Giuseppe Pagano was a famous Italian rationalist architect. He was born in Istria, in the city of Porec. He studied in Trieste at an Italian school and in 1914 he moved to Italy. He participated in the First World War, then studied at The Polytechnic University of Turin in 1924.
The first few years, Giuseppe Pagano worked in Turin with Gino Levi-Montalcini, and in 1931 he moved to Milan, where Giangiacomo Prevail was a permanent co-author of his architectural projects.
In Milan in 1931, Pagano, together with other rational architects, Edoardo Persico, founded the famous Casabella magazine, which ran almost continuously until 1943. In 1940, briefly joined the editors of Domus magazine.
Pagano did not belong to the modernist movement in Italian architecture, the “Group of Seven.” His most important posts – The Palazzo Gualino in Turin (1928), the Institute of Physics in Rome University (1934) and the building of the Bocconi University in Milan (1942) – are the purest and most mature examples of architecture of early Italian modernism,
Giuseppe Pagano is known as a furniture designer. He designed furniture not for mass production, but as part of the interiors of his buildings. The most significant works in this genre are furniture for The Palazzo Gualino (1928, together with Gino Levi-Montalcini) and the Bocconi University (1942, together with Giangiacomo Prevail the Excellent, workshop of Gino Maggioni). Furniture from the university was very common in Italy.
Giuseppe Pagano did not survive the Second World War. He was a sincere supporter of the legal regime and a member of the fascist party, but in 1942 he left it and took part in the work of the underground. In 1943 he was arrested. Half a year later, Joseppe Pagano died of pneumonia at Mauthausen camp thirty days before his release.