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issue 42 - February/March 2018
CURVE magazine cover February/March 2018
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Nominated by Giulio Cappellini

     Antonio Facco pours the same energy into whatever project he undertakes, whether in product design, furniture design, interior design, graphic design or photography. His projects are largely inspired by his observations of the younger generations, of their expectations and their behaviors. His work is always surprising and the perfect synthesis of his thought process and sensitive nature. For MAISON & OBJET, Facco’s research focused on the importance of time and our relation to it in today’s society. He presented a multidisciplinary and participative exhibition featuring product designs, as well as interior projects to engage visitors in his singular metaphysical world.
Nominated by Andrea Branzi

     A 2011 graduate of the Istituto Europeo di Design, Federica Biasi worked with various design firms in Milan until 2014, when she decided to move to Amsterdam to hone her style and complete her projects. For MAISON & OBJET, Biasi chose to tell the story of her own creative background, with a selection of iconic products from the past, revisited using unexpected materials, as well as a series of exclusive objects designed for the occasion. Among these were a faience tableware collection, with motifs hand painted by Christian Pegoraro and a rug designed in collaboration with CC TAPIS, inspired by a night she spent in the desert, which associates earthly tones with North African fabric patterns.
Nominated by Rosita Missoni

     After studying architecture at the Ecole Speciale d’Architecture in Paris and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Marco Lavit Nicora collaborated with Riccardo Blumer, whose influence has contributed to his remarkable affinity with object design, and with Paris based studio LAN Architecture. In 2014, he founded Atelier Lavit in Paris, where he now resides, a project that spans Italy and France, mostly focused on design and architecture. At MAISON & OBJET, Nicora presented his Venezia collection, the Reconvexo table and Atem, a modular sofa, all produced exclusively by Milan based Nilufar Gallery, as well as another project still in development: a chest of drawers incorporating a table and stool.
Nominated by Piero Lissoni

     Originally from Okinawa, Japan, Kensaku Oshiro has worked with various design studios, including Lissoni Associati in Milan and Barber and Osgerby in London. After returning to Milan, he opened his own studio and started working with such brands as Boffi, De Padova, Gan, Glas Italia, Kristalia, Ligne Roset, Poltrona Frau, Viccarbe and Zanotta. For MAISON & OBJET, Kensaku Oshiro presented some of his most meaningful pieces, inspired by notions he has repeatedly investigated. To him, this exhibition was a wonderful opportunity to make new contacts with people from all over the world.
Nominated by Luca Nichetto

     Federico Peri is inspired by greats such as Matali Crasset and Erwan Bouroullec, and his fascination for the conflict and synergy between historical and contemporary design styles. Peri worked with Vudafieri Saverino Partners until 2011, then founded his own studio, specializing in interior architecture and interior design and has worked with companies like FontanaArte where he was nominated for a German Design Award in 2016. For MAISON & OBJET, Federico Peri presented his limitededition products, as well as series produced pieces. All of them exemplifying his research on multifunctionality and lighting, which are both of particular interest for Italian designers.
Nominated by Rossana Orlandi

     After finishing his studies in Milan, Guglielmo Poletti did a Masters in Contextual Design at the Design Academy of Eindhoven, where he currently lives. Since the very beginning, Poletti developed a clear, yet truly personal language, deeply rooted in his research on materials and their limitations. His simple structures and elementary constructions stand as metaphors of defeated complexity, especially through the use of unconventional details. For MAISON & OBJET, Poletti showed different pieces from his Equilibrium series. Several new elements, including a chair and a lamp, were added to the original series, which consisted of a console table, a bench, a coffee table and a stool.
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