Masterful Minds – Furniture Designers At The Top Of Their Game

We discover three preeminent furnishings designers who reveal their proficiency in designing merchandise for the house. Here’s a take a look at a few of these geniuses.

Antonio Citterio

He is a person that wants no introduction when you’re into furnishings design. The two-time Compasso d’Oro winner (1987 and 1995) pushes the boundaries of design along with his distinctive and excellent architectural and industrial works. Born in 1950 in Meda, Citterio graduated from the Polytechnic of Milan. A extremely sought-after designer, he has labored for plenty of main producers — together with Vitra, Flexform, Flos, and Kartell — is the artwork director for each the B&B Italia and Maxalto manufacturers, and the architect behind the group’s retail showrooms world wide.

Flexform Groundpiece sofa

Flexform’s best-selling couch by Antonio Citterio – Groundpiece

In 1999, along with Patricia Viel, he based Antonio Citterio and Partners: a multidisciplinary observe for architectural design, industrial design, and graphics. The agency rapidly rose to prominence with a sequence of tasks for the luxurious lodge chain Bulgari Hotels and Resorts – first for the inaugural Bulgari Hotel in Milan in 2004, adopted by the Bulgari Resort in 2006, then the Bulgari restaurant and cafe in Tokyo in 2007.

B&B Italia “Atoll” couch by Antonio Citterio. Image; B&B Italia.

In that very same yr, Citterio acquired the Royal Designer for Industry award from the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce in London. Citterio has labored for B&B Italia for many years. His most well-known items are “Charles”, “Ray”, “Richard”, and “Diesis” seating options, to call a number of. He’s additionally designed excellent, iconic items for Flexform such because the best-selling “Groundpiece” couch. This modular system gives a variety of configurations to go well with any area and gives coffee tables on armrests, cabinets, and caddies to carry private objects and books.

Rodolfo Dordoni

Rodolfo Dordoni, inventive director for Minotti

From the legendary steady of Milan elite designers is Rodolfo Dordoni, whose huge repertoire of design merchandise is famed for his or her magnificence, essentiality, and progressive particulars. Born in 1954 in Milan, Dordoni graduated with a level in structure from the Polytechnic of Milan in 1979. From the beginning of his profession, Dordoni has made an impression charting the artwork route and company identification for the a-list people within the high-end Italian design business – Artemide (glass assortment), Cappellini, Fortana Arte (furnishings assortment), Foscarini (lamps), Minotti and Roda.

Minotti Hamilton sofa

Best recognized for his work with Dolce & Gabbana, Dordoni has since 1995, been concerned in all elements of its picture coordination ranging from its headquarters in Milan to its showrooms and boutiques everywhere in the world. In 2005, he based Dordoni Architect Studios with architects Alessandro Acerbi and Luca Zaniboni, which focuses on residential and business architectural planning and inside design.

Minotti Hopper lounge chair

Minotti Hopper lounge chair. Image: Minotti.

Dordoni’s success could possibly be attributed to his deep and conventional method to the method of design and manufacturing which incorporates the event of picture methods, product ideas, design, and the event of product advertising. The outcome? Objects that emphasise on construction, proportion, and stylish performance are the unmistakable signature of Dordoni’s designs. Dordoni took on the position of artwork director of Minotti in 1998. The relationship between Dordoni and the Minotti brothers, Renato and Roberto, is deeply rooted, and the trio shares the identical aesthetic ideas and inventive type – mixing custom and expertise to provide the best “Made in Italy” merchandise. Many of his iconic designs for Minotti embody the “Hamilton” couch and “Hopper” lounge chair.

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Piero Lissoni

Piero Lissoni

Pierro Lissoni. Image:

Piero Lissoni is one other prolific furnishings designer that wants no introduction particularly so when you’re a design junkie. He began out his formative educational years by learning Architecture on the Politecnico di Milano. Upon graduating in 1985, he started collaborating as a designer and Art Director with furnishings producers Boffi, Living Divani, and Porro. In 1986, along with Nicoletta Canesi, Piero Lissoni opened the studio Lissoni Associati; in 1996 they created Graph.x to develop graphic tasks. The work of the studio embraces structure, and graphic and industrial design tasks, starting from furnishings, equipment, kitchens, lavatory, and lighting to company identification, promoting, catalogues, and packaging. He took on inside design tasks the place purchasers from accommodations, showrooms, commerce stands, non-public homes, retailers, and yachts, got here to him for spatial design recommendation.

Aquarium NY

Aquarium in New York. Image:

Piero Lissoni architectural tasks embody a non-public loft in Monza (2009); a villa close to Como (2005); flats and villas in Milan and Tuscany (2010); in Jerusalem the Mamilla Hotel with 210 new rooms and suites along with the inside structure of bar & lounge areas (2009) and the Scala restaurant (2008) serving kosher haute delicacies; the renovation of the general public areas of the Monaco & Grand Canal Hotel (2002-2004) in Venice; the Bentley Design HotelTM in Istanbul (2002); the Al Porto Design Hotel on Zurich lake(2001); the Mitsui Garden Hotel in Tokyo (2005). In addition to showrooms for Boffi, Cassina, Porro, and Tecno, Piero Lissoni re-designed the headquarters of Living Divani in Anzano del Parco (2007), headquarters for Glas Italia(2010) and Matteograssi (2010) close to Milan; La Rinascente Group’s new workplaces in Milan (2006) and a brand new Benetton retail constructing in Istanbul (2009). Lissoni has restored the historic Teatro Nazionale (2009) with new, refined excessive expertise for the Dutch multinational Stage Entertainment. Lissoni has designed and realised the interiors of the 27m crusing yacht Ghost (2005) owned by a New York artwork seller, and the 50m motor yacht Tribù designed for Luciano Benetton (2007).

His studio has additionally designed the interiors for the Ferrari Club House on Fiorano race observe; massive non-public villas in Switzerland and in Italy; the Conservatorium Hotel within the Museum Square space in Amsterdam; the sweetness farm and lodge Mare e Pineta in Milano Marittima; the inside structure of David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem; retailers and showrooms in Paris, London, Frankfurt, Milan, to call a number of.

K20 Steel fitted kitchen designed for Boffi. Image: Boffi.

Graph.x has dealt with the company identification, emblem and billboards for the previous three editions of the Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica di Venezia. In April 2010, the studio gained the competitors organised by the Municipal Council of Maranello, for the rehabilitation of the piazza and the development of a 30-metre tall panoramic tower in metal and polycarbonate for the Galleria Ferrari museum with its 200,000 annual guests.

Porro Materic table

Porro Materic desk. Image: Porro.

The studio presently employs over 70+ folks comprising architects, designers, and graphic designers and creates options for purchasers akin to Alessi, Boffi, Cappellini, Cassina, Flos, Fritz Hansen, Glas Italia, Kartell, Knoll International, Lema, to call a number of. Today, the busy Italian designer is recognised for a number of furnishings designs akin to his “8” couch for Cassina, “Softline” sofas for Living Divani, and the “Materic” desk for Porro.

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