Luigi Caccia Dominioni
Italian designer and architect
Luigi Caccia Dominioni (born December 7, 1913, Milan–died November 13, 2016, Milan) was an Italian designer and architect born in Milan from a noble family of Novara. After completing his studies at the Leo XIII Institute, he graduated with a degree in architecture in 1936 from the Politecnico di Milano, where he met many of the influential architects and designers of the time, such as brothers Livio and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Cesare Cattaneo, Giannino Bernasconi, and the founders of Studio BBPR. Also in 1936, Luigi Caccia Dominioni started his professional activity in Venice, and, with Livio and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, he won the competition held at the Vimercate School. read more
In 1937, he opened a professional studio with Livio and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni and won several design competitions. It was through this partnership that in 1938 they created the first radio designs for the Phonola company, which were later perfected and presented at the 1940 VII Triennale di Milano (Milan Triennial).
He is considered a pioneer industrial designer and one of the leading representatives of what is called the “Milan” style, a concept developed by architect and writer Ernesto Nathan Rogers in the late 1940s as the unique design approach of Milan that included technique, theory, and a profound attention to craftsmanship. It was with this craftsmanship that Luigi Caccia Dominioni found a special affinity; by his own account, he found pleasure and inspiration from his frequent collaborations with the many wood, glass, stone, and metal craftsmen of Milan.
In 1947, Luigi Caccia Dominioni, along a number of leading Italian architects and designers, including Ignazio Gardella, Franco Albini, Marco Zanuso, and Corrado Corradi Dell’Acqua, founded the influential and successful furniture manufacturer Azucena and created hundreds of design objects. Caccia Dominioni’s designs received the Compasso d’Oro award several times, including for the C.d.o. chair and for the Super door (1984).
His large architectural projects are characterized by his ability to work with the existing buildings without renouncing the use of new forms and technologies. Among his most notable architectural projects in Milan are the reconstruction of his family home, Casa Caccia Dominioni, in Piazza Sant’Ambrogio in Milan (1947–1949), the Loro-Parisini house on via Savona (1951–1957), a residential building on via Nievo (1954–1955), a residential building in Piazza Carbonari (1960–1961), a commercial building on corso Monforte (1963–1964), Casa Geronazzo on via Tamburini (1960–1968), and the Biblioteca Vanoni in Morbegno (1965–1966).
Last updated: February 22, 2019