Michele De Lucchi
Ferrara, Italy. 1951
When Michele De Lucchi joined the Together project, he turned to the most provocative stage of his brilliant career to design venues that could only be Camper stores. The architect/designer and the footwear brand resurrected the legendary 80s style of Memphis and materialised it in the space with impeccable rigour. Technical talent with an emotional response: in De Lucchi's own words, "the connection that distinguishes a good design"
About Michele De Lucchi
"From radical, non-conformist designer to internationally famed creator." After graduating with a degree in Architecture from the University of Florence in 1975, Michele De Lucchi's activism soon positioned him at the forefront of Italian experimental design collectives in the 1980s, most notably Memphis, a highly influential group founded by Ettore Sottsass. In the course of his professional career, he has designed architectural projects in Japan, Germany and Italy, creating structures such as the Milan Triennale Design Museum, the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome, the Neues Museum in Berlin and the Gallerie d'Italia in Piazza Scala, Milan. He also teaches at universities in Venice, Milan and Florence. In the field of industrial design, De Lucchi collaborates with Olivetti, develops experimental projects for Compaq Computers, Philips, Siemens and Vitra, works for firms such as Vistosi, Haworth, Fontana Arte, Artemide, RB Rossanan, Arflex and Acerbis, and designed the legendary Tolomeo lamp. Among De Lucchi's many distinctions are the Compasso d'Oro, the G-Mark (Good Design Award, Japan), Design Plus, Design Team of the Year (Germany, 1997) and the iF Design Award. His work is found in museums around the world, including the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Museo Alessi, Museo Kartell, National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne, Australia), Museum für Gestaltung (Zurich, Switzerland), Art Center College of Design (California, USA) and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (USA). In 2003 the Centre Pompidou in Paris acquired a considerable part of the prolific creator's output.