Lella and Massimo Vignelli
Lella and Massimo Vignelli live and breathe design. Born and trained in Italy, they started their own office in Milan in 1961, and co-founded Vignelli Associates in New York ten years later. Their diverse design contributions have brought each of them international acclaim and numerous honors. Pursuing a multidisciplinary practice on the highest level, their work includes graphic identity programs, publications and print materials of all kinds, household and office furnishings, housewares, interiors and exhibition designs. The resulting cross pollination between two and three dimensional work allows the Vignelli’s to meet clients’ needs and exercise better control of a given design program. Working with great focus and dedication, they are gifted in bringing together many complex considerations into visually powerful, intellectually elegant and classic designs. Always leaders on the frontline of the design profession, the Vignelli’s are mentors and humanitarians at the same time. Notable projects include New York and Washington’s subway signage and maps; the interior of St. Peter’s Church at Citicorp Center; Venini lamps; Heller dinnerware; furniture systems for Poltrona Frau; and identity programs for Knoll International, Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue and American Airlines.