Considered one of the greatest architects and designers in 20th-century Italy, with an innovative and rigorous poetic style, Franco Albini was an essential reference point for the Neo-Rationalist school. Particularly noteworthy among his numerous designs are the Rinascente building in Rome and the stations of the N° 1 line of the Milanese underground railway. Three-times Compasso d’Oro award winner, he designed furniture and objects that are still produced and sold around the world to this day. Thanks to a partnership between Tacchini and the Franco Albini Foundation, a number of original and innovative projects by this historic master have been given shape, enhancing the broadest range of contemporary settings with a timeless value and charm.
Pietro Arosio was born in 1946 in Lissone, near Milan. He learnt his profession at the research centre of a company specialising in the production of metal furniture for communal spaces. This experience led to the emergence of a design philosophy that developed over time through his work as an industrial designer. He began his career in 1972, and was already winning accolades in 1983, receiving the Casaviva d’Oro award. The fundamentals of his work include essentiality, research into new materials and technologies, and attention to detail and to the engineering implications of his designs. Pietro Arosio is fully aware of the emotional impact his products can have, and has worked in partnership with various internationally-acclaimed artists, including Nespolo, Del Pezzo, Hsiao Chin, Tilson, Rotella and Keizo. A number of his pieces have been exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and at the Munich modern art museum Die Sammlung.
Roberto Barazzuol and Cristian Malisan come from different backgrounds within the design world, but they share the same passion for the history of design and of the visual arts. In 2010 they established a research, art direction, corporate image, exhibition and product design atelier together. Their focus is on contemporary codes of communication, and they are drawn to the evocative features of products. They take a tailor-made approach to the companies with which they work, handling products and graphics as well as image, fabrics, exhibitions and sets, and anything else you can imagine or design.
The Castiglioni studio was established in 1938 by brothers Livio and Pier Giacomo, while for certain projects, Luigi Caccia Dominioni also worked alongside them. In 1944 Achille joined the studio: the partnership between the three brothers continued until 1952, when Livio set up on his own, while continuing to work with Pier Giacomo and Achille for some special projects. Achille and Pier Giacomo worked together without any clear division of roles, but with equal participation, and constant discussion and exchange of ideas. This collaboration continued until Pier Giacomo died in 1968. Achille continued to work in the same way as he always had done with his brother, and indeed it is almost impossible to detect any difference in his approach to projects, other than the natural social and technological changes that came about with the evolving times.
The Claesson Koivisto Rune studio was established in 1995 as a multidisciplinary architecture and design workshop, in line with the classic Scandinavian tradition, but with the aim of exploring new concepts, and pursuing the values of simplicity and innovation. The three Swedes have created architectural designs throughout the world and in every sector, from homes to restaurants, retail to executive buildings, as well as furniture ranges for numerous major international firms.
Doodle Chair, Doodle Stool, Highlife, Isola, Kelly B, Kelly C, Kelly E, Kelly H, Kelly L, Kelly T, Kelly V, Kelly W, Lima, Lima Armchair, Misura, Montevideo, Montevideo Armchair, Montevideo Chair, Pisa, Quartier, Santiago, Santiago Armchair, Spin, Split, Split Low Table
Noé Duchaufour-Lawrence is a French interior designer, born on 25th July 1974 in Mende (Lozere). He affirms that each project has its own unique scenario, sustained without being distinguished in any way by a use, a form, a material or an aesthetic…A place where the curve and the straight line, sensuality and rigour interact in a confrontation conducive to creating meaning and able to awaken all our senses. Anxious to revive the notion of alive or living in his objects as well as the designing of space, Noé Duchaufour Lawrance considers each project like an organic form which grows with its user. The designer was influenced by sculpture, marked by a history and very close link with nature that he wanted to transcribe again with his own hands. Stirring up emotion through the utility of forms was a matter of course for someone who loves beauty as much as necessities and harmony as much as responsibility. Noé Duchaufour Lawrance refers not only to the universal character of nature to impose forms which make sense but in addition states that the concept of total art is henceforth fundamental to contemporary creation.
Gianfranco Frattini was born in Padua, Italy, on 15th May, 1926. He graduated in Architecture, at the Politecnico, Milan, in 1953. At the end of the 50s, he is one of the founders of ADI, Association for Industrial Design. Frattini opened his own studio in Milan, after working in the office of his teacher and mentor Gio Ponti. In few years, he became an industrial designer, well-known worldwide. Among his many successful projects, in 1956 designed the chair model 849, nominated for the “Compasso d'Oro” Prize. Now, this armchair, which takes shapes from the original design, is proposed by Tacchini with the name of “Agnese”.
