Dessinateurs

Ferruccio Laviani

Designer

Born in Cremona in 1960 Laviani attends the Istituto Professionale Internazionale per l’Artigianato Liutario e del Legno di Cremona, receiving his degree in 1978. He later attends the Faculty of Architecture, at the Politecnico di Milano where he graduates in 1986, while attending at the same time the Scuola Politecnica di Design in Milan from 1982 to 1984. In 1983 he starts working for Michele De Lucchi; he becomes a partner in 1986 and works there until 1991, when he decides to open his own studio in Milan. Laviani’s work mainly focuses on product design, interior design, art direction and graphic. Since 1991, he is the Art Director for Kartell; same role he has played for other companies such as Flos, De Padova, Foscarini, Moroso, Society (Limonta), Emmemobili. He has designed retail spaces and set-ups, offices and houses for private clients, as well as for furniture and fashion brands like Cassina, Dolce e Gabbana, Dada – Molteni & C., Barovier & Toso, Piper- Heidsieck, Missoni, Citroen, Hansgrohe, Martini e Rossi , Swarovsky, Veuve Cliquot, Hennessy, Marazzi Group, La Rinascente, Piombo, Ermenegildo Zegna, Renault, Haworth, Emilio Pucci, Zara, Habitat. His products are included in the collection of several brands: Kartell, Foscarini, Dada – Molteni, Emmemobili, Moroso, UnoPiù, Lema, Poltrona Frau, Fontana Arte, F.lli Boffi, Richard Ginori, Laufen, Citco, Ragno-Marazzi Group, Memphis, Driade, Panasonic, Pelikan. In 2008 an exhibition was dedicated to the lamps he designed for Kartell, being set up at Teatro Metropol in Milan. Bourgie and Take lamps for Kartell are part of the permanent Collection of IMA, Indianapolis Museum of Art (USA); also other products have been featured in museums and shows all over the world. In 2015, Laviani develops the new concept for Kartell Museum in Noviglio, updating the interior design he had conceived in 1999, when he received the award Premio Guggenheim Impresa & Cultura 2000, as the best museum of a company.

Cristina Celestino

Designer

Cristina Celestino was born in Pordenone in 1980. In 2005 she graduated from Iuav in Venice with fullmarks in Architecture and started working with a number of architecture studios, before shifting her attention to Interior architecture and design. In 2009 she moved to Milan where she founded her own design brand under the name “Attico”, which produces lamps and furniture characterized by a deep research on materials and shapes. In 2012 she was selected to take part in the Salone Satellite and after this experience Attico products have been exhibited in several international galleries and showrooms. The product Atomizers, produced by Seletti, becomes part of the Permanent collection of Italian Design by Triennale Museum of Milan. Her work currently spans from limited editions for design galleries and museums, to special commissions for outstanding brands as: Alpi, Atipico, Botteganove, Durame, Fendi, Flexform, Fujifilm, Antonio Frattini, Ichendorf Milano, Mogg, Seletti, Tonelli Design e Torremato. She works as a creative director for exclusive brands and as an architect she is engaged in challenging interior and exhibition projects. She works and lives in Milan.

Carlo Colombo

Designer

Carlo Colombo is considered one of the most important international Architect and designer. He started his career right away with designing for top level brands. From this moment he collects hundreds of collaborations with the most important brands of design made in Italy like Antonio Lupi, Artemide, Bentley Home, Bugatti Home, Flou, Flexform, Franke, Giorgetti, iGuzzini, Penta, Poliform, Trussardi Casa, Varenna, just to mention some. Beyond the design of products and furniture, Colombo also takes care of strategy and marketing for the companies, develops graphic projects and curates exhibitions, works as a consultant and Art Director. The work that initially was concentrated on design and interior, extends progressively also in the field of constructions in Italy and abroad.In n2004 the architect is awarded as designer of the year; in 2009 wins an international competition for the design of the two multifunctional towers in Abu Dhabi and from 2011 teaches design at the De Tao Masters Academy of Beijing in China. He receives a lot more awards all over the world, amongst them the Elle Decor International Design Award in 2005, 2008, 2010, 2011, the Good Design Award of the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and the Chicago Ath enaeumin in 2009, in 2012 e 2014 e 2016 he wins the Red Dot Design Award, the Interior Innovation Award e and the iF design award with Teuco. In 2017 in Switzerland he was awarded by the Italian Console with title of Knight of Order of Merit for Labour. Also in 2017, he won the International Design Award in Los Angeles with the sculpture armchair “784”, and he was also included in the volume “100 Italian excellences”. Today the studio deals with projects in large scale all over the world, from design to interior as well as architecture.

