BATONI FABRIZIO

Fabrizio Batoni graduated in Architecture from the University of Florence. He gained considerable experience in the worlds of Design and Architecture, giving him the expertise to open his own studio in Colle di Val d’Elsa in 1997. He was contracted to important projects in the design world and created articles and accessories for interior design and bathrooms. In parallel, he worked on his first projects of architecture: private and commercial buildings, showrooms and exhibition stands.
At the time of writing, thanks to the experience and the know-how he acquired over the years, his professional design activities range from product design, interiors and architecture. In his work, he has never lost sight of Man’s needs and the environment he lives in.
Always on... is the studio’s motto – he is always tuned-in and switched-on to understand and identify ideas and the requirements of the people around him.

 
 

BELLINI MARIO

Mario Bellini (born in Milan in 1935) graduated in architecture in 1959 from the Milan Polytech. He was already famous for his activity as a designer which began in 1963 when he worked as a consultant in industrial design with Olivetti; he then continued to expand his client base with numerous Italian and international companies.
He has been awarded the Compasso d'Oro eight times and he has also received a countless number of prestigious international prizes such as the Gold Medal of the Chartered Society of Designers (GB) and the Honorary Title of Designer for Industry by the RSA (GB). Twenty-five of his creations are on display in the permanent exhibition of the Museum of Modern Art in New York; MoMa also dedicated a personal retrospective exhibition to him in 1987. His designs can also be found in the collections of the world's most important museums. Since the Eighties, he has been working with growing success in the field of architecture in Europe, Japan, USA, Australia and the United Arab Emirates. His architectural projects, which have been recognized with important prizes and awards, have been published in some of the world's most qualified journals and included in the most prestigious events of architecture and culture around the globe.
In December 2004, the President of the Italian Republic, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, awarded him the Diploma di 1° Classe con Medaglia d’Oro per i Benemeriti della Scuola, della Cultura e dell’Arte, [First Class Diploma and Gold Medal for the well-deserving experts of Education, Culture and Art] in recognition of the importance of his designs on the international scenario.
He has lectured at the world's most important cultural sites. He was elected member of the Executive Committee of the XVII Triennial of Milan. Between 1986 and 1991 he was director of Domus, the prestigious international monthly journal of architecture, design and art.
The professional activity and the thought-train personal to Mario Bellini have been well-documented in the specialized literature; it includes two monographies, published by Electa and Skira in 1988 and 1996 respectively.

 
 

BORGONOVO PINUCCIO

He was born in Giussano (MI) on September 25th 1956.
Following his studies at the State Art Institute of Cantù, he acquired considerable experience with the Design Center of one of the main furnishing industries.
Here he acquired depth knowledge on the materials, their technological applications, the engineering aspects of the products and the problems associated with industrial design.
In 1987, he went free-lance and worked as a consultant for some leading furniture companies. From the collaboration with the Research and Development Centers and their designers, he created products of international success.
In 1992, he worked closely with another important company, designing a furniture collection based on innovative concepts that consent, among other things, the development of the first modular system to appear on the market with finished multi-purpose elements.
In 2001, he created a new home concept founded on a space where there is interaction of products characterized by an evident technical arrangement: a modular system, a collection of tables (commended for the Compasso d’Oro 2005), a program/system for closing and subdividing the space (doors, sliding and partition walls).
In addition to the design and the industrialization of the products, he is art director for some companies and responsible for the corporate image strategies.

 
 

COLOMBO CARLO

He was born in 1967 in Carimate (Co) and graduated in architecture from the Milan Polytech in 1993.
He then opened a professional studio that specializes in design.
Carlo Colombo has completed a number of restructuring programs for social buildings and private dwellings and has collaborated with a number of companies producing furnishings, illumination technology and accessories.
He has lectured in Industrial Packaging at the Faculty of Architecture, Milan Polytech where he is assistant lecturer in Furnishing department. He has held conferences in Industrial Design in Italy, Israel, Greece, Portugal, Solvenja, Ucraine, Australia and Great Britain.
His works have been displayed in museums of applied arts and galleries of contemporary art in Paris, Brema and Cologne.

