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architecture and design executive

Massimo Vignelli, Italian architecture and design executive. Member American Institute Graphic Arts (president 1976-1977 Gold medal 1983), Industrial Designers Society of America, Alliance Graphique Internationale (past president), Architectural League New York (vice president).

Background

Vignelli, Massimo was born on January 10, 1931 in Milan, Italy. Came to the United States, 1965. Son of Ettore and Noemi (Guazzoni) Vignelli.

Education

Student, Brera School Art, Milan, 1950. Student, Politecnico di Milano, 1953. Student, University Venice, 1957.

Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), Parsons School Design, 1983. Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), Pratt Institute, 1987. Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), Rhode Island School Design, 1988.

Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), Istituto Universitario di Architettura, Venice, 1994. Doctor of Fine Arts (honorary), Corcoran School Art, 1994.

Career

Principal Lella & Massimo Vignelli Office Design and Architecture, Milan, 1960-1964. Director, senior vice president design Unimark International, Milan and New York City, 1965-1971. Co-founder, president Vignelli Associates, New York City, since 1971.

Chief Executive Officer Vignelli Designs, Inc., since 1978.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Retrospective shows include: Parsons School Design, New York City, 1980, Padiglione d'Arte Moderna, Milan, 1980, Academy of Art Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics, Moscow and Leningrad, 1989, Helsinki, 1989, London, 1990, Budapest, Barcelona, 1991, Copenhagen, Munich, 1992, Prague, Paris, 1992-1993. Represented in permanent collections Museum Modern Art, New York City, Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York, Metropolitan Museum Art, New York, Brooklyn Museum, Die Neue Sammlung, Munich, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Montreal, Tel Aviv Museum Modern Art. Designer: (dinnerware) Heller, 1964, (glass bakeware) 1975, (furniture), Sunar, 1979, Rosenthal, 1980, Knoll, 1985, Poltrona Frau, 1988, (tableware) Sasaki Crystal, 1985, (glassware) Steuben, 1993.

      Interiors St. Peters Church, Citicorp Center, New York City, 1975, Institute Fine Arts, Minneapolis, 1974. Corporation image Knoll International, 1966, Lancia, 1978, Ciga Hotels, 1979, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, since 1992, American Center in Paris, 1994, COSMIT, Milan, 1994, Bayerische Ruck, Munich, since 1994, Benetton Worldwide, since 1995, graphics American Airlines, 1967, Bloomingdales, 1972, books for Rizzoli International, since 1980. Author: Knoll Design, 1981 (American Institute Graphic Arts award).

Membership

Member American Institute Graphic Arts (president 1976-1977 Gold medal 1983), Industrial Designers Society of America, Alliance Graphique Internationale (past president), Architectural League New York (vice president).

Connections

Married Lella Elena Valle, September 15, 1957. Children: Luca, Valentina.

father:
Ettore Vignelli

mother:
Noemi (Guazzoni) Vignelli

spouse:
Lella Elena Valle

children:
Luca Vignelli

Valentina Vignelli