Michele De Lucchi

Michele De Lucchi was born in Ferrara in 1951. While he was still a student at the International School of Art in Florence, from which he graduated with a diploma in 1975, he founded the Cavart group in Padua. From 1978 to 1980, he was a collaborator on projects of the Alchimia group. Together with Ettore Sottsass and Barbara Radice, De Lucchi was one of the founders of the Memphis movement in 1981. In 1990, he took over the coordination of product design at Olivetti. The activities of his studio in Milan and Rome range from industrial design through furniture and interior design to private and public architecture. In 2006, Michele De Lucchi received the honorary doctorate from Kingstone University for his contribution to the quality of living.

Icarus bureau system, Design: Michele De Lucchi/Theo Gonser/Ettore Sottsass, Olivetti Synthesis, 1982

References: Artemide, Dada Cucine,
Domus Academy, Ferrari, Giorgio Armani, Interlübke, Kartell, Küppersbusch, Mandarina Duck, Matsushita, Mauser, Moroso, Olivetti, Pelikan, Poltrona Frau, Vorwerk and many others. He has developed experimental projects for Compaq Computers, Philips, Siemens and Vitra.

Publications: Sibylle Kicherer: Michele De Lucchi, Edizioni L’Archivolto, 1992; Alex Buck/Matthias Vogt: Michele De Lucchi. Designmonographie, Verlag Ernst & Sohn, 1993; Silvia Suardi: Dopotolomeo, Skira. Selections of his products are exhibited in the most important design museums in Europe, Japan and the USA.

Awards: His numerous international awards include: Compasso d’Oro; Design Plus; design team of the year, Germany 1997; Deutsche Auswahl; Good Design, JIDPO; iF design award; Office Design Eimu, Italy; Premio Smau; red dot design award.

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