 
 

DORDONI RODOLFO

Rodolfo Dordoni was born in Milan in 1954.
He graduated in architecture in 1979 and for the following ten years (until 1989) he was in charge of the art direction and the corporate image of Cappellini (his products include the system of storage containers 'Colombia', the chairs "Lipsia", the settee "Cuba").
He designs for a large number of furnishing companies such as Barovier & Toso, Moroso, Foscarini, Tisettanta, Artemide, Driade, Arteluce, Venini, Flos, Lema, Fontana Arte, Minotti, Molteni, Jab, Dornbracht, Sambonet, Rossana, Fiam.
Since 1995 he has designed a number of stores and showrooms for D&G / Dolce & Gabbana.

 
 

FIORAVANTI ODOARDO

Studied Industrial Design at the Design Department of the Milan Polytechnic. Since 1998 he has worked as an industrial designer, also experimenting graphic and exhibition design, with a firm will to melt different design areas into a continuous matter. His projects received prestigious international design awards since he created Odoardo Fioravanti Design Studio. He teached in many design schools and academy: Milan Polytechnic, San Marino University, Istituto Marangoni, Scuola Politecnica di Design, Domus Academy.
His works have been featured in many International exhibitions. In 2010 the Design Museum of the Triennale di Milano featured the personal exhibition “Industrious Design” about his works.
He also works as a freelance journalist for design magazines trying to explore and to change the boundaries of design as a discipline.
Since 2003 he ran the Odoardo Fioravanti Design Studio, developing projects for many companies.

 
 

FROMMHERZ CUNO

Cuno Frommherz was born in Switzerland in 1963. A carpenter by trade, he became a self-taught designer thanks to several years of work with a studio of interior architecture. In 1996, he inaugurated his own atelier of product design. In his professional career, he has designed pieces of furniture for well-known international brands and has spoken at conferences on design in Germany, Holland, Russia, Estonia, Slovakia and Denmark. Space, esthetics, perception: these are the three dimensions that inspire Cuno Frommherz’s work and drive him to reflect continually on products as creative articles. ‘I can move my fingers because the space around me allows me to’ - these are the words of the poet Josif Brodskij and they epitomize the basic concept of the designer’s creative philosophy: empty space is as important as the pieces of furniture added to it. And in his mind and through his vision, the outdoors, the space and the individual are entwined in an inextricable bond. Every creation by Cuno Frommherz has its own personality; however, the common classic unobtrusive features are maintained and are essential to allow the user to interpret them individually, without the created article itself dictating the rules.

 
 

GIOVANETTI RICCARDO

He was born in Milan in 1967.
In 1992, he graduated in Industrial Design from the Faculty of Architecture of the Milan Polytech.
He designs furnishing articles, lamps with Candle, Firme by Vetro and Fontana Arte, electrical appliances for Whirlpool, flooring for Hasetora, Forbo, Tarkett, Hi-Fi systems for Pioneer.
He is art director for a number of companies associated with the production of furnishing materials.
His professional activity includes the design of layouts for public areas and museums, such as the Milan Triennial, ID Forumin Copenhagen, Ozone Design Center in Tokyo, Musèe des Arts Dècoratifs in Paris.
He lectures at the Superior Institute of Architecture and Design in Milan.

 
 

LANZI LUIGI

He was born in Bologna in 1950 where he currently lives and works.
During the Seventies, he took an interest in furnishings and at 22 years of age, he inaugurated the first furniture, lighting and accessories showroom in his home town, distributing products manufactured by the top companies in the sector. In the wake of this success, in the Eighties, he opened another three showrooms. These were subsequently joined by a prestigious art gallery in which he organized exhibitions, events and performances for the works of leading artists and designers on the international scenario.
From the early Nineties, he concentrated on the restructuring of showrooms of famous brands in the sectors of clothing, leather goods and accessories. In parallel to this activity, he was responsible for the interior design of homes belonging to famous personalities of the show-business, sport and culture sectors.
During that time, he began his activity in the design world, creating for companies such as Via Bizzuno and 120% Lino.
Since 2002, he has been actively involved in the definition of the home collection Vestire Flou, and has been responsible for the layout and the coordinated corporate image of the exclusive Flou stores in Italy and abroad.

