Design Limited Edition has decided to recognise some of the greatest Italian product designers, who works inspire and exceed the ordinary.
Italy plays an important role in the history of product design that cannot be forgotten. The country’s strong connection with modern art, architecture, and design has contributed to shaping personalities that stood out in this creative and artistic industry. The Italian product designers on this list, spark brilliance and innovation into everything they do, earning the history and accolades behind their names.
Andrea Branzi is an architect, designer, educator, and urban planner. Branzi has been on Italian design’s cutting edge for half a century. He defines himself as a person who deals with theoretical physics and sees architecture not as the art of building but as a much more articulated form of thought.
The Italian product designer Fabio Novembre became famous through a large series of design projects for restaurants, nightclubs and shops in Italy and abroad, as well as through his unique pieces that completely enhance the great Italian design. His approach to work is a dialogue with the body that is for him a matter of engaging passion.
“I cut out spaces in the vacuum by blowing air bubbles, and I make gifts of sharpened pins so as to ensure I never put on airs.” FABIO NOVEMBRE
Fendi commissioned Zurich-based design firm, Kueng Caputo, to make some new pieces for its headquarters, the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana and showcased them during last December’s edition of Design Miami.
Fornasetti has drawn from pop culture for its latest collection of furniture design, accessories, glassware, and precious objects, intensifying the hypnotic power of geometric repetition with a focus on the red lip pattern.
Architect and Italian product designer Gaetano Pesce’s decades-long career has been spent working on projects around the globe. Pesce has a bold approach to colour in his sculptural furniture design, and the unique shapes and materials in his designs showcase an affection for the abstract.
“That modernism is less a style than a method for interpreting the present and hinting at the future in which individuality is preserved and celebrated.” GAETANO PESCE
Giulio Cappellini is an architect and founder design firm Cappellini, which he has transformed into one of the biggest trendsetters worldwide.
Venetian Luca Nichetto began his career working for respected brands Salviati and Foscarini before launching his own design firm in 2006.
Born from the deep passion for industrial manufacturing and craft, Nichetto’s practise combines both Scandinavian and Italian design culture has given Nichetto Studio worldwide recognition.
Paola Navone is a Milan-born architect and product designer. Always on the go and looking or inspiration she has become an anthropologist of creativity.
The Italian furniture brand Seletti methodically announces design trends and modern art into everyday life, producing modern furniture, carpets, and dishes with prints of current artists.
The Milan based architect and product designer, Stefano Giovannoni is known for his colourful design with a twist of humour, his work always tells a story.
“I think nowadays you have to create emotions – something that can tell a story to the people. Therefore, I have chosen to follow a kind of narrative approach to design.” STEFANO GIOVANNONI.
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