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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:

Adolf Loos : huis voor Josephine Baker = Adolf Loos : house for Josephine Baker / Paul Groenendijk, Piet Vollaard

Title:
Adolf Loos : House for Josephine Baker
House for Josephine Baker
Author:
Groenendijk, Paul  Search this
Vollaard, Piet  Search this
Loos, Adolf 1870-1933  Search this
Subject:
Loos, Adolf 1870-1933 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Baker, Josephine 1906-1975 Homes and haunts  Search this
Physical description:
39 p., [6] leaves of plates : ill., plans ; 30 cm
Type:
Designs and plans
Place:
Austria
Date:
1985
20th century
Topic:
Architectural models  Search this
Architecture, Domestic--History  Search this
Call number:
NA1011.5.L6G76 1985X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_310427

The architecture of Adolf Loos : an Arts Council exhibition / [catalogue written and edited by Yehuda Safran and Wilfried Wang, assisted by Mildred Budny ; translations of Loos's writings and contributors' essays by Wilfried Wang, with Rosamund Diamond and Robert Godsill]

Author:
Loos, Adolf 1870-1933  Search this
Safran, Yehuda  Search this
Wang, Wilfried  Search this
Budny, Mildred  Search this
Arts Council of Great Britain  Search this
Subject:
Loos, Adolf 1870-1933  Search this
Physical description:
125 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Austria
Date:
1985
20th century
Topic:
Architecture--History  Search this
Call number:
NA1011.5.L6 A4 1985
NA1011.5.L6.S12 1985
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_649987

Fashioning Vienna : Adolf Loos's cultural criticism / Janet Stewart

Author:
Stewart, Janet 1969-  Search this
Subject:
Loos, Adolf 1870-1933 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Loos, Adolf 1870-1933 Written works  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 220 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Austria
Vienna
Vienna (Austria)
Date:
2000
19th century
20th century
Topic:
Criticism--History  Search this
Civilization  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_677861

Otto Wagner, Adolf Loos, and the road to modern architecture / Werner Oechslin ; translated by Lynette Widder

Author:
Oechslin, Werner  Search this
Widder, Lynnette  Search this
Subject:
Wagner, Otto 1841-1918 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Loos, Adolf 1870-1933 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 269 p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2002
19th century
20th century
Topic:
Architecture--Philosophy  Search this
Architecture--Composition, proportion, etc  Search this
Architecture, Modern  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_694722

Loos / Panayotis Tournikiotis

Author:
Tournikiotis, Panayotis 1955-  Search this
Subject:
Loos, Adolf 1870-1933 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
223 p. : ill., plans ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1991
C1991
Topic:
Functionalism (Architecture)  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_472165

Villa Müller : a work of Adolf Loos / Leslie Van Duzer, Kent Kleinman ; foreword by John Hejduk

Author:
Van Duzer, Leslie 1958-  Search this
Loos, Adolf 1870-1933  Search this
Kleinman, Kent 1956-  Search this
Subject:
Loos, Adolf 1870-1933 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Müller, František 1889-1951 Homes and haunts  Search this
Vila Müller (Prague, Czech Republic)  Search this
Physical description:
105 p. : ill. (some col.), plans, port. ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Czech Republic
Prague
Prague (Czech Republic)
Date:
1994
C1994
Topic:
Buildings, structures, etc  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_479161

Adolf Loos : architettura e città / Giovanni Denti

Author:
Denti, Giovanni 1948-  Search this
Subject:
Loos, Adolf 1870-1933 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
102 p. : ill., map, plans ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Austria
Vienna
Date:
1992
C1992
20th century
Topic:
Architecture--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_480150

Adolf Loos : Wohnkonzepte und Möbelentwürfe / Eva B. Ottillinger

Author:
Ottillinger, Eva  Search this
Subject:
Loos, Adolf 1870-1933 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
185 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Austria
Date:
1994
C1994
Topic:
Furniture design  Search this
Interior decoration  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_480942

Adolf Loos, Leben und Werk / Burkhard[t] Rukschcio, Roland Schachel

Author:
Rukschcio, Burkhardt  Search this
Schachel, Roland L. 1939-  Search this
Graphische Sammlung Albertina  Search this
Subject:
Loos, Adolf 1870-1933  Search this
Physical description:
708 p. : ill. (some col.), plans ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Austria
Date:
1982
1987
20th century
Topic:
Architecture--History  Search this
Call number:
NA1011.5.L6 R93 1987
NA1011.5.L6R93 1987
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_331027

Adolf Loos, 1870-1933

Author:
Loos, Adolf 1870-1933  Search this
Institut français d'architecture  Search this
Institut autrichien de Paris  Search this
Subject:
Loos, Adolf 1870-1933  Search this
Physical description:
159 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Austria
Date:
1985
[1985]
20th century
Topic:
Architecture--History  Search this
Call number:
NA1011.5.L6 A4 1985Z
NA1011.5.L6A4 1985Z
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_338984

