Architects

Afra and Tobia Scarpa

Architect

Key figures in twentieth century Italian design and culture, Tobia Scarpa (1935) and his wife Afra Bianchin (1937-2011) began their long career together in 1959, designing the Pigreco chair at Franco Albini’s decorating course. Both of them graduated from IUAV in Venice in 1969, and they worked together on dozens of famous projects, especially in furniture design, standing out as representatives of “architecture and design characterised by elegant, refined forms and choice of materials” (Treccani). Without following the trends or passing fads, but “pursuing the ideal of a long-lasting, properly made product”, Afra and Tobia Scarpa participated in the establishment of the company Flos (1960), for which they went on to design several lamps. The pair worked also on many important commissions including B&B, Cassina, Fabbian, Gavina, Stildomus, Veas.

Antonio Citterio

Architect

Antonio Citterio started his design practice in 1972. In 2000, with Patricia Viel, he founds ANTONIO CITTERIO PATRICIA VIEL, a cross-disciplinary practice for architecture and interior design based in Milan. The office works internationally, developing complex projects on all scales in collaboration with a qualified network of specialist consultants. Among the types of projects developed by the practice are: master plans, mixed-use developments, residential and commercial complexes, corporate headquarters, adaptive reuse of historic buildings, hotels. The firm is also active in the sector of corporate communication, handling projects of coordinated image, installations and graphics. A fully owned subsidiary of the Italian company was incorporated in 2015 in New York. Recent projects include the Bulgari Hotels in Beijing and Dubai, an office building in Munich and a residential condominium in Miami.

Carlo Colombo

Architect

Carlo Colombo is considered to be one of the most important Italian architects and designers on the international scene. Since the beginning he has collected a lot of collaborations with the most important “made in Italy” design brands like Flexform, Poliform, Giorgetti, Cappellini, Antoniolupi, Flou, Penta Light, Amini, Elie Saab, Cartier, Bentley Home, Bugatti Home, Trussardi Casa, Olivari e Faber, just to mention few. Beyond designing products and furniture, Colombo also takes care of strategy and marketing for the companies. He also curates exhibitions, works as a consultant and art director for the brands he collaborates with. His work was initially focused in design and interior, but extended also into construction, in Italy and abroad. Today with his studio A++ deals with large-scale design all over the world, from design, interior design and architecture.

Dante Bonuccelli

Architect

Dante Bonuccelli was born in 1956 in Buenos Aires, where he graduated in architecture in 1979. In 1984 he moved to Milan and began collaborating with various architecture firms, developing projects for buildings, exhibition design, interiors and industrial design. He has taught architectural composition at the Politecnico di Milano since 1996. In 1998 he founded Avenue Architects, an architecture and industrial design firm with projects in Italy, Asia and America. IBM, Hoechst, Johnson Controls, Eni, Allianz, Ansaldo, the Vatican, Philips, Vodafone, Università Bocconi, Editoriale Domus, Davis, Schönbuch, Mobimex, Molteni&C and Dada are some of his clients. The projects of Avenue Architects are widely published in books and magazines. He has been awarded numerous prizes for industrial design.

Michele De Lucchi

Architect

Michele De Lucchi is famous as the designer of the world’s best-selling lamp, Tolomeo (Artemide, 1987). The object was born in the wake of De Lucchi’s intense research experiences of the 70’s and the 80’s. In his radical period De Lucchi founded the Cavart Group, which put on performances somewhere between art and architecture in the stone quarries of the Veneto. De Lucchi had already come into contact with personages of the calibre of Sottsass and Branzi when still attending university in Florence, where he graduated in architecture in 1975. While pursuing the most experimental ideologies in the field of design, he also started to work for Olivetti. After his experience with Memphis, De Lucchi started to work for major Italian and international brands as Artemide and Poltrona Frau. De Lucchi also managed to work on architectural and industrial design projects over the years, designing and renovating buildings for Enel, Olivetti and Piaggio.

Gabriele and Oscar Buratti

Architect

Gabriele Buratti and Oscar Buratti created the BURATTI + BATTISTON ARCHITECTS studio. It creates residential, commercial and industrial buildings, works in historic centres, restores buildings and has designed and constructed numerous villas and buildings. The studio’s most important activity is interior architecture for offices, shops and apartments (in Italy and abroad), and interior design of trade fairs and showrooms. It is responsible for the image of La Perla boutiques and has created stores in some of the most important cities in the world. In the design sector it has worked in partnership with Acerbis International, Antonio Lupi, B&B Italia, iGuzzini, Poliform and Poltrona Frau. The studio has won numerous international prizes and awards, like the Wallpaper Design Award 2010 and the Design+Plus Award 2009.

