Luigi Caccia Dominioni

Architect Milan / Italy

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Luigi Caccia Dominioni
Luigi Caccia Dominioni (1913-2016) was one of the main Italian architects and urban planners of the post-war period and one of the precursors and founders of Italian design, a brilliant interpreter of the Milanese and Lombard tradition.
During his university studies at the Polytechnic of Milan he met Livio and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Cesare Cattaneo, Giannino Bernasconi, the future BBPR, and had as teachers Luigi Moretti and Piero Portaluppi. He graduated in 1936 and obtained his professional qualification in Venice, in 1937. He opened a professional studio in Porta Nuova with Livio and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, thus starting his professional career and dedicating himself to interior architecture, design, industrial design, competitions and installations.
He participates together with them in various competitions, obtaining brilliant results. The first realization in the field of industrial design saw him together with their "pioneer", in 1938, with some models of radio sets for the Phonola, later refined and presented in 1940 at the VII Triennale di Milano, Triennale in which the three architects they also stand out for the preparation of exhibitions and the production of other design objects, such as the Miracoli cutlery.
In the 1950s he founded the Azucena company where, together with Gardella and Corradi, Caccia Dominioni brought together the designs of his furniture and objects.
His “Caccia” cutlery series, re-edited by Alessi in 1990, is at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, as well as other objects he made are present in the permanent collections of various museums around the world, including: Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum für angewandte Kunst (MAK), Vienna; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid.
Reference figure for contemporary design, during his activity he investigated the relationship between modernity and tradition, contributing decisively to the architectural redefinition of Milan, his hometown, after the war.
Among his most famous works in the Lombard capital are the condominiums in via Ippolito Nievo, the San Felice district and the redevelopment of Piazza San Babila.
As a designer, his most famous work is certainly the Catilina armchair, created in 1957 for Azucena. Luigi Caccia Dominioni has won the prestigious Compasso d'Oro for important projects such as the T12 Palini Chair, in collaboration with the Castiglioni brothers, and the Super door. In addition, he was awarded the Compasso d'Oro for his career for his objective contribution to the definition of Italian design itself and the originality of its contents.
Luigi Caccia Dominioni
Luigi Caccia Dominioni
  • 1913 - 2016 †
  • Tel 028693368
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