Benedetta Tagliabue

Benedetta Tagliabue

Milan, Italy, 1963

Hamburg School of Music
Hamburg, Germany

This work represents the idea of ʽbalance between fragmented and revolutionary aesthetics and the respect for the tradition of the placeʼ that is frequently pursued by Tagliabue in her career.

Gae Aulenti

Gae Aulenti

Palazzolo della Stella (Udine), Italy, 1927 · Milan, Italy, 2012

D’Orsay Museum
Paris, France

The exhibition itinerary has been organised on three levels and the central nave of the pre-existing station has been reused as the main axis from where passages and terraces run. The choice of light-coloured limestone is worthy of note, giving a particular brightness to the exhibition halls.

Cini Boeri

Cini Boeri

Milan, Italy, 1924

Serpentone – Giant Snake Sofa
Produced by Arflex, Giussano, Italy

This furniture epitomises Cini Boeri’s design discourse focused on the respect of user’s lifestyles. Her concept of design is minimalist and is based on the social role of the architect. Like a giant snake, the sofa twists and turns following concave and convex curves.

Nanda Vigo

Nanda Vigo

Milan, Italy, 1936

Golden Gate Floor Lamp
Produced by Arredoluce, Monza, Italy

A superb structure of light that slashes through space, Golden Gate is the embodiment of Nanda Vigo’s experiments with mirrored surfaces and new light sources that explore the relationship between objects and spaces.

Anna Ferrieri Castelli

Anna Ferrieri Castelli

Milan, Italy, 1920 · 2006

Componibili modular system
Produced by Kartell, Milan, Italy

The design idea of the Componibili modular system, renowned as icon of the 1960s, is the elementary and resistant vertical stacking of single modular elements which, by means of an easy joint, form super-functional containers.

Maria Teresa Parpagliolo Shephard

Maria Teresa Parpagliolo Shephard

Rome, Italy, 1903 · 1974

Hall Garden
RAI’s Headquarter, Rome, Italy

The project reveals the international experience of Parpagliolo and how she was receptive to new trends in landscape design and open to experiments. In 1966, she was commissioned for the design of a garden of the newly built headquarters of the state radio and television company RAI in Rome.

Lina Bo Bardi

Lina Bo Bardi

Rome, Italy, 1914 · São Paulo, Brazil, 1992

MASP – The São Paulo Museum of Art
São Paulo, Brazil

The MASP expresses the intent made by Lina Bo Bardi to bring art closer to the general public. It had to give off an atmosphere that would allow the visitor to understand the work of art. The architect declared: “I did not search for beauty, I searched for freedom.” The MASP architectural solution is, in fact, direct and essential.

Stefania Filo Speziale

Stefania Filo Speziale

Naples, Italy, 1905 · 1988

Cattolica Assicurazioni Skyscraper
Naples, Italy

In 1954 Filo’s design of the Cattolica Assicurazioni Skyscraper (now: NH Hotel) won a competition that attracted important professional studios of that time. It was the highest building in Naples, a 30-floor building in reinforced concrete which at the height of 104m towered over the historic center of the city.

Franca Helg

Franca Helg

Milan, Italy, 1920 · 1989

San Lorenzo Treasure Museum
San Lorenzo Cathedral, Genoa, Italy

The San Lorenzo Museum expresses the aim to enrich the history of the city, by inserting itself in its layering and connecting tradition to the necessity of using an updated language.

Antonia Campi

Antonia Campi

Sondrio, Italy, 1921

Umbrella Stand Spaziale (C33)
Produced by SCI (Società Ceramica Italiana), Laveno, Italy

The ceramic umbrella stand Spaziale is a bridge between formal research in abstract sculpture and everyday items industrial and serial production, a mix of handicraft experimentation and mechanical manufacturing.

Elena Luzzatto Valentini

Elena Luzzatto Valentini

Ancona, Italy, 1900 · Rome, Italy, 1983

Primavalle Market
Rome, Italy

The Primavalle Market is a work of Italian Rationalism and is one of the best known works by Elena Luzzatto Valentini. The structure is in reinforced concrete and has reinforced concrete arches supporting the covering. The light comes from big windows that are spread all over the whole upper perimeter.

Luisa Aiani Parisi

Luisa Aiani Parisi

Cantù, Como, Italy, 1920 · 1990

Sofa
Manufactured by Ariberto Colombo, Cantù, Italy
Distributed by La Ruota, Como, Italy

This sofa is a step in the way of developing industrially the skills of the artisanal wood companies in the Cantù district. It might set a starting point for the further growth of Italian modern furniture factories as Cassina or Zanotta.