Giuseppe Restano

Artist

Giuseppe Restano is an artist, painter, illustrator and DJ from Apulia in Italy. In the 1990s, he set up his studio in Florence, working with major art galleries for two decades and emerging onto the contemporary scene of Italian painting. He is well-known for his vast number of personal and collective European exhibitions and the articles published about him in the main sector-based magazines, such as Flash art, Segno, Contemporary and Tema celeste. He currently lives and works in Milan where he has a home-studio in which he creates pictorial illustrations for some of the major fashion brands on the international scene.

Elena Salmistraro

Designer

Product designer and artist, Elena Salmistraro lives and works in Milan. Graduated from Polytechnic University of Milan in 2008, she founded her own studio together with architect Angelo Stoli in 2009, where she has been working on architectural and design projects ever since. She works as a product designer and artist/illustrator for various creative industry’s leading companies, including  Alessi, Bosa, Seletti, De Castelli, B-Line, Bitossi Home, LuisaViaRoma, Yoox, NasonMoretti, Massimo Lunardon,   Okinawa, Texturae, Stone Italiana, Effecte, MyHomeCollection, Durame. Besides, she collaborates with prestigious Art and Design Galleries, such as Dilmos, Rossana Orlandi, Camp Design Gallery and Secondome. Her creations are the result of an art – design mix; utmost care for details, painstaking search for shapes’ harmony and poetic style characterize her projects. One of her work’s priorities is the search for objects’ expressive language, which may fascinate people by evoking emotions. Her projects have been selected for some of the most important art exhibitions including: “The New Italian Design”, a traveling exhibition organized by the Triennale Design Museum of Milan, curated by Silvana Annicchiarico and Andrea Branzi, with stops in San Francisco, Santiago de Chile, Cape Town; the “The New Aesthetic Design” at 2013 Shanghai Biennale for Triennale Design Museum and at  2015 Gwangju Biennale, South Korea. In 2016, during the XXI edition of the International Exhibition of Triennale of Milan, she took part in W-Women in Italian Design,  Triennale Design Museum’s ninth edition. In the same year, during the art event “Normali meraviglie La Mano “ curated by Alessandro Guerriero and Alessandra Zucchi, she painted a hand designed by the artist Mimmo Paladino, which was exhibited at the Triennale of Milan. In 2017 was appointed Ambassador of Italian Design in the world, on the World Day dedicated to italian design - “Italian Design Day” - an initiative promoted by the Triennale di Milano in collaboration with Ministero degli Affari Esteri and Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali. On the occasion of the “White in the City” event, promoted by Oikos and curated by Giulio Cappellini, she contributed with Alessi to the project/installation “L’esercito delle spazzole”. In 2017 won the “Best Emerging Designer Award” at Salone del Mobile- “Salone del Mobile Milano Award”. Elena Salmistraro’s works have been displayed at major Italian and international design industry fairs, including Salone Internazionale del Mobile (Cosmit-Milan), Step 09 (Milano), Maison&Objet-Paris, Homi, Stockholm furniture and light fair (Stockholm, Sweden).

Bellavista&Piccini

Designers

This avant-garde Italian young firm works in architecture, interior and product design. It’s the expression of the fortunate working relationship between the two founders, Giancarlo Bellavista and Matteo Piccini, who graduated respectively at the University Federico II of Naples and the Politecnico of Milan, and were mentored by Riccardo Dalisi and Pierluigi Cerri. Their work is based on a mix of rigor and eclecticism, and design is conceived as the result of several subjects, from art to literature, brought together.

Antonio Colomboni

Designer

Antonio Colomboni is an artistic director in the field of visual communication.
He is Milanese by adoption, but has constantly developed his style by also living in Holland, Spain, Africa and America. His passion for free-hand drawing led him to express himself through projects which deal with the contemporary world. He constantly draws on daily routine to shed light on the real dynamics of life and social development, reinterpreting it from a pop perspective. To date, his illustrations have been published in ADV, books, magazines and catalogues. In addition to these editorial contributions, he has championed the “Ritratti Modulari” project (Modular Portraits) for many years. He creates abstract portraits of people using graphic modules consisting of hand-crafted stamps as his starting point.

