Aldo Cibic was born in Schio, Vicenza, Italy in 1955, and quickly developed a self-directed interest in the world of design.
In 1981, as a partner in Sottsass Associati, he was a founding member of Memphis, an artists’ collective that was to mark an epoch-making transition in the universe of design and architecture. By vocation and inclination an innovator, one who has never favoured generic labels nor stylistic excesses, Cibic adopted “experimentation as praxis”.
In the late 1980s he founded the Studio Cibic and launched “Standard” (1991), his first self-produced collection.
His projects, such as “The Solid Side” (1995) and “New Stories New Design” (2002), fostered a dynamic relationship between people and space and offered a new mode of designing places based on social interactions. He continued in this vein in subsequent years with “Microrealities” (2004) and “Rethinking Happiness” (2010), both presented at the Venice Architecture Biennale.
In 1989 he founded the practice Cibic & Partners and, in 2010, the Cibicworkshop, not only a design studio but also a multidisciplinary research centre, began to focus more heavily on alternative sustainable project types aimed at enhancing whole local areas and defining new cultural, emotional and environmental awarenesses of public space.
Aldo Cibic teaches at the Domus Academy of Milan, Politecnico di Milano, the IUAV, Venice; he is an honorary professor at the Tongji University, Shanghai.