Massimo Vignelli, Design Master . . . 1931-2014

vignelli__full 2 Massimo + Lella Vignelli of Vignelli Associates | Image via

One of my favorite designers, Massimo Vignelli, passed away earlier this week. Massimo’s design contributions are numerous. Most notably, NYC’s subway signage, the Bloomingdales logo and American Airlines’ logo as well. He and his wife started their NYC design studio Vignelli Associates, in 1971, where they worked together for over 50 years! (You gotta admire the fact that they were married and worked together for the majority of their lives. Now that shows a lot of love and respect for each other! ♥) Their work includes design contributions in the field of package design, housewares and furniture.

Here are some of My favorite Vignelli contributions to our daily life . . .

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The Handkerchief chair. There were a few styles of this chair, some with arm rests as well. To see more versions or to purchase click here and here.


The infamous Bloomie’s logo . . . image via Kingy Design History


A 1972 version of a NYC Subway Map designed by Massimo. Still looks extremely modern.| image via


NYC Subway signage | image via Design Assembly  I Love the city’s subway signage and photograph it whenever I go to NYC . . . which sadly, is not often enough . . .


One of my favs, the Stendig Calendar (image via). To purchase or sign up for the wait list for the 2015 calendars click here.

I truly love the simplicity and boldness of Vignelli’s designs. He helped to bring beauty to the things we see and use every day. Something I am a major proponent of.

To read more about Vignelli’s life and works click here, here or here. To learn more about the film “Design is One” based on Massimo and Lella’s life of design, click here.

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