Cesare Lacca (Naples, Italy, 1929 – )
Italian architect and designer. Born in Naples, Lacca moved to Milan after World War II to launch his career. Before he was even 21 years old, his work was selected by a group of American curators and was included in the landmark exhibition Italy at Work: Her Renaissance in Design Today, the first major exhibition of Italian design outside of Italy. The exhibition toured 12 US museums between 1950 and 1953 and showcased the best and brightest of Italian designers, such as Carlo Mollino, Franco Albini and Gio Ponti. Lacca designed many tea carts and serving trolleys in his career, as well as magazine racks and coffee tables. He also designed high-backed lounge chairs and lamps. His lighting designs, however, are difficult to source. Almost all of his designs were created during the 1950s, and unfortunately, we do not know how his career developed from the 1960s. Today Cesare Lacca is appreciated for his contribution to the Italian design identity, his many elegant designs in brass and his timeless highly sought-after serving trolleys.