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Silvana Angeletti was born in Rieti in 1969. Daniele Ruzza was born in Rome in 1967.
After graduating in Industrial Design at I.S.I.A. (Higher Institute for Art-related Industries) in Rome, in February 1994 they opened their own design firm: angeletti ruzza design.
The firm mainly specialises in industrial design and cooperates with many companies, including FANTINI, TEUCO, FLAMINIA, AZZURRA, GUZZINI, GEDY, COLOMBO DESIGN, IRSAP, NEMO DI CASSINA, POLTRONA FRAU, SERAFINO ZANI, GRAFF.
Since November 2007 Angeletti and Ruzza have been the creative directors of AZZURRA, which produces ceramic sanitary fittings.
Among their interior design projects there are the Relais Villa d’Assio and the Quinto Assio Hotel in Rieti.

They have been members of ADI. “BEDA reg." since 1999.
They have been awarded 3 "GOOD DESIGN" awards in 2010, the "RED DOT AWARD COMMUNICATION 2009", two "DESIGN PLUS awards in 2009"; they received two special mentions in the ADI INDEX in 2006 and 2004 and three nominations for the DESIGN PREIS 2011.
Some of their products are part of the permanent collection of the CHICAGO ATHENAEUM MUSEUM.

Since 2010 they have been professors at Rome IED (European Institute of Design), where they hold a course in Product Design.

Studio C&P Concept & Project operates in the field of interior and industrial design. After acquiring much experience and collaborating with various firms, the architects Daniela Castoldi and Cristina Frigerio started their own firm named C&P in 2000. Since then, they have been dealing with interior design for private customers, showrooms, exhibitions booths and industrial design activities. Project development is accurately followed paying special attention to the specificity, customization and accuracy of any details.

Born in Hamburg, Germany, Birgit Lohmann studied industrial design in Florence before moving to Milan, where she has lived and worked since 1987. For 20 years she practiced as a designer and product development manager for a number of Italian architects and master designers, including Achille Castiglioni, Vico Magistretti, Bruno Munari, Enzo Mari and Renzo Piano. She has also worked as a design historian for justice departments and international auction houses. As a researcher and lecturer, she has conducted seminars on industrial design at a number of prestigious international universities. In 1999 she co-founded Designboom, where she is currently editor-in-chief, head of educational programming and curator for international exhibitions.

Born in Milan in 1948. Architect, designer, promoter of brands and events in the field of industrial production for home and public spaces. He specialized in taps, but also created sofas and armchairs, lamps, silverware, fireplaces, home and bathroom fittings. After working with the firm Mercatali & Pedrizzetti for ten years, he started his own business as designer and promoter and cooperated with outstanding companies in a wide range of fields.

In 1984 he took part in the creation of the ZEUS brand, as organizer of design exhibitions. In 1990 he was involved in the establishment of Metals, a new brand for the promotion of metal furniture for collective spaces. In 1992, together with Italian and Spanish partners, he took part in the Mas/Barcelona for the promotion of Catalan design in Italy and Italian design in Catalonia. In 1995, together with approximately thirty designers from Milan, he organized in Tokyo INGENUO, a display of high-tech design prototypes and projects that were proposed to Japan manufacturers. He can boast several experiences abroad, including on-the-job training in Brazil, in Barcelona and in Osaka.

Elisa Ossino was born in Sicily and graduated in Architecture – Industrial Design and Furnishings at the Politecnico di Milano.
She worked with CEDAR (Centre of Visual Communication) at the Faculty of Architecture and also had a video experimental phase with the EXCO Group.  She began collaborating with a number of design magazines whilst working as an architect responsible for interior design. 

In 2000 she founded Elisa Ossino Study which deals with art direction, design, design styling and image consulting.
The firm collaborates with important magazines of furnishings and with some of the major design firms like Boffi, De Padova, Foscarini, Living Divani, Salvatori, Fantini, Rubelli, Porro. 

