Lella & Massimo Vignelli

I cannot resist posting this story on the husband and wife aspect of the Vignelli’s. For me – right now – this is something to aspire to…


Lella and Massimo Vignelli are among the world’s most influential designers. They have brought clarity and coherence to innumerable projects.

Massimo Vignelli began his training as a 16-year-old draftsman at the Architects Castiglione in Milano. Here he learned Adolf Loos’ axiom that an architect should be able to design everything from the spoon to the city.” Massimo has said, “From that day, I wanted to design everything…and I have…no cities yet, but lots of spoons!

Lella Vignelli, born in Udine into a family of well-known architects, had architecture in her blood, and when she met Massimo they discovered a shared vision of design which has since guided all their work. In their 2004 book Design is One, they write: “The basic concept is that the discipline of design is one, and if you can design one thing you can design everything. The methodology is the same no matter what the subject.” According to the Vignellis, design should be “semantically correct, syntactically consistent, pragmatically understandable, visually powerful, Intellectually elegant, and timeless”.



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