Franco Clivio has been collecting stuff since he was a kid. Over the course of decades the industrial designer has gathered thousands of seemingly junky objects (everything from Slinkies to scissors to hangers and pencils) and cataloged them with the discipline of a scientist. But before you write off the items as trash, you should know that each piece in Clivio’s collection is there for a reason. “These are objects that make you smile, that demonstrate a high degree of functionality,” he said in an interview a couple of years back.
In 2009 Clivio published a book called Hidden Forms, which looked at the collection in depth. Now he’s displaying 1,000 of these objects at Milan’s Triennale Design Museum in an exhibition called No Name Design. The show explores the overlooked beauty in the everyday objects we encounter, and true to its title, most of these items are products of an anonymous design process. “These objects, often anonymously designed, pay homage to the ingenuity of craftsmen and engineers who provided solutions to a variety of problems,” he writes in the exhibition notes.