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FastCo.Design reports that influential design great Massimo Vignelli is gravely ill.

His family announced that he will be spending his last days at his home in New York City. His son, Luca, has extended a touching request: that all those for whom Vignelli was either an influence or an inspiration write him a letter.

If you'd like to send a letter, mail it to:
Massimo Vignelli
130 East 67 Street
New York, New York 10021

If you are not familiar with the work of Massimo (and wife Lella) check the video below and his "Schematic Chart of Ideological and Design Changes".

Go to Vignelli Associates >>







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Richard Meier's tribute to his late colleague and dear friend Massimo Vignelli [Milano, 10 gennaio 1931 – New York, 27 maggio 2014]:

"He [Massimo] made me look twice at work that we had done and think about which ones were, in a sense, more interesting. Our criteria actually wasn’t that different. The reason we enjoyed working together so much is that we sort of had a similar vision of what architecture should be in the 21st century. It had to do with a certain modernity, attitude, light, and space, and how it relates to nature. But Massimo had an incredible eye for all things. I think he was an extraordinary architecture critic in the way he was able to design books with a knowledge of architecture, not just of graphics.

I don’t remember how we met. I should really search my memory, but it was fun at the time. I miss the friendship. I miss the closeness, whether we were working together or here in the building together or going out to dinner together. Massimo just had an uplifting personality that affected you. He was always smiling and upbeat. I saw him a week ago [Tuesday], and he was sitting at his desk going through some of the thousands of letters and notes that people have sent to him wishing him well. He just had this incredible spirit about him, this attitude that everything was going to be all right. He was amazing.”



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