Silent Masters tells the stories of architects and designers who have made significant contributions to design culture without much fanfare.
Eugenio Gentili Tedeschi1916 - 2005
Eugenio Gentili Tedeschi’s early life story was highly dramatic, not something normally associated with architects – he fought as a partisan fighter (alongside his friend writer Primo Levi) for the Italian Resistance during World War II and was briefly arrested and imprisoned though he managed to escape.Read more
Miguel Milà1931 - present
Visitors to Barcelona (and in fact may other places worldwide) are probably unaware that when they stop for a rest on a public bench they are most likely sitting on a design by Miguel Milà (or perhaps by his son Gonzalo, yet another talented designer in the family).Read more
Junzo Yoshimura1908 - 1997
Junzo Yoshimura could be described as the most classical among contemporary Japanese architects. The foundation of his approach to composition lies in the combination of basic building elements into a hierarchical virtuosity, which transforms the archetype into many different iterations, depending on the needs that the structure must fulfill.Read more
Melchiorre Bega1898 - 1976
With their focus on clean line and use of space, Bega’s interiors challenged and disturbed established bourgeois design traditions.
From the intimate to the monumental, he was comfortable working at any scale.
“I always dreamt of building in steel, because steel for me has an emotional power.” – Melchiorre Bega
“The Galfa Tower reaches a beauty that is immediately understood and loved because it embodies the shape of a technical, esthetic and representative truth. — Gio PontiRead more
Paolo Riani1937 - present
From 1960 to today, Paolo Riani ( b. 1937) has traveled and worked in Japan, the USA, Russia, Middle East, Argentina and, of course, Italy, particularly Tuscany, as an architect, teacher, and photographer. Riani’s designs—municipal buildings, private homes, multi-use commercial centers, and more are an enduring legacy. The best of them seem as fresh today as newly minted coins.Read more
Pierre Koenig is undoubtedly one of the most representative figures of the Modern Movement in the United States. His residences are among the most admired, not only in the Los Angeles area but of the entire architectural production between 1950 – 1970. His use of the steel framework and the clarity of the planimetric organization of his houses show us how the Modern Movement was for the architect not only a tautological model but a language still in full evolution.Read more
Margo Grant1936 - present
Margo Grant’s life tells three stories…Read more