Carlo Enrico Rava
Carlo Enrico Rava was born in Italy in 1903; he completed his studies in design and architecture at the Politecnico di Milano and formed the rationalist group, Gruppo 7. They believed that in beginning the Rationalist movement and using reasoning and applying methodology in the place of feeling, or sensory assumptions they could achieve a richer form of knowledge.
Throughout his career, Rava was known to express his views on the future direction of Italian design, as his own personal style went against the norm at the time. During the 1930’s, Gio Ponti criticized Rava’s designs as being excessive and reflective of his preference towards luxury, which at the time was viewed as insensitive towards to country’s economic position. Rava continued to work on designs that reflected his originality and displayed his forward thinking concepts, which have been credited for influencing post-war Italy’s modernist style.