Massimo Vignelli, born in Milan, studied architecture in Milan and Venice. He came to the United States from 1957 to 1960 on fellowship from Towle Silversmiths in Massachusetts and the Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. In 1960, with Lella Vignelli, he estabilished the Vignelli Office of Design and Architecture in Milan. In 1965, Massimo Vignelli became co-founder and design director of Unimark International Corporation.
Lella Vignelli was born in Udine, Italy. She received a degree from the School of Architecture University of Venice.
In 1958 she received a tuition fellowship as a special student at the School of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge. In 1959 she joined Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Chicago, as junior designer in the interiors department. In 1965 she became head of the interiors department for Unimark International Corporation in Milan and in New York (1966).
Lella and Massimo Vignelli established the offices of Vignelli Associates in 1971 and Vignelli Designs in 1978.
Their work includes graphic and corporate identity programs, publication design, architectural graphics, and exhibition, interior, furniture, and consumer product designs for many leading American and European companies and institutions.
Their work is published and exhibited throughout the world and entered in the permanent collections of several museums; notably, the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York; the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Montreal; and the Die Neue Sammlung in Munich.
A monographic exhibition of the Vignellis’ work toured Europe between 1989 and 1993 and was featured in St.Petersburg, Moscow, Helsinki, London, Budapest, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Munich, Prague and Paris.
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