Born in 1942, Roberto studied at the Institute of Design in Chicago.
In the early years of his activity he worked with Marco Zanuso and with Renzo Piano. He designed the Stilnovo Nuvola ceiling lamp in 1968, in collaboration with Marcello Pietrantoni; the lamp was exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art in New York and is now in the Vitra Design Museum. Another piece which is currently in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art is Roberto’s 1974 Knoll-Velca scaleo folding ladder (designed with Paolo Orlandini).
Roberto began his partnership with Paolo Orlandini in 1970, collaborating on hundreds of designs for italian, french, chinese and american companies from anything between office furniture to catamarans.
Paolo Orlandini was born in Grosseto in 1941; He graduated from the Faculty of architecture of Politecnico di Milano. He worked for about ten years with the studio of Marco Zanuso SR. and Richard Sapper. Since 1968 works with Roberto Lucci in the areas of the Office of the Chair and of the kitchen. More than 3 million chairs bear the signature Lucci Orlandini Design. Together they drew more than 500 products. Their design approach is based on using scale models, models to mockup of movement; in General on direct and concrete experimentation rather than on digital abstraction. Has played and continues teaching at the Istituto Europeo di Design, I.S.I.A. in Rome, Politecnico di Milano, Scuola Politecnica di Design in Milan, the IUAV of Treviso. Moreover he was Visiting Professor at several universities in Brazil (Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo) and Colombia (Bogota).