was born in milan on october 6, 1920. He graduated in architecture in 1945. He then joined his father's small private architecture studio where he still practices architecture and design. He is the author of many best - and long - selling objects. Of his + 120 objects he has designed in the past 50 years, 80% are still in production.
He is an honorary professor and senior fellow of the royal college of art, london and was nominated royal designer for industry by the royal society of arts.
He has won a number of prizes and awards:
The gold medal at the 9th edition of the triennial (1951);
The grand prix at the 10th edition of the triennial (1954);
Two compassi d'Oro (1967 and 1979);
The gold medal of S.I.A.D. society of industrial artists & designers (1986).
In the 60's he began designing series production furniture,
creating the first plastic chair, but this reached the production lines only in 1967.
Most of his lamps and furniture have been best sellers and also long sellers. For manufactures like Artemide, Fritz Hansen, Kartell and Cassina.
His works have been displayed in the major design exhibitions throughout Europe, Usa and Japan and are included in the permanent exhibitions of the world's most important museums. Twelve of his creations are part of the permanent collection of M.O.M.A. in New York.
He is a member of the Academy San Luca in Rome; He is an honorary member and honorary visiting professor
of the London Royal College of Art, and was nominated royal designer for industry by the royal soceity of arts. He is an honorary member of the royal scottish
incorporation of architects.
Designs for Kartell: MAUI chair and table, MAUNA-KEA chair and MOOERA chair. Design for Fritz Hansen: VICO DUO table and chair and the VICO chair.