Michele de Lucchi

By Alice Chen

A prominent designer during the Italian avant-garde period of the 70’s and 80’s, Michele de Lucchi is not known to have a consistent style through his body of work. He rejects uniformity and explores the potential of forms and his only convention is that it lacks convention. De Lucchi believes that designs not meant for market – such as ones for museums or exhibitions – play a role in nourishing the intellectual culture. These designs are generally achieved through experimentation as it is not constrained by conventional market factors such as budgets and errors. For de Lucchi, he understands the symbiotic relationship that design and manufacturing has and that designers need to acknowledge and embrace this relationship. Ultimately, it is not elegant and functional designs that capture his attention, but rather seeing that progress is being made – innovation is being furthered – in design.

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