In 2004, together with other partners, she established Nume, a design brand for kids. For Nume, she draws the furniture collection and coordinates its image. 

In 2010, together with other shareholders, she established Officina Temporanea, a research project focusing on contemporary languages which deals with design and expressive forms of art, with a particular attention to social issues.


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Artist and designer born in Novara in 1932. 
In the fifties, Enzo Mari devotes himself to an intense artistic activity, as an outstanding interpreter of programmated and kinetic art. In 1963 he coordinates the Italian group Nuova Tendenza and in 1965 he is the organizer of Zagreb’s Biennal Exposition, he also participates to a few Triennial Exposition in Milan and Biennal Expositions in Venice. Along with and as consequence of his activity as an artist, he gets into graphics, and design of products, decors and exhibition. Nicknamed The Conscience of Design he defies definitions. 

The name behind objects that made the history of design, and not only in Italy, he is a three-time winner of the Compasso d’Oro, he among the main contributors to a public debate on the profession of designer with book ranging over different genres (the function of aesthetic research, 1974), outrageous works (Allegoria), and personal involvements. His works are displayed in major museums. In 1983 the CSAC of the University of Parma honours him with a grandiose personal exhibition. He has worked with the most prestigious companies in Italy and abroad.

Architect, born in Modena in 1940, graduated in Architecture from Milan Polytechnics.
After collaborating with Studio Morassutti and participating in numerous on-the-job trainings abroad, especially in Great Britain, Sweden, Finland and Denmark, where he came in contact with the most qualified design and production centres in those countries, he started his own firm in Milan. He works in the civil architecture, industrial and interior design fields and develops business images, often in co-operation with Elja Helander. Has been a professor of "Industrial and Visual Design" at Scuola Politecnica e di Design, managed by Nino Di Salvatore. Has collaborated with several companies, such as Alessi, Fantini, Filesp, Fidenza Vetraria, Inda, Emicar, Sipea…

His projects have been published in books and specialized magazines, selected for the Compasso d’Oro award, and have also been on display in many museums such as Beabourg in Paris, Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Modern Art Museum in New York, Tel Aviv Art Museum, the Modern Art Museum in Rio de Janeiro, the Applied Art Musum in Helsinki, Kunst Museum in Dusseldorf, Triennale in Milan, etc. His works are also included in the permanent collections of Triennale in Milan, the Museo de Arte de Sao Paolo in Brazil, the Kunstgewerbemuseum SMPK in Berlin, the Kunstmuseum in Dusseldorf and the Deutsches Kungenmuseum in Solingen, Germany.

After graduating in Architecture at Politecnico di Milano, in 1972 he started his professional career working as an architect as well as in the field of industrial design. 
Thanks to the experience gained in these two parallel sectors he had a chance to carry out constant, extensive research on innovative construction processes involving both fields, particularly with regard to the restoration, renovation and construction of buildings for residential, commercial and industrial purposes. His experience also allowed Benedini to harmonise pure architecture and interior design; the criterion of functional rationality combined with a critical approach results in original solutions that always meet customer needs, often even resorting to pre-fabricated elements conceived for specific conditions and ensuring reduced costs and completion times. 
By applying this design approach to various sectors - from electronics to healthcare, from home furniture, kitchens and bathrooms all the way to the automotive sector -, Benedini has been able to develop a wide range of products. In 1999 he founded Benedini Associati, which specialises in design, furnishings and interior architecture and was also joined by Bibi and Camilla Benedini. The firm has obtained important acknowledgements and international awards, including the German Design Plus, and short-listings for the ADI Design Index and Chicago Atheneum’s Good Design. In 2010 Benedini went into politics and was appointed as Councillor for Public Works in Mantova City Council.

