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Claesson Koivisto Rune is a Swedish architectural partnership, founded in Stockholm, in 1995, by Mårten Claesson, Eero Koivisto and Ola Rune. It started as an architectural firm, but has since become a multi-disciplinary office with an equal emphasis on both architecture and design. As the first Swedish office to have exhibited in the international section at the Venice Architecture Biennale, in 2004, they are also responsible for award-wining projects such as the Tind Prefab house collection for Fiskarhedenvillan, Widlund House private villa on Öland, Örsta Gallery building in Kumla, Sfera Building culture house in Kyoto and Nobis Hotel in Stockholm. They design for such international companies as Arflex, Asplund, Blueair, Boffi, Capdell, Cappellini, Casamania, David design, Discipline, Dune NY, Fontana Arte, Kasthall, Living Divani, Offecct, Paola Lenti, Petite Friture, Swedese, Tacchini, Wästberg, among others. For their work they have received the German Design Award (Gold and Silver) 2011 by the Federal Republic of Germany, Designer of the Year 2011 and Furniture of the Year 2012 by Elle Deco (Sweden), both Designer of the Year and Best Seating 2014 by Elle Décor Italia, and the Red Dot Design Award – Best of the Best 2014, making them the first office to hold a Red Dot in five different product categories.

Emmanuel Gallina

To describe his work as a designer, Emmanuel likes to quote Constantin Brancusi

“Simplicity is complexity resolved”.

Elegance, clarity and simplicity are key to Emmanuel Gallina’s work. His creative ethic at authenticity and coherence is embodied in every one of his projects. To him, attention to detail is a constant priority in the contours, shapes and functionality of his work. Graduated from E.N.A.D (Limoges) and I.A.V (Orléans), he deepened his knowledge at Milan’s Politecnico obtaining a diploma of Master in design & management. He then collaborated for 7 years with Antonio Citterio in Milan on projects for the most celebrated names of international design. Presently Emmanuel works for his own agency, between Italy and France on collaborations with resolutely contemporary international brands like Poliform, Cartier, Panasonic, Accor, Porada, Ampm La Redoute, Zucchi-Bassetti, Fast, Colé, Forestier, Clen, Nodus, Toulemonde Bochart… Emmanuel teaches at Milan’s Politecnico, tutors at Domus Academy as well as Ecole d’enseignement supérieur d’art in Bordeaux. He is often solicited for lectures, conferences and workshops in France, Italy, China or Brasil.

Defne Koz + Marco Susani

Defne Koz established her design studio in Milano creating best seller products for Alessi, Fontana Arte, Foscarini, and Leucos, and she pioneered design in Turkey working for VitrA, Alparda, Megaron, and Gaia&Gino. Today she is one of the most world renowned Turkish designers. Marco Susani is a design visionary who extended the culture of Italian Design to new fields like Interaction Design and Strategic Design. He started his career with Italian design guru Ettore Sottsass, worked in Milano at Olivetti, Sottsass Associati, and Domus Academy, moved to the US to create the Motorola Advanced Concept Group, and later was Motorola’s Global Vice President of Digital Design. Among the recent projects are a vision for the future of urban transportation, a series of electric vehicle charging stations, an innovative calendar app, branding and packaging for water and soft drinks, a tablet app to integrate social networking with TV content, and concepts of connected kitchen appliances that help manage nutrition and wellness. 

Luca Nichetto

Luca Nichetto was born in 1976 in Venice. He studied at the city’s Istituto statale d’arte, before undertaking a degree in industrial design at the Università Iuav di Venezia, from which he graduated in 1998. In 1999, Nichetto began his professional career with Murano-based glass maker Salviati, later becoming a product designer and consultant for lighting company Foscarini. In 2006, he founded his eponymous practice in Venice. In 2011 he moved to Stockholm, Sweden, to open a second studio and he continues to live in and work from this city. Over the course of his career, Nichetto has served as art director for many international design brands and he has developed an in-depth knowledge of the design industry. He has lectured and led workshops at various universities, including serving as a professor of design at the Università Iuav di Venezia, as well as sitting on juries for assorted nternational design competitions. Nichetto’s work has been exhibited worldwide and has been the subject of retrospectives in cities such as Venice, London, Paris and Stockholm. He has been awarded numerous international design awards for his highly researched, innovative design projects, which range across products, furniture and accessories, as well as incorporating architecture and exhibition design.


