Michele De Lucchi

Michele De Lucchi was born in Ferrara. He studied at the architect, first in Padua, then at the Universities of Florence. In 1973, still being a student, he organized with several like-minded people the radical architectural group Cavart. In 1975, he received a diploma in architecture, after which he worked at the University of Florence as an assistant to Adolfo Natalini, who taught a design course there.

In 1978, he settled in Milan, joined Centrokappa, a design studio at the Kartell factory. He was a member of the Alchemy group. In 1979, he completed his first major project for Olivetti, the Synthesis furniture system. Together with Ettore Sottsass and several other designers in 1980, Michele De Lucchi founded the Memphis group. Since 1984, the full-time designer Olivetti, from 1988 to 2002 – Director of Design for this factory. In addition, he collaborated as a designer with Artemide, Alias, Unifor, Hermès, Vitra, Poltrona Frau, Alessi, Compaq Computers, Philips, Siemens. In 1990, he founded his own brand Produzione Privata, which produces interior items (most often lamps) in collaboration with small private workshops.

The main specialization of De Lucchi’s architecture is the workspace (offices). He was engaged in renovation of old ones and construction of new office buildings for NTT, Deutsche Bank, Novartis, Enel, Olivetti, Piaggio, Poste Italiane, Telecom Italia, ENEL. He designed the expositions of the Triennale Museum in Milan, the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome, the Neues Museum in Berlin, the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice, the Casa Manzoni in Milan. In the 2010s, he built several public and government buildings in Georgia (in particular, he is the author of the pedestrian bridge over the Kura in the center of Tbilisi and the building of the Ministry of Justice in Batumi). Had several pavilions at the Expo 2015 in Milan.

He was awarded the Compasso d’Oro Prize for the Tolomeo lamp for Artemide (1987), the Artjet 10 printer for Olivetti (1997), the Noto lamp for Artemide (2008). In total, he received 67 design awards in Italy, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the USA and Great Britain. He teaches at The Polytechnic University of Milan. Since 2017, the chief editor of the legendary magazine Domus.

Michele De Lucchi’s items are in the collections of the Pompidou Center, the Gent Design Museum, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Helsinki Design Museum, the Hamburg Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, the Vitra Design Museum, Design Museum of Thessaloniki, Israel Museum in Jerusalem, Civica Galleria d’Arte Moderna in Gallarate, Centro Legno Arredo in Cantu, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna in Rome, Alessi and Kartell museums, Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia “Leonardo da Vinci” in Milan, National Gallery of Victoria, in Melbourne, Groninger Museum, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, National Museum in Pos Ani, Museum für Gestaltung in Zürich, Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, MFA Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

Michele De Lucchi. Riviera Chairs, 1981
Michele De Lucchi