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Marco Zanuso

architect - designer (1916 - 2001)

Marco Zanuso is part of a group of designers who exercises his profession in the city of Milan, engaged in testing the idea of ​​"Good Design" 8buon design). His participation was behind the process of developing principles of the movement.

He studied architecture at Milan Polytechnic and opened his own office in 1945. Work in the role of publisher for the architectural magazine Casabella in the period between 1952 and 1956.

Lavoracome professor of architecture, design and town planning in the period between 1946 and 1990, and is one of the founders of the Association for Industrial Design ADI in 1956.

One of the main points of interest in his career in industrial design is the affordability of articles of mass production. His work in this field appears in the Low-Cost Furniture competition sponsored by the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA) in 1948.

In 1948 the manufacturer Pirelli opened a new company, Arflex, with the aim of creating seats upholstered in foam rubber, and from the post of occupparsi design of the early models. Marco Zanuso creates an opportunity for the chair Antropus that is produced in 1949, and the chair lady who in 1951 won first prize at the Milan Triennale.

In 1957 he became business partners of the designer Richard Sapper. One of the first projects in this collaboration is a chair-type stacking of small non-reinforced plastic in 1961. The article is light, functional, playful and useful. It is produced in many colors and is among the models that promote the use of plastic for furniture for the home and office.

In 1959 Marco Zanuso began working for the Italian manufacturer of electrical Brionvega. With Richard Sapper creauna series of radio and television stations with a design that was extremely successful.

The articles are placed on the market in the period around 1960 and then be increased by adding new elements of the same series in the period around 2000.

In 1963 he created the design of Villa Shapiro, in 1964 and deals with the experimental spaces of Via Laveno.Working with Richard Sapper in 1972 occupadel design of a series of residential building for the New Domestic Landscape exhibition at MoMA U.S. museum.