Her profound interest in innovation and research on materials and technologies and her penetrating observation of reality have allowed her to work as a designer in very different fields and for many prestigious companies such as Teuco Guzzini, Effegibi, Foppapedretti, Fantini Rubinetterie, Poltrona Frau, Provex Industrie, Falper, Valpra, Fratelli Guzzini, Fornara e Maulini, Luceplan, Rapsel, Viasat, Italaquae, San Lorenzo, Domo.
She has received important acknowledgements: she was short-listed four times for the ADI Design Index and has received three special mentions for the Compasso dOro and four Design Plus awards.
Moreover, Teuco’s Seaside bathtub is the only product included in the Bathroom section of the interactive video installation Geografie Italiane (Italian Geographies) set up by Studio Azzurro for the MAXXI Museum in Rome – a permanent and in-progress tale-workshop on architecture and design in the second half of the twentieth century which covers a 40 square-metre wall of the Museum.
Besides working as a designer, Giovanna Talocci is also as a curator of cultural events and a consultant for trade fairs and shows, she hosts and participates as a guest in TV shows dedicated to design, and holds courses in universities and institutes of design.
She has been a member of ADI – the Italian Association for Industrial Design - since 1979 and part of its National Executive Committee since 2004. She is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Italian Premio Nazionale per l’Innovazione (National Award for Innovation) and was a member of the first Italian Council for Design.

Perry A. King
Perry starts out as an Industrial Design student in the UK. He moves to Italy in 1964 and does consulting work at Olivetti for various products, including the Valentine typewriter. Subsequently, as Design Coordinator of Olivetti’s Corporate Image Service, he designs dot matrix characters, books and posters jointly with Santiago Miranda; the two set up the Studio King-Miranda Associati in 1976. During several years, he is a Visiting Professor at the Architecture and Design Department of the Royal College of Art in London, and in 2000 he is awarded an RDI (Royal Designer for Industry) honor by the Royal Society of Arts in London. He is currently a Fellow at the University of Central England, at the Glasgow School of Art and at the Royal Society of Arts. He is member of the Chartered Society of Designers and ADI.

Santiago Miranda
In 1971, after graduating from the Escuela de Artes Aplicadas y Oficios Artìsticos in Sevilla, Santiago moves to Milan; in 1976, he founds the Studio King-Miranda Associati with Perry King in 1976. Before becoming a consultant for Olivetti’s Corporate Image Service, he designs and writes ‘Air Mail Transatlantic Pictures’, stories and images for an interactive park for loners. He is now an Appointed Professor at Milan’s Politecnico and a member of the Scientific Committee of the Istituto Europeo di Design in Madrid. He has held conferences and been part of juries in international competitions. He was awarded the Premio Nacional de Diseño Español in 1989, and Premio Andalucia de Diseño in 1995.

Matteo Thun
Matteo Thun, architect and designer, was born in Bolzano in 1952. He studied at the Salzburg Academy with Oskar Kokoschka and at the University of Florence. After meeting Ettore Sottsass, he became a cofounder of the Memphis group in Milan and was a partner at Sottsass Associati from 1980 to 1984. He was a professor of design at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna (Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst, Wien) from 1983 to 2000. In 1984 he opened his own studio in Milan and became the Art Director for Swatch from 1990 to 1993. An encounter with Luca Colombo and Antonio Rodriguez led to the founding of Matteo Thun & Partners in 2001, which was later organized into the companies MTLC, MTD-R and MTD-R China. The different creative entities develop projects in the fields of architecture, interior design and product design. The companies employ around seventy professionals, including architects, designers and graphic designers.

Antonio Rodriguez
Born and raised in Spain, Antonio Rodriguez studies in Valencia and Milan. In 1989 he founded the Estudio Valencia A6 for Product Design. In 1993 he moves to Milan and starts working with the Taipei Design Center, Studio Matsunaga and Ugolini Design. From 2000 to 2005 he teaches at the IED - Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan. From 2003, he was Head of Product Design and Partner of Matteo Thun & Partners before partnering with Matteo Thun under the new industrial design firm MTD-R and the architecture, interior and industrial design studio MTD-R Shanghai in China.

