The Creatives of GHIDINI1961

Our distinctive ability to tame, craft and refine precious metals is never complete without the right design collaborations.
 
Ghidini1961 came to life as a result of the ingenious collaboration with our Art Director Stefano Giovannoni who curated a team of the most creative designers to collaborate with our brand.
 
Our designers are distinctive world citizens with a unique perspective on creating liveable art for the 21st century, redefining the concepts of luxury and originality to befit our evolving world.
 
Aldo Cibic
Aldo Cibic was born in Schio, Vicenza, Italy in 1955, and quickly developed a self-directed interest in the world of design. In 1981, as a partner in Sottsass Associati, he was a founding member of Memphis, an artists’ collective that was to mark an epoch-making transition in the universe of design and architecture.
 
By vocation and inclination an innovator, one who has never favoured generic labels nor stylistic excesses, Cibic adopted "experimentation as praxis". In the late 1980s he founded the Studio Cibic and launched “Standard” (1991), his first selfproduced collection.
 
At the same time he became a teacher at the Domus Academy and set up research activities with various schools, while developing his ideas around the "design of services". His projects, such as "The Solid Side" (1995) and "New Stories New Design" (2002), fostered a dynamic relationship between people and space and offered a new mode of designing places based on social interactions.
 
He continued in this vein in subsequent years with "Microrealities" (2004) and "Rethinking Happiness" (2010). Both were presented at the Venice Architecture Biennale, and both invent contemporary narratives aimed at multiplying opportunities for meetings, exchanges and sharing in community life.
 
In 2015, he curated the Venice Architecture Biennale of the Arts & Crafts exhibition at the Venice pavilion.
 
In 1989 he founded the practice Cibic & Partners and, in 2010, the Cibicworkshop, not only a design studio but also a multidisciplinary research centre, began to focus more heavily on alternative sustainable project types aimed at enhancing whole local areas and defining new cultural, emotional and environmental awarenesses of public space.
 
Aldo Cibic teaches at the Politecnico di Milano, the IUAV, Venice, and the Domus Academy; he is an honorary professor at the Tongji University, Shanghai.

 

Alessandro Mendini

Alessandro Mendini is an Italian architect, and was born in Milan. He has been editor-in-chief of the magazines Casabella, Modo and Domus. Monographs on his personal work and the projects he made in conjunction with the Alchimia group have been published in different languages. Alessandro Mendini makes design objects, furniture, interiors, paintings, installations and architecture.
 
He produces work with international manufacturers, and is also a consultant for the image and art direction of companies in Europe as well as the Far East.
 
He is an honorary member of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. He received the Compasso d’Oro for design (1979 - 1981- 2014). In France, he carries the title of “Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres”.
 
He has received recognition from the Architectural League in New York, and an honorary doctorate degree from the Milan Polytechnic and the École Normale Supérieure de Cachan in France.
 
Mendini is an honorary professor on the Academic Council at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in China.
 
His projects are found in museums and private collections around the world. Alessandro Mendini’s theoretic and written work, along with his design work, finds its origin at the crossroads between art, design and architecture.
 
In 2015, Mr. Mendini received the 2014 European Prize for Architecture from the Chicago Athenaeum; and honorary doctorate degrees from the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, Poland and from the Kookmin University in Seoul, South Korea.
 
In December 2015, he was awarded the title Mestre de Design de la Catalogna in Barcelona, Spain.
 
In 2017 Alessandro Mendini received the Year's Winner of the A&W Award Designer of the year 2017 in Cologne, Germany.
 
 
Andrea Branzi
Andrea Branzi, architect and designer, born in Florence in 1938, where he graduated in 1967, lives and works in Milano.
 
From 1964 to 1974 he was a partner of Archizoom Associati, first vanguard group internationally known, whose projects are preserved at Centro Studi e Archivio della Comunicazione in Parma and at Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.
 
He is a Co-founder of Domus Academy, the first international postgraduate design school.
 
Since 1967 he works in the fields of industrial and research design, architecture, urban planning, education and cultural promotion.
 
