Born in 1949, and trained at University of Nottingham and the Architectural Association. Coates is one of Britain’s consistently original thinkers in architecture, interior and product
design. He has led a parallel career in teaching, design practice and artistically driven, internationally recognised work.
His subversive spirit first came to public attention in 1984 with the publication of NATO (Narrative Architecture Today) magazine. A manifesto for a socio-culturally engaged and
popular, narrative architecture, it advised readers to be the architects of their own lives, and in doing so, to radically adapt the buildings around them. Certain themes, in particular
that of narrative, have continued in Coates’ designs and research ever since. Beyond issues of function or style, narrative, he asserts, is a language of design that builds on
people’s everyday experience. Form must follow fiction.
He has continued to explore the communicative and experiential potential of architecture as a language drawn from the commonplace. He believes that the city is best understood
if explored as a living organism, and that popular experience and culture are central to the experience of architecture. His work plays on psycho-geographic association
between the built environment and desire. Time and motion, he says, is the dynamic partner to the fixed, physical world.
Architect, he graduated from University of Florence in 1984, and he is part of the architect association “Ile de France”. He received his Master in Design (Urban scenography)
from Domus Academy in Milan in 1986, when the program was directed by Andrea Branzi. His professional activity spans across different countries, from Italy to France to
Japan: Memphis, Sawaya e Moroni, Cassina, Alessi, Poltrona Frau, Il Coccio, Pirelli, Arredaesse Produzioni (Italy). XO, Doublet, Tarkett, Dior, Daum, Thales (France), Omron,
Inter-art (Japan). Amongst his architectures and interior designs are: Café brasserie “Le Pigalle” – Paris; “Bond street Café” – New York; Industria tessile Doublet –Lille, France;
main office building of the Nord-Pas-De-Calais region – Paris; Show-Room and retail space of the Printemps department store for Alessi – Paris; Show-Room et boutique “Ittierre”
(Versus-Versace, D&G- Dolce & Gabbana, Gianfranco Ferré-jeans, Exté) - Paris; restoration and interior architecture of the castle “Villiers sur Authie (XVII Century) France; Restoration
of Saint Nicholas church (XII Century) – Cisternino- Italy; multibrand boutiques in Moscow and general concept for the Russian fashion label “Ladies&gentleman” stores;
adaptation of the general concept and management of the work on the Gucci boutiques for Granitolith-Villa Nova in Paris and London; public lighting installations in Cisternino,
Italy; Loft in Brussels; house in Paris. Since 1990, he teaches architecture and design at the École Européenne Supérieure d’Art de Bretagne Rennes - France. Since 2007, he
teaches at alla École Superieure d’Art Moderne in Paris.
Born on 24th August 1959 in Rimini (Emilia Romagna). He graduated in Architecture at Florence.
RM12 study was founded in 2000 by the architect designer Roberto Semprini in collaboration with other architects and designers. The study deals about Industrial Design, collaborating
with the main italian companies of the sector. Some interior design projects have been published by major italian and foreign magazines, like AD Architectural Digest,
House and Garden, Interni, Bravacasa, GAP Casa, etc...
Some design projects of Roberto Semprini are part of the permanent collection of museums like the New Museum of Design of London or the Museum of Fine Art of Montreal.
From 2003 study realizes high-impact scenery and it is active in the search for new domestic and pubblic spaces.
Born in La Spezia in 1954, Stefano as an architect and designer was taught by Buti at Florence University. In the early 80’s he founded the King-Kong Production Group along
with Guido Venturini. His explosive talent enables him to embody a complex system of ‘affective codes’ in his projects. This great approach won him the title of ‘Super & Popular’
designer in the 90’s. A technical designer par excellence he has industrial design in his DNA and the capacity to understand public sentiment like no other designer mentioned
in this catalogue. His projects began with the “Girotondo” (1989 designed with Guido Venturini) and the first transparent objects in plastic from the “Family Follows Fiction” series
(1993). There is a huge number of his items in the “Officina Alessi”, “Alessi”, Amore pacific, Artsana, Bisazza, Cederroth, Deborah, Elica, Fabbrica Pelletterie Milano, Fiat,
Hannspree, Hanssem, Helit, Henkel, Honeywell, Inda, KDDI, Lavazza, , L’Oreal, Moooi, Nestlè, Nissan ecc.
Born in Milan, graduated in Architecture at the Milan Politecnico University. He has been Vice-President of ADI and has taught at the State Professional Institute of Furniture and
Furnshings in Lissone and at the School of Architecture of Milan Polythecnic.