One of the best-loved interpreters of contemporary Swedish design, Monica Förster works in Stockholm, but she was born and raised close to the Arctic Circle, and this environment has had a clear influence on her work, seen in a deep love for the purest of shapes and for natural sources of inspiration, alongside a curiosity for new materials and technologies. She works with numerous international clients, often inventing new typologies of products in industrial, furniture and object design. She has received accolades including the Excellent Swedish Design award, the Design Plus award in Germany and the Future Design Days Award.
Roberto Grossi was born in Milan in 1966. Having graduated in Architecture at the Politecnico university in Milan, in 1990 he and Maurizio Giordano together founded Architettura Laboratorio, a multi-disciplinary studio providing design, management and consultancy services for businesses working in the fields of architecture, product and furniture design, and communication. In 2002 he started working with Tacchini Italia, designing and outfitting the firm’s new headquarters.
Gordon Guillaumier was born in 1966, and was educated firstly in Malta, then in Switzerland, England and Italy. He graduated from IED in Milan (1988-91), before specializing in design at the Domus Academy, Milan (1992). In 1993 he began working with Baleri Associati, as well as collaborating with architect Rodolfo Dordoni. In 2002 he set up his own design studio in Milan, principally working on product design, but also for design consultancy projects. In 2006 he lectured in industrial design at Milan’s Politecnico university.
Born in 1948, Alberto Lievore studied architecture in Buenos Aires. In the early years he focused not only on design, but also on the production and marketing of furniture, then, having moved to Barcelona, he was part of the Grupo Berenguer (1977), a leading name in Spanish design. In 1984 he inaugurated his own studio, focusing on industrial design, and on consultancy and art direction for a number of firms. His partners are designer and stylist Jeannette Altherr, who specializes in objects and spaces for children, and Manel Molina, who again brings with him vast and varied experiences in the industrial and exhibition design sectors.
Pearson Lloyd is one of the leading names in contemporary British design, and this multidisciplinary studio works in a wide range of sectors: from furnishing to public spaces to brand development. Established by Luke Pearson and Tom Lloyd in 1997, the studio has received numerous acknowledgements and accolades in both Europe and the United States. The British design duo write regularly for major design magazines, as well as acting as “visiting lecturers” at the École Cantonale d’Art in Lausanne.
Luca Nichetto was born in Venice in 1976, and graduated in Industrial Design at IUAV university of architecture in Venice. In 1999 he launched his professional career, designing his first products in Murano glass. Later the same year he began working with Foscarini, designing a number of products for the firm and working as a consultant for research into new materials and product development (2001-2003). In 2006 he set up his own agency, Nichetto&Partners, dealing in both industrial design and design consultancy. He has received a number of international prizes, including the Gran Design Award 2008, the Chicago Atheneum Museum of Architecture Good Design Award 2008, the IF Product Design Award 2008 and the Elle Decoration International Design Awards 2009 (EDIDA) as Designer of the Year in the Young Designer Talent category. He has held workshops in numerous universities both in Italy and abroad, and has exhibited in Europe, the United States and Japan.
Patrick Norguet is a key figure in French design today, and was elected “furniture designer of the year” by Wallpaper magazine in 2009. He began his career as a project designer in the late nineties, working with numerous big names in the furniture design world, in addition to completing a number of interior and set design projects. He has always sought to select the right shapes and colours, exuding a love of innovative industrial processes, artisanal ateliers and the people working there.
This lodestar in French design gained a Master’s degree in Design in Milan in 1985, before working with Philip Starck in Paris from 1988 to 1993, after which he set up his own independent, eclectic business, featuring his hallmark style – simple, strong, and to the point – be it in architecture or interior design, furniture, fashion or industrial design. Winner of the French “Créateur de l’année” award in 1994, Pillet works with some of the biggest names in contemporary furniture design.
Jonas Wagell is an architect and designer from Stockholm. Born in 1973, he trained as graphic artist and then specialised as an interior designer in Stockholm and New York, where he attended the Parsons School of Design. In 2008 he founded the JWDA firm which handles architecture, product design and brand management projects. Wagell is fond of creating functional items with features of simplicity and intelligence, objects which can be used and understood easily by those who choose them. The best known design from the JWDA studio is the prefabricated Mini House. For this design, in 2008, Wagell was named by Wallpaper* as one of the fifty young architects worth watching. Today JWDA focuses above all on product design for Scandinavian and international brands.