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Elsa Schiaparelli

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...Italian-born couturier Elsa Schiaparelli was active in Paris in the 1920s and 1930s, where she was the main rival of Coco Chanel. Encouraged by Paul Poiret, she began to design clothes and soon became one of the most prominent figures...

Paola Navone

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...Paola Navone was born in Turin, Italy and studied architecture at the Politecnico di Torino  , graduating in 1973. During the 1970s, she collaborated with Alessandro Mendini, Ettore Sottsass Jr, and Andrea   Branzi in the design group...

Ettore Jr. Sottsass

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...Austrian-born architect, painter, theorist, and designer, active in Italy, Ettore was the son of the architect Ettore Sottsass Sr. Trained as an architect (1939) at Turin’s Polytechnic, Sottsass developed throughout his career parallel...

Patricia Urquoila

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...Spanish-born product designer and architect Patricia Urquiola lives and works in Milan, Italy. She graduated in architecture from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid in 1989 and worked until 1992 as assistant lecturer on Castiglioni...

Miuccia Prada

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...Miuccia Prada is an Italian fashion designer with an early training in mime and performance and later, a PhD in Political Science. She is the youngest granddaughter of Prada founder Mario. When Miuccia took over in 1978, she changed...
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...Architects and product designers Achille, Livio, and Pier Giacomo were born and worked in Milan. Their designs are often ingenious adaptations of everyday and found objects. After graduating from Milan Polytechnic, the three brothers...

Mario Bellini

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...Architect and product designer, born in Milan, Italy. He graduated in architecture from Milan Polytechnic in 1959. He started his career as art director at La Rinascente department store between 1961 and 1963. Subsequently, he became...

Harry Bertoia

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...Italian-American polymath who practiced as a sculptor, artist, graphic designer and print maker, furniture designer, jeweler, and visionary. Although Italian born, he pursued his career in North America and many of his designs have become...

Michele De Lucchi

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...De Lucchi is an architect and product designer, born in Ferrara, Italy. Over the course of his career, he devoted himself to the quality of working environments and public spaces. In 1975, he graduated in architecture from the University...

Gaetano Pesce

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...Gaetano Pesce is a prominent Italian architect, artist, and designer; he trained at the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia (IUAV) and at the Higher Institute of Design in Venice. Pesce started his activity with the N Group...