Giulio Cappellini

Architect

Trained as an architect in Milan, Giulio Cappellini is an emblematic figure in the international design panorama. He dedicates himself to design by offering his personal revision of contemporary design, both for the brand that bears his name and as art director for other important brands in the field. Through his company, Cappellini has become a bona fide trendsetter, universally recognized as a talent scout for young professionals. Numerous names have been launched through collaborations with his brand: Jasper Morrison, Marc Newson, Marcel Wanders, just to name a few. Cappellini’s work covers a vast array of furnishing elements. Among the most loved are the Mill sofa, inspired by the contemporary needs of the Millennials, the iconic Bong and Gong tables, the Break table series and the cabinet units in the Luxor range.

Jasper Morrison

Architect

Born in London in 1959. He graduated in Design from Kingston Polytechnic in 1982. Then he attended the Royal College of Art for postgraduate studies. Upon graduation Jasper set up his Office for Design in London in 1986. In 1989, he began a collaboration with Vitra. He went on to form Utilism International with Andreas Brandolini and Axel Kufus, providing exhibition design and town planning services. In 1994 Jasper began a consultancy with Üstra, the Hanover transport authority, designing a bus shelter and then the new Hanover tram. Further collaborations began in this period with projects for the Italian companies Alessi, Flos and Magis, and the German porcelain manufacturer Rosenthal.

 

Jean Marie Massaud

Architect

Since the beginning of his career (a 1990 graduate of Paris’ ENSCI-Les Ateliers, Paris Design Institute), Jean-Marie Massaud has been working on an extensive range of works, stretching from architecture to objects, from one-off project to serial ones, from macro environment down to micro contexts. Major brands such as Axor, Cassina, Christofle, Poliform, Toyota have solicited his ability to mix comfort and elegance, zeitgeist and heritage, generosity and distinction. Beyond these elegant designs, his quest for lightness – in matters of essence – synthesize three broader stakes: individual and collective fulfillment, economic and industrial efficiency, and environmental concerns. “I’m trying to find an honest, generous path with the idea that, somewhere between the hard economic data, there are users. People.” His creations, whether speculative or pragmatic, explore this imperative paradigm: reconciling pleasure with responsibility, the individual with the collective.

 

 

Jean Nouvel

Architect

Born in Fumel, France in 1945. After he enrolled at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Bordeaux, Jean Nouvel ranked first in the entrance examination of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1966 and obtained his degree in 1972. Assistant to the architect Claude Parent and inspired by urban planner and essayist Paul Virilio, he started his first architecture practice in 1970. Soon afterwards, he became a founding member of the Mars 1976 movement whose purpose was to oppose corporatism in architecture. He also co-founded the Labor Union of French Architects in marked opposition to the existing national Board of Architects. His contextual approach and ability to infuse a genuine uniqueness into all the projects he undertakes have consistently yielded buildings that transform their environments and indelibly mark the cities in which they are built, like the Arab World Institute (Paris – 1987) and the Cartier Foundation (Paris – 1994).

Karim Rashid

Architect

Karim Rashid is one of the most prolific designers in the world. He realized over 3,000 design projects, he won over 300 international awards and he works in over 40 countries, including Italy. Here in Italy he lived when he studied Industrial Design; then he came back to his fatherland, Canada. His love for product design has also spread to interior furnishings, collaborating more and more in the design of hotels, restaurants and public places. In his spare time Karim’s pluralism flirts with art, fashion, and music and is determined to creatively touch every aspect of our physical and virtual landscape. In fact, his final goal is to turn everything to a Design object, to influence everyone.

Luca Nichetto

Architect

Luca Nichetto was born in 1976 in Venice, where he studied at the Art Institute. Afterwards he attended the University Institute of Architecture of Venice (IUAV), where he earned a degree in Industrial Design. He began his professional career in 1999 by designing his first projects in Murano glass for Salviati. That same year he began his collaboration with Foscarini, for whom he not only designed products, but also worked as a consultant on new materials research and product development (2001–2003). In 2006 he launched his own design firm, Nichetto&Partners, which specializes in industrial design and offers its services as a design consultancy. In 2011 he also opened another professional office in Stockholm, Sweden. Today, Nichetto collaborates with a wide variety of Italian and international companies, including Foscarini, Fratelli Guzzini, Kristalia, Moroso e Venini.

Ludovica e Roberto Palomba

Architect

Roberto Palomba and Ludovica Palomba Serafini, architects and designers, have been working together since 1994. After graduating in architecture at the University of Rome, they founded Palomba e Serafini Associated Studio, based in Verona. The Studio deals primarily with architecture, design, art direction, communications and marketing consulting. They collaborate with several international leading design companies and their projects have been awarded with several international prizes. The architect Roberto Palomba’s been working as professor at the Polythecnic of Milan – Industrial Design Department – since 2003.  They have been working for Zanotta since 2004.

