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Massimo and Lella Vignelli

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, and 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 their elemental graphic designs, the Kono (1984) and Pisa tables (1985) — both created for Casigliani — cull the form of the table down to geometric shapes.

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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Serenissimo board room / XL dining table by Massimo & Lella Vignelli for Acerbis
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli, Acerbis
Located in London, GB
The Serenissimo square board room table by Massimo & Lella Vignelli for Acerbis. With its distinctive column legs and frosted glass top, this oversized version is suitable as a state...
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Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Massimo and Lella Vignelli

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Steel

Metafora Coffee Table in Carrara White Marble by Lella and Massimo Vignelli
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in Outremont, QC
Metafora coffee table in Carrara white marble by Lella and Massimo Vignelli for Casigliani, 1979 The four forms of the Euclidean geometry, the Cube, the Cylinder, the Sphere and the...
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1970s European Modern Vintage Massimo and Lella Vignelli

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Carrara Marble

Massimo and Lella Vignelli for Poltronova 'Saratoga' Living Room Set
By Poltronova, Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Massimo and Lella Vignelli for Poltronova 'Saratoga' living room set three-seat sofa, two-seat sofa, and cabinet, polyester lacquer and red leather, Italy, 1964. Captivating lounge ...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Massimo and Lella Vignelli

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Leather, Polyester

Mid-Century Modern 'Serenissima' Dining Table by Lella & Massimo Vignelli
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern 'Serenissima' Dining Table by Lella & Massimo Vignelli
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20th Century Massimo and Lella Vignelli

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Steel

Massimo & Lella Vignelli for Casigliani Kono Coffee Table in Travertine & Copper
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Designed by Italian architects Massimo & Lella Vignelli, this table was made in the 1970s by Casigliani. Different versions of this table are out there, but this particular model is ...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Massimo and Lella Vignelli

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Travertine, Copper

Metafora coffee table by Massimo and Lella Vignelli for Casigliani Italy, 1970s
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in amstelveen, NL
Sculptural Metafora travertine coffee table designed by Lella and Massimo Vignelli. in the 1970s. Inspired by the four forms of Euclidean geometry, the cube, the pyramid, the cylinde...
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1970s European Mid-Century Modern Vintage Massimo and Lella Vignelli

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Travertine, Marble

Mid Century "Metaphora" Coffee Table by Massimo et Lella Vignelli, Travertine
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid Century "Metaphora" Coffee Table by Massimo et Lella Vignelli, Travertine, 1980s
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1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Massimo and Lella Vignelli

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Travertine

Lella and Massimo Vignelli Table Mod. Creso 1989 Acerbis Italian Design
By Massimo and Lella Vignelli
Located in Milan, IT
Elegant and sculptural, as light as its glass top and as solid as the geometries that compose it, the Creso table is a classic of Italian design. Winner of...
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1980s Italian Vintage Massimo and Lella Vignelli

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Metal

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Massimo and Lella Vignelli furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of glass and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Massimo and Lella Vignelli furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 82 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 15 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Massimo and Lella Vignelli were created in the mid-century modern style in italy during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Giovanni Offredi, Bernini, and Pier Luigi Colli. Prices for Massimo and Lella Vignelli furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $175 and can go as high as $37,200, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $5,579.

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