Born 1931 Milan, Italy
1970 graduated from architecture in Milan and Venice.
1971 Establishing the offices of Vignelli Associates
1978 Established Vignelli Designs with Lella Vignelli,
1962 degree in Architecture from the School of Architecture at the University of Venice.
1968, she received a tuition fellowship as a special student at the School of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge.
Prior to establishing the offices of Vignelli Associates and Vignelli Designs with Massimo Vignelli, Lella worked with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Chicago
1966 She became head of the interiors department for Unimark International Corporation in Milan and in New York
Their work includes graphic and corporate identity programs, publication designs, architectural graphics, and exhibition, interior, furniture, and consumer product designs for many leading American and European companies and institutions.
Massimo Vignelli and wife Lella were Knoll's graphic and advertising design consultants from 1971-1973 and 1975-1979.
Vignelli's work has been published and exhibited throughout the world and entered in the permanent collections of several museums; notably, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York; and the Die Neue Sammlung in Munich.
Mr. Vignelli has taught and lectured on design in the major cities and universities in the United States and abroad. He is a past president of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) and the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), and a vice president of The Architectural League.
Two feature-length television programs on the Vignellis' work have been aired worldwide.
A monographic exhibition of the Vignellis' work toured Europe between 1989 and 1993, and was featured in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Helsinki, London, Budapest, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Munich, Prague and Paris.
Among Massimo Vignelli's many awards: Gran Premio Triennale di Milano, 1964; Compasso d'Oro, awarded by the Italian Association for Industrial Design (ADI), 1964 and 1998; the 1973 Industrial Arts Medal of the American Institute of Architects (AIA); the Art Directors Club 1982 Hall of Fame; the 1983 AIGA Gold Medal; the first Presidential Design Award, presented by President Ronald Reagan in 1985, for the National Park Service Publications Program; the Interior Design Hall of Fame, 1988; the National Arts Club Gold Medal for Design, 1991; the Interior Product Designers Fellowship of Excellence, 1992; and The Brooklyn Museum Design Award for Lifetime Achievement, 1995. He has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Architecture from the University of Venice, Italy and Honorary Doctorates in Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design, New York, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, and Corcoran School of Art, Washington D.C. In 1996 he received the Honorary Royal Designer for Industry Award from the Royal Society of Arts, London.
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