Alberto Rosselli

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RAS headquarters , Milan (with Gio Ponti , Piero Portaluppi and Antonio Fornaroli). Photo by Paolo Monti , 1962.
RAS headquarters, Milan. Interior. Photo by Paolo Monti , 1962.

Alberto Rosselli (* 1921 in Palermo , † 1976 in Milan ) was an Italian architect and industrial designer .


Rosselli graduated in 1947 with a degree in architecture at the Milan Polytechnic off before using it in 1950 Gio Ponti and Antonio Fornaroli in Milan, Studio PFR founded. He saw his activity in the phase of the reconstruction of Italy as a service to a new society: the furnishings he designed should be modern and simple as well as affordable. With his kitchen designed in 1951 for a two-person household, which functionally adapted to the cramped living conditions of the time, he put these principles into practice for the first time. The exchange between industry and design was one of his concerns, which is why he founded a magazine in 1953 and gave it the programmatic title Stile Industria . Until the magazine was absorbed by Domus magazine in 1963 , it was one of the most important platforms for contemporary design discussion.

From 1954 Rosselli was involved with the PFR studio in the planning of the Pirelli high-rise , which was to be his only architectural work alongside the Carmelite monastery in Sanremo , which he designed in 1958 . From 1967 he worked with Isao Hosoe and designed the Meteor touring coach with him , for which he won his first Compasso d'Oro at the 1970 Milan Triennale . He was awarded the post mortem prize a second time in 1987 . The focus of his work was the design of everyday objects. From the 50s to the 70s he designed various furnishings, furniture, electrical appliances and clocks.

He was the first president of the Associazione per il Disegno Industriale, founded in 1954, and from 1961 to 1963 he was also vice-president of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design .


Pirelli skyscraper
Industrial design (selection)
  • 1951: Kitchen for a two-person apartment for Alberto Bazzani
  • 1954: Espresso machine for La Pavoni
  • 1957: Plastic bathroom elements for Montecatini
  • 1960: Jumbo armchair for Saporiti
  • 1970: Meteor coach for Orlandi
  • 1973: bathroom unit for ICS


  • Claudia Neumann: Design Lexicon Italy . Dumont 2002. ISBN 3832144277 . P. 308.
  • Emilio Ambasz: Italy. The new domestic landscape. Achievements and problems of Italian design , 15th edition, Museum of Modern Art, New York 1972.
  • Gino Moliterno: Encyclopedia of contemporary Italian culture . Routledge, 2003. ISBN 0415285569

Web links

Commons : Alberto Rosselli  - collection of images, videos and audio files


  1. ^ Andrew Lucas: Fiat / Orlandi Meteor, Italy's new approach to grand tourism . In: Design 1969, Volume 252, pp. 40-43.