Born in Friuli, Lella Valle Vignelli spent almost her entire life in New York, working side by side with her husband Massimo Vignelli. However, how much of her success was due to her initial experience with her father Provino Valle and his pragmatism, which is one of Friulians’ best assets?

Lella Vignelli and Massimo Vignelli
(ph. Barry McKinley)

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘If you do it right, it will last forever.’ Lella Vignelli

Daughter of Provino Valle and sister of Gino Valle, both architects from Udine, Elena Valle (Udine, 1934 - New York, 2016) graduated in architecture. In 1958 she got a scholarship to the Architecture School of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1957 she married designer   Massimo Vignelli, with whom she first founded a studio in Milan and then, in 1971, the "Vignelli Associati" in New York, where she dealt with product design, interior design and graphic design.

Glass crockery set, manufactured by Heller, 1970

 

Marble and glass table, manufactured by Castigliani, 1979

Triennale di Milano, Women in Italian Design (2016-2017), Donne Designer in Friuli Venezia Giulia

‘Handkerchief’ chair, manufactured by Knoll, 1982

 

Silver jewellery, manufactured by San Lorenzo, 1972

 

‘Saratoga’ collectionmanufactured by Poltronova, 1964

Saratoga, lella Vignelli, MuDeTo

Lella Vignelli, Wikipedia

Lella Vignelli, Domus

Addio a Lella Vignelli, Icon Design

Lella Vignelli, a Designer With a Spare, Elegant Style, Dies at 82, The New York Times

Morta Lella Valle Vignelli, icona del design moderno, Messaggero Veneto

Design by: Lella Vignelli, Massimo Vignelli, New York, 2014