Philippe ARTIAS was born at Feurs in France in 1912. In 1948 the artist left for Vallauris to "conquer Picasso", whom he worked with for some five years.

Around 1953-1954 he returned to his native Velay to paint and draw in absolute freedom.

ARTIAS exhibited, from 1959 to 1963, in Switzerland, the USA, Paris and, until 1980, exhibited in the "Salon de Mai". In 1964 he took part in the Venice Biennial and the Sao Paolo Biennial; the following year he exhibited in Japan, then, from 1968 to 1972 he directed plastic material research workshops in the Maison de la Culture of Saint-Etienne.

In the period 1973-82 he focussed on the "aplats colorés" technique in which he was constantly striving to find a balance between form and colour. In 1976 he settled in the Marche region of Italy. With his arrival in our country ARTIAS became involved, in Vallauris, with ceramic, a medium onto which he transposed the dominant themes of his painting output. Colours became warmer, forms more vibrant.

He exhibited at the Gissi Gallery of Turin, the Toninelli of Rome, the Roncalia of Modena. In 1981 the Republic of San Marino dedicated an anthology to him. He continued with the "aplats" to produce the "Geotemi" series. Then, in 1983, he worked for two years at the "La Famille Royale" series, his homage to Goya.

From 1994 onwards he worked on a project inspired by the "Death of Sardanapalus" of Delacroix, presented at the painting and ceramic exhibition of Urbino and Urbania in 2002. In 1988 he exhibited in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills. In 1991 the Palazzo dei Diamanti of Ferrara dedicated an anthology to him as did Palazzo dei Priori of Fermo in 1992. Again in 1992 he held a personal ceramic exhibition at the Morgana Gallery of Bologna. Five years later he was one of only a hundred people invited by UNESCO to the "L'Ecole de Paris" exhibition in Paris. In 1998 he was given the Premio Marche award and two years later he exhibited in Peking at the National Museum of Modern Art. ARTIAS passed away in 2002 in Numana, Italy.

His works are present in the Museums of Paris, Saint-Etienne, Avignon, Neuchatel, Dunkirk, Abidjan, Geneva, Mexico City, Peking, San Marino, Ferrara, Urbino, Urbania.


Vico Magistretti was an architect and industrial designer celebrated as the dean of Italian modernism. Born in Milan, Italy on October 6th, 1920.

Magistretti studied in Italy and Switzerland during the second World War and graduated from the Politecnico University in Milan in 1945.

He started work in the studio of his father, who was an architect and soon came under the influence of the architect Ernesto Nathan Rogers.

In 1959 he took part to the "Congres Internationaux d' Architecture Moderne" (CIAM) in Otterlo, Netherlands where he presented radical projects alongside other Italian architects (BBPR, Gardella, De Carlo…). Magistretti took part to the extraordinary experimental neighborhood on the edge of Milan (knows as QT8), where a group of emerging architects and planners were given complete freedom. This work stands out even today for the humanistic qualities of the architecture, and for its green space.

With his life-long friend and fellow architect Luigi Caccia Dominioni he worked on the 'Milano San Felice', the first out-of-town, middle-class neighbourhood, with its hidden traffic, horseshoe form and city garden qualities. Similar developments were built throughout Italy during the 1970s and 1980s followed its design.

It was in the 1950s that Magistretti focused on industrial design. In collaboration with the entrepreneurs and craftsmen, Magistretti saw possibilities for a new series of well-designed, mass-produced goods. In 1956 he contributed to the founding of ADI, the Italian Industrial Design Association.

His works have been displayed in international design exhibitions, and can be seen in the most prestigious museums in the world - twelve of Magistretti's projects are housed in the permanent design collection of MoMA, in New York, including his one-piece Selene plastic chair.

The Italian city of Genoa honoured him with a retrospective exhibition in 2003. Most of what Vico Magistretti designed is still manufactured today. He won numerous awards, among them the Gold Medal at the 1951 Triennale, the Grand Prix at the 1954 Triennale, three Compasso d'Oro awards - in the year 1967 for his lamp 'Eclisse', in 1979 for his lamp 'Atollo', and in 1995 for his outstanding career, as well as the Gold Medal of the Chartered Society of Industrial Artists & Designers in London, 1986.

Vico Magistretti lectured in Milan, Venice, Rome, London, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Aspen, Tokyo and Saõ Paulo and was professor at the Domus Academy in Milan.

