Alberto Rosselli (1921-76) Italian architect and industrial designer. He was professionally active in Milan. He was born in Palermo.
1938-39, he studied engineering.
1945-47, architecture, Politecnico di Milano.
Active concurrently, in 1955, he opened his own office in Milan. He designed transportation for Fiat-Orlandi, appliances, furniture for Arflex, Bonacina, Kartell, and Saporiti, electric clocks and domestic appliances, bathroom fixtures, lighting for Fontana Arte, metalwork, glassware for Salviati, and ceramics for Cesame.
- 1963-76, he taught industrial design, Politecnico di Milano;
- in 1956, was president of ADI (Associazione per ii Disegno lndustriale);
- 1961-63, was vice-president of ICSID; and,
- In 1963 he became an industrial design assistant professor at the Politecnico di Milano.
In 1957, he developed an interest in plastics, his first design in the medium being a bathroom unit for Montecatini.
He was a member of the 1968 (XIV) Triennale di Milano committee and a founder of the journal Stile Industria, where he was editor 1953-63. Its focus on visual detail helped elevate even the most mundane utilitarian objects to the realm of art. It was a key factor in establishing Italian design’s international reputation, both aesthetically and intellectually.
One of his best-known designs, the colourful and lightweight 1970 one-piece fibreglass Jumbo Chair, was produced 1970-78 by Saporiti; it looked like a shoe in silhouette and was related to his 1969 Moby Dick chaise longue.
His architectural works included the Corriere della Sera newspaper building.
- He received gold medals in 1954 (X), 1957 (XI), and 1960 (XII) Triennali di Milano.
- The Jumbo Chair was shown at the 1967 Milano International Furniture Exhibition, the 1970 ‘Modern Chairs 1918-1970’ exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery in London, and the 1983-84 ‘Design Since 1945’ exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
- He received 1957 Compasso d’Oro for his Meteor motor-coach for Fiat-Orlandi.
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