Maurizio Lai

Architect

Architect and designer Maurizio Lai was born in Padua in 1965 and studied Architecture in Venice and Milan. He started his career as set designer for the national TV broadcasters, while working on retail and display concepts for major luxury brands, such as Longines, Montblanc and Gucci, among others. Soon after he would begin his collaboration with Ventaglio Travels Group and The Club Med, to develop international hospitality and tourism related projects. In 1998 he founded LAISTUDIO in Milan. Consisting of a team of architects, engineers and designers the Studio promotes synergies of expression, approaching the design process in a distinguished original way, which determine the production of rather impacting concepts for the retail, commercial and hospitality industry, as well as for private residential projects and developments. An original interpreter of contemporary aesthetics, Maurizio Lai’s work is defined by an instinctive approach, which certainly reflects in the originality of his lighting creations. His style has been described as one of the most interesting in the Italian contemporary scene. Along with the creativity, the years-long experience with the high-end design manufacturing process and a strong network of trusted construction partners enables the Studio to deliver detailed, bespoke and beautifully crafted projects worldwide. Maurizio Lai’s work has been recognized with prestigious acknowledgments through time, his work is featured in the most authoritative architecture and design publications.

Andrea Marcaccini

ARTIST

Andrea Marcaccini, artist, influencer, Instagrammer, and lifestyle blogger. Born in Messina on 11 September 1988, he moved at a tender age to Mercatino Conca in Romagna where he studied criminological sciences. With a past as a model, Andrea is one of the stars of that borderless world generated by the fashion system and social networks: his life and his dreams, part of them are tattooed on his body sculpted by karate and the gym. His eclectic personality encloses a universe that goes far beyond fashion, so much so that his charismatic figure has made him an icon of lifestyle. Andrea, citizen of the world, is a tireless creator who creates installations, paintings, designs t-shirts and shoes. His strong nature of entrepreneur led him to launch his clothing line marcaccinidotcom and to collaborate as a creative director with a new concept store that will range from art to fashion. Art is exactly his new path of life on which he is investing his energies; currently his artworks are available at the Lambretto Factory in Milan. His volcanic creativity led him in 2016 to create his own streetwear fashion brand. The materialization of a channel of expression designed to give shape to all the ideas, provocations, stories that Marcaccini creates by placing himself (and his skin) as the central tool of all his expressive power. He appears in the world of art with a collection that brings pop art in the 2000s. Marcaccini feels like giving life to a series of strong reflections. A collection that in its intentions collects ‘timeless chronological inspirations’. In his artworks he focuses on themes such as transgression and drugs along with music and God; up to art itself that plays with its own models. 

Pietro Russo

Designer

Pietro Russo was born in Ostuni (Italy) in 1967. He studied painting, ceramics and scenography at the Accademia delle Belle Arti in Florence, where he also took courses in design and architecture. During this time, he took a very personal path in his artistic career, one that combined the imaginative and creative worlds of a scenographic setting with the exacting technical accuracy required by interior design. Within this path of research, first works came to life: hybrid bright objects that showcase the distinctive features of later productions.From 1997 to 2002 Pietro lived in Berlin, where he worked as a film set decorator and product designer, exhibiting in many galleries within the city. In 2002 he arrived in Milan, starting a long professional relationship with Lissoni Associati studio, where he worked both as interior and product designer. He also worked with Benetton, Kerakoll Design Gallery, Alessi, Cappellini, Kartell, Tecno Spa and Fritz Hansen, among others. In 2010 he founded his studio: a house-atelier in the heart of Milan, a lively and dynamic laboratory that perfectly matches his creative energy and his continuous and relentless reseach. With a carefully selected team of designers and architects and in close partnership with a network of esteemed Italian artisans, Pietro deals with interior and product design. Suggestions coming from the contemporary world and from his lifetime passions – music, cinema, nature and science fiction – became, through his hands, meticulously elaborated, timeless creations. His working philosophy is based on repurposing artisan creations and led to a relationship both concrete and spiritual with the selected materials – mainly wood, but also stone, marble, brass, bronze and glass –, with the purpose of giving new value to the magical and ritual side of creation. Pietro works in perfect synergy with a team of experts. He also works with his clients, who are for him an extraordinary incitement to accept new challenges. At the moment, Pietro is working on different projects together with Baxter, Gallotti & Radice, Editions Milano and Ichendorf Milano, among others.

