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MICHELE DE LUCCHI for Italian Design Day



MICHELE DE LUCCHI for Italian Design Day

On the occasion of the Italian Design Day in 100 locations around the world, 100 “ambassadors” of Italian culture (designers, entrepreneurs, journalists, critics, communicators, teachers...) will illustrate the concept of excellence. ICI presents world-famous Italian architect/designer Michele de Lucchi in conversazion with Mario Milana, Matteo Milani, and Jonathan Wajskol.

A pop-up exhibition: CRAFT LOCAL // DESIGN GLOBAL, in collaboration with m[h]ouselab is part of the event.

Design in Italy permeates the fields of culture, art and philosophy to such an extent that it constitutes our society’s innate pattern; its novelty combined with the solidity of the traditional handicrafts and with the unprejudiced experimentation gives origin to Italian designers’ personal style. Besides, thanks to the notion that beauty must characterize products of mass consumption, art and design coexist and flourish much to their mutual benefit. The pleasure that beautiful ordinary objects can bring into everyday’s life is the intuition of the Italian design school.

The birth of the design culture in Italy goes back to the extraordinary talents of the Renaissance, such as Leonardo da Vinci, and it reaches the modern art schools, which have made it possible for the contemporary industrial design to develop in many fertile and diversified ways. In particular, since the second postwar period, Italian design has quickly matured to support the growth of the country and it has launched a new concept of research. In driving industrial production, Italian design has shaped the objectives of development, and generated its own distinctive national characteristics.


Michele De Lucchi was born in 1951 in Ferrara and graduated in architecture in Florence.
During the period of radical and experimental architecture he was a prominent figure in movements like Cavart, Alchymia and Memphis.
De Lucchi has designed furniture for the most known Italian and European companies.
For Olivetti he has been Director of Design from 1992 to 2002 and he developed experimental projects for Compaq Computers, Philips, Siemens and Vitra.
He designed and restored buildings in Japan, Germany, Switzerland and in Italy for Enel, Olivetti, Piaggio, Poste Italiane, Telecom Italia; and designed buildings for museums including the Triennale di Milano, Palazzo delle Esposizioni di Roma, Neues Museum Berlin and the le Gallerie d'Italia Piazza Scala in Milan.


Date: Thursday, March 02, 2017

Time: From 6:00 pm To 8:00 pm

Organized by : IIC

Entrance : Free

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Istituto Italiano di Cultura di New York