 
 

MAGISTRETTI VICO

Vico Magistretti’s work and research have influenced and marked the history of Italian design, of which he is an indisputable protagonist.
He was born on October 6th 1920 in Milan; he graduated in architecture in 1945 and then joined his father’s architecture studio. In 1948, he started taking part in the first editions of the Milan Triennial. In 1956, he was a founder member of ADI, the Association of Industrial Design. In 1967, he became a member of the prestigious St. Luke’s Academy in Rome.He won numerous prizes and commendations, including the Gold Medal at the IX Triennial (1951), the Grand Prix at the X Triennial (1954), two Compassi d'Oro (respectively in 1967 and 1979), the Gold Medal presented by S.I.A.D. Society of Industrial Artists & Designers (1986), the Compasso d'oro for his career (1995), two Gold and Silver Medals at the Wiener Möbelsalons International (1970), the Golden chair at Möbelmesse Köln (1982), the Apostolo Gold Medal presented by Design Milano (1997).
He was tireless in his research into the culture of design and his innovative experimentation into materials and technology (plastic and its derivatives), spatial solutions (the subject of stackable and transportable articles) and innovative shapes and functions, distant from the restrictions of fashion that have greatly conditioned the last sixty years. His creations have been displayed in all the major design exhibitions in Italy, across Europe, USA and Japan and are included in the permanent collections of the world’s most important museums: twelve creations are included in the permanent collection of MOMA in New York. He was an honorary member at the London Royal College of Art in London, where he was also Honorary Visiting Professor and he was a member of the Royal Scottish Incorporation of Architects, he lectured at the Domus Academy in Milan and held conferences in Milan, Venice, Rome, London, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Aspen, Tokyo and Sao Paulo.
He has designed for the most important Italian and international brands and holds the record for the greatest number of beds designed for a single company: Flou.
"The most important pieces that I have designed, irrespective of their commercial success, are those that have made a contribution to the history of the companies I designed for. I am delighted that some items, such as the bed Nathalie, are still in production 20 or 30 years down the line".
We will use this quotation to terminate the brief history of the Great Maestro who died in Milan on September 19th 2006, at the age of 86 years.

 
 

MANZONI GIULIO

Giulio Manzoni was born in 1952; following his graduation in Architecture in 1976 from the Milan Polytech, he worked at the Universities of Milan and Pavia, in the Comprensorio 8 (8th District) of Como, the Intercomunale, a cross-city initiative in Pordenone and in Casino, Campione d'Italia. He has presented works at the Venice Biennial of Architecture, he holds several Italian and European invention patents, including patents for the first storage bed 'Magico' and the bed-cum-desk “Riletto”; he won the 'Leonardo' award presented by Milan's Museum of Science and Technology; his bed 'Ercolino' won the prize 'Design Award Professional".
Throughout his career, he has worked with the top Italian furniture and design companies, with special attention focused on polyfunctional products and the new technological developments.

 
 

MARI ENZO

Enzo Mari was born in Novara, Northern Italy in 1932. His work branches in various directions with the common reference denominator being the reflection on the meanings of shapes and design. This activity, which began with research into visual perception was subsequently oriented to children's games, graphic art, design and architecture. He was lectured on a number of courses including "Study Center for Visual Communication" with the University of Parma, the Academy of Fine Art in Carrara, the Faculty of Architecture with the Milan Plytech and ISIA in Florence. More recently, he has lectured at "Hochschüle der Kunste" in Berlin and at "Hochschüle fur Angewandte Kunst" in Vienna. In 2002, the Faculty of Architecture of the Milan Polytech awarded him a Honorary Degree in Industrial Design. He is a member of the "Study Center and Archives of Communication" in Parma. The archives contain approximately nine thousand original designs. His work has been exhibited in numerous museums including the Venice Biennal, the Milan Triennal, the "Schloss Charlottenburg" in Berlin, the "Galleria Santa Monica" in Barcelona and the Gallery of Modern Art in San Marino. Exemple of his works of art and design are part of collection in various museums such as "CSAC" in Parma, the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome, MoMA in New York and the Milan Triennal. He has been awarded numerous prizes for his research projects including four "Compasso d'Oro" awards. In 2001, Bollati Boringhieri published the book "Design and Passion". Among the more recent books dedicated to his work: "Why write a book about Enzo Mari?" by F. Burkhardt and F. Picchi, Pub. Motta; "Enzo Mari - the work at the Centre" by A. d'Avossa and F.Picchi, Pub. Electa; "Enzo Mari: between Art of Design and Applied Art", supervised by the International Ceramic Museum in Faenza.