Studio Habits was founded in 2004 by Innocenzo Rifino and Diego Rossi, following a few years’ independent professional experience: Japan, robotics, lighting, interaction design. From these come the first products designed for Luceplan, a company of international renown in the field of lighting design: Zeno (pendant lamp was awarded an honorable mention at Compasso d’Oro 2004, Agave, Supergiù (pendant lamp, winner of the Design Plus 2006). In the same period the studio designed Uma, a kitchen scale for Casa Bugatti, a brand that over the years and has become one of the leading global innovators in kitchen accessories and small appliances design. Studio Habits is based on a new entrepreneurial idea, , a project/company that requires thought creation that is structured, systematic and capable of reaching beyond the product, designing the image, the buying experience, the contract. This approach becomes the main aspect of the studio’s expressive personality: multidimensional design repeated over time. 

Andrea Maffei

Andrea Maffei was graduated in architecture in Florence in 1994 with honors and, after some initial experience with the office of Massimo Carmassi in Pisa, in 1997 he moved to Tokyo to work in the atelier of Arata Isozaki. Initially he was engaged in the team of the Ceramics Museum in Gifu (Japan) and then as project leader in the competition the new exit of the Uffizi museum, won in March 1999. From 1999 to 2001 he was project leader of the house Wabrah Sheik Al-Thani in Doha, Qatar, and then the expansion project of the museum of history of Qatar in Doha, as well as many competitions in various parts of the world. This allowed him to travel around the world and come into contact with the wider Asian and Middle Eastern cultures. Leader of Italian projects by Arata Isozaki, he directed the design of Palahockey of Turin, a large renovation project for the 2006 Winter Olympics, now so called Palaisozaki, which has been designed with the aim of an extensive use post- Olympic and now guests concerts, conferences and other events. He also directed the project of the Olympic pool and the park of Piazza d’Armi in Torino, Italy (2002-2006) and he did the artistic supervision of these three construction sites in Turin. He founded “Andrea Maffei Architects s.r.l”. developing various projects in Italy and abroad. H

Marco Acerbis

Born in 1973 Marco Acerbis graduates in architecture from Politecnico di Milano in 1998. From 1997 to 2004 he lives in London where he works with Lord Norman Foster’s Studio. Over these years he collaborates on the construction of an eight storey high Medical Research Building at the Imperial College Campus in London. He then becomes Project Architect for Capital City Academy, a 250 meter long High School building for 1400 students which was opened by Tony Blair. He sets up his own practice in Italy in 2004. Fascinated by designing at very different scales he quickly moves on to explore with a constant cross over of skills, ideas, tools and technologies all sorts of subjects to achieve a globally designed space. The Vertigo floor lamp, designed for Fontana Arte in 2004, was immediately acknowledged as a best seller and an icon of our time and is now included in Vitra Design Museum permanent collection. Prius door handle designed for Colombo Design wins a Special Mention at XXI Compasso d’Oro ADI. Kloe Armchair designed for Desalto wins the Red Dot Design Award 2009. His interest for contemporary issues takes him to be directly involved in sustainable architecture with the design and construction management of Polins which is certified CasaClima Class A+, the best building standard

Efrem Bonacina

Efrem Bonacina was born in 1976. He graduates in Industrial Design at Politecnico di Milano. In 2007 he founded Zoe3 Industrial design, working on products developement, engeneering and project management. Zoe3 works in different areas, such as furniture, lighting design, machinery. He has been professor or lecturer in different universities and institutes: Politecnico di Milano, La Sapienza Roma, Il Sole 24Ore Business School, Isgmd Istituto Superiore Grafica Moda Design, Isad Istituto Superiore Architettura Design, Design Library. Efre Bonacina is the Art Director of Monitillo1980, managing all of the collections developed by the italian brand. 

With his collaborators Greta Macrì and Andrea Teoldi he designed several products for the Pietre di Monitillo – home collection.

Chapman Taylor

Chapman Taylor is an award-winning practice of global architects and masterplanners, known for designing places and buildings that are both creative and successful.
Established in 1959, we have longstanding relationships with many of the world’s leading developers, contractors, consultants, investors and brands.

Clients benefit from the breadth of our pooled knowledge and creative expertise across design studios in Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
Specialising in Residential, Retail, Leisure, Transportation, Hospitality and Office design, we are able to blend these uses into vibrant mixed-use environments for people to enjoy.

