Straightforward, a dreamer and eclectic: her mind and soul are a combination of flavours and colours of the south of the world – known, loved and lived – together with the taste and forms of the West, rich in traditions, open and continuously in movement. All of this produces her untiring curiosity in her search for matters and materials, forms and structures. In her search for the present, the past and the future.
PAOLA NAVONE is an ARCHITECT who graduated in 1973 at the Polytechnic of Turin a DESIGNER with: the objects of Mondo and Driade; the sofas for Molteni; the beds for Orizzonti; the first collection of Armani Home; and the Arcade vases and the lamps for Oltrefrontiera; the Casamilano armchairs; the collection for Roche Bobois; the Egizia table the collections for Baxter; the ceramics for Terre Blu. The new rotational moulding for Slide. The new Ciatti kitchen and the collection Gingerbread and Nuova Falegnameria for Lando.The new metal outdoor collection for Emu.
an ART DIRECTOR
of the collections, catalogues and installations for Abet Laminati and Gervasoni
an INTERIOR DECORATOR
of her homes throughout the world, of restaurants in Athens and Mykonos, of the Piazza Sempione showrooms to be found in Milan, Düsseldorf, Rome, Vienna, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Tokyo and the United States.
The new Bijoux-Shops Salviati in Paris and New York.
The new restaurant “Pane e Acqua” in Milano.
The new Art Trading office in Moscow.
The new Dodo shop for Pomellato in
Florence and Baxter Garage – showroom Rome
an INDUSTRIAL PLANNER
of surfaces – in primis and right from the beginning – for Abet Laminati.
Someone who doesn’t want to design systematically, in order to be always just a little bit more curious than the others (in the words of the motivation of the International Design Award won in Osaka in 1983, first of all) who wants to be a citizen of the world in order to look and discover who is a little bit of an anthropologist who doesn’t want to throw away the past but make it relive who wants to cultivate the East and its spontaneous manual skills (as she has learned to understand after working for years together with craftsmen in the Philippines)
Carlo Colombo was born in Carimate on 18 August 1967; he studied architecture at the Politecnico of Milan and graduated in 1993.
From 1993 he works as designers and as a consultant for the industry; he collaborates with different furniture factories, as Baxter.
From 1995 he takes part in restructuring of social building and private housing; among his works, in fact, we can enumerate: the architecture of different villas, the exhibitions of house, shop, office and restaurant’s interiors, and different exhibitions fairs.
From 1996, moreover, he is assistant at the Politecnico of Milan where he helds lessons about industrial packaging at the faculty of architecture.
As Italian member he helds conferences about industrial design in Italy, Israel, Greece, Portugal, Slovenia, Ucraine, Australia, Russia, Brasil and China.
His projects have been exposed in museums and exhibitions of design and modern art: in 1993 he exposed at “Design miroir du seiclè” at Paris, in 1995 at “Im neuen museum weserburg bremen” and in 1996 at museum of “Arti applicate” at Colonia.
He had received different awards in the name of his brilliant professional career: in October 2004 at Tokio “The designer’s of the year”; in 2005 and also in 2008, the “ElleDecor International Design Awards”; moreover, “MD International Design Awards”, in May 2008 ha was the winner of competition with “Twister Towers” in Abu Dhabi, and in the April of the same year he was the winner of “Gioia Casa Best Design 2008”.
Artestudio conceals the personality of Massimo Formica, an artist and architect who for years has freely combined the diverse expressions of design with consummate style. Passion and emotion permeate his works, whether they be paintings or sculpture, interior design projects or decorations, aware as he is of the atmospheric, spectacular appeal that his creations exude.
This process of continuous interchange between reality and make-believe draws on the teachings of Renzo Mongiardino, the Genoese architect whose fascinating, sensuous interiors drew on the classics but were adapted to the needs and lifestyle of a very select clientele.
Massimo Formica has an intimist vision of art and architecture, an approach made possible by his capacity for empathy, his natural interest in culture and his international spirit, which does not belie a background that could be described as iconographic.
Since 1994 he has lived and worked in Como where he runs Artestudio together with Marco and Adriana.
Continuous artistic research and a study of the balance between solids and voids led him to Libere Forme, while in Metropolis he addressed the question of the architect-artist and the relationship between the arts and the urban landscape. Today he devotes himself entirely to the execution of his art works and to creating designer interiors, which are the fruit of a cordial collaboration with his clients.
