Lella Vignelli

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Lella Vignelli is the founder of Vignelli Associates and the wife of Massimo Vignelli. She has had "a lifelong collaborative working relationship" with her husband.[1] She is known to be the business arm of Vignelli Associates, and played a key role in the success of the design firm.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Lella Vignelli was born in Udine, Italy. She received a degree from the School of Architecture, University of Venice, and became a registered architect in Milan in 1962.[citation needed]


LelIa Vignelli is a frequent speaker and juror for national and international design organizations. She is a member of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), the International Furnishings and Designer Association (IFDA), and the Decorators Club of New York. [4]

She and her husband have been described as "iconic, impossibly exotic characters" in New York.[5] In 1972, the Vignellis designed a map for the New York subway system based on "abstract simplicity".[5] Their design firm has helped create branding for many companies including Knoll American Airlines, the Ford Motor Company, American Airlines and Bloomingdale's.[5]

In 1982 Lella Vignelli and her husband won the AIGA Medal.[3]

Vignelli Center for Design Studies[edit]

Massimo and Lella Vignelli agreed to donate the entire archive of their design work in 2008 to the Rochester Institute of Technology, near Rochester, New York.[6] The archive will be exhibited in a new building designed by Lella and Massimo Vignelli, to be k[2]nown as The Vignelli Center For Design Studies. The building, which opened in September 2010, includes among its many offerings exhibition spaces, classrooms, and offices.


  1. ^ Vit, Armin; Bryony Gomez Palacio (2009). Graphic Design, Referenced: A Visual Guide to the Language, Applications, and History of Graphic Design. Rockport Publishers. p. 160. ISBN 9781592534470. 
  2. ^ a b Conradi, Jan. "Looking Back, Thinking Forward: A Narrative of the Vignellis." Design Observer 9 September 2010.
  3. ^ a b Massimo and Lella Vignelli, AIGA website.
  4. ^ http://www.vignelli.com/
  5. ^ a b c Lovine, Julie V. (October 21, 2007). "The Vignellis: In an instant, their pared-down designs—for the subway, Bloomingdale’s, American Airlines—conjure a particular moment in the city’s history.". New York (New York City). Retrieved September 1, 2012. 
  6. ^ Pogrebin, Robin (August 11, 2010). "Designers Donate Their Archives". New York Times (New York City).