In 1987 he received the Compasso d'Oro for his career. He is a Professor at the Third Faculty of Architecture and Industrial Design of Politecnico di Milano.
 
 
Branch Creative
Josh and Nick both have deep family ties in design in California. Both growing up in the Bay Area, Josh and Nick are the sons of accomplished designers and hippies, who instilled in them the importance of design, craftsmanship, and service at an early age.
 
Most importantly, they were taught to love what you do, care about who you do it with, and be proud of what you make. Branch is the love child of love children.
 
Branch designs, develops, and manufactures a range of products for a wide spectrum of companies, from furniture to housewares in their foundry on in South San Francisco, as well as cutting edge technology products for some of the most innovative companies in the world.
 
Some of their current clients and partners include Google, Council, Plume, L’Oreal, Nextbit, Kuri Robot, Thync and Athos.
 
 
The Campana Brothers
Since 1983, Brazilian brothers Fernando (born 1961) and Humberto (born 1953) Campana have been solidly building their career, achieving both national and international recognition. In 2019, the studio celebrated its 35th anniversary acknowledged as pioneers of disruptive design, which led them to create a groundbreaking language in their field.
 
Strongly rooted in Brazilian culture and traditions, their work yet carries universal values in its core, such as freedom and human dignity, by encouraging self-identity searching through life experiences. Incorporating the idea of transformation and reinvention, their creative process raises everyday materials to nobility, bringing not only creativity into design, but also Brazilian characteristics - the colors, the mixtures, the creative chaos - the triumph of simple solutions, in an artistic and poetic way.
 
Based in Sao Paulo, Estudio Campana is constantly investigating new possibilities within design: from furniture making to architecture, landscaping, fashion, scenography and more. It creates bridges and dialogues where the exchange of information is also a source of inspiration
 
Campana pieces are part of permanent collections of renowned cultural institutions such as the Centre Pompidou and the Musée Des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, MoMa, New York, the Museum of Modern Art of Sao Paulo and also the Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein.
 
 
Elisa Giovannoni
Elisa Gargan Giovannoni, born in Pordenone, industrial and interior designer, is Stefano’s partner and wife, collaborates as a designer with Giovannoni Design and other companies including Alessi, Magis, Maletti-l'Oreal, Millefiori, Mr & Mrs Fragrances, Millefiori, Bisazza, Veneta Cucine, Bertazzoni, Marzorati&Ronchetti, Tubes, Viceversa.
 
Winner of numerous prizes and competitions, she runs courses at the Domus Academy and the Polytechnic School of Design.
 
 
Johanna Grawunder
Designer/artist Johanna Grawunder works on a broad range of projects, including large-scale public lighting and color installations, exhibition design, architectural interventions and interiors, and limited-edition furniture and light collections. Trained as an architect, she was drawn to the medium of light early on and has tried to incorporate architectural principles and scale, non-precious building materials and high technology light research into her designs.
 
Her work is included in many museum permanent collections, including the High Museum Atlanta, LACMA, CNAP, SFMOMA, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Art Institute Chicago, Denver Art Museum and Musée des Arts Décoratifs Paris.
 
With a degree in Architecture from California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo, she studied and worked with Gianni Pettena and Cristiano Toraldo di Francia of Superstudio in Florence (1984-1985) then moved to Milan to work with Sottsass Associati (1985-2001), becoming a partner in 1989. In 2001 she opened her own studio in San Francisco and Milan.
 
 
Lorenza Bozzoli
Born in Milan where she studied art at the Brera Academy.
 
Initially started as a freelance fashion designer, collaborating with Fiorucci, Basile, Plein Sud, Sergio Rossi and Camper, her interest then moved toward the world of product design, and she started articulating her work through a vast series of collaborations with big brands such as Alessi, Moooi, Dedon, Dilmos, Edition, Mingardo, Pomellato, Slamp, Slide, Tato Italia and Colè.
 
In 2018 she founded her brand Lorenza Bozzoli Couture that produces contemporary high end furnishing accessories.
 
She partecipated in many exibithions in Italy and abroad, such as at Triennale Milano and Cooper Hewitt in New York.
 
Lorenza currently lives and works in Milan.
 