Raumplan versus Plan libre / redactie, Max Risselada

Author:
Risselada, Max  Search this
Technische Hogeschool Delft  Search this
Subject:
Le Corbusier 1887-1965  Search this
Loos, Adolf 1870-1933  Search this
Physical description:
136 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Europe
Date:
1987
20th century
Topic:
Architecture, Domestic  Search this
Interior architecture  Search this
Architecture--History  Search this
Call number:
NA7325.R38 1987X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_355257

Adolf Loos, theory and works / Benedetto Gravagnuolo ; preface by Aldo Rossi ; photography, Roberto Schezen ; [English translation by C. H. Evans]

Author:
Gravagnuolo, Benedetto  Search this
Evans, C. H  Search this
Subject:
Loos, Adolf 1870-1933  Search this
Physical description:
228 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Austria
Date:
1988
20th century
Topic:
Architecture--History  Search this
Call number:
NA1011.5.L6 G77 1988
NA1011.5.L6G77 1988
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_363406

Das Looshaus / Hermann Czech, Wolfgang Mistelbauer

Author:
Czech, Hermann  Search this
Mistelbauer, Wolfgang  Search this
Subject:
Loos, Adolf 1870-1933  Search this
Physical description:
125 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Austria
Date:
1976
Topic:
Architecture  Search this
Call number:
NA1011.5.L6 C99
NA1011.5.L6C99
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_111669

Spoken into the void : collected essays, 1897-1900 / Adolf Loos ; introduction by Aldo Rossi ; translation by Jane O. Newman and John H. Smith

Author:
Loos, Adolf 1870-1933  Search this
Physical description:
xiii, 146 p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1982
19th century
Topic:
Decorative arts--History  Search this
Call number:
NK775.L6313 1982X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_197924

Wege der Moderne : Josef Hoffmann, Adolf Loos und die Folgen = Ways to modernism : Josef Hoffmann, Adolf Loos and their impact / Herausgeber, Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, Matthias Boeckl, Christian Witt-Dörring ; Texte von Andrea Bocco Guarneri ... [and 15 others] ; [Übersetzungen, Eva Ciabattoni ... [and 4 others]

Title:
Ways to modernism : Josef Hoffmann, Adolf Loos and their impact
Editor:
Thun-Hohenstein, Christoph  Search this
Boeckl, Matthias  Search this
Witt-Dörring, Christian  Search this
Author:
Guarneri, Andrea Bocco  Search this
Translator:
Ciabattoni, Eva  Search this
Host institution:
Österreichisches Museum für Angewandte Kunst  Search this
Subject:
Hoffmann, Josef Franz Maria 1870-1956 Influence  Search this
Loos, Adolf 1870-1933 Influence  Search this
Designer:
Hoffmann, Josef Franz Maria 1870-1956  Search this
Loos, Adolf 1870-1933  Search this
Physical description:
333 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), plans ; 27 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Place:
Austria
Vienna
Date:
2015
Topic:
Modernism (Art)  Search this
Design  Search this
Graphic arts  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1047702

Skin fashion : Josephine Baker and dressing race / Anne Anlin Cheng

Author:
Cheng, Anne Anlin  Search this
Smithsonian Libraries African Art Index Project DSI  Search this
Subject:
Baker, Josephine 1906-1975  Search this
Loos, Adolf 1870-1933  Search this
Type:
Articles
Date:
2015
Call number:
NX1 .N737
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1058077

Adolf Loos : works and projects / Ralf Bock

Author:
Bock, Ralf 1965-  Search this
Loos, Adolf 1870-1933  Search this
Subject:
Loos, Adolf 1870-1933 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
302 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Austria
Europe
Date:
2007
20th century
Topic:
Architecture--History  Search this
Architecture, Domestic  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_943587

Adolf Loos : architecture 1903-1932 / Roberto Schezen ; introduction by Kenneth Frampton ; building descriptions by Joseph Rosa

Author:
Schezen, Roberto  Search this
Loos, Adolf 1870-1933  Search this
Rosa, Joseph  Search this
Subject:
Loos, Adolf 1870-1933 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
179 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2009
1996
C2009
Topic:
Functionalism (Architecture)  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_959136

The Looshaus / Christopher Long

Author:
Long, Christopher (Christopher Alan) 1957-  Search this
Subject:
Loos, Adolf 1870-1933 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Looshaus (Vienna, Austria)  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 243 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Austria
Vienna
Vienna (Austria)
Date:
2011
C2011
Topic:
Modern movement (Architecture)  Search this
Buildings, structures, etc  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_986142

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