MTD-R - Matteo Thun and Antonio Rodriguez
The creative approach of Matteo Thun and Antonio Rodriguez to product design is characterized by simplified forms and the use of warm and natural materials. At the root of each project is an in-depth study of materials, technologies, the market and the client with a view to combining a minimal aesthetic with direct functionality. Innovation of the design items created by Matteo Thun and Antonio Rodriguez often is related to the influence on gestures and the evolution of everyday life.

Naoto Fukasawa was born in Yamanashi Prefecture in 1956. 
He graduated from Tama Art University in 1980. In 1989 he moved to the United States and joined the San Francisco design firm ID Two. He worked on a number of products related to Silicon Valley computing and electronics technology. 
In 1996, he returned to Japan to start and head up IDEO’s Tokyo office. He came up with the design for a wall-mounted CD player, that was taken up and released by MUJI and has proved popular world-wide. In 2004, MoMA in New York selected this CD player for its permanent collection. 
In 2003 he founded Naoto Fukasawa Design. In the same year he launched ±0 (PLUS MINUS ZERO), a new brand of electronic household appliances and equipment. Since 2005, he has worked on projects with major companies in Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Northern Europe. In 2005, he founded Super Normal with Jasper Morrison. In June 2006, the first Super Normal exhibition was held in Tokyo and London. 
In 2007, he was awarded the title of Hon RDI (Honorable Royal Designer for Industry) by the Royal Society of Arts in London. Fukasawa is on the design advisory board for MUJI and is one of the directors for 21_21 Design Sight. He is a professor at Musashino Art University and at Tama Art University. He has won several prizes for design in Europe and in the USA, and in the author of books about design. In 2007, Phaidon dedicated a monograph to him.

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Born in 1947. Scientific secondary school diploma and degree in architecture from Milan Polytechnics. He started as a product designer with Davide Mercatali in 1978. In 1988 he opened a firm with his wife Raffaella Mattia and continued his product design activity. In 1993 he was one of the founding members of the cultural association ABC Incontri sul Progetto. From 1988 to 1994 he was chief editor of the magazines Blu&Rosso and Bagno&Bagni. In 1995 he became a consultant for the magazine Il Bagno Oggi e Domani, published by Reed Business Information. Some of his objects are part of the permanent collections of the Chicago-I11 (USA), Munich (Germany), San Diego-Cal (USA) museums, New York Museum of Modern Art (USA) and Pecci Museum (Prato, Florence - Italy). Others were shortlisted for the Compasso dOro award in 1979, 1981, 1987, 1991, for the ADI Design Index in 1998/1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, for the BIO award (Ljubljana, Slovenia) in 1981, 1984, 1992, 1996, for the Adi-Technotel award in 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991. In 2002, he won the Comfort & Design - ADI award and he received the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen Red Dot Award. In 2008, he won the second prize at the International Design Award – Los Angeles, Cal, USA. In 1993, one of his products was selected for the merchandising of the New York Museum of Modern Art.

Piero Lissoni born in 1956 studied Architecture at Milan Polytechnics. After graduating in 1985, he began longstanding collaborations with furniture manufacturers, as a designer and as an Art Director, for Boffi, Living Divani and Porro. Piero Lissoni, together with Nicoletta Canesi, founded “Studio Lissoni” in 1986 which later became Lissoni Associati. In 1996 they created Graph.x for the development of graphic and communication projects. The work of the studio includes architecture, graphic and industrial design projects, ranging from furniture, accessories, kitchens, bathroom and lighting fixtures to corporate identity, with advertising, catalogues and packaging. Interior projects include hotels, showrooms, trade stands, private houses, shops and yachts. The studio has clients such as Alessi, Benetton, Boffi, Cappellini, Cassina, Flos/Antares, Fritz Hansen, Glas Italia, Kartell, Knoll International, Lema, Living Divani, Poltrona Frau, Porro, Tecno, Thonet and Wella. The most recent projects include the restoration of the Teatro Nazionale in Milan, the M Hotel Studio in Singapore; the suites for Pierre Hotel in New York, and for the Taj Palace Hotel in Mumbai; the new Headquarters of Glas Italia and Matteograssi; stores and showrooms worldwide. Piero Lissoni has received several awards throughout his career.

