a significant figure in the history of Italian industrial design
Vittoriano Viganò was born in Milan in 1919. Son of the painter and engraver Vico Viganò, he graduated in Achitecture at the Polytechnic School of Milan in 1944. A main figure of the architectural debate in the post war period and an original interpreter of European Rationalism, he was unanimously considered by critics the most important Italian exponent of the ‘Brutalism’ current.
A multidisciplinary talent, a tenured professor in Interior Architecture and Urban Planning during all his life for the Milan Faculty, Vittoriano worked at various scales: from industrial design to architecture, from interior design to urban and landscape planning. In continuity with the Milanese cultural tradition, Viganò kept abreast of all emerging innovative European and International architectural experiences
During 1950’s Viganò became the Italian correspondent for L’architecture d’Aujourd’hui, the renowned journal directed by artist Andrè Bloc. In the same period he took part in a number of Triennale exhibitions and designed several art galleries in Milan. Vittoriano was also Art Director of Arteluce, the company founded by Gino Sarfatti, he designed numerous luminaries as well as the flagship store in Milan.
In 1991 the San Luca Academy awarded him the Italian Republic President Prize for Architecture.
In 1994 Milan Triennale exhibited some of his furniture and lighting designs for the great retrospective on the origins of Italian industrial design: some of those were selected for the Permanent Collection.
His work has been exhibited worldwide and regularly published.
Vittoriano Viganò died in Milan in 1996.