Born May 14, 1916, Milan, Italy-died July 11, 2001, Milan
Marco Zanuso, Italian architect and industrial designer. He helped to revolutionize post-World War II furniture and appliance design, bringing innovative contemporary styling to mass-produced consumer products. The special sculptural shapes, bright colors, and modern synthetic materials are the distinctive features of the designer. Several of his award-winning product designs eventually were included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. As an architect, Zanuso designed housing, factories and offices in Italy, Argentina, Brazil, and South Africa. His major commissions in Milanincluded the renovation of the TeatroFossati and the construction of the nearby Piccolo Teatro. Zanuso edited the influential design magazines Domus, Casabella; taught architecture and design at the Milan Polytechnic, and served as president of the Italian Association of Industrial Design.