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), Minotti (from 1997 until today) and Roda (since 2006), he designs for various companies, including: Artemide, Cappellini, Cassina, Ceramica Flaminia, Ceramiche Mutina, Dada, Dornbracht, Driade, Emu, Ernestomeda, Fantini, Fiam Italia, Flos, Flou, FontanaArte, Foscarini, Jab, Kartell, Kettal, knIndustrie, MatteoGrassi, Minotti, Molteni&C, Moroso, Olivari, Pamar, Poltrona Frau, Roda, RB Rossana, Salvatori, Sambonet, Serralunga, Tecno, The Rug Company, 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.

Davide Mercatali
Born in Milan in 1948. Architect, designer, promoter of brands and events in the field of industrial production for home and public spaces. He specialized in taps, but also created sofas and armchairs, lamps, silverware, fireplaces, home and bathroom fittings. After working with the firm Mercatali & Pedrizzetti for ten years, he started his own business as designer and promoter and cooperated with outstanding companies in a wide range of fields.
In 1984 he took part in the creation of the ZEUS brand, as organizer of design exhibitions. In 1990 he was involved in the establishment of Metals, a new brand for the promotion of metal furniture for collective spaces. In 1992, together with Italian and Spanish partners, he took part in the Mas/Barcelona for the promotion of Catalan design in Italy and Italian design in Catalonia. In 1995, together with approximately thirty designers from Milan, he organized in Tokyo INGENUO, a display of high-tech design prototypes and projects that were proposed to Japan manufacturers. He can boast several experiences abroad, including on-the-job training in Brazil, in Barcelona and in Osaka. 

Paolo Pedrizzetti
Born in 1947. Scientific secondary school diploma and degree in architecture from Milan Polytechnics. He started as a product designer with Davide Mercatali in 1978. In 1988 he opened a firm with his wife Raffaella Mattia and continued his product design activity. In 1993 he was one of the founding members of the cultural association ABC Incontri sul Progetto. From 1988 to 1994 he was chief editor of the magazines Blu&Rosso and Bagno&Bagni. In 1995 he became a consultant for the magazine Il Bagno Oggi e Domani, published by Reed Business Information. Some of his objects are part of the permanent collections of the Chicago-I11 (USA), Munich (Germany), San Diego-Cal (USA) museums, New York Museum of Modern Art (USA) and Pecci Museum (Prato, Florence - Italy). Others were shortlisted for the Compasso dOro award in 1979, 1981, 1987, 1991, for the ADI Design Index in 1998/1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, for the BIO award (Ljubljana, Slovenia) in 1981, 1984, 1992, 1996, for the Adi-Technotel award in 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991. In 2002, he won the Comfort & Design - ADI award and he received the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen Red Dot Award. In 2008, he won the second prize at the International Design Award – Los Angeles, Cal, USA. In 1993, one of his products was selected for the merchandising of the New York Museum of Modern Art.

Vincent Van Duysen was born 1962 in Lokeren, Belgium.  He attended Architecture school at the Architecture Institute Saint-Lucas in Ghent and founded his design studio in Antwerp in 1990.  

From the onset there has been a great interest in interior design with mostly residential projects - a  complete architectural product with subtle transitions between architecture and interior design combined with a spatial design attitude that always searches the essence.

The use of pure and tactile materials results in a clear and timeless design.  An approach that covers all aspects, with respect to context and tradition, within which the senses and physical experience of the space, materials and light place the integrity of the user at its core.  Functionality, durability and comfort are the prime components of the work. An architectural language which is not shy of aesthetics, but resists fashion and trends.