Alfonso Femia

Designer

Alfonso Femia was born in Taurianova, Reggio Calabria (Italy) on 1966, December the 7th. He is living in Genoa where he is leaving and coming back on a unique and continuous journey between Genoa, Milan and Paris. He graduated from the University of Genoa – School of Architecture in 1992 and has been registered at the Register of Architects of Genoa since 1994, the Register of Architects of Île-de-France since 1995 and the Architects of Switzerland since 2014. He has been a Professor of Architectural Design Didactics at Kent State University in Florence and at the Universities of Genoa and Ferrara – Schools of Architecture. Being the founder of 5+1 in 1995, he created 5+1AA in 2005 and 5+1AA sas Paris in 2007. He has won numerous international competitions and his work is published on international magazines. He is a visiting Professor in the main Italian and international universities. In 2015, he founded 500x100 and created 500x100Talk, a place of meetings and exchanges on the theme of the city where this latter becomes a dialogue tool, structured in two formats conducted by the journalist Giorgio Tartaro: the SetTalk in Milan and the CityTalk in the main European and Mediterranean cities. He develops a “research around matter” which leads him to collaborate for design projects with international compagnie. With AFdesign*, he develops themes related to ceramics, light, wood, glass, cardboard and biodynamic cement. The three-dimensional development of ceramics and its application to architecture led him to develop products that characterize the recent residential projects in Paris, Brescia, and the new BNL-BNP Paribas headquarters in Rome. With the artist Danilo Trogu and his magical poetics, Alfonso Femia develops “imaginary animals” in ceramics, which animate the Marseilles Docks, the Great Railways Workshops in Turin and the Asnières-sur-Seine housing in Paris. In 2017, he transforms the denomination of 5+1AA in AF517 or Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia and creates the “Entre Deux”, an in-depth format on the metamorphosis of the cities. He loves odd numbers, the South and a crew of women and men who, since 1995, have believed in this “journey” aimed to explore and experience the world through the architectural project and the meeting with the cities, all with a smile and a new fellow traveler “the whale and her star”. The journey inside the journey.

Studio Mamo

ARCHITECTS

Studio Mamo in a team of architects and interior designers who works in the worldwide high-end market. Studio Mamo Has a strong background end experience in the fashion world, as it as been working for some of the most important international brands for the developing of unique and exclusive home collections (furniture pieces, lights, complements, home textile, art de la table and accessories). Studio Mamo has realized restaurants, residential, shops for some fashion brands with an original and sophisticated approach and aesthetic ideas. We always try to be modern and contemporary, not forgetting the classic. 

Elena Borghi

Designer

Designs visions, grows words. Born in the midst of a summer storm immediately leaving her parents baffled; her father, a psychic and an inventor, when he first sees her, cries: “She looks like an asshole”. Her mother, Australian and grown up running barefoot through tobacco fields, is proud she still is one. As a child she fondly exercise the use of the words and spends hours making up stories and adventures, perched on a tree branch in her grandmother’s garden. At the age of nine, believing she had enough material, she begins to compose a collection of short stories with an old typewriter. Thanks to theater and opera, turning fifteen, she twigs she wants to become a scenographer. At present she is a freelancer scenographer, she designs and manufactures fittings for shop windows, exhibitions, events, interior design, advertising, photo shoots and any space which is hungry of ethereal presences. She draws on walls, on paper and on any possible surface where her black stroke can flow. From February till December 2012 she has been writing for Blogosfere, implementing her knowledge about the web. In January 2015, Logos edizioni decided to publish a monograph on her most significant papercraft works:“PAPER VISIONS”, for which Elena also provides the text.

Marcante - Testa

Designer

Andrea Marcante was a co-founder of the architecture firm UdA (1992-2014), where he worked on an ongoing basis since 2004 with Adelaide Testa on all the interior design projects. Starting in 2014 Andrea Marcante and Adelaide Testa created a new design studio, MARCANTE – TESTA (UdA architetti), oriented towards research on architecture and design, as well as corporate consulting in the sector of materials and decor. The atmospheres of Marcante-Testa set out to elegantly recombine multiple habitat values. To be serious and fun, authentic and refined, to have deep roots and to love the world: independent melodies that blend through rigorous rules of composition. If certain interiors are thrilling, it is because they are demonstrations of a possible choice between conflicting aspects of our character, of the legitimate aspiration to transform our disquieting contradictions into something beautiful. The studio’s projects have received important prizes and honors, stimuli for spatial research towards an architecture of counterpoint – of emotion and reason – in the spirit of a renewed sensibility of humankind. In 2016, with the project Liberamensa, the studio launched a path of collaboration with the public administration to introduce interior design in neglected places such as prisons.