On an international level, Claudio Salocchi works in the fields of architecture, interior and industrial design.
A great deal of his works and projects were chosen and exhibited through selections or invitations at the most important exhibitions, events or museums, both in Italy and abroad.
Kita extended his creative field from Japan to Italy and to the international arena as an environmental and industrial designer since 1969. He has created many hit products for
European and Japanese manufacturers, ranging from furniture, LCD TV sets, robots to household goods and appliances. Many of his works are possessed by the Museum of
Modern Art, New York, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, and other museums around the world. In recent years, he has been promoting education
by holding seminars and workshops not only in Japan, but also in Europe and Asia. He continues to be involved in his lifelong devotion to working with traditional crafts
and developing local industries.
Architect and designer, he was born in 1951 in Pistoia, Italy. In 1977 he graduated from the Facoltà di Architettura di Firenze, where he collaborated with scholar Remo Buti (from
1980 to 1992). In 1980 Mariani founded a firm for the design and the production of experimental objects and furniture called Studio Stilema, with Alberto Casciani. In 1986, with
a group of architects Mariani is the co-founder of the Bolidismo. Since 1980, Mariani’s professional activity, based in Montecatini Terme, has focused on interior design and architecture.
He has realized many kinds of projects, among them private houses - the one in Monsummano Terme (1989-90), Benigni House in Buggiano (1995-98), the Collector’s
house in Florence (2009-10) and Stefano’s House in Empoli (2009) – and a lot of public buildings such as Benozzo Gozzoli Museum in Castelfiorentino (2009), the Primary School
and library in Ponte Buggianese (2010). From 90’s Mariani also sign the design of many banks and directional buildings in Tuscany (BCC Fornacette, BCC Cambiano and Cabel).
Recently he has completed the expansion of the Cemetery of Ponte Buggianese, while are currently under construction, the new headquarter of the Bank of Fornacette in Pisa
and few more office buildings in Tuscany. Many projects of Massimo Mariani obtained very important honors, among them: - “Inventare la copertina di Modo”, 1979; - “La casa
più bella del mondo”, 1988; - “Premio Dedalo alla committenza”, 1999; - US Award 2009, 2009. About design activity he cooperate with Alessi-Tendentse, Stilema, Meccani,
Arredaesse, Limonta, Unitalia. In 2005 Verbavolant editor has published a monograph about his work, called “Massimo Mariani Progetti 1980-2005”.
Architetto e designer italiano nato a Firenze nel 1938. Laureatosi
in architettura presso l’Università di Firenze, iniziò la sua attività
come ceramista presso fabbriche di importanza nazionale. Aderì
all’Architettura Radicale, come cofondatore del laboratorio Global
Tools. Nel settore del design si ricorda la sua attività in diversi
ambiti, dal disegno di gioielli a quello dei tessuti d’arredamento e
dei materiali edilizi. Espone i suoi progetti in varie edizioni della
Triennale di Milano; nel 1978 partecipa alla Biennale di Venezia
con la serie di Piatti d’Architettura, progettata in collaborazione
con C. Scarpa. Nel 1985 progetta il centro linguistico dell’ateneo
di S. Maria degli Angioli a Firenze; nel 1988, in collaborazione
con A. Branzi, vince il concorso per il centro storico di Castel di
Formatore, grafico e disegnatore di arredi. Friedman è nato a Cleveland
nel 1945. Friedman ha studiato in Svizzera insieme a Armin
Hofmann e Wolfgang Weingart.
Nel 1969 è tornato in America e ha iniziato la sua carriera come
graphic designer per grandi aziende. Ha lavorato con la ditta Anspach
Grossman in Portogallo come senior designer dal 1975 al
1977. Friedman ha contribuito in modo significativo a quello che
è venuto poi essere conosciuto come il cosidetto “post-moderno”o
“new wave”negli anni ’70. Ha insegnato progettazione grafica alla
Università di Yale dal 1970 al 1973. Assistente alla cattedra presso
l’Università State di New York dal 1972 al 1975. Ha lavorato
con Pentagram di New York dal 1979 al 1984. Ha progettato manifesti
pubblicitari, imballaggi, carta intestata e loghi per clienti
come la Citibank e Williwear. Ha progettato mobili, illuminazione,
schermi, elementi a parete ed interni. Tra i più noti progetti
di mobili sono nel 1989 “Vergin Screen”, il divano e poltrona
“Zoid”e le lampade “Three Miles Island”. Morì nel 1995.