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Lella & Massimo Vignelli for Casigliani Furniture

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Massimo Vignelli and Lella Vignelli’s legacy can be seen everywhere in the logos of Bloomingdale’s, Ford and American Airlines, among others. In addition to their work in branding, they were prolific creators of modernist home furnishings, products and interiors for the likes of Casigliani and other brands. The duo’s collaborations, which span 50 years, have left a profound mark on design and wider visual culture.

After meeting in Italy, Lella (1934–2016) and Massimo (1931–2014) began working together in 1961 and a decade later formed Vignelli Associates in New York. A self-described “information architect,” Massimo was committed to streamlining complex ideas into clear, visually arresting forms. (Witness the graphic identity that he cocreated with Bob Noorda for the New York City Transit Authority as well as his influential 1972 subway map.) The Vignellis’ most recognizable piece, for example, may be the Handkerchief chair, a stackable office chair made of compression-molded plastic that has the look of a cloth floating in air. It was created for Knoll in 1983 after they designed the brand’s logo.

Evidence of the couple’s influence can also be found in their Saratoga line (1964), the first collection of lacquered furniture, which helped herald in the trendy “glossy” look of the decade (and beyond). When the Vignellis created the Poltrona Frau Interview chair in 1988 for an Italian television station, it became widely sought after, “which goes to show you the power of the TV media,” the couple once said.

Much like the Vignellis' elemental graphic designs, the couple's Kono (1984) and Pisa tables (1985) cull the form of the table down to geometric shapes. Both pieces were created for Casigliani — Lella and Massimo began to collaborate with the Italian brand during the late 1970s. The company’s founder, Maurizio Casigliani, personally visited the couple in New York City and invited them to design a line of furnishings made with Carrara marble for the brand.

Vignelli furniture is often labeled as Massimo Vignelli’s alone, though he fought to have Lella recognized for her work, even throwing away magazines that neglected to give her due credit. As he wrote of their lifelong collaboration in his book Designed By: Lella Vignelli: “It is not holding a pencil with four hands that makes a partnership; it is sharing the creative act and exercising creative criticism which is reflected in the end result.”

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Creator: Lella & Massimo Vignelli for Casigliani
Vintage Saratoga sofa in original leather -Massimo & Leila Vignelli - Poltronova
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Poltrona Frau - CALICE - side table Massimo & Lella Vignelli Cast iron side table with tempered glass. Very heavy. In almost new condition. H: 70cm Ø: 52cm
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1990s Italian Modern Lella & Massimo Vignelli for Casigliani Furniture

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Raro tavolino Massimo e Lella Vignelli per casigliani
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Rarissimo tavolino di Massimo e Lella Vignelli prodotto da Casigliani negli anni Settanta in Italia. Il tavolino è composto da tre pezzi: una ciotola, un elemento di base costituito ...
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1992 Knoll Handkerchief Stacking Chairs by Massimo & Lella Vignelli 12+ Avail
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This is a Knoll Handkerchief Chair by Lella and Massimo Vignelli in Red, introduced in 1983. The price listed is for each chair. These chairs are very resilient, and stackable with a...
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Italy modern Coffe table Metafora by Massimo and Lella Vignelli for Casigliani, 1980s Coffee table mod. Metafora with square top in thick aquamarine green glass. The 4 legs are made ...
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Lella & Massimo Vignelli For Casigliani furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Lella & Massimo Vignelli for Casigliani furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. Many of the original furniture by Lella & Massimo Vignelli for Casigliani were created in the modern style in italy during the late 20th century. Prices for Lella & Massimo Vignelli for Casigliani furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $425 and can go as high as $14,500, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $3,883.

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