- Eugenio Gentili Tedeschi
Eugenio Gentili Tedeschi (1916–2005) was an influential Italian architect and designer who left a profound mark on the fields of architecture and product design. His impact extended from his role as a professor of design at Milan Politecnico to his written works, which influenced both emerging designers and established architects.
One of Gentili Tedeschi's notable post-war projects was the restoration of Milan's synagogue, originally designed by Luca Beltrami and damaged during World War II. Collaborating with Manfredo Morpurgo, he preserved the Beltrami facade while introducing a new prismatic structure with 24 slender windows, paying homage to the Rationalism movement.
The 1950s and 1960s marked a prolific phase in Gentili Tedeschi's career. He designed the ItalFarmaco industrial complex, which garnered praise for its exquisite spiral staircases. In 1965, design company Kartell introduced the KD 62 pendant lamp, a testament to Gentili Tedeschi's design prowess. This substantial lamp features an acrylic shade with metal details, available in various colours, and measures 60cm in width, depth, and 48cm in height.
Eugenio's legacy persists in the design world. His commitment to rationalism, functionality, and geometric elegance continues to inspire, carrying forward his minimalist sensibilities.