“The recent history of modern architecture is epitomised by the continual revolution in building materials. (…) In a prodigious effort the glass industry has resolved in a few years problems that for centuries were held to be inherent to the material itself (…) Linoleum has already won its own battle and is put forward as a typical floor for the modern house. (…) anticorodal, alluman, cromoalluminio (…) bear witness to the perfection and practicality reached by a typically Italian industry, that of working in aluminium”
Giuseppe Terragni, 1936
This is a collection of materials which were developed during the time when modern architecture was just beginning to assert itself. Almost all of them are no longer in production but can be considered to be the precursors of the cladding, insulation and protective and finishing materials that are used in construction today.