Angelo Mangiarotti: 1921-2012

Monday, 2 July 2012

The world of design and culture today pays tribute to one of the last great Maestros of Italian design, Angelo Mangiarotti, who has died at the age of 91, Corriere della Sera reports.

The Italian designer, known for collaborations with Agape, Artemide and Cassina among other brands, won the Compasso d’oro ADI in 1994, and the gold medal for architecture at the Accademia della Torre di Carrara in 1998. 

Born in 1921 in Milan, Angelo Mangiarotti studied at the Politecnico di Milano and, upon graduation in 1953, moved to the US, where he was in contact with Frank Lloyd Wright, Walter Gropius and Mies van der Rohe. He moved back to Italy in 1954 and dedicated himself to design, famously believing that in this discipline, “happiness comes from correctness.”

Design critic Beppe Finessi described Mangiarotti as “an absolutely original figure in international architecture, one of the few Italian masters (like Ponti, Nervi and Piano) capable of exporting his idea and philosophy of design."