Marcio Kogan

Architect

StudioMK27 was founded at the beginning of the 80’s by Marcio Kogan and today is joined by 22 architects, besides collaborators in numerous countries around the world. The architects of the Studio develop the projects from start to finish, and sign as the projects co-authors. The Office has won numerous international awards such as Wallpaper Design Awards, Record House and Interior Record. The projects of studioMK27 are valued for their formal simplicity, always working with special attention to the details and finishings. Marcio Kogan and the architects of the team, great admirers of the Brazilian modernist generation, seek to fulfill the difficult task of giving continuity to this line of production.

Mario Botta

Architect

Born in Mendrisio, Ticino in 1943. After an apprenticeship in Lugano, he first attends the Art College in Milan and then studies at the University Institute of Architecture in Venice. Directed by Carlo Scarpa and Giuseppe Mazzariol he receives his professional degree in 1969. While studying in Venice, he has the opportunity to meet and work for Le Corbusier and Louis I. Kahn. Botta’s professional career begins in 1970 in Lugano. Known for his single-family houses in Ticino, his work encompasses many other building types including schools, banks, administration buildings, libraries, museums and sacred buildings. Along his work he teaches extensively in giving lectures, seminars and courses in architectural schools in Europe, Asia, North- and South America. In 1996, he is one of the founders of the Academy of architecture of the Università della Svizzera Italiana in Mendrisio, where he still teaches and held the directorship.

Massimo Castagna

Architect

Born in 1957, he graduated in architecture in 1984 from Milan Politecnico. He began his professional activities in 1986, founding the studio AD architettura. He has gained considerable professional experience in the field of architecture, residential and commercial buildings, upgrading and conservative restoration, hotels, interior design, art direction and design in the furnishing sector, consultancy, projects and the design supervision of furnishing points-of-purchase. One of his major creations has been the “Piramide” laboratory the Everest-K2-CNR scientific committee for the Italian National Research Council, which was built in Nepal beginning in 1991 at an altitude of 5050 m., to be used as a high-altitude research laboratory, a project selected for the 18th Milan Triennale.

Neri & Hu

Architect

Founded in 2004 by partners Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu, Neri&Hu Design and Research Office is an inter-disciplinary architectural design practice based in Shanghai, with an additional office in London. Neri&Hu works internationally providing architecture, interior, master planning, graphic, and product design services. Currently working on projects in many countries, Neri&Hu is composed of multi-cultural staff who speak over 30 different languages. Neri&Hu believes strongly in research as a design tool, as each project bears its unique set of contextual issues. A critical probing into the specificities of program, site, function, and history is essential to the creation of rigorous design work. Based on research, Neri&Hu desires to anchor its work on the dynamic interaction of experience, detail, material, form, and light rather than conforming to a formulaic style. The ultimate significance behind each project comes from how the built forms create meaning through their physical representations.

Paola Navone

Architect

Graduated in 1973 in architecture from the Turin Politecnico. Between 1970 and 1980 worked alongside Alessandro Mendini, Ettore Sottsass Jr. and Andrea Branzi in the Alchimia group, the most progressive set on the Italian design scene, developing a highly productive and stimulating avant-garde stance which gained her, in 1983, the prestigious Osaka International Design Award. Born in Turin, she later moved to Milan, although she is first and foremost a citizen of the world. In her long and many-sided career she has switched easily between the roles of architect, designer, art director, interior designer, critic, teacher and organiser of exhibitions and events, both independently and for select clients: Armani Casa, Knoll International, Alessi, Piazza Sempione, Driade, Dada, Molteni, Natuzzi and Swarovski. She has handled art direction at Gervasoni since 1998, in addition to designing most of the collections personally.

Park Associati

Architect

The objective of Park Associati’s work is to give form to a vision, by interpreting and synthesising the variables at stake, specific to each project. While listening to the concrete elements dictated by regulations and budget constraints, climatic or environmental conditions, attention is also paid to the intangible and concealed dimensions: the clients’ identity values, the users’ wishes and requirements, the urban, social, and political context. Intuition brings quality to all the projects of the studio. The creative twist always accompanies the analytical process to decipher complexity, adding value to the design intervention. Experimentation with languages technologies, and the collaboration with other disciplines, lead Park Associati to tackle the most diverse projects with a broad spectrum of interventions, ranging from urban planning to design.

