Born in Florence in 1980, Lapo Ciatti studied Industrial Design first at IED and then at the Domus Academy in Milan, before starting to work in one of the most prestigious architecture studios with offices in Florence, Milan and London. Determined to set up his own business before entering the family firm, he trained abroad, an experience that allowed him to shape a polyhedric vision, open to contamination and a clear ability to grasp future trends.
Bruno Rainaldi was born in Milan in 1952. His training was hands-on, having started at a young age to work in design communication. In his early years in Milan he managed the first High-Tech emporium in Corso di Porta Ticinese, moving on to work first alongside Maddalena De Padova in the historical showroom in Corso Venezia and then with Enrico Baleri as partner in Baleri & Associati, where he was in charge of defining communication strategies for design companies and stores.
Marcello Ziliani was born in Brescia in 1963 under the sign of Pisces. He graduated in architecture at Politecnico di Milano in 1988 with Achille Castiglioni as speaker (and teacher unmatched). After three years abroad, he returned to Italy and he devoted himself mainly to developing projects for the design, working in addition to exhibitions, theatrical scenographer, art direction, design coordination, graphics and communication.
Marcantonio Raimondi Malerba was born in 1976 in Massalombarda, Italy. He attended the Art Institute and the Academy of Fine Arts. Just graduated he begins to work in the theater scene and collaborating with architects on projects. Soon he begins to create unique pieces of design in parallel with a production of art, but step by step the two careers are beginning to become contaminated. So its design is enriched with artistic concepts.
In 2003 designer Maurizio Galante teamed up with trend forecast analyst and designer Tal Lancman, to form INTERWARE. Their crossover vision transverses the different design disciplines, from fashion to furniture, interiors, lights, food, architecture and gardening. As the duo moves freely between disciplines, they revisit domains equipped with new understandings, insights and observations.
Born in Milan in 1957, in 1978 Roberta Colombo achieved a Diploma in painting at the Accademia in Brera.
Between 1980 and 1995, she and Clara Rota gave life to Cartabolo, a bookbinding shop but also, an experimental workshop devoted to decorating and processing paper: this activity will lead her to exhibit her works both in Italy and abroad.
By adopting different gazes, her work is built around several recurring themes: gender identity, the body, everyday actions and memory, the symbolic and hidden life expressed by things.
Born in Turin, where she graduates in 1973 in architecture from the Turin Politecnico, Paola Navone later moves to Milan adopting the city as her home. Between 1970 and 1980 works alongside Alessandro Mendini, Ettore Sottsass Jr. and Andrea Branzi in the Alchimia group, developing a highly productive and stimulating avant-garde stance.
Born in the Valle dei Camuni, the valley of graffiti and iron, he soon starts to travel: to Milan, London and Paris, followed by 7 years on-the-road in the United States. He finally returns to Milan where he opens the shop “Balocchi e profumi” which invites to breathe in the air of novelty that is a distinctive feature of his discoveries.
Sara Bernardi is an Italian Architect and Designer, she was born in Rome in 1979 where she graduated in 2004. She aquired a wide-ranging expertise of project’s scales and programmes, developing over the years a cross-boundaries experience, from architecture and interior design, to product design and details.
Born in Mexico City in 1986 and graduated in Industrial Design in 2009 from Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Azcapotzalco Joel escalona believes in ideas that engage meaningfully, that push the limits of contemporary design, that have the ability of pulling people into the stories they shelter.
Roberto Mora, born in Parma in 1964, defines himself as a self-taught designer. Painter and Graphic at the beginning, in the 90s he approached the world of Design where he discovered his passion for iron, from the most diverse forms and origins.
Marta Giardini, architect and designer, was born in Vercelli. Following her studies at the Brera Academy, in 1998 she was awarded a degree in Interior Design by the Milan Polytechnic.
As Paola Navone’s assistant she took part in the Armani Casa project, in addition to the early years and the birth of Gervasoni Blu.
In 2002, with Bruno Rainaldi, she founded ENTRATALIBERA in Milan, a very special space suspended between art and design, a “workshop of shapes” open to research and experimentation.
Gianluca Bianchi was born in Genoa and spent his childhood in Turin. He moved to Milan more than 30 years ago.
He discovered his passion for photography thanks to a trip to Mexico while he was studying at university.
Once completed his degree, he started to work with Giuseppe Pino. In the mid-90s he met Gherardo Frassa with whom he collaborated in a variety of projects.
Vera&Kyte is a young scandinavian design studio based on Norway’s west coast, comprising Vera K. Kleppe and Åshild Kyte. The studio was established in 2013 since then their work has been exhibited, and acclaimed, internationally. Their work is characterised by an analytical approach, and a shared enthusiasm for exploring new materials, methods and aesthetics.
Sebastiano Tosi was born in Geneva (Switzerland) in 1980. After graduating in Industrial Design at Milan’s Politecnico, he started his professional career in Marc Sadler’s Design Studio where he worked on a very diverse range of projects - from design to architecture – for many companies.
Stefan Krivokapic was born in Croatia in 1981 to an Irish mother and Montenegrin father. After studying Industrial Design, he chose to collaborate with a number of design consultancies working on projects ranging from packaging to furniture, lighting, products, consumer electronics and fair stands.
One project, few words to understand each other, three souls (two male, one female) who met to design products with the goal of ‘leavening’. Studio Lievito has been established in Florence since 2010 by Laura Passalacqua, Francesco Taviani and Jacopo Volpi.
Koichi Futatsumata is a Japanese designer born in Kagoshima in 1975. After graduating from department of engineering and architecture at Kyushu Industrial University, Futatsumata established his own design studio Case-Real in Fukuoka in 2000 and later in Tokyo in 2005, where he provides design solutions in the areas of space, architecture and furniture.
Bruno Pozzi started his activity working in the studio of Architect Marco Zanuso where he worked alongside Richard Sapper. In 1973 he joins the Studio De Pas, D'Urbino Lomazzi and also starts working with Paolo Rosa of Studio Azzurro.
Marco Duina was born in 1954 and was awarded a degree in Architecture by the Milan Polytechnic in 1978. His early career was shaped in the BBPR and De Pas, D'Urbino Lomazzi Studios in Milan, with a specific focus on architecture, furniture and industrial design.
studioarka is a professional group of architects and designers directed by Tomu Katayanagi. Inspired by innovation and multicultural minds, studioarka develops creative research in a continuous interaction of past and present, technology and aesthetics.
Marco Bertolini has been a creative nomad for over 25 years. He is a freelance designer, photographer and stylist for many of the world’s leading interior and design brands and publishers. Marco was born and lived in Bolzano until his twenties. He then moved to London where in 1994 he graduated at the South Bank University in International Studies (BA).
Claudio Bitetti was born in Aosta in 1962 and he graduates in Industrial Design at the Politecnico University of Milan-Department of Architecture. As a designer he works for some furniture industries and at the same time he projects shops and private houses.
Angelo Barcella was born in Milan in 1934. After a first experience of theater he moved to Rome, where for about ten years he focused his attention on cinema and photography working, among many, with Taviani Brothers, Valerio Adami and the the Maeght Foundation.