l: ‘standard’ collection, 1991

r: sofa for ‘standard’, 1991


he was born in schio in 1955, moved to milan in 1979 to work with ettore sottsass with whom he became partner in 1980, together with matteo thun and marco zanini.

“memphis” was founded in the same year, always under the direction of sottsass, and cibic is one of the designers and founders. the language of his work is more orientated towards harmonious ideas, balance of proportions than towards the typical “memphis” language of breaking. the activity of the office cibic & partner starts in 1989. among the works for the different customers, aldo cibic designs and manufactures furniture and things with the “standard” trademark: everyday products, the definition of a personal standard (in the meaning of taking care of yourself). cibic operates in the fields of architecture, interior design and industrial design. furthermore, he teaches at the “domus academy” in milan and the “royal college of art” in london . besides the showed works, we can mention the big stores “selfridges” in manchester, the department stores “beymen” in Istanbul, the shop system “esprit”, some stores in italy and england of the “habitat” chain.


designboom met aldo cibic in his studio in milan the 06.06.2000.


db: can you outline an evolution of thought and professionality from “memphis” with sottsass associated to “standard” till the most recent works?

concerning my personal way I’m always looking for less professional plans and more poetical ones. I have an office that expresses a satisfying professional level thanks to the help of my partner, who manages and organizes everything and my smart collaborators.