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Luca Meda

"Simplicity is not good in and of itself, but certainly there is the simplicity that arises from the work of generations."

Luca Meda


Luca Meda (1936-1998) was born in Chiavari, Italy, but grew up and studied in Milan, where he graduated from the Brera Art Academy. He continued his studies in Germany at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Ulm, one of the world’s most prestigious design institutes. A crucial moment in his career was his encounter with Aldo Rossi, with whom he opened a studio and participated in numerous competitions, for instance for the Museo di Storia Contemporanea in Milan. Architect but also designer, he skillfully combined these two spheres with creative verve in projects ranging from urban design to furnishings conceived to explore new functionalities. From the end of the 1970s, he devoted himself to the design of objects manufactured in series. He worked mainly for the companies of the Molteni Group, developing furnishings and partition systems that have become design icons, for instance the bookcase Piroscafo with Aldo Rossi, the chairs Zim and Ho, the armchair Vivette, and the sofa Primafila, for Molteni&C; the kitchens Banco and Nuvola, for Dada; the fitted wall systems Progetto 25 and P4 and the Misura furnishing systems, for UniFor.