Leon Krier - From Design to Architecture

Verona, Palazzo della Gran Guardia
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A meeting with the architect Leon Krier, entitled “From design to architecture: imitation or artifice?”, was held at 11 a.m. on 29th May 2004 at the Convention Room of the Palazzo della Gran Guardia in Verona.

The initiative is being promoted by the City Authority of Verona, Museo di Castelvecchio, as part of the EDF project – European Design Forum, with the patronage of the Association of Architects, Planners, Environmental planners and Conservationists of Verona, with the co-operation of Ballarini Interni and the Giorgetti company.

These have worked together with the internationally renowned architect, urban planner and designer, Paola Marini, curator of the Museo di Castelvecchio and the Verona Civic Museums of Art, Arnaldo Toffali, Chairman of the Association of Architects, Planners, Environmental planners and Conservationists of Verona and Mr. Carlo Giorgetti, owner of the Giorgetti company which has been producing furniture since 1898, including pieces by Leon Krier.
The meeting brings us the experience and study that informs the work of Krier who has been very active in the fields of design and architecture, displaying a great ability to be effective in all his work that ranges from small articles to large urban planning projects.

Leon Krier was born in Luxembourg in 1946 and has been creating furniture for many years for Giorgetti, whose designer furniture is known for its great aesthetic value and its union of artisan culture and advanced design systems.

In the words of Krier: “The power of beautiful objects is infinite and yet also extremely restricted: while an ugly piece of furniture can ruin the atmosphere of a room like a bad smell, a beautiful piece of furniture is wholly unable to turn an ugly place into one of high quality. Furniture does not consist of inanimate objects because, like the people you live or deal with on a day-to-day basis, they transform and influence in subtle ways. Their particular qualities or weaknesses sooner rather than later tend to render their context greater or smaller and definitively reward or punish.”


Leon Krier was born in Luxembourg in 1946. He studied architecture at the University of Stuttgart. From 1968 to 1974, he worked in the studio of James Stirling, in London. From 1974 to 1991, he taught as professor of architecture and urban studies at the Architectural Association of the Royal College of Arts in London, at Princeton University of Virginia and as Davenport Professor at Yale University. He was awarded the Berlin Preis for Architecture in 1977, the Jefferson Memorial Medal in 1985 and the Chicago AIA Award in 1987. He has published books in Japan, Belgium and Great Britain and has exhibitions in many countries around the world, including a major one-man exhibition at the MoMA in New York (1985). He has completed projects in Luxembourg, Italy, Spain, Germany, the United States and England. He is a personal consultant to Charles, the Prince of Wales, for whom he drew up the Master Plan for the development of the city of Poundbury, in Dorset.


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