“To me, it is important to have an interest in reality--of which we are components--and thus to never make things just for the sake of making.”
For Angelo Mangiarotti, the origin of any project--architecture, furniture, or lighting--was in the material. He drew his designs out of the material, often using cutting-edge techniques and technology, imbuing his works with a sense of the essential.
Born in 1921 in Milan, Angelo Mangiarotti graduated from Politecnico de Milano before moving to America, where he spent several years developing his craft and interacting with some of the most famous American architects in history. Upon Mangiarotti’s return to Milan in 1955, he opened his own architectural firm with Bruno Morassutti, a partnership which lasted until 1960.
In addition to an astounding amount of architectural and design work--including founding Mangiarotti and Associates in Tokyo and serving as art director of Colle Cristalleria--Angelo Mangiarotti spent years teaching at universities around the world, from his home in Milan to the United States to France.
It should be a surprise to no one that, in addition to the dozens of other awards he and his work earned over the years, Angelo Mangiarotti was awarded the Compasso d’Oro for lifetime achievement in 1994.
Angelo Mangiarotti died in 2012, but he left us with a legacy in both Studio Mangiarotti--operated by his daughter, Anna--and his stunning designs, such as the Giogali series from Vistosi. Like all Mangiarotti designs, Giogali is marked by a central element--a crystal cylinder shaped into a hooked loop--that serves as its DNA, recurring through the larger entity, drawing attention not to its designer, but to the essence of itself. No design could better represent the philosophy of Angelo Mangiarotti.