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Oral history interview with Massimo Vignelli, 2011 June 6-7

Interviewee:
Vignelli, Massimo, 1931-2014  Search this
Interviewer:
Riedel, Mija, 1958-  Search this
Subject:
De Carlo, Giancarlo  Search this
Domus  Search this
Eames, Charles  Search this
Eames, Ray  Search this
Eckerstrom, Ralph E. (Ralph Eugene)  Search this
Eco, Umberto  Search this
Frau, Poltrona  Search this
Gardella, Ignazio  Search this
Graves, Michael  Search this
Kacik, Walter  Search this
Kahn, Louis I.  Search this
Le Corbusier  Search this
Loos, Adolf  Search this
Mies van der Rohe, Ludwig  Search this
Pagano, Giuseppe  Search this
Pomodoro, Arnaldo  Search this
Ponti, Gio  Search this
Rams, Dieter  Search this
Scarpa, Carlo  Search this
Terragni, Giuseppe  Search this
Toscani, Oliviero  Search this
Venturi, Robert  Search this
Vignelli, Lella  Search this
Zevi, Bruno  Search this
Benetton (Firm)  Search this
Container Corporation of America  Search this
Herman Miller, Inc.  Search this
Knoll Associates, inc.  Search this
Metron Orts- und Regionalplanung  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
New York City Transit Authority  Search this
New York Herald. (New York.)  Search this
Rochester Institute of Technology  Search this
Sansoni (Firm)  Search this
Steelcase, Inc.  Search this
United States. National Park Service  Search this
United States Postal Service  Search this
Venini International  Search this
Vignelli Associates  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Massimo Vignelli, 2011 June 6-7. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Architectural design  Search this
Architecture, American  Search this
Architecture -- Europe  Search this
Architecture, Italian  Search this
Architecture -- Italy  Search this
Architecture, Japanese  Search this
Architecture -- United States  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Costume design  Search this
Design  Search this
Designers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Furniture design  Search this
Postmodernism  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15958
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)302171
AAA_collcode_vignel11
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_302171
Online Media:

Benetton par Toscani

Author:
FAE musée d'art contemporain  Search this
Subject:
Toscani, Oliviero  Search this
Benetton (Firm)  Search this
Physical description:
223 p. : col. ill. ; 19 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1995
Topic:
Advertising photography  Search this
Advertising--Social aspects  Search this
Advertising--Psychological aspects  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_515369

Oral history interview with Massimo Vignelli

Interviewee:
Vignelli, Massimo  Search this
Interviewer:
Riedel, Mija, 1958-  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
Benetton (Firm)  Search this
Container Corporation of America  Search this
Herman Miller, Inc.  Search this
Knoll Associates, inc.  Search this
Metron Orts- und Regionalplanung  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
New York City Transit Authority  Search this
New York Herald. (New York.)  Search this
Rochester Institute of Technology  Search this
Sansoni (Firm)  Search this
Steelcase, Inc.  Search this
United States Postal Service  Search this
United States. National Park Service  Search this
Venini International  Search this
Vignelli Associates  Search this
De Carlo, Giancarlo, 1919-2005  Search this
Domus  Search this
Eames, Charles  Search this
Eames, Ray  Search this
Eckerstrom, Ralph E. (Ralph Eugene), 1921-  Search this
Eco, Umberto  Search this
Frau, Poltrona  Search this
Gardella, Ignazio  Search this
Graves, Michael, 1934-2015  Search this
Kacik, Walter  Search this
Kahn, Louis I., 1901-1974  Search this
Le Corbusier, 1887-1965  Search this
Loos, Adolf, 1870-1933  Search this
Mies van der Rohe, Ludwig, 1886-1969  Search this
Pagano, Giuseppe, 1896-1945  Search this
Pomodoro, Arnaldo, 1926-  Search this
Ponti, Gio, 1891-1979  Search this
Rams, Dieter  Search this
Scarpa, Carlo, 1906-1978  Search this
Terragni, Giuseppe, 1904-1943  Search this
Toscani, Oliviero  Search this
Venturi, Robert  Search this
Vignelli, Lella  Search this
Zevi, Bruno, 1918-2000  Search this
Extent:
9 Items (Sound recording: 9 sound files (6 hr., 52 min.))
153 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
2011 June 6-7
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Massimo Vignelli conducted 2011 June 6-7, by Mija Riedel, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, at Vignelli's home and office, in New York, New York.
Vignelli speaks of his youth and early start in art design and architecture; his early work at Catiglione architects at the age of 16; his father; his education; meeting his favorite architects; his influences; architecture and design magazines; organic and rationalist architecture in Italy; influence of Ignazio Gardella; Adolf Loos' idea of spoon to the city; European, American, and Italian architecture; education in Milan; his work with Venini Glass; Italian design; his early graphic work; design and vulgarity; marriage and working with Lella Vignelli; graphic design work at the Container Corporation; concept of design as a whole; his work on corporate identities; his establishment of Vignelli Associates; introduction and use of Helvetica in the United States; working with Knoll; choosing clients; design and culture; his work on St. Peter's Lutheran Church; design work for the United States National Parks newspaper design and layout; Unimark; timelessness and design; working with Poltrona Frau, Zero Labor design; major influences; his work for the United States Postal Service; connectivity and context in architecture; his clothing designs and historical perspectives on clothing; postmodernism; his work on the New York Subway; design work before and after computers; Japanese architecture and design; his work as a teacher; Oliviero Toscani and working for Benetton; America and international design; modernism and the office building; modern design and furniture; a timeline of his career; the Vignelli Center at RIT and archiving. Vignelli also recalls, Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, Giuseppe Terragni, Giuseppe Pagano, Domus, Gió Ponti, Metron, Bruno Zevi, Ignazio Gardella, Ray and Charles Eames, Giancarlo De Carlo, Venini Glass, Carlo Scarpa, Ralph Eckerstrom, Umberto Eco, Sansoni Publishing House, Vignelli Associates, Walter Kacik, Helvetica, Knoll, St. Peter's Lutheran Church, National Parks, New York Herald, Unimark, Lella Vignelli, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Poltrona Frau, Dieter Rams, Louis Kahn, Stendig Calendar, A to Z, Salon de Mobile, Michael Graves, Robert Venturi, Oliviero Toscani, Benetton, Herman Miller, Steelcase, and the Vignelli Center.
Biographical / Historical:
Massimo Vignelli (1931- ) is a designer in New York, New York. Mija Riedel (1958- ) is an independent scholar in San Francisco, California.
General:
Originally recorded as 9 sound files. Duration is 6 hr., 52 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Occupation:
Architects  Search this
Topic:
Architectural design  Search this
Architecture, American  Search this
Architecture -- Europe  Search this
Architecture, Italian  Search this
Architecture -- Italy  Search this
Architecture, Japanese  Search this
Architecture -- United States  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Costume design  Search this
Design  Search this
Designers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Furniture design  Search this
Postmodernism  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.vignel11
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw916685527-6bb7-4c68-bd7f-5aed686eb0fb
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-vignel11
Online Media:

