"I like to design to be semantically correct, syntactically consistent, and pragmatically understandable," said Massimo Vignelli, and all three can be said of his Heller Dinnerware (1964). Originally manufactured in Italy, this stackable dinnerware won the prestigious Compasso d'Oro Award for Good Design in 1964. In 1971, manufacturing moved to the United States, and Heller Dinnerware became the first product made by a company called Heller, now an international furniture manufacturer responsible for introducing the Bellini Chair®, Frank Gehry outdoor furniture and other icons of modern design. Heller Dinnerware was an instant classic, and because it’s still made using the same molds, a set bought today will blend seamlessly with vintage pieces. The genius of the design is in the way it stacks. Utilizing industrial production and materials, the plates and bowls are made with straight sides and a small lip on the bottom. Each one fits securely into the other, creating a straight, tall stack that maximizes storage space. In 2003, Massimo and Lella Vignelli received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. All pieces are dishwasher safe; mug is microwave safe. Set includes dinner plate, salad plate, soup bowl and mug. Made in U.S.A.
Melamine plates and bowls; polycarbonate mugs.
Dinner Plate: H 1" Diameter 9.75" Salad Plate: H 0.75" Diameter 7.5" Soup Bowl: H 2.25" Diameter 5" Coffee Mug: H 4.25" Diameter 3.25" (4.5" with handle)
Massimo and Lella Vignelli Italy (1931–2014, 1934–)
Massimo and Lella Vignelli were raised and educated in Italy, but they made their most significant contributions to design while working and living in the United States, where their work is seen daily by millions of Americans.
They were born just 250 miles apart in Northern Italy, Lella in Udine into a family of architects, and Massimo in Milan, where he developed a fascination early on for the citys architecture. They met while studying architecture at the University of Venice and married in 1957. Both went on to further study and work in the United States and they founded Vignelli Associates in 1972. Read more >