Portrait of Italian designer and architect Pierluigi Spadolini

Pierluigi Spadolini

Italian designer and architect


Pierluigi Spadolini (April 1922, Florence–June 2000, Florence) was an Italian designer and architect. He was brother to the famous politician Giovanni Spadolini. During the 1940s and 1950s, he designed a series of furniture systems, of which his most famous were the library systems. In 1965, Pierluigi Spadolini cofounded the Istituto Superiorie per l’Industrie Artistiche (ISIA), which became a consortium of four higher education institutions dedicated to training students in the field of design, and he later joined the faculty of ISIA of Florence, directed by Angelo Maria Landi. He also became a member of the Associazione per il Disegno Industriale (ADI). read more

Among his most well-known works are the office of The Nation (1961–1965), the Palazzo dei Congressi in Florence (1974), the Pavilion Spadolini in the Fortezza da Basso (1974–1976), and the Palace of Justice in Turin (1994–1998). Pierluigi Spadolini was also a renowned designer of boats and yachts and made important furniture design contributions, such as the plastic furniture line he designed for Kartell and the 1950s library systems, which he designed for Genzini in 1956.

Last updated: December 24, 2018

For additional information on Pierluigi Spadolini, please consult the following:

The Design Encyclopedia, written by Mel Byars, published by Laurence King Publishing, London and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2004.

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