In need of casual furniture for their new home in Sorrento, Italy, renowned designers Lella and Massimo Vignelli created this multipurpose Bench (2005). In addition to product design, the Vignellis have created corporate identities for Xerox, Bloomingdale’s, American Airlines and several others. Their designs are included in the permanent collections of museums worldwide, including MoMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. In 2003, they received the National Design Lifetime Achievement Award. This weatherproof single-piece form features consistent wall thickness and stress-free outer corners for supreme resistance to breakage. Suitable for residential and commercial use indoors and out. Made in U.S.A.
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 subway riders and Bloomingdale's shoppers.
They were born just 90 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 city's 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 >