“To me the idea of design, especially with products, remains tied to serial reproduction, becouse we work with the industry. As magistretti stated, ‘the company is the mother and the designer is the father’. You need to design products that are useful to the final customer, not for design magazines.”
“Being both designers and architects at the same time, we tend to look at design as always a part of a greater spatial context. This multidisciplinary approach is typical for the Scandinavian tradition and adds cross-inspiration to our work in both the small and the bigger scale.”
Product and interior designers, they deal with design of furniture and articles of Industrial Design for over 25 years creating and developing products for leading companies in the furniture office, contract and outdoor.
The world of the industry is the constant reference point even if there are always construction problems to face with and specific requirements to meet. Functionality and aesthetics, technology and comfort are every time the opposites to join.
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“Historically, exciting, visionary and pioneering designs have always rested on the transformation of materials and technology into a new context. There will be a return to the sophisticated use of new materials and technologies.”
Setsu & Shinobu Ito
Their style is innovative and dynamic with fluid forms, the fruit of their complementary talents and of the combination of their experience in Italy and their Japanese culture.
Riccardo Blumer & Matteo Borghi
Riccardo Blumer and Matteo Borghi's conception of design is led by research, exploration and challenge. His products are the extension of an ever-going personal evolution process that constantly pushes him to challenge the boundaries of materials and techniques.
“I propose solutions deriving from a project that explores contemporaneity so that exclusivity becomes accessible, without loosing quality.“
“I think we expect more from our objects today than we used to, and that’s a good thing. We should expect a lot from the things that surround us.”
The influences of contemporary art, design and the measure of daily life all converge in his professional search.
“The love of form and expression is my driving force, and I believe that design should be seductive.”
One of the leading figures known for the use of the traditional Swedish materials, Pia Wallen combines tradition with play and fantasy to develop products that reflect today's culture and appeal to the modern person.
“My work process is dualistic, trying to combine the strict and more rational approach with more free and intuitive perspectives. But it is important for me always to have a reason to do a new creation”.
“I'm always trying to find innovation or new approaches to things, I believe in the future and the possibilities of the future. I think every design task or brief has a different set of rules and parameters, there are no two similar tasks”.
After working at Angelo Mangiarotti Architect Office in Milan, Italy from 1966 to 1969, he established Kawakami Design Office in 1971. His work ranges widely from design of crafts, products and furniture to interior space and environmental design.
Chiaramonte & Marin
The passion for objects meant as industrial products is the glue of the professional partnership between Alfredo Chiaramonte and Marco Marin.