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Alfonso Iannelli

Alfonso Iannelli: Driven to Design

A career survey of illustrations, sculptures, architectural and product designs from the personal archives of America's great modernist commercial designer. From his Orpheum vaudeville posters to Midway Gardens Sprites; exhibitions at Chicago's Art Institute to Pavilions for A Century of Progress.

Born to poverty in 1888 in rural Italy, Alfonso Iannelli became Chicago's great modernist commercial artist in the early 20th century. He started sculpting by the age of 12. His illustrations at age 22 rivaled those of Vienna's Gustav Klimt. And by 1915, Frank Lloyd Wright was passing off original Iannelli designs as his own.

His death in 1965 ended a design career that had marked his fiftieth anniversary as a legend in Chicago.

Iannelli produced his first solo exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago before he was 40, proving his prolific talent for the design of furniture, packaging and appliances. Working day and night, his studio generated designs for pavilions, rides and entrances for the 1933 Chicago World's Fair. And for four decades manufacturers made millions from the sale of streamlined toasters, blenders and fountain pens designed by Iannelli.

His productivity, like his talent, seemed limitless.

ArchiTech Gallery presents a special exhibition and sale of seminal design drawings from Alfonso Iannelli's personal archives, spanning the breadth of his extensive career.

Included are original 1910 vaudeville posters, murals and sculptures from his Art Institute exhibitions, pavilion designs for A Century of Progress, as well as dozens of architectural and consumer product designs.

More Images are available on Alfonso Iannelli's Biography Page.


Stained Glass Window design
Design for Stained Glass Window, St. Patrick's, Racine
Conté Crayon on paper
96 x 32 in

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Frank Lloyd Wright, Midway Garden Sprite by Alfonso Iannelli
Henry Fuermann Photograph

orpheum theater, vaudeville poster
Orpheum Posters

toaster drawing from 1950's
design for Sunbeam

goodyear pavilion by Iannelli
drawing for Goodyear Pavilion
Views of Gallery Installation:  
Orpheum Poster, original drawings by Alfonso Iannelli at ArchiTech Gallery, chicago
Orpheum Poster

1933 world's fair drawings by Alfonso Iannelli at ArchiTech Gallery, chicago
1933 World's Fair Drawings
Link to Iannelli review in the Chicago Tribune by Alan Artner
*also available in public document format (.pdf)
Link to Iannelli biography page (and more images)

David Jameson
ArchiTech Gallery
730 North Franklin suite 200
Chicago, IL 60654

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