Roberto Lazzeroni, born in Pisa, began his professional life with the study of art and architecture in Florence and the interests he developed during his training, in particular in the conceptual art and radical design movements.
In the early 1980s, Lazzeroni made his professional debut with a series of important works in the field of “interior architecture” that immediately attracted attention and were published in Italian and foreign periodicals.
Lazzeroni considers “interior architecture” to be a necessary discipline, a sort of “training field” in which to glean varied experience in materials, techniques, and problems inherent to design in the home. A fundamental step for anyone approaching the world of product design.
Receptive to the history of design and its “signs,” with a personal stylistic flair that Lazzeroni spontaneously defines as “sentimental design.” It is in fact easy even for the non-expert eye to sense the link between past and future in Roberto Lazzeroni’s projects: his is design that does not parade industrial geometries, but neither does it embody frivolous affectations of aestheticism; it gives objects their correct places in history, in tradition, in an individual and collective autobiography.
Lazzeroni’s peculiar understanding of design led him to specialize in concept development: the ideas underlying the creation of new trademarks. The Cecotti Collection experience, begun in 1988, has since been flanked by work with other companies.
Roberto Lazzeroni’s life in design is a highly dynamic professional itinerary that, today, sees him involved in many areas, including design collaboration with prestigious firms, art direction, and interior and contract design in many parts of the world.
He was born in Oggiono (province of Lecco) in 1952.
He studied at the Scuola Politecnica di Design, Milan, under Bruno Munari, Alberto Rosselli and Isao Hosoe.
He graduated in industrial design in 1976.
He later worked with Ramstein and De Vries.
As a devotee of and expert on ancient and modern carpets, he has over the years curated monographic exhibitions on the subject.
Since the ‘80s he has devoted himself more in particular to interior and industrial design. He designs residential interiors, shops, showrooms, offices and hotels as well as installations in Italy and abroad A member of ADI, he designs for furniture, lighting and small-furnishings manufacturers. He also handles global image management and art direction for a number of these companies.
I studied music, literature and anthropology to become a designer. I’m a graphic artist and a designer – these surprises are one of the reasons life is so fantastic.
My education made an intellectual of me, so my design approach is different from that of someone who did specific, design-related studies.
Studying people made me alive to the currents of taste and thought. Music gave me a sense of the essential harmony in designing.
I love art in any form because it gives shape to ideas.
Ideas move Man.
I love drinking coffee outdoors on a spring morning.
I love paper which can be filled with signs, words, objects.
I love colours, they enable you to give force to creative expression.
I love friendship.
I had two special friends, Alfredo and Vincenzo. They’ve passed on, but they’re with me every day. They taught me that the heart is immensely hospitable.
I have a wife and three children. Every day they express their love for me, in gestures or words, which amaze me.
I have a precious friend, Nadia, an invaluable interlocutor.
I’ve been lucky enough to meet many generous clients who allowed me to turn ideas, dreams or hunches into designs and, ultimately, to see them realised.
Among them, I’d like to thank above all Luigi and Paolo Bestetti.
I’ve worked with them, laughed, travelled, argued and built with them.
And I found true friends.
I abhor traitors, cowards and people who don’t take on responsibility, people who flee and abandon those in trouble.
I love drawing and designing, giving shape to ideas.
I love observing everything around me and learning from anything.
After working with Atelier Alchimia and Aldo Cibic, and acquiring a solid design experience, I founded Milisich in 1992.
Over the course of my career I have, and still do, develop product or communication projects for numerous companies.
My work includes:
Stands for Italian and international trade fairs, including the Milan International Furniture Show, KölnMobelMesse, Interzoom, La Mia Casa and Macef.
Designs for Baxter products, being closely involved in the choice of materials and in general design co-ordination, as regards the product itself and product image.
Developing co-ordinated images and designing trade-fair stands and retail outlet concepts, including Lema, MisuraEmme and Rapsel.
Cargo-HighTech image and communication, plus the design of some of its sofas.
Michele Tettamanti was born in Como, on 29.09.64, got secondary-school diploma in Graphic Advertising by IED in Milan – 1985.
Since 1985 he has been working as Styling Manager in the Fashion Area: he is involved in the designs’ creation on subject and in the research of drawing’s techniques, realizing Pret Porter – High Fashion Womenswear collections; he works together with important Companies of the Italian Fashion like Versace, Max Mara, Dolce&Gabbana, Costume National.