 
Nika Zupnac
Nika Zupanc graduated with distinction from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana in 2000. Since then she has gained a sterling reputation for a body of work that in her own words, “challenges the rational, sober and utilitarian by giving voice to the intuitive, eclectic and intimate”.
 
In the recent year, Nika has designed extraordinary pieces for Sé (collection recently awarded with Editors award for furniture at ICFF in New York), for the Japanese brand Francfranc, for Dutch design brand Moooi.
 
She also made a Room of One‘s Own for Esprit Dior and designed the atmospheric As Aperitivo bar in her home town Ljubljana. Nika’s pieces carry an emotional charge as well as being exquisitely finished, which is why Elle USA defined her work as “punk elegance”.
 
As for Nika, explanation is unnecessary. Her visual language comes from deep within and is about "communicating the things that cannot be told.”
 
Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance
Originally, Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance was a sculptor, preoccupied with each work he created by a story and intimate link with nature that he felt the need to retranscribe by using his hands. But soon the idea of stirring emotions in others by creating useful forms became an evident path for someone who loves the beautiful as much as the functional and harmony as much as social responsibility. So he turned to design… Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance often compares his approach to tsubo niwa, the tiny garden at the center of a traditional Japanese house.
 
Like an organic pulse in a profession dedicated to meeting the demands of an industry, a market or a specific client, he is as ready to design objects with inspired lines for manufacturers (Bernhardt Design, Ceccotti Collezioni, Cinna, Ligne Roset, La Chance, Petite Friture, Tacchini, Zanotta…) as he is to imagine harmonious living areas (Senderens, Air France Lounges, Ciel de Paris, Meurice Oenotheque, Transumance Chalet, #Cloud.paris Lounge…) or even to define a product image or showcase for a famous brand (Paco Rabanne, YSL Beauty, Perrier-Jouët,).
 
With his innate fondness for art nouveau, he relies not only on the universal character of nature to impose shapes that make sense but believes that the idea of a total, multidisciplinary art is vital for contemporary creation.
 
 
Paolo Rizzatto
Paolo Rizzatto was born in 1941 in Milan and graduated in Architecture at Politecnico di Milano in 1965.
 
In his Milanese studio he works as freelance professional in the field of architecture, interior design, and design. In 1978 he founded the company Luceplan with Riccardo Sarfatti.
 
He designed for several italian and foreign companies: Alias, Arteluce, Artemide, Cassina, Danese, Driade, Fiam, Flos, Guzzini, Knoll, Kartell, Lensvelt, Luceplan, Molteni, Montina, Nemo, Philips, Poltrona Frau, Segis, Serralunga, Thonet, Veneta Cucine.
 
He gave classes and conferences in many University Institutes: Columbia University of NewYork, Politecnico di Milano, Cranbrook Center in Detroit, Washington University in Saint Louis, Architecture Institute in Moscou, Università degli Studi di Palermo, IUAV in Venezia.
 
His works have been presented in seminars, architecture and design exhibitions, and are included in many permanent collections and foundations: Triennale di Milano, Museum of Modern Art in New York, Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Museo della Scienza e della Tecnica in Milan, Musée des Arts Decoratifs in Paris. He won several prizes, such as Compasso d’oro in 1981, 1989, 1995, 2008 and 2011, the “Premio dei Premi per l’Innovazione” in Rome in 2011, and the international competition for the urban renovation of Darsena of Milan in 2004.
 
 
Richard Hutten 
Richard Hutten, Dutch, born in 1967, graduated from The Design Academy Eindhoven in 1991.
 
That same year he founded his design studio specialised in product and interior design.
 
He was one of the founding members of Droog Design, a Dutch collective who changed the field of design since it’s appearance in 1993. As today Hutten is one of the most influential Dutch designers.
 
He is known for his conceptual yet playful designs, such as his famous Dombo mug that sold over one million pieces worldwide.
 
Many of his clients are leaders in their field. To name a few: Moooi, Moroso, Offecct, Skultuna, Muji, Artifort, Gispen.
 
