A Beautiful Friendship
Ignazio Gardella and Famiglia Coggi
For more than two decades, Ignazio Gardella maintained a relationship with the Coggi family. The Coggis commissioned the architect to custom-design the furnishings for not one but three of their residences: the Villa Coggi (1942–1954), the Appartamento Coggi (1957–1963), and the Casa Coggi (1952–1962). Their appreciation for his design is not only evident via repeat projects but in the way they brought the furnishings with them to their new homes. Instead of replacing items, they worked with Gardella to reuse pieces they loved and to add new complementary designs to their spaces. With these private projects, Gardella was afforded the opportunity to return to designing furniture and lighting, which he had pursued early in his career. Additionally, he was able to foster further collaborations with other designers through his own production company, Azucena, which he co-founded in 1947 with Luigi Caccia Dominioni and Corrado Corradi Dell'Acqua.