Running time: 24 minutes
Massimo and Leila Vignelli are an Italian husband and wife partnership who have been practising in New York as Vignelli Associates since 1971, though they began their collaboration in Milan in 1960. They specialise in interiors, furniture, products and exhibition design.
Massimo, who was born in Milan and studied architecture in Milan and Venice, has taught in many universities in America and elsewhere. He has been president of the Alliance Graphique Internationale and of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Vice-President of the Architectural League and a member of the Industrial Designers' Society in America.
Leila was born in Udine, Italy, and studied architecture at the University of Venice and later at MIT.
The Vignellis' work has been widely published, exhibited and televised, and they have received many prestigious awards. In their talk they take turns describing a variety of commissions they have carried out in the fields of graphics, furniture and interiors. They say "Whatever we have done is basically rooted in a sense of rigorousness, appropriateness and ambiguity or contradiction".
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