Designer: Michele de Lucchi

Michele de Lucchi is a designer and architect whose animated and sophisticated pieces for Memphis gained him early recognition. His work with Vitra, Artemide and Vistosi produced some of the most ubiquitous and iconic designs of Italian postmodernism and his stile Milanese, holistic and thoughtful, has made him a sought-after and innovative architect.
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Superficial aspects, the unnecessary, can be extremely important. This is not decadence; on the contrary, it is a high level of sophistication concerning our relationship with the things around us.

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Since 2018, his architecture studio has been designing The Earth Stations reimagined public spaces such as libraries, museums, theaters and cafes fit for a quickly-evolving techonological society, where "everyone can find fulfilment in their own contribution, recognize the value of evolution...set off for new destinations and satisfy the most elemental needs for beauty, justice and happiness."

De Lucchi's Tolomeo lamp for Artemide, first introduced in 1987, won the Compass d'Oro in 1989 and has become one of the best-selling lamps of the modern period.

In 2015, de Lucchi published My Horrible Wonderful Clients, detailing, with candor, the problematic nature of the client-designer relationship, describing the concept as "an awkward and ambiguous one, because it refers to something that's simultaneously mean and noble... the sacrifice of dignity for a price."

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I am not satisfied if things have always been done a particular way.

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Michele de Lucchi b. 1951

Italian architect and designer Michele de Lucchi was born in Ferrara in 1951. He studied in Padua and Florence founding the radical “Gruppe Cavart” for experimental architectural design. After meeting Ettore Sottsass, he was invited to join Studio Alchimia in Milan and was also involved with the Memphis Group design movement. In 1975, de Lucchi graduated in Architecture from the Florence University then taught for two years as an academic assistant.

De Lucchi’s expansive range of design projects includes furniture, interior design, lighting, and architecture. He has designed for European companies such as Artemide, Alias, Unifor, Hermès and Alessi. From 1992 to 2002 he was Director of Design for Olivetti developing experimental projects for Philips, Siemens, Compaq Computers, and Vitra. In 1998 he founded the architectural studio aMDL, opening offices in Milan and Rome, and designed corporate work spaces for Deutcsche Bank and UniCredit. His wide range of architectural projects includes the Expo 2015 pavilions for the City of Milan and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia.

A widely respected educator, he was appointed to be Professor of the Design and Art Faculty at the University of Venice in 2001, Professor at the Design Faculty of the Politecnico of Milan in 2008, and awarded an honorary doctorate from Kingston University in 2006. His work is included in the collections of the Neues Museum Berlin, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the Triennale di Milano.

Memphis succeeded, on the one hand, in expressing human wishes and imagination at a particular historical moment and, on the other, was able to provoke, seduce and direct attention back to design.

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