Michele De Lucchi was born in 1951 in Ferrara
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 furniture for the most known Italian and European companies.
For Olivetti he has been Director of Design
from 1992 to 2002 and he developed experimental projects for Compaq Computers, Philips, Siemens and Vitra.
He designed and restored buildings in Japan,
Germany, Switzerland and in Italy for Enel, Olivetti, Piaggio, Poste Italiane, Telecom Italia.
In 1999 he was appointed to renovate some
of ENEL's (Italys principal Electricity Company) power plants. For Deutsche Bank, Deutsche Bundesbahn, Enel, Poste Italine, Telecom Italia, Hera, Intesa Sanpaolo and other Italian
and foreign banks he has redesigned the service environments and corporate image, introducing technical and aesthetic innovation into organization of their working environments.
He designed buildings for museums including
the Triennale di Milano, Palazzo delle Esposizioni di Roma, Neues Museum Berlin and the le Gallerie d'Italia Piazza Scala in Milan. In the last years
he developed many architectural projects for private and public client in Georgia, that include the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the bridge
of Peace in Tbilisi, the Radison Hotel and Public Service Building in Batumi.
His professional work has always gone side-by-side with a personal exploration
of architecture, design, technology and crafts.
In 1990 he founded Produzione Privata,
a small-scale production and retail company through which Michele De Lucchi designed products that are made using dedicated artisans and craft techniques. From 2004 he has been using a chain saw to sculpt small wooden houses which create the essentiality of his architectural style. In 2003 the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris has acquired a considerable number of his works. Selections of his products are exhibited in the most important design Museums in Europe, United States and Japan.
The philosophy adopted by Michele De Lucchi's office seeks to maintain a steady interaction between architectural thinking, industrial design and global communication. This transverse approach is backed by Michele De Lucchi's own international experience acquired in more
than forty years' work.
Founded in the early 1980s, the office has kept its original multicultural and multidisciplinary origins. Producing architecture and design for Italian and foreign institutes, public and private organisations, businesses and individuals, it carries out in-depth surveys of matters relating to contemporary society, especially the role of industry and crafts, technology and nature.
Formed by architects and designers from all over the world, the office shows a predilection for teamwork. Its projects are developed without ever being confined to the visual aspects traditionally associated with design, but rather by contemplating every necessary step - from analysis to concept, from realisation to forecasts of future scenarios. The office staff comprises some forty professionals from different cultural backgrounds and experiences who are committed to complex projects. These ranger from the scale of products to that of architecture and city planning. Always at the forefront of the international cultural scene, the firm implements
a policy of technical, performing and functional quality related to reasonable completion and management costs.
The firm's head office is in central Milan, in an Art Nouveau building that was converted in 2006 into
a creative workshop. A second, fully operational office is located in Rome, in the Trastevere district. And at Angera Michele De Lucchi has established his atelier-archive, where architectural experiments start off and the documentary records of his work are kept.
As proof of a design reaching for excellence, the office was this year awarded the ISO 9001:2008 certificate for its architectural, urban, interior and exhibition design.
The Chioso, Michele De Lucchi's private studio is in Angera,
where all projects from the '70s
to nowadays are preserved.
Drawings, photos and documents are collected, digitalized
and can be consulted on line on http://www.archive.amdl.it
architetto Michele De Lucchi S.r.l.
Via Varese, 15
20121 Milano Italy
tel. +39 02 637868.1
fax +39 02 63786.807