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Formafantasma
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Formafantasma is a research-based design studio investigating the ecological, historical, political and social forces shaping the discipline of design today. The studio was founded in 2009 by Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin. The aim of the studio is to facilitate a deeper understanding of both our natural and built environments and to propose transformative interventions through design and its material, technical, social, and discursive possibilities. Working from their studio in Milan (Italy) and Rotterdam (The Netherlands), the practice embraces a broad spectrum of typologies and methods, from product design through spatial design, strategic planning and design consultancy. Whether designing to a client’s brief or developing self – initiated projects, the studio applies the same rigorous attention to context, process and detail.

Finemateria
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Finemateria is a design studio interested in creating intense ideas, emotions and memory in relationship with materials. The aim of the studio is to visualize processes, cultures, and materials to tell a story that leaves a message. Finemateria perceives the form as the materialization of the idea, whether it’s a product, a research, an exhibition or a space. The studio engages in self-initiated products as well as commissioned work through consulting, with a range of projects extending from products to spatial designs. Gianluca Sigismondi and Stefano Bassan founded the studio in 2020, after having achieved and consolidated several collaborations with design studios since their university days. They show the strength of the material-experimental process while enhancing the sensorial aspect in each project.

Maddalena Casadei
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Born in Forlì. She graduates in Architecture at the University of Ferrara. She gets the MA in Design at Domus Academy. From 2004 until July 2012 she collaborates with James Irvine, growing an international knowledge and vision. From 2014 until April 2017 she gives continuity to the studio together with Marialaura Rossiello Irvine under the name of Studio Irvine. From May 2017 she runs her own business and she set her design studio in Milano. She periodically teaches in some Italian design Universities and she is visiting professor at Ecal. Her design approach is based on a continuous personal interaction with clients, technicians, materials. She focuses on product design, exhibition design, art direction and interiors.

Studio Adolini
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Founded in Rome in 1984, Studio Adolini is a multidisciplinary studio that operates in various fields such as: civil and industrial architecture, restoration of monuments, museum installations, interior architecture, design and graphics. Partners are Romano Adolini and Niccolò Adolini. Romano Adolini (1956) architect, graduated from the Sapienza University
in Rome, and has been working professionally since the 80s with parallel experiences in the architectural field and industrial design. From 2011 to 2016 he was professor at the Faculty of Architecture and Design of the University of Ferrara. Niccolò Adolini (1987) designer, trained at the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture, and graduated in 2011 from the IED in Rome. Soon after graduating, he carries out an apprenticeship at the Studio Dordoni in Milan. Since 2016 he has been a lecturer at IED Rome and Sichuan Normal University in Chengdu (China). Since 2018 he has been a director of ADI Lazio.

Luca Papini
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Luca Papini was born on 16th February 1975 in Brescia. He studied at the Faculty of Architecture in Florence and then he graduated in Industrial Design at the IED in Milan. Some of his works have won international awards: in 2006 and in 2010 he won the Chicago Good Design Award, in 2010 he was awarded a special mention for his “innovative and environmentally friendly” product by the jury of the Gran Design Etico of Milan and in 2011 he received the nomination for the German Design Preis and not least he won the ADA Archiproducts Design Award in 2018. Luca Papini teaches Product design at the European Institute of Design in Milan and he is visiting professor at the Tsinghua University in Beijing. He lives and works on Lake Maggiore.

Hans Thyge Raunkjaer
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Hans Thyge Raunkjaer together with its fellow architects of his own studio Hans Thyge & Co., has designed since the first ever step of our company in 2001. We fell in love with Ono, his first ever design of a tap series, and we are still falling in love of his designs, throbbing core of the very essence of our company. From the transformation of archetypes in the design process – combined with strong technological innovation – springs a peculiar expression, that stalls between Italian inspiration and Scandinavian tradition.

QuadroDesign
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The story of QuadroDesign is the classic story of an Italian family, made up of migration, sacrifices and commitment. The Rubinetterie Magistro, founded by Carmelo Magistro and his wife Giuliana in 1978, represents the classic example of small and medium-sized Italian industry that is the fulcrum of the country’s economy. Their children Elena and Enrico, willing to start a process of renewal, represent the best example of the second generation, made up of innovation and necessary change. QuadroDesign’s headquarters are located in San Maurizio d’Opaglio, on the shores of Lake Orta. The link with water and its care and respect is undeniable and an integral part of the company philosophy. The headquarters, former foundries of Mamoli built in 1960, was purchased and renovated in the 90s and restored to its former glory, enhancing the formal and constructive typology.

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