Born in Schio, Vicenza, Italy in 1955, Aldo Cibic quickly developed a self-propelled interest in the world of
design. In 1977 he met Ettore Sottsass in Milan. He became a partner in Sottsass Associati, and in 1981 he was
a founding member of Memphis, an artists’ collective that would mark a major design and architecture transition.
By nature an innovator, rejecter of generic labels and stylistic excess, Cibic’s approach is one of experimentation.
In the late 1980s he founded his studio, Cibic, and in 1991 he launched “Standard”, his initial self-produced
collection. At the same time he became a teacher at the Domus Academy and set up research activities with various
schools, introducing his ideas about “design of services”. His projects, such as “The Solid Side” (1995) and
“New Stories New Design” (2002), fostered a dynamic relationship between people and space, offering a new
place design concept, based on social interaction. He continued this concept development with “Microrealities”
(2004) and “Rethinking Happiness” (2010), both presented at the Venice Architecture Biennale, and both
creating contemporary narratives aimed at encouraging meeting, exchange and sharing in community life.
In 1989 he founded Cibic & Partners and, in 2010, the Cibicworkshop, both a design studio and a multidisciplinary
research centre, increased its focus on alternative, sustainable project types. The aim was local enhancement
and the definition of a new cultural, emotional and environmental awareness of public space. Aldo Cibic is a
lecturer at the Politecnico di Milano, the Venice IUAV and the Domus Academy, and an honorary professor at
the Tongji University of Shanghai.