Michele De Lucchi
Michele De Lucchi was born in 1951 in Ferrara, Italy and graduated in architecture in Florence.
One of the leading figures of Italian avant-garde design of the 1970s and 1980s associated with the Anti-Design movement, Radical Design, and the experimental ideas of Studio Alchimia and Memphis, de Lucchi has designed furniture, domestic appliances, interiors, lighting, and office equipment for a variety of companies around the world.
He designed buildings for museums including the Triennale di Milano, Palazzo delle Esposizioni di Roma, Neues Museum Berlin and the le Gallerie d’Italia Piazza Scala in Milan. In the last years he developed many architectural projects for private and public client in Georgia, that include the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the bridge of Peace in Tbilisi, the Radison Hotel and Public Service Building in Batumi.
His professional work has always gone side-by-side with a personal exploration of architecture, design, technology and crafts.
In 1990 he founded Produzione Privata, a small-scale production and retail company through which he designed products that are made using dedicated artisans and craft techniques. In 2003 the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris has acquired a considerable number of his works. Selections of his products are exhibited in the most important design Museums in Europe, United States and Japan
He is most well known for Tolomeo, the best-selling contemporary lamp design in the world, which won him a Compasso d’Oro award in 1989.