Luciano Frigerio (21/05/19281999)
Luciano Frigerio was an artist, designer and musician. The transformation of his small family business, Frigerio di desio, into a company with its sights on the international market, was inspired by his visits to prestigious craftsmen’s studios like Canturine, where he met masters such as Gio Ponti, Franco Albini, Carlo De Carli and Tapio Wirkkala. He worked with his technicians on ‘Mobili Scultura, (sculpture furniture), creating a completely new style set apart from the industrial production of that era.
Over the years, he collaborated closely with famous architects and designers like Franco Albini, Sergio Asti and Paolo Portoghesi. Frigerio was convinced that even an architect could design furniture, and he asked them to design a series of numbered and signed pieces. This new direction led to the company’s expansion between the 1970sand 1990s, with ten showrooms opening in the biggest Italian cities. In 1973 he was awarded the honorary title ‘Commendatore della Repubblica Italiana’ and in 1989 he was nominated Cavaliere dell'Ordine Equestre del Santo Sepolcro di Gerusalemme. Today, his work is sought after by collectors internationally.