Birgit Lohmann

Birgit Lohmann is an industrial designer and has collaborated for over 20 years with Enzo mari, Vico Magistretti, Bruno Munari, Achille Castiglioni and Renzo Piano.
Working across diverse fields including interior fixtures, furniture, tableware and  consumer goods, she has also been art director for the furniture company De Padova in milan and KPM historic royal porcelain manufacture in Berlin.
est.1999, she is founder and editor-in-chief of Designboom.
with over 4 million readers monthly, it is the world’s first cultural online magazine for architecture and design news.
The TIME magazine acknowledged designboom in 2007 as one of the top 100 world design influencers;
Designboom received a WEBBY AWARDS nomination for BEST LIFESTYLE publication in 2014, and honorable mention for BEST CULTURAL BLOG in 2013. Articles featured appear in english, chinese (mandarin) and spanish.


One of the most promisign of his generation. Author and actor of his young agency in which nothing is lef to change, the projects are rhythm of skills and perseverance.

Tinted with simplicity pushed to the extreme,it reveals a forgotten heritage, sublime the brutality of the materials giving an identity, a history and an obviousness sense to the projects. His Work affects both institutional and private clients. Vanessa Paradis, Armani. L’Eclaireur, Jason Briggs, Hardware Club, Harrods or Fnac already trusted him.

Perfectionist, Fèlix Millory magnifies his projects with a sense of detail and a remarkable finish. For each of his achievements, the architect creates a story, a comfort, a simple and warm setting around the people who will occupy the place. His organic conception of space leads him too visualize each project as a set of things to readjust so that everything can be assembled with harmony. From his training as an architect, and his extreme sensitivity was born his passion for raw materials such as wood, concrete or marble, revesling themselves continually in the project. Elements that sign his work.

Pier Lomascolo

PierGiorgio Lomascolo Maura is the founder and creative strategist of Holden Creative. After more than two decades of contributing to fashion, lifestyle and travel media, he moved on to conceive communication projects for Paris based bureaux de tendance until he founded his own agency. He also handles the creative direction of Senato Hotel Milano.

Magnus Long Design Studio

Based in London, Magnus Long Design Studio works within the fields of furniture, lighting and product design for forward-thinking brands such as Modus, Hitch Mylius, Lerival, Deadgood and The Conran Shop.  Prior to starting his studio, Magnus studied Furniture and Product Design at The Nottingham Trent University, then cut his teeth working for industrial-design and manufacturer ColebrookBossonSaunders followed by design-retailer twentytwentyone whilst also being a member of award-winning studio Viable London.
In 2012 Magnus left to establish his eponymous design studio which began with a project for progressive British furniture brand Modus. Bend Bench was launched in that year and was followed-up with Bloom tables, launched at Design Junction in 2013, also for Modus. In that same year designs for Hitch Mylius, Lerival and deadgood were added to the client list.
Then, in 2014 after receiving a brief to design an exclusive collection of furniture titled ‘Magnus Long for The Conran Shop’ extensive furniture families were launched by the retailer and quickly gained media attention as well as awards from The Furniture Makers’ Company.

Carlo Martino

Architect and Designer, Carlo Martino considers artifacts as the most powerful language of humanity, hence their design is key to generate and manipulate this language.
In 2004 Carlo founded the Rome-based Studiomartino.5 together with Paola Russo and several former students of his. Beside product design, the main areas of expertise of the studio are communication and strategy. The studio is in charge of the art directory of the Italian furniture companies Catalano and Inova and has designed award-winning outdoor and bathroom furniture: in 2003 his project ‘santari ZERO+’ with Catalano was included in ADI INDEX selection whereas ‘Help’ and ‘Verso’, also with Catalano, were awarded the international Design Plus award. Carlo is professor of Industrial Design at the La Sapienza University of Rome and is a member of  ADI (Italian association for Industrial Design).

MayDay Design / Andrea Maldifassi

May Day Design is a consultancy and design studio for innovation in the field of design, a network of experts and professionals who cooperate and efficiently manage their work to rapidly and effectively satisfy their clients’ needs.Founded in 2006, May Day Design offers solutions on the whole product system of firms, that is: product, service and communication, three elements that characterize and differentiate market offer in today’s companies. May Day Design also offers concept design and product development, as well as corporate identity and service planning services.

Mr Smith Studio

MrSmith Studio is a Milan based design studio active since 2005.
The studio’s design thinking method and process allows it to thrive in all ventures, satisfying the innovation needs of clients from a variety of fields.
Curiosity, elegance and approachability are elements of the synthetic design process to which the studio is committed and very appreciated for.
Despite the strong brand identity, the studio’s mission is to empathize with the client, motivate it and lead it to success.
Since 2005 MrSmith Studio deals with industrial, furniture, lighting, packaging and graphic design. 