Nicola Gallizia

Designer

Warm, smooth, functional, minimal yet sophisticated. These are the keywords that best depict Nicola’s vision of the world of interior design. Mostly, he gets his inspirations from the Milanese style as it is part of his roots, growth and identity. In fact, although Nicola loves geometric shapes, the very simple angles and linear compositions, he focuses on the richness of the materials in order to give a strong identity to his works.  His favorite color palette ranges between the neutral colors (shades of brown, brass, grey, earth colors) however he has a clear passion to play with hues, adding a touch of highlight to emphasis his concept.  His works are conspicuous in the world of design, in particular the interiors of many luxury hotels, his attention to the details and the story-telling behind each project is so unique that makes his works stand out from the crowd.

Anna Paola Cibin

Artist

After studying art with a specialization in weaving, she moved to London where she specialized in fabric design. Upon her return to Venice, she worked with the master glassblowers of the island of Murano for some years. She has reinterpreted the ancient technique for dyeing and printing Venetian tapestries. Each of her white silk velvet, is hand dyed with pigments and precious ancient powders. The surface of the silk velvet becomes magical, tactile and alive, enriched by brilliant colors, gold and silver leaves, glass and Murrine from Murano island. The colors and glass details appear and disappear depending on the direction from which the tapestry is viewed. Her works have been exhibited in Venice, Milan, Florence, Vienna, Eindhoven, London, Singapore, New York, She created site specific, permanent installations for Palazzo Venart on Gran Canal in Venice and Venice Airport . She collaborated with Eataly for Milan Expo 2015 and for Milan and Turin shops, Catholic University in Milan, Four Seasons Hotel Florence, Christian Louboutin for Pitti Uomo. Week.The book, VelvetLagoonVelvet, became part of the permanent library of the Furniture, Textiles and Fashion Department al Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

Giancarlo Tintori

ARCHITECT

Giancarlo Tintori, born in Milan in 1961, graduated in architecture at Politecnico of Milan. He founded in 1991 Italian Design and Architecture Agency establishing its headquarter in Milan Internationally recognized for his work in Interior and Store Design in the main cities around the world. He designed and developed hundreds Architectural Concepts for the most important Fashion and Design brands. He works for: Cassina, Camper, Cesare Paciotti, Franco Maria Ricci, D&G, Missoni, Nemo, Swarovski. For some companies his advice extends to art direction product design, events and exhibitions. He has been working for over a decade in China with important local brands and Construction Company Involved as professor with international universities, Faculty of Architecture of Ferrara, Ecole Superieure du Commerce di Troyes, Tongji Univerity. He develops the themes of architecture and design as brand communication tools. 

Eleonora Magurno

Designer

Eleonora Magurno is a freelance artist and textile designer, with a long experience, over a decade in the fashion and interior industry, at the moment she’s working between London and Italy. Her curiosity and passion for the art make her constantly to create new ideas in her designs with the continuous research between experimentation and innovation. Her works during international collaborations are different by the use of mixed media techniques from drawings, illustrations, to watercolors and acrilyc painting, to photography and digital art. Her creations are inspired by everything she sees and images, especially from nature.

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Mirco Grotto

ILLUSTRATOR

Mirco Grotto was born in Vicenza in 1963. He enrolled in 1978 at the Liceo Artistico of Valdagno and subsequently he studied various studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Architecture studies in Venice, but in 1985 he found his way, attending the course of hyperrealist illustration in Salzburg and at that time he also met the illustrator Renato Casaro in Monaco where he has the opportunity to frequent his studio. His interest in cinematographic illustration continue to grow and he collaborates with the Museum of Treviso, experimenting on various techniques from airbrush to acrylic, but it is with pastels that he finds the right balance. He is works in various fields, and, alongside realizations of scenographic interest which are also destined for television, , he also collaborates with cinematic and theatrical productions 

Federico Gregolo

Interior Designer

Born in 1994, graduated at the European Institute of Design in Milan with a thesis on Interior Design, he faces the graphic world; take into consideration his architecture studies to model various settings in the decorative field, from 2018 he works for LondonArt, combining his passions for art and architecture.

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