Discover the Six Italian Rising Talents of Maison et Objet 2018

For the upcoming edition, Maison et Objet has gone to Italy and has chosen six incredibly skilled rising talents to showcase to the entire design community their potential. Each one represents a new generation of Italian designers that are striving for excellence, so be prepared to be inspired by their marvelous creations.

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The six Italian designers were nominated by influential figures of the industry. Federica Biasi was chosen by Andrea Branzi, Antonio Facco by Giulio Cappellini, Marco Lavit Nicora was selected by Rosita Missoni, Kensaku Oshiro was picked by Piero Lissoni, Federico Peri was nominated by Luca Nichetto whereas Guglielmo Poletti was chosen by Rossana Orlandi. In this article, you will get to discover a little bit more about their background.

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Federica Biasi

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Biasi graduated from the Istituto Europeo di Design in 2011, and since then, she has worked for several design firms in Milan. She moved to Amsterdam in pursuit of sharpening her style as well as completing her projects, which are mainly inspired by the simple lines of Northern European design.

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After returning to Italy, the designer has worked as the Art Director for Mingardo, while also collaborating as a creative consultant for multiple brands, like Fratelli Guzzini. In addition, she creates her own ceramic and decorative pieces as well as textiles products.

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“I chose Federica Biasi for her quintessential design and poetic ideas, which deliver subtle, yet very particular messages” – Andrea Branzi

Antonio Facco

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Whatever project he undertakers, from product design to furniture, to interiors, to graphic or even photography, Facco always puts the creative process first. It was in 2013, during his graduation project final presentation at Instituto Europeo di Design, that Facco saw the beginning of a productive collaboration with his mentor Giulio Cappellini, which would later culminate in the release of a complete collection of glass tables in 2017, with an incredible chromatic effect and uncluttered geometric lines.

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Besides designing products for Cappellini, Facco also collaborates with renowned architects, brands and designs, such as Antonlini, Bolon, AgustaWestland and Mohm.

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“Despite his young age, Antonio Facco is very attentive to changes in contemporary design and to communication. His projects are largely inspired by his observations of the younger generations, of their expectations and their behaviours. He has also developed a keen interest in materials and production methods, whether industrial or artisanal. His projects are always surprising, because they are the perfect synthesis of his thought process and sensitive nature. I believe Antonio Facco is truly one of the most promising representatives of the new design trends in Italy.” – Giulio Cappellini

Marco Lavit Nicora

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Nicora has studied architecture at the École Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He has collaborated with Riccardo Blumer and Paris-based studio LAN Architecture. When working with Blumer he has grown a remarkable affinity with object design.

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In 2014, he founded Atelier Lavit in Paris, a project that spans Italy and France, mostly focused on design and architecture. His work is entirely based on the proximity and dialogue he has with artisans, especially Italian ones. One of his most iconic pieces is the Venezia lounge chair designed for the Venice Design Biennial.

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“Marco Lavit Nicora is a young talent, heir to a long line of Italian designers who have placed function at the core of their practice and who have learnt to use only the best materials and artisans our country has to offer to achieve that vision. I was especially moved by how light his pieces look, despite the fact that they are deeply anchored in
classical design.” – Rosita Missoni

Kensaku Oshiro

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Oshiro graduated from the Scuola Politecnica di Milano in 1999 with a Master’s degree in
industrial design. After that, he went on to collaborate with various renowned studios, including with his mentor Piero Lissoni.

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Later on, 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. His projects have earned him several international accolades, including First place for Design Report Award at the 2016 Milan Salone Satellite and the EDIDA – Young Design Talent
Japan in 2016.

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For architect and designer Piero Lissoni, who has worked with him for eight years, Kensaku Oshiro’s work bridges “the gap between the Japanese and Western perspectives on simplicity/complexity.”

Federico Peri

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He immediately received a grant to study in Paris, after graduating from the Interior Design Department of Milan’s Istituto Europeo di Design. From this very intense time of his life, remembers the passion he felt for the great masters and his fascination for the conflict and synergy between historical and contemporary design styles.

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He returned to Milan and started working with Vudafieri Saverino Partners. In 2011, Peri founded his own studio, specialising in interior architecture and interior design. Moreover, he has collaborated with companies like FontanaArte and has his limited-edition pieces displayed at the Milan-based Nilufar Gallery.

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“I’ve noticed in his work a natural inclination to design products as a way to create an experience through materials or the environment produced by the objects themselves. It is this type of completely instinctual process that makes Federico particularly interesting on the Italian scene. But it’s also what gives him immense potential abroad. I am especially curious to see how his approach will evolve as he shifts towards more industrial processes. The result will most likely be very moving.” – Luca Nichetto

Guglielmo Poletti

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After completing his studies in Milan, Poletti did a Master in Contextual Design
at the Design Academy of Eindhoven. From the very beginning, Poletti has developed a clear, yet truly personal language, deeply rooted in his research on materials and their limitations.

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His simple structures and elementary constructions stand as metaphors of defeated complexity, especially through the use of unconventional details. The prototype of his design, Equilibrium stool is now part of the permanent collection of The Design Museum.

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“Like many other designers who graduated from this school, his work is strongly influenced by an experimental approach. But what moved me most in his work is the extreme simplicity he has developed, to a point where the simplicity itself becomes an integral part, a fundamental quality in everything he does. I’m also happy to have chosen Guglielmo because I see in him a proactive and dynamic mind, someone who thrives in fluid situations, who is constantly living in anticipation of the next projects to come. And I believe these qualities are crucial to find a path that allows you to keep growing with a very personal vision.” – Rossana Orlandi

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In conclusion, the Rising Talent Award and the own event come as an excellent opportunity for these emerging designers to show the entire design community their potential as well as the direction that Italian design is heading.


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