Teaching Ideas

Early Learning

For Ages 3-5

  • This work was made by an Italian artist who designed objects for businesses and corporate offices—everything from typewriters and computers to office settings. His designs were known as “nonconformist furniture” because they used basic industrial materials such as plastic and glass, and the bright and bold colors reminded people of abstract paintings. These materials and designs were not often found in office products. In addition to using bright colors, the artist was also interested in putting shapes and structures into his work. What shapes do you see in this piece?
  • What colors do you see in this work of art?
  • This is a functional object, meaning it was made to be used in a house or office. How do you think it was used? This work is a room divider—a piece of furniture placed in a way that divides a room into separate areas.
  • Would you like to have this piece of furniture in your house? Why or why not?
  • Can you find a pattern of triangles?

Encouraging Dialogue

For Students K-12

  • How would you describe the colors of this object?
  • In addition to using bright colors, the artist was also interested in putting shapes and structures into his work. What shapes do you see in this piece?
  • If you had this in your house, what objects would you fill it with? Do you think it is meant to hold things?
  • Do you think this would work well as a room divider? Why or why not?
  • What do you think this is made of?
  • Does this look more like a piece of furniture or a sculpture? Why?