For decades, the collaborative role of women as architects or designers working with their husbands or partners has been under appreciated. Fifty years ago, it was standard practice that the head of the office was the man and the woman partner had a subordinate role. At best, the woman’s creative input and professional influence was only vaguely accepted; often her contributions were dismissed and sometimes even forgotten. Even some of the most famous partnerships: Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich, Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand, Alvar and Aino Aalto, Charles and Ray Eames, and many others were murmured about but not openly recognized as such.
Massimo Vignelli dedicated this book to the work of Lella, his lifelong partner and wife, as a inspiration to all women designers who forcefully stand on their merits, as Lella did throughout her long career.