 
 

NUNZIATI MATTEO

Matteo Nunziati opened his studio in Milan in 2000. Studio Nunziati is specialized in interior architecture and design and collaborates with many important companies in the design fields of furniture, illumination and accessories.
Matteo Nunziati has won a number of prestigious awards including the recent Good Design Award 2011 Chicago USA, Wallpaper Design Award 2011 UK Regno Unito???, Cityscape Award 2013 Saudi Arabia.
The studio is specialized in the design of luxury, wellness centers, SPAs and residential properties.
This genial architect has completed projects (with many others work-in-progress) in Italy, Switzerland, Poland, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, The Maldives, China.
He has also planned exhibitions, events and tradeshow layouts.
Since 2004 to the present day, he has lectured in a number of Institutes and Design Schools; he directed the short ‘Hotel Design’ course with Domus Academy; he is the Project Leader, again with the Domus Academy, of the Master in Interior Design (in 2005 and 2006); he works with the Department of Industrial Design/Graduate Institute of Innovation and Design, National Taipei University of Technology in Taipei, Taiwan.
In 2005, he worked at the Art School – Milan’s IDI Interior Design Institute.
In 2006, he took part in the exhibition “50+2y Italian design” in the National Art Museum of China in Beijing, selected as one of the most representative architects of international design between 1954 and 2006.
Also in 2006, he traveled to Shenzen in China to take part in the event “Brand and Designers China Initiative 2006”, a series of conferences organized in the Shenzen Sphinx Culture and Communication, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Shenzen Sub-council (CCPIT) and the Shenzen Media Group.
From 2007, he has organized events as part of the trade shows “Abitare il Tempo” in Verona (Italy), “Mipim” Cannes (France), “Cityscape” (Dubai), “The Milan International Furniture Salon’ (Italy).
Since 2007, he has been lecturing on the course “Interior Design for Hotels” at the Domus Academy in Milan, in collaboration with the “University of the Arts London Central Saint Martins”.
In 2011, he presented “The way of work of an Italian leading design office” at the “Tshinghua University Shenzhen” in China in collaboration with the Domus Academy of Milan, Italy.
In 2008, as a design expert, he was invited to take part in a series of international conferences in important events such as: “MIPIM” Cannes – France, “Eire” Milan-Italy, “European SPA Summit” Paris-France, “Sia Guest” Rimini-Italy.
From 2009 to the present day he has taken part in a number of high-end conferences organized by “Federlegno Arredo” in collaboration with ICE (Foreign Trade Institute) and with the Italian Government as a representative of Italian design across the world (Qatar, The Lebanon, Egypt, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Latvia, Estonia, Switzerland, etc.).
Images and descriptions of his projects have been published in many of the most important Italian and international design journals.

 
 

OPERADESIGN

The studio OPERA was founded in 1990.
Mario Dell’Orto, Emanuela Garbin, Enrico Cattaneo, founded the studio in order to combine their different professional experiences, matured in the same operational environment. The common denominator was the language affinity, which established the objectives geared to provide answers to the complex problems of the sector in a complete and specialist manner.
The studio is active in a number of areas that range from the operations to identify the development strategies, to the study of communication, industrial design, the plans or restructuring projects for showrooms and sales points.
For the companies, the consulting can include specific requirements or art direction in the more general sense, where it is possible to identify an organizational and synergetic route that can permit the coincidence of the various initiatives to provide better identification of the specific brand on the market.
In the area of design, the Studio has designed and continues to design models of the various product types. Armchairs, settees, furniture, beds and furnishing accessories that carry the name OPERA DESIGN have been accepted by prestigious companies and are now part of their production. Several models have also won prizes during exhibitions and competitions in both Italy and abroad.
For exhibitions and showrooms, the studio is responsible for the design and the restructuring programs, identifying the intervention strategies and defining the image and the communication. The project continues through a program of maintenance or growth of the sales point through initiatives, promotions and events.
The Studio therefore develops a synergetic activity produced by the interconnection between the individual operative specializations, and has the possibility of tackling with a much broader outlook the problems facing this sector in the light of the enormous transformation and mutation.

