Former IDSA Member Lella Vignelli Dies at Age 82
Lella Vignelli, an architect who became a product designer and entrepreneur, has died at the age of 82. Along with her husband, the design pioneer from Italy formed half of the "first couple of modern design." Both were IDSA members.
Shortly before his death in 2014, Massimo Vignelli completed a monograph about Lella, honoring her as "an inspiration to all women designers who forcefully stand on the power of their merits" and "a strong and successful professional woman." He hoped it would provide "inspiration and incentive for young women who are shaping their careers."
Lella Vignelli studied architecture at the University of Venice and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1958, she became a junior designer at a Chicago firm. In 1965, she rose to the top of the interiors department for Unimark International Corporation.
In 1971, she and her husband co-founded Vignelli Associates in New York City, followed by Vignelli Designs. Her work has been included in permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art, Cooper Hewitt and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Vignelli Center for Design Studies houses the archives of Lella and Massimo at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).