Patricia was born in Oviedo, Spain, in 1961. She lives and works in Milan. She studied Architecture at Madrid Polytechnic and Milan Polytechnic. She graduated in 1989 with Achille Castiglioni and was assistant lecturer to Achille Castiglioni and Eugenio Bettinelli in Milan and Paris. Formerly responsible for the new product development office of DePadova, she worked with Vico Magistretti as head of Lissoni Associati’s design group. In 2001 she opened her own studio. Patricia designs for the most important Italian and international companies. Some of her products are exposed in various Museums and collections. Among several recognitions, she was awarded with the Gold Medal of fine arts by the Spanish Government and “Designer of the Year” for Wallpaper* and Elle Decor International.
Federico was born in Omegna in 1976. He lives and works in Milan. Azalea Seratoni wrote: “Federico Pepe is a designer with an interest on how the communication process can be shaped, fully aware that the act of designing is an increasing intertwining of disciplines. He is able to initiate and build relationships and experiences. He is educated to move between different practices, he is an artist, author, director, catalyst, cultural operator, creative, publisher, entrepreneur, curator, producer and adman”.
CTRLZAK is a hybrid studio that integrates different disciplines and cultures. The founders, Katia Meneghini and Thanos Zakopoulos, are both artists and designers in their own right. The Italian-Greek duo’s creations are inspired by their travels and experiences around the world and by their own rich cultural backgrounds. The studio creates artworks, objects and spaces but– above all– situations where people can come together in order to make what really matters: human relations.
CTRLZAK’s projects and extensive research into tradition and cultural context create a new hybrid future by learning from the past. Each project is a story waiting to be told, with a multitude of forms and endings.
Lorenza was born in Milano where she studied Art at the Brera Academy. From 1985 she started as a free-lance fashion designer for brands as Fiorucci, Sergio Rossi and many others. Starting from 1996 her passion for shapes and trends moved her interest on industrial design as well and she started working for the main cutting edge brands. Throughout the years, Lorenza took part to several exhibitions in Italy (Triennale in Milan) and abroad (Cooper Hewitt in NY). She currently lives and works in Milan in her own design studio.
Cristina Celestino was born in 1980 in Pordenone. In 2005, after completing her course of studies in the Department of Architecture of IUAV University of Venice, she began to work with prestigious design studios, focusing on interior architecture and design. In 2009 she moved to Milan and founded the brand ATTICO DESIGN, to make lamps and furnishings based on painstaking research on materials and forms. In 2012 she was selected to participate in the Salone Satellite, and after this experience her products have been shown in many international galleries and showrooms. Today Cristina Celestino designs exclusive projects for private clients and for companies. She operates also as a creative director for companies, and as an architect works on interiors and exhibit design.
In 2016, on the occasion of DesignMiami, Cristina designs “The Happy Room” collection for Fendi.
Working with painting, ceramics decoration, set-design, followed by design and architecture: this is the pathway Pietro Russo explored before he entered the world of design. In 2001 he moved to Milan, where he collaborated with designers studios as well as for brands. He founded his own Studio in 2010. His passion for craftsmanship led him to start researching and re-inventing traditional production techniques. His design and interior projects are seen as scenic space, and the creation of new products are the result of this vision, combining scenic design with craftsmanship.
Germans was born in Riga, in 1985. He developed his skills in graphic design in Denmark and at the Design Academy Eindhoven. In 2007 Germans co-founded the Latvian culture magazine Veto, serving as art director. After his graduation in 2011, he worked on diverse interior and graphic design projects for both international clients. In September 2014 he started his own studio in Amsterdam. Germans often employs his graphic design background to add a new and fresh approach to design while enjoying to experiment with different materials and perceptions of space.
Born in Veneto, Chiara Andreatti moved to Milan where she graduated in Industrial Design at IED in 2003 and attended a master at Domus Academy. She collaborates with several designer studios and brands. Since 2006 she is part of the Studio Lissoni Associati. Along with a continuous research for aesthetics, Chiara often combines the artisan culture of her venetian roots with the design and industrial needs believing that a handcrafted and poetic touch on everyday objects will enrich our life.
David Raffoul and Nicolas Moussallem have established a global presence since they set up their studio, david/nicolas, in Beirut in 2011. Their innovative approach to contrasting materials, along with their unique way of blending retro, contemporary and futuristic elements, gives their work a timeless aesthetic that translates to a wide range of projects, from furniture design to high-end bespoke interiors. Since 2011, david/nicolas has staged several exhibitions and collaborated with established international brands.
Bethan, winner of the Best British Design Award 2013/14 has an extraordinary background. Her family hails from an ancient Rajasthani clan that over centuries migrated across Arabia and Persia before settling in the Celtic heartland of Wales. It’s a journey and heritage that weaves a rich pattern of influences and inspirations, which draw on craft traditions of both East and West. To this Bethan adds an innate ability to translate and transform a variety of cultural references into iconic contemporary pieces.
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