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Massimo and Lella Vignelli’s minimalist Upper East Side home seeks $6.5M

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The design power couple called the elegant duplex home for more than 30 years

Photos via Sotheby’s

Massimo Vignelli may have been Italian by birth, but he lived and worked in New York City (even designing its most notorious subway map) for most of his life—and for more than 30 years, he and his wife/collaborator, acclaimed designer Lella Vignelli, called a three-bedroom duplex on East 67th Street home.

Now, that elegant apartment is on the market with Sotheby’s for $6.5 million, and it’s as lovely as you’d expect from one of graphic design’s most famous couples. The New York Times has the scoop, and talked to the couple’s son, Luca, about the home. “It was very much a cultural hub for artists and designers,” he told the Times, but after his parents passed away (Massimo in 2012, and Lella in 2016), he and his sister decided to sell the apartment.

Unsurprisingly, the Vignellis put their own stamp on the place: Custom-designed pieces, including Massimo’s steel desk and furniture the couple created for Casigliani, can be found throughout.

And there’s one particularly touching design choice: “[Massimo’s] work space was set up to overlook Mrs. Vignelli’s office in the next room, so the couple could collaborate more easily,” according to the Times. (Awwww.)

The apartment also has an enviable 600 linear feet of bookshelves, the better to display the tomes the Vignellis collected—and designed—throughout their careers. On the whole, the space spans 3,900 square feet, and also has a double height living room, multiple fireplaces, and a sculptural staircase.

Still, as the Times notes, the space “has remained largely unchanged since the 1970s”—some elements, including the sparse kitchen, may not be super-appealing to the ultra-luxury tastes of some buyers. But the couple’s son isn’t too concerned: “I would love to see somebody who appreciates the space and their presence in the space,” he told the Times.