Nanda Vigo was a multidisciplinary pioneer and instrumental figure in the evolution of contemporary Italian art and design. Born in 1936, Vigo founded her Milanese studio in 1959, after she had studied at the Polytechnic in Lausanne and spent time in San Francisco on an internship for Frank Lloyd-Wright’s school in Taliesin West. She collaborated with Gio Ponti, Lucio Fontana, Piero Manzoni and Enrico Castellani and also carved out an extraordinary career that continues to inspire generations of designers and artists alike.
It’s actually her work with her mentor Gio Ponti that inspired this post. Lo Scarabeo Sotto La Foglia (The Beetle Under the Leaf) was the result of their collaboration for art collector Giobatta Meneguzzo in 1968. Located in the town of Malo in Vicenza, the house itself was designed by Ponti whilst Vigo took charge of the interior.
Vigo’s interior employed monochrome white ceramic tiles off set with grey artificial fur. She created a clean yet provocative aesthetic that Meneguzzo went on to fill with his impressive collection of works by Lucio Fontana, Enrico Castellani, Julio Le Parc, Domenico “Mimmo” Rotella, Raymond Hains, Agostino Bonalumi, Turi Simeti, and many others.
Unfortunately. as is often the case with interior studies, information about the audio systems are often glossed over or overlooked entirely so we cannot share any information on Meneguzzo’s set up with any real confidence. It doesn’t detract anything from the inspirational space and it’s always a joy to see analogue sound taking making such a prominent feature in such a minimal space. Wonder what he liked to listen to?