The Italian style isn’t related only to fashion, gourmet food and hospitality, but finds its peculiar expression also in interior design, that became functional, aimed at accommodating people in smaller spaces, without sacrificing the artistic value of product design.
Michele De Lucchi
De Lucchi is one of the main interior designers of ’80s and ’90s, now continues to create innovative projects, museums set-up and urban design works such as the Rykhe district in Tbilisi. The first picture displays Lido sofa, realized in 1981 for Memphis collective, one of the most important groups in the postmodern scene.
This amazing table was designed in 1981 too, and is realized with plastic laminate, lacquered wood and metal.
A recap of De Lucchi top production:
First Chair for Memphis (1983);
Tolomeo Desk Lamp for Artemide (1986) (Premio Compasso d’oro 1989) in collaboration with Giancarlo Fassina;
Castore LED Lamp for Artemide (2003) (Premio Compasso d’oro 2004);
Noto Pendant Light for Artemide (2008);
Vegan Table for Riva 1920 (2009) in collaboration with Davide Angeli;
Bookshelf Existence in Corten iron for De Castelli (2010).
Piero Lissoni is a minimalistic designer and is worldwide renowned for his contemporary furniture design.
He had worked with many design companies such as Kartell, and this picture shows a desk designed for Porro brand, named Web, a product conceived to be used both as scrivania that as support for computer equipment, TV and HI-FI system.
He also designed showrooms, stores and restaurants in Milan, so it’s easy to recognize Lissoni’s style following a walk tour in the center of the Italian fashion capital.
Lissoni, furthermore, renovated the historic Teatro Nazionale in Milan and completed the headquarters of Living Divani in Anzano del Parco, the headquarters for Glas Italia and Matteograssi near Milan and an eight-storey Benetton Store in Istanbul.
This dressing room is very elegant and combines the typical features of Lissoni, functionality and richness in detail.
One of the first designers who challenged the notions of Modernism was Gaetano Pesce, the renowned architect who realized the “Organic Building” in Osaka and many more buildings throughout the world.
His works are hosted by some of the most prestigious museums, such as MoMA, the Centre Georges Pompidou and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
This picture shows the Michetta sofa, which shape reminds to the traditional Milanese bread. The style of Gaetano Pesce combines cheerfulness and transgression, as shown by the Up chair designed in 1969 and now available at B&B Italia company. This chair is an icon of Italian design.
Paolo Rizzatto founded Luceplan in 1978, a lightning firm that is an award winning producer of consumer, technical, architectural and contract lighting fixtures.
The wall lamp 265 that we picked was designed in 1973 and expresses the style of Rizzatto, minimalistic and complex at the same time.
Lightning design isn’t the only field where Rizzatto worked: for this reason we selected the Flexus sofa, designed in steel and polyurethane; its shape and proportions facilitate the gathering in isles where it is possible to stay, to converse, to eat and to work.
Venturini is one of the leading exponents of Bolidism, a movement created in 1982 by a group of Italian architects and designers.
He created a lot of innovative products for Alessi brand, a series of everyday objects such as the press filter coffee maker or infuser Inka, very different from the typical Italian coffee maker and suitable also for infusions.
The sugar castor Gino Zucchino dated back to early ’90s and is a part of the F.F.F. (Family Follows Fiction) metaproject. These objects recall fairytale characters and are a sort of bridge to the world of the imagination.
Matteo Thun was one of the co-founders of Memphis Group (the collective including De Lucchi and Ettore Sottsass), then opened his studio in Milan and, in the early Nineties, was the creative director at Swatch.
The teapot Laurum Marinus is a provocative object, one of the most popular examples of Thun’s experimental ceramics.
Thun is also an expert of interior design for hotels, as witnessed by Punta Skala Spa Jadera in Croatia. He said about these kinds of projects: “I approach each task individually with a lot of respect for the brief of the client and the brand we are designing for”.
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