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Michele De Lucchi


Italian designer and architect Michele De Lucchi, one of the founders of the legendary Memphis Group. The movement, founded in 1980 by Ettore Sottsass, rejected traditional design concepts and in particular opposed the prevalent production practices dictated by industry, and a break with conventions which was expressed in a completely new, challenging, disconcerting formal language. Since the demise of the Memphis Group in 1989, De Lucchi has developed on various projects, including works such as his Tolomeo lamps for Artemide - the first if which was created in 1987 - which do not follow the radical approach of the Memphis Group, but on the contrary convince through their restrained, clear design as functional desk lighting. Michele De Lucchi was born in 1951 in Ferrara, Italy. He studied architecture at the Politecnico in Milan, where he has also taught since 2008.

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smow Blog Design Calender: April 30th 1993 - Opening of Citizen Office at the Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein

...At around the same time the Vitra Design Museum were in talks with Ettore Sottsass about developing a monographic exhibition, an exhibition which was intended to include reflections by Sottsass on "The Hedonistic Office", a section of the exhibition Sottsass suggested making the focus, a suggestion the Vitra Design Museum accepted and which saw Michele De Lucchi, Andrea Branzi and Rolf Fehlbaum brought in as co-collaborators in a process that, and despite its origins, wasn't planned to necessarily end in an exhibition...

smow blog 2015. A pictorial review: January

January being what it is we spent most of the month in Cologne attending the 2015 IMM Cologne Furniture Fair and the parallel Passagen Design Festival. The undisputed highlight of Passagen 2015 for us was the show case MAD ABOUT LIVING – 24 Designers from...

smow blog Design Calendar: September 18th 1981- Inaugural Memphis Exhibition, Milan

...According to Gismondi there was only one vaguely, commercially, successful Memphis object: the chair First by Michele De Lucchi...

Passagen Cologne 2015: A&W Designer of the Year 2015 - Michele De Lucchi. The Exhibition.

...Following on from Patricia Urquiola in 2012, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec in 2013 and Werner Aisslinger in 2014, the 2015 recipient is Michele De Lucchi Born in Ferrara, Italy, in 1951 Michele De Lucchi studied architecture in Ferrara and Florence before establishing his first architecture practice in Florence in 1976... From the early days of his career Michele De Lucchi has worked parallel as architect and designer and has never defined himself as one or the other...

Artemide "Best design brand Home and Living 2009"

Although we'll probably always have problems with design and branding Awards, we do appreciate the value and importance that many of them represent. And so congratulations from us to Italian lighting designer and (smow)partner Artemide for first place in the...


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