Magistretti taught for 20 years at the Royal College of Arts, where he was nominated as a Royal Designer. He has also been a Honorary Member of the Royal Scottish Incorporation of Architects. He was appointed as a member of the Accademia di San Luca in Rome and of the Comitato Scientifico of the Politecnico University in Milan.

Despite the huge success of his design work, Magistretti continued to work as an architect, producing some extraordinary (and much undervalued) buildings in Italy and abroad.

In the field of industrial design he cooperated with important manufacturers, such as: Artemide, Cassina, De Padova, Flou, Fontanarte, Fredericia, Fritz Hansen, Kartell, O'Luce, Schiffini, Olivari, Campeggi, Röstrand, Covo, and Thonet Vienna.

On September 19th, 2006 Vico Magistretti passed away in Milan, Italy.


Ugo La Pietra was born in Bussi sul Tirino (Pescara) in 1938.

In 1964 he took a degree in architecture at Polytechnic at Milan and in the same time he devoted himself to visual arts and musical researches. He is an artist, an architect, a designer, a researcher on a big area of communication systems, from 1962 he developed an activity intended to clarification of relation "individualenvironment".

In the Sixties he developed an intense experimental activity, which was realized in the theories of "Unbalancing System", these were an original and personal contribution to European and radical design.

He communicate his researches through works and exhibitions: he has been invitated to realize experimental environments to Triennal at Milan in 1968 and to New York's Museum of Modern Art for the exibitions titled "Italy New Domestic Landscape" in 1972, he was the editor of audiovisual part to Triennal at Milan in 1981, of show titled "Cronographies" to Biennal at Venice in 1992, of part called "Natural-Virtual" to Triennal at Milan in 1996, too.

He edited the magazines: In, Progettare Inpiù, Brera Flash, Fascicolo, Area, Abitare con Arte; now he edits the magazine titled Artigianato tra Arte e Design. He was on the editorial staff of Domus, D'ARS, e AU.

He won the first prize to the Nancy's Festival of Cinema in 1975 and the "Gold Compass" prize in 1979, the second prize on Competition for Urban Park ex Tobacco Manufacture in Bologna in 1985 and he was shortlisted for renovation of Saint Lawrence's Columnes in Milan. From 1985, he organized exhibitions and seminars, he led the planning culture in different artisan area, such as: Spilinbergo's mosaic, Cantù's wood, Saluzzo's wood, Sorrento's inlaid wood, Volterra's alabaster, Ravenna's mosaic, Lecce's stone, Sicilia's lava stone, Alcamo's stone, Faenza's ceramic, Deruta's ceramic, Caltagirone's ceramic, Vietri sul Mare's ceramic, Friuli Venezia Giulia's ceramic, Grottaglie's ceramic, Colle Val d'Elsa's crystal.

From 1962 to today he realized in Italy and abroad more than 900 personal and collective shows in Art Galleries and Museum. He taught in Faculty of Architecture in Milan, in Pescara, in Palermo, in Turin, in Venice; in School of Art in Monza, in ISIA in Faenza, in European school of Design in Milan, in Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan, from 2000 to 2005 he was in charge of Department called "Progettazione artistaca per l'impresa" in Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, where he teaches Design.

He designed objects and collections for various companies, such as: Poggi (Pavia), Elam (Meda), Tosi Mobili (Udine), Busnelli (Lentate), Abet Laminati (Milan), Alessi (Novara), Artemide (Milan), Barovier e Toso (Venice), Cerdisa (Modena), Cleto Munari (Vicenza), Coop. Ceramica d'Imola (Imola), Decaux (France), De Vecchi Argenti (Milan), Eschenbach (Germany), Fantini Mosaici (Milan), F.lli Boffi (Milan), Frigerio Rattan (Como), Gallotti e Radice (Como), General du Granit (France), Bernini (Milan), Gruppo Bisazza (Vicenza), I Tre (Venice), Lamp - Art (Como), Lipparini (Bologna), Mangani (Florence), Menphis (Milan), Morelato (Verona), Plana (Milan), RS Valeo (Milan), Sica (Pesaro), Tisca Italia (Bergamo), Up & Up (Massa), Arte & Cuoio (Pesaro), Diemmeti (Milano), Berdondini (Faenza)