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Massimo Vignelli: Iconic Designer

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified May 31, 2014 01:09 AM
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by Brent Turner last modified May 30, 2014

Image from the New York Times Designer Massimo Vignelli passed away earlier this week. Pictured above with his wife and collaborator Lella, this iconic figure is best known for his radical re-envisioning of the New York Subway map as an ordered symphony of intertwining lines (pictured below). Image from New York Magazine Over the years, Vignelli's architectural design aesthetic was applied to everything from branding to interior design. In looking at how he lived and worked, it's clear that a minimalist utilitarianism informed his choice of modern furniture and lighting. Image from Design Observer Explains Vignelli, "My desk is very square and strong. It’s very important to have a place where your work is in synch with yourself." Likewise, his dining table (pictured in detail at the top) exudes a firm yet reductive aesthetic. Image from New York Magazine The Vignelli's Upper East Side apartment is a masterpiece of modernist austerity. A broad window and torchiere provide ample ambient light while a single architect's light provides task lighting.  Rolling backless counter stools  dotting the space allude to the couple's ceaseless commitment to work. For people who work day in and day out like Massimo Vignelli did, we recommend  LED desk lamps for their energy efficiency and range of eye-strain-alleviating color temperature options. In addition, sleek and strong furnishings like the designs below capture Vignelli's look:  Architects Matte Black Halogen Desk Lamp , Zuo Bolo Glossy Black Coffee Table , Simon Black Club Chair These designs are big on style yet free of excessive ornament, perfect for a small space or loft home that's used for both working and living. Images: New York Times , New York Magazine , Design Observer






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