M & Co. Collection, 1979-1993

Author:
M & Co  Search this
Subject:
Kalman, Tibor 1949-  Search this
Kalman, Maria  Search this
Byrne, David 1952-  Search this
M & Co. (Firm)  Search this
Benetton (Firm)  Search this
Hannibal Records  Search this
Talking Heads  Search this
Interview (Magazine)  Search this
Artforum (Magazine)  Search this
Memphis (Firm)  Search this
Restaruant Florent  Search this
China Grill  Search this
National Audubon Society  Search this
NYNEX Corporation  Search this
Cooper-Hewitt Design Archive  Search this
Physical description:
24 cu. ft
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Business correspondence
Legal correspondence
Lecture notes
Video recordings
Photographs
Slides
Drawings
Clients lists
Mechanicals
Place:
United States
Date:
1979
1979-1993
Topic:
Swatch watches  Search this
Graphic arts  Search this
Product design  Search this
Industrial design  Search this
Wrist watches--Design  Search this
Logos (Symbols)--Design  Search this
Letterheads--Design  Search this
Menu design  Search this
Invitations--Design  Search this
Pamphlets--Design  Search this
Sound recordings--Album covers  Search this
Advertising design  Search this
Corporate image--Design  Search this
Rock videos  Search this
Motion pictures--Titling  Search this
Call number:
1993-151-1
Restrictions & Rights:
Unrestricted research use onsite by appointment. Permission of staff required to photograph materials.
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_537700

Architecture for Benetton / photographs by Antonia Mulas ; texts by Marco Mulazzani ; design by Massimo Vignelli ; introduction by Deyan Sudjic

Author:
Mulazzani, Marco  Search this
Mulas, Antonia 1939-  Search this
Sudjic, Deyan  Search this
Subject:
Scarpa, Afra 1937-  Search this
Scarpa, Tobia 1935-  Search this
Andō, Tadao 1941-  Search this
Benetton (Firm) Buildings  Search this
Physical description:
526 p. : col. ill., plans ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Italy
Treviso
Treviso (Italy)
Date:
2004
C2004
20th century
Topic:
Architecture--History  Search this
Buildings, structures, etc  Search this
Call number:
NA1121.T87 M85 2004
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_806770

Colors : a magazine about the rest of the world = una revista sobre el resto del mundo

Title:
Colors : una revista sobre el resto del mundo
Author:
Benetton (Firm)  Search this
Physical description:
v. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Date:
1992
Call number:
AP1 .C6633
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_781943

Colors : a magazine about the rest of the world : una rivista che parla del resto del mondo

Author:
Benetton (Firm)  Search this
Physical description:
v. : ill. (some col.) ; 57 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Date:
1992
Call number:
AP1 .C66
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_781948

Colors : a magazine about the rest of the world : un magazine qui parle du reste du monde

Author:
Benetton (Firm)  Search this
Physical description:
v. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Periodicals
Date:
1992
Call number:
AP1 .C6634
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_781993

Dream utopias, nightmare realities : imagining race and culture within the world of Benetton advertising / Les Back and Vibeke Quaade

Author:
Back, Les 1962-  Search this
Quaade, Vibeke  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Benetton (Firm)  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
1993
Topic:
Advertising--Political aspects  Search this
Mass media and race relations  Search this
Call number:
NX1 .T445
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_517049

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