Elena (Lella) Vignelli was born August 13, 1934 in Udine, Italy, into a family of architects. She received a degree from the University of Venice's School of Architecture and attended MIT's School of Architecture. Marrying designer Massimo Vignelli in 1957, the two were lifelong collaborators. They co-founded the Lella and Massimo Vignelli Office of Design and Architecture in Milan in 1960. She was head of interior design at Unimark International, 1965. In 1971, the Vignellis left Milan for New York City where they co-founded Vignelli Associates. Lella Vignelli's expertise extended to a multitude of design disciplines, including interior and furniture design especially for offices and showrooms,... more.