Ignazio Gardella

About Ignazio Gardella

portrait of Ignazio Gardella

Ignazio Gardella was born in 1905 in Milan to a family counting already four generations of architects. He graduated in Civil Engineering in Milan in 1931, and in Architecture in Venice in 1949. At the beginning, Gardella collaborated as a designer with Olivari, Azucena and, especially, with Gavina. Ignazio Gardella founded in 1945, along with some other young architects in Milan, the Studi Architettura Movement. That same year, he started his career as a professor in the Istituto di Architettura in Venice, an occupation that lasted 25 years, until 1975. Together with Albini, Samonà and Rogers, he ran the summer courses of the CIAM in Venice between 1952 and 1956. Gardella, Magistretti, De Carlo and Ernesto Nathan Rogers represented Italy in the Otterlo meeting in 1959, which was the 11th and last International Congress of Modern Architecture. Gardella received many awards throughout his career, including the Olivetti architecture national award (1955) and the Fiuggi award (1988). He was also honored, among others, with the honorary memberships of the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milano and of the Accademia di San Luca. He created the Digamma armchair in 1957 for Gavina, which is edited nowadays by Santa & Cole. The Digamma armchair helped Gardella overcome his ties with Rationalism: its body is Rationalist (the seat and the back) but its joints (arms and legs) are Ultrarationalist. It is a masterwork of great aesthetic and formal value.

Rewire Selects from Ignazio Gardella include Alzabile (1948), Arenzano (1956), Coppa Aperta (1954), Paolina (1958) and the Doppio Vetro (1955) family.