VIGO Nanda

Nanda VIGO

Italy (born in 1936)

Born in Milano, Nanda Vigo graduates from the École Polytechnique in Lausanne. With the Zero group created by Heinz Mack and Otto Piene in 1957, she quickly exhibits in numerous European museums before opening her own studio in 1959. She becomes successful for her optical sculptures which mingle glass and aluminium. In parallel, she drives architectural projects: the Rozzano cimetary in 1959 and the Zero House in Milano she completes in 1962. During the 1960s, she introduces a new concept of lighting thanks to innovative materials made of glass, mirrors and neons which Vigo uses to create radical and minimalist objects for Arredoluce. She participates to numerous fairs, as the 1964 Triennale in Milano and collaborate with great design and art people such as Gio Ponti, and the representative of Arte Povera: Piero Manzoni and Lucio Fontana. Nanda Vigo is awarded the Industrial design of Milano in 1974 for the Golden Gate lamp, one of the first halogen lamp of Italy, made in 1970. She also designs residential projects for private clients during the 1970s such as the casa Museo Remo Brindisi in Lido di Spina around Ravenna. Since 1980, Vigo continues to participate to major events such as the 1982 Biennale in Venezia and collaborates with numerous editors like Arredoluce, Kartell or Driade.