“The Architects Series - A documentary on: AMDL CIRCLE” is the 17th appointment in this exhibition format, curated by THE PLAN magazine for Iris Ceramica Group, followed by the lecture covering the extraordinary career of Michele De Lucchi and his firm, which since 2019 is called AMDL CIRCLE.
Internationally renowned designer, architect and artist, Michele de Lucchi has been one of the big names of avant-garde architecture and design currents since the 1970s. Today he heads AMDL CIRCLE, the multidisciplinary design firm renowned for its humanistic approach to architecture, design and graphics. The video-documentary includes the contribution of the Circle Director, Angelo Micheli, the International Business Director Davide Angeli, the head of Produzione Privata Pico De Lucchi and the architect Sara Casartelli.
After graduating in architecture in Florence (1975), Michele De Lucchi worked as an assistant to Adolfo Natalini, thanks to whom he came into contact with radical and experimental design movements including Cavart. In 1979 in Milan, he met Ettore Sottsass, who introduced him to the Memphis group and encouraged him to open his own firm (1980). Sottsass also introduced him to Olivetti, where De Lucchi held the position of Creative Director until 2002,
His creativity, inclination for experimentation and unceasing research have led Michele De Lucchi to design furnishing elements for major Italian and European brands, receiving a number of major awards including the Golden Compass in 1989 for the Tolomeo lamp produced by Artemide (a global best-seller) and in 2001 for the printer Artjet 10 designed for Olivetti.
In 40 years of activity, the firm has created iconic architectures including the UniCredit Pavilion in Milan, the Pavilion Zero for Expo 2015 in Milan, the Palace of Justice in Batumi and the Bridge of Peace in Tbilisi, Georgia. It has designed buildings for the hotel sector in China, Georgia and Japan, as well as museum spaces for institutions including the Triennale di Milano, the Cini Foundation in Venice, the Neues Museum in Berlin and the Exhibition Centre in Rome.