Ignazio Gardella

Olivari designers

Milano, 1905-1999

Gardella graduates in engineering in 1928 and is a rigorous interpreter of Rationalism in the 1930s, with buildings such as Alessandria’s Anti-Tubercular Dispensary (1936). After WWII his buildings are embellished with elements from the rural tradition, such as the Borsalino Houses once again in Alessandria, (1952).



— Digamma poltrona, Gavina 1950
Ignazio Gardella
His House at the Zattere in Venice (1957) is one of the most widely acclaimed examples of introducing modern architecture into a monumental historical setting.
— Dispensario antitubercolare, Alessandria 1934-1938
— Ignazio Gardella, Franco Albini, Quartiere Mangiagalli, Milano 1950-1952

He also designs products for Azucena, Gavina, and Kartell.
He wins the President of the Republic’s Gold Medal at the Venice Biennial (1996) and he has been an honorary member of RIBA and the Academy of San Luca.

— Tavolo esposto alla X Triennale di Milano, 1954
— LTA3 Arenzano lampada, Azucena 1956