Michele De Lucchi, an Italian designer and architect, was the major exponent of radical and active architecture in the Cavart, Alchymia and Memphis movements. Born in Ferrara in 1951 Michele De Lucchi graduated in architecture, after his studies he collaborated with the most important Italian and foreign companies in the design of lamps and furniture. Between 1988 and 2002 he worked for Olivetti, developing projects for Compaq Computers, Philips, Siemens and Vitra.
Michele De Lucchi has received important assignments for the design and renovation of spaces and buildings in Italy, Japan, Germany and Switzerland; he was the curator of numerous art exhibitions and museums setting ups such as the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome, the Milano Triennale and the Neues Museum in Berlin.
The designer De Lucchi received prestigious international awards: in 1989 he won the Compasso d'Oro-Adi award together with his colleague Giancarlo Fassina with the Tolomeo lamp and in 2001 with the Olivetti printer. In 2000, he received the decoration of the Italian Republic by President Ciampi for his merits in the fields of architecture and design; he was appointed full professor at the architectural university in Venice in 2001 and in 2006 he received a degree from Honorem from Kingston University.
Michele De Lucchi designs for the Artemide lighting company the Tolomeo lamp that has become an icon of Italian design all over the world and Dioscuri lamps in wall, ceiling and table versions.