Vignelli Casigliani Kyoto Dish Set 'Ivory'


Lella and Massimo Vignelli designed the Kyoto set of melamine dishes in 1979 for Casigliani, the iconic Italian design manufacturer. The Vignelli's concept was to make a "clean pile of dirty dishes" at the end of a meal. All leftovers and flatware slide into the deep dish, one plate on top of the other, covered by a small dish at the top of the pile, and left on the table.

Lella and Massimo donated the last available new/old Casigliani dishes in their original boxes, made in Italy in 1979, to the Vignelli Center for Design Studies. The mission is to raise funds to engage guest designers and speakers to further the commitment to excellence in design education via The Vignelli Center for Design Studies at RIT. Certificate of Authenticity signed by VIgnelli Center for Design Studies Archivist.

A rare opportunity to own this iconic design! 

Product Details
  • Made in Italy

  • New/old stock - 1979 - No longer in production

  • Original boxes

  • Melamine

  • 4 Dinner Dishes - 12" dia

  • 4 Medium Bowls - 7.25" dia x 1.5" h

  • 4 Small Dishes - 7.25" dia

  • 1 Serving Bowl - 7.25 dia x 3.75" h

  • 6 Cups + Saucers - cup - 3.75 dia x 3.75" h


About the Artist

Designers Lella Vignelli (Italian, 1934-2016) and Massimo Vignelli (Italian, 1931-2014) had a lifelong collaborative working relationship. Associated with the modernist tradition, the Vignellis commonly used minimalistic and geometric forms within their work. They worked in many different design fields, including interior, graphic, environmental, furniture, and product Design. The Vignellis moved to New York in 1966 to lead the New York branch of Unimark International, a large design firm that is responsible for many renowned corporate images, such as American Airlines, New York City subway, and the Washington D.C. metro. Together, they founded Vignelli Associates, through which they worked with clients such as IBM, Bloomingdales, and Knoll. In 2008, Massimo and Lella Vignelli donated the entire archive of their design work to Rochester Institute of Technology. The archive is housed in a building designed by Lella and Massimo Vignelli, The Vignelli Center For Design Studies