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January 19, 2015
Michele De Lucchi is having a well-deserved moment in the sun. Not only was he just named Designer of the Year by Germany’s publication A&W Architektur&Wohnen, the famed Memphis designer also created the very first lighting collection for Hermès in 2014. In April he’ll unveil his vision for the office of tomorrow at the 2015 Salone del Mobile. Here we share an exclusive look at a few of De Lucchi’s sketches for his concept, called “The Walk”.
Michele De Lucchi drawing inspired by Aristotle

De Lucchi took his inspiration from Aristotle's philosophy of walking and teaching—now known as The Peripatetic School. The idea is basically that for the human mind to be fully engaged in thought and creativity, the body should be in motion. The cloverleaf design encapsulates four separate areas: Club, Working Space, Agora and Laboratories. 

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Michele De Lucci raised walkway at Salone del Mobile 2015

The structure, located in the dedicated SaloneUfficio portion of the fair, will feature a raised track from which attendees can walk (natch) and gaze down upon the distinct spaces that De Lucchi has mapped out to represent the various modes of optimal work life.

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Michele De Lucci sketches of the human body walking

De Lucchi’s study of the human body accompanying his sketches for The Walk is modeled after himself—De Lucchi is known to be a peripatetic roamer, and the act of walking often appears in his creative projects. De Lucchi’s ideas are informed by long-held beliefs about the nature of creativity and memory. Case in point: his sprawling studio in Milan is spread over several floors separated by flights of stairs and divided into zones, ensuring that he and his design acolytes are in a constant state of motion, and creation. 

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Michele De Lucchi drawing inspired by Aristotle

De Lucchi took his inspiration from Aristotle's philosophy of walking and teaching—now known as The Peripatetic School. The idea is basically that for the human mind to be fully engaged in thought and creativity, the body should be in motion. The cloverleaf design encapsulates four separate areas: Club, Working Space, Agora and Laboratories. 

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