern architecture and interior design.
No matter what the project, Pininfarina’s designs achieve a high standard of
elegance, and a synthesis of function and form resulting in a strong aesthetic
personality. After nearly a century, the Turin company remains the ultimate
purveyor of Italian design. With its stunning images, massive scale, and bold
presentation, The Pininfarina Book is a fitting tribute—a book for design
aficionados and professionals, photography lovers and car fans, and everyone
who enjoys true elegance.
Note: All copies of The Pininfarina Book ordered directly from David
Bull Publishing are autographed by author and photographer Günther Raupp.