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Marco Zanuso (Italian, 1916–2001)

About this artist

Source: Oxford University Press

Italian architect and industrial designer. Having graduated in 1939 from the Politecnico, Milan, he joined the generation of Milanese architects who, immediately after World War II, took up the debate over cultural issues introduced by the Rationalists, while continuing to concentrate on high standards in the practical aspects of their profession. Zanuso’s most important architectural works include a number of residential buildings in Milan: the Villa Shapiro (1963), Via XX Settembre, and the experimental housing (1964) in Via Laveno. He also frequently designed buildings for industry, for example the Olivetti complexes at Buenos Aires (1956–9) and São Paolo (1957–9), and at Crema, Scarmagno and Marcianise in Italy (1967–70). He also built the main Italian headquarters for IBM (1972–5) at Segrate, Milan, and an IBM factory (1979–83) at Santa Palomba, Rome. His later works include the restructuring (1983–6) of the Teatro Fossati (now Teatro Studio del Piccolo Teatro), Milan, and the complex of the new Piccolo Teatro di Milano (begun 1980). In the field of industrial design he created many of the objects and pieces of furniture that helped to define Italian design in the international market, notably the Borletti sewing-machine (1956), the Doney Brion Vega television set (1962) and furnishings produced by the firms Arflex, Kartell and Siemens. From 1970 he taught such subjects as the technology of architecture, building production and industrial design at the Facoltà di Architettura, Università degli Studi, Milan.

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From Grove Art Online

© 2009 Oxford University Press

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