In the course of these years he has no forgotten his passion for art and painting, which has led him to take part in art exihibitions, for example Biennale in Rome, where he has received in 2000 two important recognitions; always in 2000 he realized a personal exhibition titled “Sembianze Africane”, displayed by “Le Biciclette” in Milan.
Since 2000, he has been co-operating with Baxter, where he is able to express his passion for the Design; the mix between his passion and his long years of Fashion experience brought him to “Vestire il Mobile”; he carries out furniture fittings always with Baxter, he develops ideas and prototype for products, which are then shown during several Exhibitions in Milan, Baxter, he develops Baxter, he develops ideas and prototype for products, which are then shown during several Exhibitions in Milan, Verona and Colonia
Philippe Starck is a legend of modern design. He’s known for his luxurious hotels and boites around the world — notably the Peninsula Hotel restaurant in Hong Kong, the Teatron in Mexico, the Hotel Delano in Miami, the Mondrian in Los Angeles, the Asia de Cuba restaurant in New York — designing the total environment from layout to furniture to linens.
But he has made perhaps his most permanent mark on design through his bold reworkings of everyday objects. In reimagining and rethinking the quotidian, he has produced some of the iconic shapes of the 20th century, including his leggy chrome juice squeezer , the reimagined Emeco aluminum chairs, the witty Louis Ghost polycarbonate fauteuil and the Baccarat new glass series.
When Starck turns his bold vision toward a chair, a shoe, a toothbrush, it’s clear he thinks deeper than the glossy surface.
Thomas Pheasant is an award winning interior designer recognized internationally for his interior design and furniture collections. His signature style is modern elegance – calm and luxurious interiors of quality and comfort. He is known for his mastery of the neutral palette and his skillful mix of antiques with new furniture, as well as signature pieces of his own design. His focus is on bringing a contemporary dimension to classic principles of design; a bridging of past and present – combining the best of the past with today’s innovations.
Inspired by French Neoclassicism, Art Deco, and the Golden Age of Hollywood, Barbara Barry offers upholstery in three complementary directions. While scaled for today’s living, most frames are tempered by a refined feminine line. When completed with fabric, these pieces easily transform contemporary or more traditional interiors.
Jacques Garcia discovered his talent for drawing and his fascination for objects d’art at an early age. His illustrious career, which has spanned almost 30 years, makes Jacques Garcia one of the most sought-after French interior decorators of our time. The elegance of his work is exceeded only by its personality, which evokes the best of all things French – though its inspiration is drawn from a wide range of sources, including Zen minimalism and Napoleonic extravagance. The list of Garcia’s elite international clientele speaks to his rare talent, distinctive style and creative genius.
A designer with the soul of an artist, Laura completed her degree in sculpture and interior architecture at the prestigious School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her passion for conceptual aesthetics and practical experience as a fine artist has shaped her career as a designer. She is known for her elegant, innovative interiors and products for the home with a timeless sensibility. Her passion for artistic exploration in all mediums has continued to infuse her work with originality and thoughtful attention to detail.
Bill Sofield is considered one of the most thoughtful talents of his generation. A rigorous Modernist, Sofield believes in the credo that design must live as well as it looks. His work is defined not by a particular style, but by a holistic approach to design that addresses the requirements of living. Materials and architectural details take their cue from the context of the project at hand with careful consideration for function and a client’s individual personality and needs. His furniture and product design are imbued with a sophisticated respect for materiality and a concern for how a design should improve with use and age to become an object of legacy.
Considered by many as an American design icon, artist and designer Tony Duquette left behind an artistic legacy that inspires fantasy and stirs the imagination. For these selected pieces, Baker has reverently and accurately reproduced Duquette’s original works – most of which were one-of-a-kind pieces created exclusively for his international clientele. The selection includes four upholstered pieces, four casegoods, four accessories and six lighting offerings.
André Arbus holds the rare honour of being recognized as a genius in his own time. This distinction is a testament to both his talents and his integrity as a true artist. Part furniture designer, architect, sculptor and philosopher, Arbus changed the direction of modern French décor and architecture by redefining the principles of good design. The reproductions in the André Arbus Collection reflect Arbus’ genius for material, proportion and construction, and include six upholstered pieces, nine casegoods and eight lighting offerings.