Lorenzo Palmeri

Architectural degree from Politecnico of Milan and initial work experience and collaborative projects with Bruno Munari and Isao Hosoe. During the same period also studies music. Areas of activity range from architecture, interior and product design, art direction, teachings to musical production and composition. He designed many things, from houses to guitars, lamps, tables …, chocolate pralines. 

As Art Director: Milanosoundesign (with Giulio Iacchetti); 16 designer per Invicta, 2007; Lefel (brand extension for Feltrinelli Editore), 2009-2010; DesignRe (with Giovanni Pelloso); Arthemagroup, 2010; Stone italiana, since 2012. From 1997 he also teaches. Held lectures and conferences in Italy and abroad Institute. In the musical field: composes for theatrical performances, films and specific events.

In 2009 comes out his first pop album “preparativi per la pioggia”. In 2014 comes out his second pop album “erbamatta”. A few of his clients: Fumagalli componenti, Valenti Luce, Korg, Noah guitar, Garofoli, Andreoli, Guzzini, Invicta, De Vecchi, Nissan, Feltrinelli, Napapijri, Biò fireplace, Pandora Design, Lavazza, Danese, Knam, Caimi Brevetti, Stone Italiana. He partecipates to important design personal and collective exhibitions. 

Matteo Ragni

Matteo Ragni, graduated in Architecture at the Politecnico di Milano. With Giulio Iacchetti in 2001 he was awarded with Compasso d’Oro ADI for the disposable biogradable spork “Moscardino”, which is now part of the permanent design collection at MOMA New York.

He recently won the Wallpaper Design Award ’08 with Leti, a table lamp/book end produced by Danese. In 2008 he founded TobeUs: brand of wooden toy cars handcrafted in Italy, a brand that wants to be a manifesto for consumer’s awareness. With TobeUs he regularly organizes workshops and exhibitions. Recently he published with Corraini “Camparisoda: l’aperitivo veloce futurista: da Fortunato Depero a Matteo Ragni”, and “Wallpaper celebrations”. In 2012 he won the National Award for Innovation “Prize of Prizes” for the project W-eye. At the end of 2013 a celebratory exhibition about his work entitled “Matteo Ragni: Almost 20 Years of Design” was held at the “Italian Cultural Institute of Toronto”. In 2014, with Giulio Iacchetti, he won the second Compasso d’Oro ADI for the series of Montini manholes. Today, along with his activity of designer, he teaches, he works as an architect and an art director.

Giovanni Pesce

His work as product designer and creative director is characterized by a predominant graphic approach. In 1994 he founded Signum, a group of design professionals who designed showrooms and exhibition spaces. Following up on this experience, in 1997 Giovanni launches a new laboratory that sees him committed as interior designer and later as product designer. His products are straightforward, the shapes and the materials he uses, discreet; their design and function going hand in hand. His interests push him to explore photography and graphic design, as he embarks on  new projects with numerous upholstery companies. For them he develops not only catalogues and product presentations, but he also takes care of their exhibition spaces at international trade fairs. In doing so he contributes to the enhancement of their image and market placement. To date Giovanni has worked with the following companies: Maiullari srl, Cucine, Interni e Bagni, Musa Gruppo Industriale, Luxform, Polo Divani, Mito 1964, Centro Edile Quartarella, Imbar , Veronero Caffè, Monitillo Marmi, Wall&Decò.


Studiopepe, an architecture and design studio founded in 2006 in Milan, specializes in luxury retail, hospitality, residential spaces, and product design. Renowned across the globe for its sophisticated and eclectic design philosophy, the Studio adopts a visionary and multidisciplinary approach in all of its projects. These include grand-scale creations in the fields of retail and hospitality, the design of showrooms, boutiques, and fair booths, the study of interiors for private homes, and last but not least, product design. 

Copious allusions and startling associations characterize the Studio’s signature style, which honors each client’s individuality while lending uniqueness to projects. Marked by an emotional and aesthetic impact that rests on an ideal balance between formal rigor and poetic vision, the Studio’s endeavors pursue an unrelenting quest for contamination – a veritable cross-pollination – between contemporary languages and codes. In the Studio’s work, the unexpected is a constant: the material interplay becomes daring, fields of color express the essence of space, and details transcend the realm of pure ornamentation to weave delicate narrative threads. Since 2018, the Studio has been featured in AD100 among the 100 Relevant Designers of the year.