His work can be found in over 40 museums in the world, including MoMA New York, Victoria & Albert Museum London, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Vitra Designmuseum, Weil am Rhein.
 
Richard works and lives in Rotterdam and is the father of 3 sons.
 
 
Setsu & Shinobu Ito
Setsu & Shinobu Ito are both Japanese designers with a broad work experience in architecture, interior and space, surface, product, industrial and packaging design.
 
They opened their design studio in 1997, and since then, they work and consult for international clients, in a wide range of activities in the design.
 
Setsu Ito, graduated from Tsukuba University in Japan, began collaborating with leader of avant-garde italian design Alessandro Mendini, and then with great master of modern architecture and design, Angelo Mangiarotti.
 
Shinobu Ito, graduated from Tama Art University in Tokyo, started her career for CBS Sony in Sony Creative Products and attained a Master Degree at Domus Academy, Milan.
 
They have received design awards such as: "Compasso d' Oro" (IT), "Compasso d' Oro Menzione d' Onore" (IT), "Design Plus" (DE), Reddot Award Best of the Best (DE), NY NOW Best Product (US), ”The Good Design Award (JP). Some projects became permanent collection of "Die Neue Sammlung Design Museum" in Munich (DE). They are visiting professors of Domus Academy in Milan, Politecnico of Milan, IUAV University of Venice, IED Milano, Raffles Milano (IT) and Tsukuba University and Tama Art University (JP).
 
Both are Visiting Researcher of the Research Center for Advanced Science & Technology at The University of Tokyo.
 
They are a part of jury of International Design Awards such as the IF Design Award 2015 (DE). They are a member of the ADI (Italy), board member of the Japan Fashion Color Association (Japan) and the APDF (China). Published a biography “Setsu & Shinobu Ito_East-West Designer” (Logos Italy 2008).

 

Stefano Giovannoni

Born in La Spezia, lives and works in Milan.
 
Stefano graduated in architecture at the University of Florence, and is the designer who has worked more than any other in the world of home accessories and kitchenware.
 
He collaborated with companies like Alessi, Amore Pacific, Cedderoth, Deborah, Fiat, Hannstar, Hansemm, Helit, Henkel, Honeywell, Kokuyo, Inda, Laufen, Lavazza, LG Hausys, Magis, Mika-kuto, NTT Docomo, Oras, Oregon Scientific , Pepsico, Pulsar, Samsung, Seiko, Siemens, Sodastream, 3M, Telecom, Toto, Veneta Cucine, and many others.
 
He designed very successful products that have broken all sales records in the design field such as the Girotondo collections (over 10 million units sold) and Mami, the famous products of "FFF" series for Alessi, the Alessi-one bathroom ware, and the Bombo family for Magis.
 
Thanks to his ability to intercept the tastes of the general public, he has been named "The Champion of super and popular of the 2000s" (A. Alessi), "Most designers bankable" (E. Perazza), "Design King Midas" ( C. Morozzi).
 
Stefano Giovannoni is the Art Director of Ghidini1961.
 
 
Studio Job
Studio Job is a ground-breaking art and design studio based in the Netherlands and Milan.
 
Led by Job Smeets a pioneer of contemporary and sculptural art and design, he founded the studio in 1998 in the renaissance spirit, combining traditional and modern techniques to produce once-in-a-lifetime objects.
 
Smeets leads a highly skilled team of craftspeople producing art pieces, projects and products.
 
The Studio Job atelier based in the Netherlands, works both in the fields of design and art for a vast range of projects, galleries, brands and collectors.
 
 
Tomek Rygalik 
Born in Poland in 1976, Tomek Rygalik is a designer and educator with Ph.D in Industrial Design.
 
He graduated from Industrial Design at Pratt Institute in New York and Design Products at Royal College of Art in London.
 
In 2006, he founded his award winning practice Studio Rygalik in London, which, since 2009, has been based in Warsaw.
 
His clients include Cappellini, Moroso, Ghidini, Ideal Standard, Siemens, Heineken and Ikea.
 
Since 2008, Tomek is a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw.
 
From 2010 he provides creative direction, and unique design guidance for leading brands.
 
He established his own brand Tre Product in 2016.