Michele de Lucchi

Honorary: Doctorate
Position: Designer


Michele De Lucchi was born in 1951 in Ferrara, Italy and graduated in architecture in Florence. During the period of radical and experimental architecture he was a prominent figure in movements like Cavart, Alchymia and Memphis. De Lucchi has designed lamps and furniture for the best known Italian and European businesses. He was Director of Design at Olivetti (1992–2002), has elaborated various personal theories on the evolution of the workplace, and has developed experimental projects for Compaq Computers, Philips, Siemens and Vitra.

His architectural designs have been mainly for office buildings: in Japan for NTT, in Germany for Deutsche Bank, in Switzerland for Novartis, and in Italy for Enel, Telecom Italia and Piaggio. In 1999 he was appointed to renovate some of ENEL's (the Italian Electricity Board's) power plants.

He has also worked for Deutsche Bank, Deutsche Bundesbahn, Enel, Poste Italiane, Telecom Italia, Banca Popolare di Lodi, Banca 121, Banca Intesa and at other Italian and foreign banks developing the corporate image, and introducing technical and aesthetic innovation. He has been resposible for numerous art and design exhibitions and has designed buildings for museums such as, Museo Diocedano d'Ivrea, Triennale di Milano, Permanente di Milano, Palazzo delle Esposizioni di Roma and the Neues Museum Berlin.

His professional work has always gone side-by-side with a personal exploration of architecture, design, technology and crafts. In 1990, De Lucchi set up Produzione Privata, a small-scale concern through which he, unsolicited by clients, designs products that are made using artisan techniques and crafts. His firm, aMDL, has its offices in Milan and Rome.

Michele De Lucchi has received numerous international honours:
In 2000, he was made an Ufficiale della Repubblica Italiana by President Ciampi, for services to design and architecture. In 2001, he was nominated Ordinay Professor at the Design and Art Faculty at the University in Venice. In 2003, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris acquired a considerable number of his works, which have been exhibited in the permanent museum. In 2005, during the 20th anniversary of the fair, De Lucchi has received the price "Abitare il Tempo" as main part of Italian design in last ten years.

Selections of his products are exhibited in the most important design Museums in Europe, United States and Japan.