Italian interior designers are a major influence on Europe’s design trends and inspirations! Every major country gets their inspiration through the amazing settings that are displayed by these interior designers. Based in Milan, they are a major symbol for high-fashion design and the interior design industry, due to their several fashion events and luxury stores. Today, Paris Design Agenda presents an amazing selection of top designers from the Paris’s neighbor, Italy.
Emiliano Salci and Britt Moran invested in the fields of Design, Art, and Fashion, and founded Dimore Studio in 2003. This duo of contemporary designers carried out every project with their own unique signature style: pieces created by historical design master artisans merged with domestic materials and other modified objects to forge a singular atmosphere. Dimore Studio interprets memories and creates dreams, crossing the boundaries between art and design, fashion and architecture.
Born in 1943 and raised in the town of Cassano Magnago, about 25 miles northwest of Milan, Rossana Orlandi had an education that was simple and quiet. With 20 years of experience in fashion, in 2002 she decided to transfer her passion for design as a private collector into an innovative gallery, a platform where she could showcase her personal idea of design and lifestyle. She has been working as a curator for several exhibitions in Italy and abroad, having the chance to collaborate with high-end brands in fashion, luxury, and lifestyle. Very quickly, Orlandi gained a reputation for selecting works by young and unsung artists and designers, as well as for working with (then) rising stars like Tom Dixon, Marcel Wanders, and Studio Job.
Piero Lissoni, currently known as one of the Italian famous interior designers, is quite well known for his contemporary furniture design. After opening the studio Lissoni Associati in 1986 alongside Nicoletta Canesi, he was also recognized for being a collaborator with several famous brands, among them Porro. A great distinctive feature of this creature is the graphical linearity present in his products– verging on the essentiality – which allows his products to naturally fit for both minimal contexts and creative spaces.
Patricia Urquiola was born in Oviedo and currently lives in Milan. Between 1990 and 1996 she worked for the development office of new products of “De Padova” and signed with Vico Magistretti the following products: “Flower”, “Loom sofa”, “Chaise” and “Chaise Longue”. Patricia won many design awards, such as Antares-Flos, Artelano, Boffi, Cappellini, Cassina, Kartell and has been an active collaborator for brands such as B&B, Bosa, De Vecchi, Fasem, Kartell, Liv’it, MDF Italy, Molteni & C., Moroso, and Tronconi. She’s a top contemporary designer who currently conducts her professional career at her own craftsmanship studio in Milan in the fields of design, exhibitions, art direction and architecture.
A list about the best interior designers of Milan wouldn’t be complete without the name of Matteo Nunziati in it. Born in Bologna in 1972 he’s currently considered one of the most influential designers and architects that the industry has ever seen. His career started in 200 when he opened his own interior design studio in Milan and since then in his projects, he’s managed to project the excellence of the Made in Italy design, basing his style in this sense and providing his clients with the best luxury furniture and finishes à l’Italiana. Matteo Nunziati has been handling Luxury hotels, Residences, Wellness Centres, and Spas. One of the main highlights of his career has to do with his take on the Trump Towers which earned him many compliments from the current POTUS himself.
Ludovica and Roberto Palomba are often referred to as “the golden couple of Italian design” and with a career such as theirs, it’s no wonder. After setting their own studio in Milan in 1994 their career has been through several stages, among them architectural planning, interior design, and partnerships as product designers and art directors. Their partnerships with Foscarini and Poltrona Frau are some of the highlights of their career, which has counted with prestige awards such as the Compasso D’Oro, the Red Dot Award, the Design Plus Award, as well as the Product Innovation Award. When they’re taking on a new project they aim to search for essence above all. They take a lot of inspiration from the concept of balance of oriental heritage as well as a little touch from the Nordic style. They always strive to acquire an aesthetic result mixed with a space that allows for the well-being of clients.
Born in Pordenone in 1980, Cristina Celestino worked in several areas of architecture, before finally focusing her attention to interior architecture and design. With that, she moved to Milan in 2009 where she created “Attico”, her own design brand which mainly focused on the conception of lamps and furnishings production. Among other relevant highlights of her career, we can point to her part in Salone Satellite in 2012 as well as her design of “The Happy Room” for Fendi in 2016. Her style is heavily based on observation and research, mixing in old and new and exploring many variations between scale and small inventions with the purpose of creating new messages and meanings.
