Michele De Lucchi

(b. 1951)

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(1951– )

One of the leading figures of Italian avant‐garde design of the 1970s and 1980s associated with the Anti‐Design movement, Radical Design, and the experimental ideas of Studio Alchimia and Memphis, de Lucchi has designed furniture, domestic appliances, interiors, lighting, and office equipment for a variety of companies around the world. His clients have included corporations such as Olivetti and the Deutsche Bank, as well as flagship design manufacturers Kartell and Artemide. After studying architecture at the University of Florence (1969–75) De Lucchi continued at his alma mater as a teaching assistant before moving to Milan in 1978. In 1973 he had also founded an experimental architectural group, Cavart, that lasted for three years and in 1977 had worked with Centrokappa (See Kartell) on the organization of the exhibition Il design italiano negli anni cinquanta (Italian Design in the 1950s). In Milan he joined Studio Alchimia in 1978, becoming a founder member of Memphis in 1981. After Sottsass had disbanded the latter in 1988, De Lucchi established his own design studio with Angelo Micheli. The practice became highly successful, building up a client list that has included Arflex, Cleto Munari, Pelikan, Rosenthal, and Vitra. He also carried out store design for Mandarin Duck and Fiorucci. In 1998, also in collaboration with Angelo Micheli, he founded the Studio aDML. He has won a number of design awards including a Compasso d'Oro in 1989 for his Tolomeo office lamp (1986) for Artemide and has taught industrial design at the University of Florence.

Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art.

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