Marco Zanuso (1916-2001)

Architect and Industrial designer, Marco Zanuso contributed to the Italian design movement in the years following World War II

About his life

Marco Zanuso was born in1916and died in2001inMilan. He studied architecture at thePolytechnic School of Milanand after he founded his own studio in 1945. During his life, he received several rewards: the Grand Prix at the Milan Triennial but also fiveCompasso d’Orobetween 1956 and 1985. In 1957, Zanuso started to collaborate withRichard Sapper, a famous designer. They produced together a real functional range oftelevisionsandradio stations. These products influenced the use of plastics for the consumer products and caused a reduction in the prices.

What were his major works?

His major commissions in Milan, where he was a member of the city planning commission, included the renovation of theTeatro Fossatiand the construction of the nearby短笛这个地方. Zanuso edited the influential design magazinesDomus(1947–49) andCasabella(1952–54), taught architecture and design at the Milan Polytechnic from the 1960s, and served (1957–59 and 1966–74) as president of theItalian Association of Industrial Design. As an architect, Zanuso designed housing as well asfactoriesandofficesin Italy, Argentina, Brazil, and South Africa.

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1964 ,Television “Algol” with Richard Sapper for Brionvega

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 1964 Television
1964TelevisionAlgol” with Richard Sapper for Brionvega

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What are the main features of Zanuso’s style?

He helped to revolutionize post-World War II furniture and appliance design, bringing innovative contemporary styling to mass-produced consumer products through his use ofsculptural shapes,bright colours, andmodern synthetic materials, including tubular steel, acrylics, latex foam, fibreglass, foam rubber, and injection-molded plastics. Several of his award-winning product designs eventually were included in the permanent collection of theMuseum of Modern Artin New York City.

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1960 Chair “Lambda” with Richard Sapper for Gavina

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1964Armchair “Woodline” and “Fourline” for arflex

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What are his most famous creations?

  • 1952 armchair “Martingala” forarflex
  • 1952 sofa “Tripoltrona” forarflex
  • 1954 sofa “Sleep-o-matic” forarflex
  • 1955Olivetti buildingsin Buenos Aires and San Paolo
  • 1960 chair “Lambda” withRichard SapperforGavina
  • 1962 television “Doney” withRichard SapperforBrionvega
  • 1963 car withRichard SapperforAlfa Romeo
  • 1964 television “Algol” withRichard SapperforBrionvega
  • 1964 armchair “Woodline” and “Fourline” forarflex
  • 1964 child’s chairK4999withRichard SapperforKartell
  • 1965无线电TS 502withRichard SapperforBrionvega
  • 1966 telephone “Grillo” withRichard SapperforSiemens
  • 1969 television “黑色的” withRichard SapperforBrionvega
  • 1970 table “Marcuso” forZanotta
  • 1970 pen “Hastil” withRichard Sapperfor极光
  • 1974IBMbuilding in Milano
Children's Chairs (model K4999).
Children’s Chairs (model K4999), Marco Zanuso with Richard Sapper,1960–1964, Kartell.

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沙发“Tripoltrona”(古董沙发米兰三年展)rflex, 1952

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Vintage Grillo Telephone designed by Marco Zanuso
VintageGrillo Telephonedesigned by Marco Zanuso with Richard Sapper for Siemens 1960s

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