The ADI Design Museum presents a monograph dedicated to Luca Meda of the Molteni group

“Luca Meda is not only a figurehead of Italian design and architecture. For the Molteni group he has been a guide, a master, a close partner in the revolutionary step from classic to modern style” , says Francesca Molteni, filmmaker, writer and curator, as well as the descendant and owner of the Molteni furniture empire and founder of the creative laboratory Muse Factory of Projects. “Luca Medaarchitetture, design e disegni” or “Luca Meda architecture, design and drawings”, published by Silvana Editoriale, is the first monographic publication dedicated to the Italian artist who played a leading role in shaping the creative path distinct from the Molteni group. On the occasion of the Italian Design Day 2022, scheduled for March 23, 2022, ADI Design Museum will organize a special presentation dedicated to the unveiling of the book as well as the celebration of Luca Meda’s contributions to the Molteni group in particular and to La Italian design and architecture scene as a whole.




  • Primafila sofa by Luca Meda Image: Courtesy of Molteni Group



While his works have often been quoted, reproduced, criticized and appreciated in publications and verbal proclamations, the monograph describes the life and work of Luca Meda in its entirety and presents a complete analysis and narration of the various facets of his professional offers. Announced by the Archivio Progetti of the Iuav University of Venice, the publication marks the beginning of an in-depth research on Meda’s work. While the initial work of assembling archives and decanting into organized and coherent data began in 2013, the publication was not completed until 2021 with the help of the archive fund of the Iuav University of Venice as well as the financial and material support of the Molteni Grouper.



  • Sketch of the Vaivai chair by Luca Meda |  Luca Medaarchitecture, design and design |  Luca Meda |  STIRworld
    Sketch of the Vaivai chair by Luca Meda Image: Courtesy of Molteni Group






  • Vaivai Chair by Luca Meda, 1992 |  Luca Medaarchitecture, design and design |  Luca Meda |  STIRworld
    Vaivai Chairs by Luca Meda, 1992 Image: Courtesy of Molteni Group



Curated by Nicola Braghieri, Sabina Carboni and Serena Maffioletti, ‘Luca Medaarchitetture, design e disegni’ contains critical essays by GiampieroBosoni, Rosa Chiesa, Alberto Ferlenga, Beatrice Lampariello, Chiara Lecce, Mario Piazza and Dario Scodeller. It includes, among other things, drawings, prototypes and product designs that are representative of Meda’s prominent and unequivocal contribution to the rise of the Molteni Group, presented today as a leader in the furnishings, and comprising the three companies: Molteni&CSpA, UniforSpA and CitterioSpA, each of which deals with particular sectors within the framework of the larger group.



  • Risiedo chairs by Luca Meda |  Luca Medaarchitecture, design and design |  Luca Meda |  STIRworld
    Risiedo chairs by Luca Meda Image: Courtesy of Molteni Group






  • Poggio table by Luca Meda |  Luca Medaarchitecture, design and design |  Luca Meda |  STIRworld
    Poggio table by Luca Meda Image: Courtesy of Molteni Group



Born in 1936, Luca Meda was a prominent post-war Italian artist and designer who, over a career spanning nearly 40 years, contributed to the design and architecture of the mid to late 20and century in Italy, while playing a key role as a businessman within the Molteni Group. By influencing the creative culture of the group in the mid-1920sandcentury, he was able to effectively help the furniture brand to move from classicism to modernism, thus successfully establishing the foundations of a company that stands out for its range of high-end and chic furniture and interior products. Meda’s offerings in the creative and pragmatic fields perfectly reflect his multifaceted and dynamic personality.



  • Sketch of the Capotavola table by Luca Meda |  Luca Medaarchitecture, design and design |  Luca Meda |  STIRworld
    Sketch of the Capotavola table by Luca Meda Image: Courtesy of Molteni Group






  • Capotavola table by Luca Meda |  Luca Medaarchitecture, design and design |  Luca Meda |  STIRworld
    Capotavola table by Luca Meda Image: Courtesy of Molteni Group



Meda, before and during his tenure as artistic director of the Molteni Group, was many things: a happy artist, a smart designer, a pragmatic businessman and an empathetic person. Not only was he responsible for the design of iconic pieces of furniture like the Piroscafo bookcase, the Zim chairs and the Ho armchair, all of which exemplified the influence of figurative art and used the offerings of technological advancements, but he also led projects that met commercial demands without compromising with the innovation of designs created by artists and architects. The monograph is an attempt to capture and illustrate this Meda character. It contains well-organized sketches and drawings as well as descriptions that highlight key differences between architecture and industrial design, while celebrating the pure abstract forms that define the modern figurative tradition.



  • Sketch of the Capotavola table by Luca Meda |  Luca Medaarchitecture, design and design |  Luca Meda |  STIRworld
    Sketch of the Capotavola table by Luca Meda Image: Courtesy of Molteni Group






  • Viviette Armchair by Luca Meda |  Luca Medaarchitecture, design and design |  Luca Meda |  STIRworld
    Viviette Armchair by Luca Meda Image: Courtesy of Molteni Group



The Italian designer’s birth in Chiavari and his studies in Milan and Germany largely influenced his intellectual and emotional growth. While an education at some of the most prestigious design schools like the Brera School of Art in Milan and the Hochschule fürGestaltung in Ulm, Germany contributed greatly to his sense of designing objects defined by clean lines and pure forms, his fondness for the charming alleys, streets, archaic houses and understated interiors of Milan helped him develop a sense of appreciation for artistic creativity induced by more than mere utilitarianism .



Luca Meda |  Luca Medaarchitecture, design and design |  Luca Meda |  STIRworld
Luca Meda Image: Courtesy of Molteni Group


Meda’s untimely death in 1998 was met with a unanimous sigh by the creative industry and particularly by Molteni. However, his intellectual and moral legacy, combined with his unambiguous efforts to redefine what Molteni meant and how he is identified today, served as beacons of inspiration for the Group to not only continue on this defined path, but also to open the way to new ways. and targets. “For the Molteni family, Meda was a special friend and a passionate companion. We shared incredible holidays in Elba and Venice, sleepless nights installing objects, furniture and paintings at the Salone del Mobile , unique design thoughts and concepts. For me, he was a big smile and a humorous twist in ordinary life,” Francesca fondly recalls. The publication of the monograph therefore serves both as a tribute to the extraordinary figure and extended elegy to the loss of Meda, and with it, his ever-decisive creative and practical contributions.

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