conic Italian architect Luigi Caccia Dominioni lived over a century, and at nearly 103 he left his beloved Milan one final time. Luigi Caccia Dominioni made a name for himself as one of the key players of the twentieth century, especially from the Aftermath of the Second World War. Passed away in Milan on the 13th November 2016 (where he was born on the 13th December 1913), Luigi Caccia Dominioni is best known for designing people-oriented architecture.
His mission statement was to build around “ the person" (he designed everything from a building to its interiors, from tables to chairs and even cutlery), he was passionate about small spaces and focused on making them feel bigger.
“I’m a practical man” he once said, “I go straight to the point, I try to capture what’s useful and don’t waste time in frivolities”. In fact, his designs satisfy day-to-day life, from simple needs to more social aspects.
This is precisely why, we have decided to remember him through the simplest of his designs: the Caccia cutlery set designed in 1938 for Alessi (in partnership with the Castiglioni Brothers). The version in silver came out at the Triennale di Milano; the Caccia range was even praised by Gio Ponti for how it balanced craftsmanship tradition with an eye towards the future.
In fact this cutlery set, re-edited in 1990 under the name Officina Alessi in 18/10 stainless steel and in 925/00 is still current and timeless. Perfect for everyday use as well as special occasions, it represents the perfect tribute to a great architect who managed to turn daily life into something extraordinary.
We like to remember Luigi Caccia Dominioni by taking a stroll around his buildings in Milan (piazza Carbonari, via Ippolito Nievo, via Santa Maria, the Porta a Piazza San Babila, the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana and the Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, just to name a few), or imagining what his life was like at 16 Piazza Sant'Ambrogio, where he lived and worked for over 70 years.
Plus, we like to think him sitting down using the cutlery he designed for Alessi.