Patricia Orquiola

Architect

Patricia Urquiola was born in Oviedo (Spain), and she lives and works in Milan. She studied Architecture at the Technical University of Madrid and at the Polytechnic University of Milan, where she graduated in 1989 under Achille Castiglioni. She was assistant lecturer for Achille Castiglioni and worked with Vico Magistretti. She was also Head of Design for Lissoni Associati. In 2001 she opened her own studio, working in the fields of product design, interiors and architecture. Her most recent designs include retail and display designs for BMW, Cassina, Ferragamo, Flos, Missoni, Molteni, H&M and Pitti Uomo Firenze. She has created products for numerous major companies in Italy and abroad, including Agape, Alessi, Boffi, Driade, Flos, Georg Jensen, Glas Italia, Kartell, Kvadrat, Louis Vuitton, Mutina, Rosenthal and Verywood.

Patricia Viel

Architect

In 2000, Antonio Citterio and Patricia Viel founded ANTONIO CITTERIO PATRICIA VIEL, a cross-disciplinary practice for architecture and interior design based in Milan. The office works internationally, developing complex projects on all scales in collaboration with a qualified network of specialist consultants. Among the types of projects developed by the practice are: master plans, mixed-use developments, residential and commercial complexes, corporate headquarters, adaptive reuse of historic buildings, hotels. The firm is also active in the sector of corporate communication, handling projects of coordinated image, installations and graphics. A fully owned subsidiary of the Italian company was incorporated in 2015 in New York. Recent projects include the Bulgari Hotels in Beijing and Dubai, an office building in Munich and a residential condominium in Miami.

Philippe Stark

Architect

Philippe Starck is an internationally acclaimed French creator, designer and architect. His profound comprehension of contemporary mutations, his determination to change the world, his anticipatory concern for environmental implications, his love of ideas, his desire to defend the intelligence of usefulness – and the usefulness of intelligence – have accompanied one iconic creation after the other. From everyday products such as furniture and lemon squeezers, to revolutionary mega-yachts, individual windmills, electric bikes or hotels and restaurants that aspire to be wondrous, stimulating and intensely vibrant places. This untiring and rebellious citizen of the world, who considers it his duty to share his ethical and subversive vision of a fairer planet, creates unconventional places and objects whose purpose is to be “good” before being beautiful. Philippe starck and his wife, Jasmine, mostly live on an airplane or in “middle of nowhere”.

Piero Lissoni

Architect

Piero Lissoni is an architect, art director and designer (1956). Together with Nicoletta Canesi, Piero Lissoni opens the studio Lissoni Associati in 1986. He begins collaborating as Designer and Art Director with some of the best Italian and international furniture manufacturers. In 1996 they create Graph.x to develop graphic projects. The work of the studio embraces architecture, graphics and industrial design, with projects ranging from furniture, accessories, kitchens, bathroom and lighting fixtures to corporate identity, advertising, catalogues and packaging. Interior design projects include hotels, showrooms, trade stands, private houses, shops and yachts. The studio currently employs over 70 people, comprising architects, designers and graphic designers and creates solutions for Alessi, Boffi and Cassina. Incursions into the fashion world involve store design and showrooms for brands such as Benetton, Brosway and Gallo.

Rodolfo Dordoni

Architect

Architect and designer Rodolfo Dordoni was born in Milan, where he graduated in Architecture. Responsible over the years for the art direction of Artemide (glass collection), Cappellini (from 1979 to 1989), FontanaArte (furniture collection), Foscarini (lamps) and Roda (since 2006), he designs for various companies, including: Artemide, Cappellini, Cassina, Ceramica Flaminia, Dada, Driade, Ernestomeda, Flos, FontanaArte, Foscarini, Kartell, knIndustrie, Molteni&C, Moroso, Poliform, Poltrona Frau, Roda, Sambonet, Venini. Dordoni Architetti – studio founded in Milan by Rodolfo Dordoni, Luca Zaniboni and Alessandro Acerbi – works in the field of architectural planning and interior design in the residential, commercial and exhibition areas designing projects of private houses and villas, industrial and commercial spaces overseeing the realization of showrooms, exhibition stands, restaurants, hotels.

Vincent Van Duysen

Architect

Born in Lokeren (Belgium) in 1962. Vincent Van Duysen undertook a degree in Architecture at the Higher Institute of Architecture Sint Lucas, Ghent. Afterwards he worked in Milan collaborating with Aldo Cibic, after which, he worked with Jean De Meulder in Antwerp. In 1990, Vincent Van Duysen Architects was established and today has grown into a team of more than twenty collaborators. Projects range from product design for numerous international brands, over commercial to bigger scale architectural projects, with a focus on high-end residences, which are located in Belgium, spread across Europe, the Middle-East and the USA. In 2016, he was appointed Art Director of the Italian Molteni&C and Dada brands, taking care of the global image of the brand by designing flagship stores, exhibition stands and a series of new products. He was also appointed part of the creative lead for the product development of Sahco for Kvadrat in 2018.