Angelo Mangiarotti (19212012)
Born in Milan in 1921, Angelo Mangiarotti was an architect, urban planner, designer and sculptor whose work quickly earned him an international reputation. Having studied architecture at the Politecno di Milano in 1948 he moved to the United States in 1953, working as s visiting professor affiliated with the Illinois Institute of Technology. During his time there, he met Frank Lloyd Wright, Walter Gropius, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Konrad Wachsmann, who were all instrumental in his personal and professional growth. Two years later, Mangiarotti returned to Italy and opened his own architectural firm in Milan with Bruno Morassutti. The partnership was active until 1960. During this time he continued to teach and exhibit internationally, winning numerous awards. A couple of his best-known architectural projects are Milano Repubblica station and the ‘3 cylinders house’ also in Milan. His furniture designs are striking for their pure architectural quality.