Famous Italian Designers

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Filippo Brunelleschi
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Birthdate: 1377 AD
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: April 15, 1446

Filippo Brunelleschi was an Italian architect, sculptor, and designer. Regarded as Renaissance architecture's founding father, Brunelleschi is hailed as the first modern engineer. Among his famous accomplishments is the design of the dome of the Florence Cathedral. He is also credited with inventing hydraulic machinery and designing machinery that was used in churches to re-enact Biblical stories through theatrical performances.

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Giorgetto Giugiaro
(Automobile Designer)
Giorgetto Giugiaro
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Birthdate: August 7, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Garessio, Piedmont, Italy
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Salvatore Ferragamo
(Designer known as Founder of Salvatore Ferragamo S.p.A.)
Salvatore Ferragamo
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Birthdate: June 5, 1898
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bonito, Italy
Died: August 7, 1960

Salvatore Ferragamo was an Italian shoe designer. An innovative designer, Ferragamo is remembered for inventing the Cage heel. Also a pioneering shoe designer, Ferragamo experimented with materials including fish, crocodile, and kangaroo skin. He is also credited with founding the popular luxury goods company, Salvatore Ferragamo S.p.A. Today, his company has extended its operations to include a ready-to-wear clothing line.

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Ettore Bugatti
(Automobile Designer)
Ettore Bugatti
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Birthdate: September 15, 1881
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: August 21, 1947

Ettore Bugatti was an automobile designer and manufacturer. He is credited with founding the popular car manufacturer Automobiles E. Bugatti, which gained prominence as the maker of some of the fastest and technologically advanced cars of its day. In 2000, Ettore Bugatti was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame.

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Ira von Fürstenberg
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Birthdate: April 18, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
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Aldus Manutius
(type designer, publisher, typographer, printer)
Aldus Manutius
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Birthdate: 1449 AD
Birthplace: Sermoneta
Died: February 6, 1515
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Aldo Rossi
(Architect)
Aldo Rossi
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Birthdate: May 3, 1931
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: September 4, 1997
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Lina Bo Bardi
(Architect)
Lina Bo Bardi
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Birthdate: December 5, 1914
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: March 20, 1992
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Domitilla Harding
(Designer, Artist)
Domitilla Harding
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Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Domitilla Harding is an Italian designer and artist, who once worked as a designer with the Miss Italy fashion label. She has also designed furniture in the past and currently works as a glass sculptor with glass master Andrea Zilio. From her mother’s side, she has links to the House of della Rovere, an Italian noble family. 

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Enzo Mari
(Designer)
Enzo Mari
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Birthdate: April 27, 1932
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Novara, Italy
Died: October 19, 2020
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Agostino Carracci
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Birthdate: August 16, 1557
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: March 22, 1602
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Giambattista Bodoni
(Typographer)
Giambattista Bodoni
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Birthdate: February 26, 1740
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saluzzo, Italy
Died: November 30, 1813
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Sergio Pininfarina
(Automobile Designer)
Sergio Pininfarina
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Birthdate: September 8, 1926
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Turin, Italy
Died: July 3, 2012
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Achille Castiglioni
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Birthdate: February 16, 1918
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: December 2, 2002
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Theodore Komisarjevsky
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Birthdate: May 23, 1882
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: April 17, 1954
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Bernardo Buontalenti
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Birthdate: December 15, 1531
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: June 6, 1608
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Pietro Cavallini
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Birthdate: 1259 AD
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: 1330 AD
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Nuccio Bertone
(Automobile designer)
Nuccio Bertone
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Birthdate: July 4, 1914
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Turin, Italy
Died: February 26, 1997
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Giuseppe Mario Bellanca
(Italian-American Airplane Designer & Aviation Pioneer)
Giuseppe Mario Bellanca
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Birthdate: March 19, 1886
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sciacca, Italy
Died: December 26, 1960

Giuseppe Mario Bellanca was an Italian-American airplane designer, builder, and aviation pioneer. He is credited with numerous design firsts and the aircraft designed by him have broken many aviation records. In 1973, Giuseppe Mario Bellanca was made an inductee of the National Aviation Hall of Fame.

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Marco Zanuso
(Architect)
Marco Zanuso
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Birthdate: May 14, 1916
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: July 11, 2001
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Pirro Ligorio
(Architect)
Pirro Ligorio
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Birthdate: 1512 AD
Birthplace: Naples, Italy
Died: October 30, 1583
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Louis Visconti
(Architect)
Louis Visconti
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Birthdate: February 11, 1791
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: December 29, 1853

Born to famous Italian architect Ennio Quirino Visconti, Louis Visconti studied architecture in Paris. He later became one of the chief architects of the Louvre. However, his best-known creation was Napoleon’s tomb at Les Invalides. He was one of the proponents of the Second Empire style.

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Fabio Taglioni
(Engineer)
Fabio Taglioni
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Birthdate: September 10, 1920
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lugo, Italy
Died: July 18, 2001
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Juste-Aurèle Meissonier
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Birthdate: March 17, 1695
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Turin, Italy
Died: July 31, 1750

Juste-Aurèle Meissonnier was a French painter, goldsmith, architect, sculptor, and furniture designer. Renowned for his spectacular decorative style, Juste-Aurèle Meissonnier worked for the nobility of France, Portugal, and Poland. His works are currently preserved at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in Manhattan, New York City, USA.

Giovanni Niccolò Servandoni
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Birthdate: May 2, 1695
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: January 19, 1766
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Antonio Salviati
(Glassmaker)
Antonio Salviati
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Birthdate: March 18, 1816
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vicenza, Italy
Died: January 25, 1890
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Walter Pichler
(Sculptor)
Walter Pichler
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Birthdate: October 1, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Deutschnofen, Italy
Died: July 16, 2012

Walter Pichler was an Austrian sculptor, architect, designer, and artist. Best remembered for creating installations and objects designed for utopian city models, Walter Pichler came up with visionary architectural ideas. Along with Hollein, Pichler worked towards founding a new school of architecture aimed at liberating art from the constraints of conventional methods.