Produzione Privata, cultivating experimentation and encouraging craftsmanship
Michele De Lucchi and Sibylle Kicherer founded Produzione Privata in 1990 in order to design products to live with in our contemporary society using man’s basic tools and talents: the hands and the mind. The creation finds its expression and refinement in numerous pencil drawings, water-colours and studies. The products are made with the aid of skilled craftsman. Special care is taken to emphasize the innate character of materials such as glass, metal and wood and their particular handcrafting.
Produzione Privata aims to develop concepts untainted by the industrial logic of production and marketing.
Instead, it is allied to a cultural outlook which also involves materials and techniques no longer or not yet of interest to big industry.
Operating in close contact helps to inspire tomorrow’s industry whilst also boosting the dignity and prestige of skilled craftsmanship.
The workshops (“Laboratori”) are devoted to the processing of a given type of material or to a specific design concept: Murano blown
glass,ceramics, metal, wood, Minimal Machines, Ready-made, bent glass and borosilicate glass.
Michele De Lucchi
Architect Michele De Lucchi was a prominent figure in movements like Alchimia and Memphis. He designed lamps and furniture for the most known Italian companies, as Artemide, Olivetti, Alias, Unifor. He restored buildings for Enel, Olivetti, Piaggio, Poste Italiane, Telecom Italia, Zambon. He has taken care of numerous art and design exhibitions and has planned buildings for museums as the Triennale di Milano, the Palazzo delle Esposizioni of Rome and the Neues Museum in Berlin. His professional work has always gone side-by-side with a personal exploration of technology and crafts. In 1990 he founded Produzione Privata, a small scale company where products are realized using artisan techniques and crafts. From 2004 he sculptures little wooden houses with the chain saw to create the essentiality of the architecture. Selections of his products are exhibited in the most important design museums in the world.