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Michele De Lucchi

Michele De Lucchi

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.

Alchimia is a group of avant-garde industrial designers including Alessandro Mendini, Andrea Branzi, and Ettore Sottsass to which Michel De Lucchi contributed with the creation of designs that where aimed to meet the need of a vast public while communicating a smooth and positive feel.

Memphis is a famous movement initiated by the internationally acclaimed designer and architect Ettore Sottsass. Part of it are the designers George Sowden, Nathalie du Pasquier, and Matteo Thun. The movement focused on themes of fundamental importance in industrial design with which Ettore Sottsass has been constantly experimenting: the use of colours, the importance of considering unexplored themes, and the use of versatile materials like plastic laminates and others. As part of the Memphis movement Michele De Lucchi seems to excellently be able adapt and harmonise expressionism, production methods, and new concepts of functionality.

Many of his installations are used in the interior design of Deutsche Bank, Deutsche Bundesbahn, Enel, Poste Italiane, Telecom Italia, Banca Popolare di Lodi and, other offices internationally.

Michele De Lucchi's creative professional activity is based on the conceptual exploration of architecture, design, technology and crafts. He designs buildings, exhibitions, installations for indoor spaces, and industrial design products.

De Lucchi has designed lamps and furniture for some of the best-known Italian and European makers. At Olivetti he was Director of Design from 1992 to 2002, He has developed various personal theories on the evolution of the workplace, as well as experimental projects for Compaq Computers, Philips, Siemens and Vitra.

In 2003 the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris acquired a considerable number of his works, which were exhibited for one year in two rooms in the permanent museum.

Selections from his works are exhibited in the most important design Museums in Europe, the United States and Japan.

In 2000 he was honoured with the title Ufficiale della Repubblica Italiana by President Ciampi, for services to design and architecture.

In 2001 he was nominated Professor at the Faculty of Design and Art at the University of Venice.

In 2006 he received an Honorary Doctorate from Kingston University, for his contribution to the quality of living.

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