Aldo Cibic: "Genuine Design Royalty" – Newsweek 2017
Aldo Cibic was born in Schio, Vicenza, Italy in 1955, and quickly developed a self-directed interest in the world of design.
In 1981, as a partner in Sottsass Associati, he was a founding member of Memphis, an artists’ collective that was to mark an epoch-making transition in the universe of design and architecture. By vocation and inclination an innovator, one who has never favoured generic labels nor stylistic excesses, Cibic adopted "experimentation as praxis".
In the late 1980s he founded the Studio Cibic and launched “Standard” (1991), his first self-produced collection.
At the same time he became a teacher at the Domus Academy and set up research activities with various schools, while developing his ideas around the "design of services". His projects, such as "The Solid Side" (1995) and "New Stories New Design" (2002), fostered a dynamic relationship between people and space and offered a new mode of designing places based on social interactions. He continued in this vein in subsequent years with "Microrealities" (2004) and "Rethinking Happiness" (2010). Both were presented at the Venice Architecture Biennale, and both invent contemporary narratives aimed at multiplying opportunities for meetings, exchanges and sharing in community life.
In 1989 he founded the practice Cibic & Partners and, in 2010, the Cibicworkshop, not only a design studio but also a multidisciplinary research centre, began to focus more heavily on alternative sustainable project types aimed at enhancing whole local areas and defining new cultural, emotional and environmental awarenesses of public space.
Aldo Cibic teaches at the Politecnico di Milano, the IUAV, Venice, and the Domus Academy; he is an honorary professor at the Tongji University, Shanghai.
Born in New York City in 1958, Chuck received a Bachelor of Science degree from Yale University in 1980 and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University School of Architecture and Urban Planning in 1984. During his graduate studies he worked for Steven Holl Architects and Robert Stern Architects.
His practice in NYC included working on public, commercial and residential architectural projects, in addition to design consultancies with the high-tech and aerospace industries. He’s also designed scenography for film, theater, and the performing arts.
Since 1997 Chuck has been working with Aldo Cibic in Milan. They remain partners in CibicWorkshop - a multi-disciplinary studio integrating Design, Architecture, Landscaping and Urbanism. His academic responsibilities include:
Teaching as Associate Professor at the College of the City of New York and Domus Academy in Milan, and guest lecturer or instructor at: Columbia University, Pratt Institute, Parsons School of Design, The New School for Social Research, California State University at Florence, IUAV and Politecnico di Milano.
Diego Lucchini, is a designer, happily raised amongst nature and friends in the small village of Chiuppano in the North East of Italy.
During his high school years, he discovered an interest in the paradoxical disciplines of maths, and rule-breaking, which he devoted himself to liberally. Later, during his Bachelors degree in industrial design at IUAV, he began to develop a genuine realization of the pleasure of studying for its own sake, and became dedicated to work that is a pleasure to do, as well as to produce.
This approach continued at Ecal, Ecole cantonale d'art de Lausanne, where he obtained the Masters degree in Design de produit in 2012. He now practices happiness and design back in his native Italy, working alongside Aldo Cibic on a variety of projects.