Examples from Enzo Mari’s 1974 DIY furniture manual Autoprogettazione. The booklet includes images and detailed plans of 19 pieces of furniture (9 tables, 3 chairs, a bench, a bookshelf, a wardrobe, and 4 beds) all made from standard timber sizes, cut to specific lengths, and assembled using only simple tools. The plans encourage the “self-design” of the manual’s title, and users were invited to send images of their customised furniture back to Mari.
The chair helpfully referred to as La Sedia is now the most iconic piece of the series and is currently produced by Artek. It is supplied in a box containing 13 pine planks, 48 nails and a hammer, along with instructions.