 
 

PRATO VITTORIO

Vittorio Prato was born in Desio in 1946 and by 1965 he was working with other designers in the areas of design and interior architecture.
Following eight years at the Cesare Cassina Center as design director, in 1972 he was appointed director for the Research and Development Center of B&B Italia.
Since 1976, he has worked as a designer and consultant for a number of companies. He designed new mechanical workshop accessories for Beta Utensili; for Idea, he created a new ergonomic armchair for dental surgeries; for Vaghi, he produced the first office chair base in thermo-plastic filled packed with micro-fiber; for Flou, he invented a highly innovative bed program.
The bed Chassis, designed for Interflex, was highly recommended at the 13th edition Compasso d'Oro (1984).
In the field of design and consultancy, he has worked with Studio Arch. Paolo Tilche-Artform, Cassina, Joint, Maisa, Minotti Italia, Potocco-Accademia, Former, Coopsette, Vibieffe, Valdichienti and for the Japanese company Kosuga. For Lema-Sorgente dei Mobili, in addition to his position as consultant, he has designed furnishing systems. During the Nineties, Besana Mobili produced one of his modular systems of totally innovative conception and for Meritalia, in addition to the design of numerous models for the contract sector, he has been responsible for the general design concepts.

 
 

SCARZELLA PATRIZIA

Architect and journalist, she was editor for the journal Domus between 1980 and 1985.
She is a consultant in communication and product development for important furniture manufacturing companies.
Since 1994, she has been a partner with the studio SIGLA with Marina Bani and Marco Penati.
She has supervised design exhibitions in Italy and abroad. Among them:"Arne Jacobsen architetto e designer", Museo del Design in Ravenna, Italy; "Ispirazione Italiana", Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf; "Trash Furniture", Milan; "L'Intreccio", Milan Furniture Salon; "L'arte tessile Shibori", Magazzini Cappellini, Milan; "New Design in Glass", Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf; "Schöhneit des Alltäglichen", Kunstmuseum Gera, Rostock, Dessan; "Past and Present Precious Furnishing", Folk and Applied Art Museum, Moscow; "Zarskaia Kollektia", Historic State Museum, Moscow.
She has coordinated important experimental ecology projects for the industrial requalification of the territory around the Cement Works in Merone (1993-96) for the Museum of Design and supervised the intervention of internationally renowned artists for the requalification of the disused quarries. For this project, she was invited to hold conferences both in Italy and abroad.
She has written the following books: "Il bel metallo, storia dei casalinghi Alessi", Arcadia Edizioni; "Vasi comunicanti", Idea Books; "Il mobile del Novecento" (with M. Marsich and O. Selvafolta), De Agostini; "In difesa del design. La questione dei falsi nella produzione industriale" (with E. Rotelli), ed. Lybra Immagine; "Dormire" (with F. La Cecla and D. Medenini), Electa; "Ritratti in cucina";"Zar", ed. Lybra Immagine.
As a journalist, she writes for furniture magazines in Italy and abroad.
Since 2001, she has lectured at the Course of Industrial Design in the First Faculty of Architecture, La Sapienza University Rome.

 
 

THESIA PROGETTI

Thesia Progetti is a studio of architecture and engineering, that developed from the collaboration and experience of Mino Bressan and Donatella Santangelo. During the 80s, it approached the field of industrial design and was active in the sectors of furnishings, illumination technology and the developments of mechanical products. It has always been geared to design based on the fundamental concepts of creativity: simplicity, lightness, versatility. These ideas have been developed as part of a cyclical vision for the re-use of the product at the end of its viable lifespan. The development of projects in collaboration with important companies steered the studio to the area of image design and art direction; the dynamic synergy between the studio and the companies led to the development of design management skills that span from the original idea to the production to the advertising. In recent years, the studio’s design philosophy evolved once again thanks to its inclusion in the design team of Nicolò Bressan and Sara Passalacqua. In today’s world, envisaging and developing a product – whether architectonic or design – means considering its entire life cycle, from the initial stages to its disposal: taking the social, economic and environmental implications into account.