Christophe de la Fontaine is co-founder and owner of Dante – Goods and Bads, GmbH a German based furniture and home accessory brand with international reputation, with his partner, contemporary artist Aylin Langreuter. Starting his education as a sculptor in Luxemburg he completed his studies with a degree in industrial design from ABK-Stuttgart, taught by Richard Sapper. After a journey at London based Therefore-Product Design Consultant and Lissoni Associati in Milan, he headed the design department at the studio of Patricia Urquiola until 2010. Working independently as a product designer ever since he has received numerous international awards, including the red dot award, the Good Design award and the iF GOLD DESIGN AWARD while being listed by Wallpaper* among the world’s 100 best designers. Since 2018 he is professor for industrial design at the state academy of fine arts in Stuttgart.

Born in Milan in 1977. In 2004, after a collaboration of almost 2 years with Enzo Mari, he started working with luthier Francesco Rivolta. In 2007 he opened his own studio in Milan. From 2009 to 2015 he was a consultant at Michele De Lucchi's studio. Since 2016 he has directed a product design course at the Free University of Bolzano, as well as teaching at other Italian and foreign universities. Italian Fellow at the prestigious American Academy in Rome in 2013. Studio Francesco Faccin regularly collaborates with Italian and international clients such as design galleries, private companies, public institutions, NGOs. His work has been published in the most important worldwide magazines.

French designer with multiple interests, Costance founded her studio in 2009, specializing in product design, interior design and scenography. A regular collaborator with prominent furniture manufacturers such as Petite Friture, Moustache, Tectona, LaCie, Molteni&C, La Cividina, ZaoZuo. She also created the set designs for several prestigious theatre shows and exhibitions at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs and the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris. Lightness, vivacity and ergonomics are the distinctive features of her work, characterized by dynamism, delicacy and the ability to impress. In the past, her works have been exhibited at La Chapelle des Calvairiennes, Contemporary Art Centre in Mayenne, Mudac in Lausanne, at the Fabre Museum in Montpellier and more recently at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris.

Matteo was born in Montevideo (Uruguay) and moved to Italy in 2001. He studied at the Art School Leonardo da Vinci followed by IUAV University of Venice. After graduating he worked on a wide variety of projects with design studios like Patricia Urquiola, Nichetto & Partners, Barber & Osgerby, and MAP Project Office.

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Raquel Pacchini is a Brazilian-born Italian designer, one of the new multipurpose designers in the world of communication and product design. Pacchini has worked as a designer at Studio Urquiola before establishing the / àr o / design studio with Andrea Steidl.              

Matteo Cibic is an Italian trans-media artist and designer known for his playful, anthropomorphic objects that blend functionality with luxury.

Zaven is a Venice-based design studio founded in 2008 by Enrica Cavarzan and Marco Zavagno. They operate at the crossroads of product design, graphic design, interior design and art direction. For Zaven, design is an analytical process: each project is driven by extensive research taking form in the final product. Whether it is an object of everyday use or a visual communication project, Zaven always aims for formal clarity. The studio has initiated numerous collaborations with creatives from different contexts and holds classes and workshops in various universities, academies and design schools, while in latests year, the projects of the studio as been exhibited in Museums and exhibition worldwide. Zaven boasts collaborations with institutions – often connected to the theme of visual communication – such as Ca’ Foscari University, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, La Biennale di Venezia and the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco. Clients include Bitossi Ceramiche, CC-Tapis, Cedit, Kvadrat, Knoll, La Triennale di Milano, Luisa Delle Piane Gallery, Mercedes, MINI Bmw, Nike, Palazzo Grassi - Pinault Collection, TIM, Tod’s, Vero, Verso NY, Wonderglass, Zanotta, Zucchetti-Kos.

Marta Ayala Herrera (Córdoba, España) is a graduate in Engineering in Industrial Design from Nebrija University and Istituto Europeo di Design. Currently based in Barcelona, she has worked in different fields such as product design, ephemeral architecture and interior design. Her work focuses on the relationship of the individual with his environment through the objects. She likes to experiment with industrial materials and craft processes to create her pieces. Finally, the main goal of her design practice is to look for and discover the new languages of contemporary design.