Antonio Citterio is an Italian designer mostly known for his collaborations with prestige Italian brands, among them B&B Italia. He’s made several collections for the brand, most notably the Maxalto collection which was enrichened last year with some more elegant chairs, and seating systems, featuring new range extensions and new finishes. Citterio was one of the designers who collaborated with Consentini with the project “Deep Words Light”, an installation featured at the University of Milan as part of the “Interni, Energy for Creativity 2015” event.
Last but definitely not least we have Stefano Giovannoni, born in La Spezia in 1954 and a person who definitely made a career as an architect and designer. During the 80s he King-Kong Production Group along with Guido Venturini. Currently living and working in Milan these days he works as an industrial and interior designer and architect, specializing in plastic products. He’s done several projects for brands such as Alessi, Fiat, Mooi, Nestlé, Helit, Henkel, and more. Among some of his most famous projects, we can point to “Girotondo” in 1989 (along with Guido Venturini) and in 1993 the first transparent objects in plastic from the “Family Follows Fiction” series. He’s known for embodying a very complex system of what he calls ‘affective codes’ in his projects.
Atelier Biagetti is a company that consists of the culmination of the work of both Alberto Biagetti and Laura Baldassari. Both Biagetti and Baldassari are currently living and working in Milan, having had an extensive career before fate eventually brought them together to create Atelier Biagetti. Laura Baldassari started her collaboration with Alberto Biagetti in 2013 with the exhibition “One Minute Ago” (curated by Gabi Scardi at Galleria Riccardo Crespi). These two are used to be challenged by the boundaries between disciplines, while at the same time they draw inspiration from the world around them. Through their work, they aim to construct an immersive environment filled with clues and hints in which the objects become characters in the amazing design scenes.
Giulio Cappellini is often referred to as an emblematic figure in the design panorama as a whole. Born in 1954, he was deeply involved with design since childhood thanks to his family business. After graduating in Architecture, he immediately launched himself in the family business as well as other international prestige brands. He’s had many cooperations with other prestige names such as Jasper Morrison, Marc Newson, Marcel Wanders, the Bouroullec and Nendo brothers. His design style is definitely fitting with the modern trends as we can see from products such as the Mill sofa (a chair inspired by the contemporary needs of the Millennials), the Bong and Gong tables as well as the Break table series.
Studio Peregalli consists of a design company made by a famous duo of interior designers. Roberto Peregalli Peregalli and Laura Sartori Rimini are the creative geniuses behind the success of the Studio Peregalli. Both of them have worked under the tutelage of the legendary Italian decorator Renzo Mongiardino until his death in 1998. This pair’s design work consists of a reinterpretation of classical Italian design forms, adapting them towards the future. One of the most impactful works they tackled was redecorating an amazing apartment in the heart of Milan, which was coincidentally the home of their former master.
Paola Navone was born in 1950 in Turin, but despite that Milan ended up becoming her home. After working with Alessandro Mendini, Ettore Sottsass and Andrea Branzi in the Alchinia group during the 70s and 80s, she definitely managed to launch herself in the market as an architect, a designer, an art director and an interior designer. She’s had cooperations with names such as Armani Casa, Alessi, Casamilano, Knoll International, Molteni, and Poliform, and has been graced with awards such as “Designer of the Year” attributed by the German magazine Architektur & Wohnen. Her design style has been very focused on the styles from nay distinct cultures between East and West as well as a deep appreciation for several styles of design and craftsmanship.
Laura Pozzi created Laura Pozzi Studio in 2003, a business focused in styling, interior design, set-design and photo production. Laura herself has the role of stylist, creative director and executive producer in an interior design firm currently located in Follina, Treviso and in Milan. Aside from being the author of two books about Finnish decorations, she’s taken her 19-year-old career to the max, by mixing her visual moods of design, architecture and styling into each of her new projects. Her take on projects centres essentially around three main keywords: colours, emotions and simplicity.
Fabio Novembre earned his degree as an architect in 1992, the year in which one of the references of contemporary Italian design. Since he began his career he became notorious for his take on restaurants, dance clubs and shops either in Italy or abroad. He also manages to have a unique and provocative design in his furniture conceptions as we can see by unique looking pieces such as the Org table, the Adaptation sofas and armchairs, the And sofa, and the carpets Mino and Pure Italy. Above all Novembre is known for trying to make a statement with every piece he produces.