Designed for the executive office, the CEO Cube desk offers an intriguing blend of materials. The frame is tubular steel. The top’s central panel can be upholstered in lightly padded Pelle Frau® Color System leather, with wood side panels in Canaletto Walnut veneer. Or the entire top can be leather upholstered.
- Lella and Massimo Vignelli, 2008
- Tubular steel and MDF frame with top and sides available in wood veneer or upholstered in leather.
- An optional modesty panel is made of aluminum and upholstered in leather to match the central panel.
- Steel crossbars allow for cable management.
- Height: 74.9 cm / 29.5 inch
- Width: 210 cm / 82.7 inch
- Depth: 90.4 cm / 35.5 inch
Poltrona Frau C.E.O. Cube Desk with Modesty Panel Designed by:
- Lella Vignelli , 2008
- Massimo Vignelli , 2008
Lella Vignelli is the founder of Vignelli Associates and the wife of Massimo Vignelli. She has had "a lifelong collaborative working relationship" with her husband. She is known to be the business arm of Vignelli Associates, and played a key role in the success of the design firm. She received a degree from the University of Venice's School of Architecture and a tuition fellowship as a special student at MIT's School of Architecture. In 1962, she became a registered architect in Milan.
Vignelli believes that all design should stem from a core discipline that could be translated to any project. She also believes that design should be integrated into the production process instead of added superficially at the end.
Vignelli's design is centered on communication through simplicity and careful planning. She used subtractive design, rather than additive design, to restrain her own influence and allow the essence of the design to come through. Emphasis was placed on existing and ancient motifs and elements, as well as materials' natural characteristics. She viewed words as a way to communicate actual ideas rather than serving as visual decoration, and this is evidenced by her heavy use of black text on a white background. In general, color was used for its emotional and sensual power.
Italy, 1931 - 2014
"I like design to be semantically correct, syntactically consistent, and pragmatically understandable. I like it to be visually powerful, intellectually elecgant, and above all, timeless." - Massimo Vignelli
Massimo Vignelli was an Italian designer who worked in a number of areas ranging from package design through houseware design and furniture design to public signage and showroom design. He was the co-founder of Vignelli Associates, with his wife, Lella Vignelli. His ethos was, "If you can design one thing, you can design everything," and this was reflected in the broad range of his work.
Vignelli worked firmly within the Modernist tradition, and focused on simplicity through the use of basic geometric forms in all his work. Vignelli worked in a wide variety of areas, including interior design, environmental design, package design, graphic design, furniture design, and product design. Hi clients at Vignelli Associates included high-profile companies such as IBM, Knoll, Bloomingdale's andAmerican Airlines. His former employee Michael Bierut wrote that "it seemed to me that the whole city of New York was a permanent Vignelli exhibition [around 1981]. To get to the office, I rode in a subway with Vignelli-designed signage, shared the sidewalk with people holding Vignelli-designed Bloomingdale’s shopping bags, walked by St. Peter’s Church with its Vignelli-designed pipe organ visible through the window. At Vignelli Associates, at 23 years old, I felt I was at the center of the universe."
Vignelli equipped his own home with tables, chairs, lamps, and other items that he designed himself.