We founded DWA Design Studio in 2005 in Milan, driven by the idea that two–though verydifferent–heads can lead through unexpected paths.Today, our office relies on a few more heads and hands, but the basic is there, turned into amultidisciplinary reality, always keen to translate into projects the changes around us: we havedifferent gazes, but we share the same vision.The aim is to intertwine the world of design with fashion,and lifestyle: from interiors to exhibitions,from retail to art direction, up to product research.Our projects cover public spaces (in which to live, relax, and share), concept stores, or shopwindows. We create sets, installations, and site-specific works for temporary exhibitions andevents, from the largest to the smallest, turning them into creative solutions to avail our customers’needs.Creativity and research, accuracy, and inspiration are the key to surprises, which we love for thedetails thatthey reinvent are objects freed from their ordinary function.We investigate the essence of shapes and materials to create new combinations and contrasts.We love mixing high and low, simple and complex, minimalism and abundance, pure lines anddetails able to embellish them.Every day we invent a new alphabet of living.        

The style that sets him apart and has made him one of the most promising Italian designers is the continuous study of the materials and being able to unlock their unexpected potential, like creating glasses made of concrete, glass structures, liquid metal tables. His projects have been showcased in some of the most important exhibitions worldwide including: Maxxi in Rome, Triennale di Milano, London Design Festival, Centre Pompidou and the Biennale of Architecture in Venice. Zorzenoni has been a teacher at the University of Architecture of Venice IUAV and leads workshops and courses for IED in Madrid, the Domaine de Boisbuchet (Vitra Design Museum),Fabirca, Mexico Design Week and Kozice. After a long experience as a consultant for Fabrica (since 2006) he currently works alongside Jaime Hayon following the Italian branch of the studio and he follows the artistic direction of Dall'Agnese and Nason Moretti Lab. In parallel, he continues his research into the world of high-quality craftsmanship and the creation of new projects for clients such as Cappellini, Mercedes Benz, Replay, Alcantara, Benetton, Bosa, Miniforms, Somethingood, Agusta Westland, MM Lampadari,Scapin Collezioni, Torremato, Nason Moretti, Novamobili, Dall'Agnese, Bolzan Letti and others.

Andrea Steidl graduated from Politecnico di Milano with a degree in Industrial Design and began his career immediately at Patricia Urquiola’s studio. He went on to become a Creative Manager and remained with the firm until 2016. He was responsible for the Design and Product areas and oversaw limited editions, temporary installations, site-specific projects and interior design for a range of clients. At the same time, in academic circles he started working both as an assistant professor at the Politecnico di Milano and as a course supervisor at Domus Academy and Scuola Politecnica di Design.

Isabel Ahm is a Copenhagen-based independent furniture and product designer. In Isabel Ahm’s studio, new furniture categories emerge alongside beautiful and useful objects as a result of her continued investigations for excellence. She works with developing beautiful and useful objects that last, for everyday life. Isabel is a child of the Danish design tradition, she believes that quality, functionality and poetry are equally important ingredients in her work.

Zoran Jedrejcic is Croatian Designer and Art Director from Split with Italian background. After seven years of fruitful cooperation with Ettore Sottsass, he opened a design studio in Milan, and recently one in Belgrade. He has designed for many international brands. He won awards such as Red Dot and IF Design Awards, and his works have been exhibited in prestigious museums such as MAK Vienna, ICA Boston, MoMA NY, Ozone Centre Tokyo among others. Parallel with his profession, he has been visiting professor at ISIA-Florence, NABA-Milano, IAAD-Torino and Academy of Fine Arts-Belgrade. Currently he is Art Director of Belgrade Furniture Fair and several Regional Design Brands.

