*No paper was harmed during the making of this film. from Tommaso Minnetti on Vimeo.
Polyedra is celebrating the shared heritage (and auguring future collaboration) between Swiss and Italian graphic design with Italian Design Is Coming Home. The joint effort between 11 Swiss and 11 Italian designers will yield 22 art posters that will be exhibited in Zurich and Milan this year and ultimately compiled in a catalog by Actar.
They've also produced a short video (above) documenting the creation of the centerpiece of the project, a painstakingly crafted 2.5m paper model, by Alberto Parise and Giovanni Pasini.
There's been a strong link in design between Switzerland and Italy (particularly Milan) going back to the 1940s. Max Huber, Carlo Vivarelli, Walter Ballmer were just a few of the legendary Swiss designers who crossed the Alps to help create the International Typographic School for which Italian (and Swiss) design became renowned.
Check out a historical sampling of mutually-inspired product and event posters (including Borsalino, Kardex and Olivetti) after the jump...