Ado Avdagic, the founder of multidisciplinary design studio Avado established in 2008 works on various projects ranging from furniture, lighting, interiors and creative direction. His design process is plan-driven. He contemplates the relationship between a human, nature and form in space generating functional, ergonomic and aesthetically convincing solutions that resist time. He believes that natural design principles should be knitted with innovative technology that may ultimately be used to create a better world.

Salih Teskeredzic obtained the BA at the Architectural Faculty in Sarajevo 1987, and MA in Product Design, at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo 2003.Univesity professor Salih Teskeredzic teaches Industrial design since 2004, and since 2006 he is a Head of Product Design Department at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo, and visiting professor at the Polytechnic faculty in Bihac and Civil Engineering Faculty in Sarajevo. In year 2000 he founds his first design and architecture studio in Vienna, and in 2007 he founds AD ARTE studio in Sarajevo. The main scope of the studios work in dedicated to product design, interior design and architecture. His works have been produced in several European countries: Austria, Denmark, Italy and Germany, as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina. He exhibited on several fairs including Milan, Cologne, Paris, Copenhagen, Vienna, Ulm, Zagreb, Belgrade, Sarajevo, as well as on the solo exhibitions: Design+Architektur in Vienna in 1999, Sarajevo 1997 and 2001.

Rainer Bachschmid was born in the south of Germany at the lake Constance. Among training as a cabinetmaker he studied Industrial Design at the University of Wuppertal. After graduation in 1994 he collaborated with some designers like Babel Design and Moll Design. Following Rainer Bachschmid moved to Switzerland. He worked within 10 years as the head of development and design for the furniture factory Reinhard AG. Since 2006 he works under his own design studio rabadesign in Switzerland.

Founded in ’13, Simon Morasi Pipercic is a Zagreb-based design office that works on various projects ranging from furniture and spatial design to site-specific installations, art direction, and design consultancy. The distinctive identity of the studio lies in the intercultural space between elitism and egalitarianism, exclusivity and inclusiveness, avant-garde experiments and highly marketable products, which has helped the team to successfully build a specific position easily recognisable in the global professional context. The office has been granted with some of the most highly considered awards - German Design Award in 2017, Red Dot in ’13 and ’15 and Interior Innovation award in ’15. In ’14, they were a part of the team that designed Croatian pavilion at the Venice architecture biennale. Their work was published in several renowned magazines (Dezeen, Domus, Frame, Designboom etc.) and exhibited worldwide.

Instead of products, we create ”pieces”, crafted with great care for the users as well the environment. We are passionate about working with the warmth of solid wood, especially oak and walnut, and attach great importance to sustainable raw materials. Our goal is to create timeless pieces, drawing inspiration from the most prominent periods in furniture design, and an eye for everchanging contemporary aesthetic.

/àr-o/ is an independent creative consultancy studio based in Milan. Founded in 2016 by Andrea Steidl and Raquel Pacchini, the studio works closely with various companies, which the commons scope is a creative research on products, from furniture to materials. Thanks to a creative process, based on strategic research, the studio convert client’s ideas and inspirations in a system of projects, or in a single object, in order to create an unique vision of the brand. /àr-o/ Studio focus on creative direction, product design projects and visual communication. Andrea Steidl graduated from Politecnico di Milano with a degree in Industrial Design and began his career immediately at Patricia Urquiola’s studio. He went on to become a Creative Manager and remained with the firm until 2016. He was responsible for the Design and Product areas and oversaw limited editions, temporary installations, site-specific projects and interior design for a range of clients. At the same time, in academic circles he started working both as an assistant professor at the Politecnico di Milano and as a course supervisor at Domus Academy and Scuola Politecnica di Design. Raquel Pacchini is a Brazilian designer that lives and works in Milan. She graduated from Cesulon University in Londrina – Brazil in 2003, and moved to Montreal in 2004 where she did a master in interior design. In 2007 she moved to Milan, where she worked at Patricia Urquiola Studio as an interior- and product designer until 2014. Together with designer Andrea Steidl she founded studio /àr-o/ in 2016, where she has been working on architectural, graphic and design projects ever since.