SAM BARON AND CO is a design and creative direction studio focused on reinterpreting traditional methods of construction which raises questions about the utility of today's material productions. Baron has received the "Grand Prix de la Création de la Ville de Paris” and was selected by Philippe Starck in 2010 as one of the ten most influential designers of the decade. His work has been published in Monocle, Wallpaper, New York Times, Le Monde, Elle and Vogue and is part of international museum collections. He has worked with Hennessy, Airbnb, La Redoute, Vista Alegre and Fabrica.
PAULA CADEMARTORI was born in Brazil where she graduated in Industrial Design. She moved to Italy in 2005 and gained a master’s degree in Fashion Accessories at Istituto Marangoni, followed by a managing certificate at SDA Bocconi and work experience in Versace’s style office. Her participation in the competitions “Vogue Talents” in 2009 and “Who’s on next?” in 2011, consecrated her as one of the most promising names of the international fashion scene, an achievement that encouraged her to launch her own accessory brand. Her inspirations range from art to architecture. In 2016 her brand was incorporated in the OTB Group, a Renzo Rosso holding.
GENTUCCA BINI was born in Milan in 1970. Her grandmother is Bruna Bini who, in her fashion atelier, worked with personalities like Lucio Fontana and Baj; her father shaped the image of Pierre Cardin and designed his shops. After completing her studies in architecture and industrial design and a work experience in Pierre Cardin’ atelier, Gentucca became André Leon Talley’s assistant. In 1997 her accessories were chosen by Karl Lagerfeld for the Chanel Couture show. That same year, 1997, Gentucca Bini launched her own brand. In 2006 she was Creative Director for Romeo Gigli. She collaborates with many prestigious brands creating architectural, fashion and design projects.
AITCH is originally from Romania but prefers not to put down roots in any one place. New settings inspire and energise her folky illustrations and her technique is continuously evolving thanks to an ongoing series of exhibitions across Europe. Her dreamy characters hide in William Morris-style gardens, evoking a vivid and bold reincarnation of Victorian melancholy while preserving a strong sense of her Romanian heritage. To date Aitch has collaborated with Soho House, Google Romania, Elle Romania, Air France and L’Occitane.
CTRLZAK is a hybrid studio that integrates diverse disciplines and cultures, blending art and design . Founded by Katia Meneghini and Thanos Zakopoulos, the studio creates artworks, objects and spaces but above all points of reflection where form follows meaning. CTRLZAK’s work ranges from the creation of unique pieces for galleries, museums and institutions to creative direction and design for a number of manufacturing companies. CTRLZAK’s creations have been exhibited in museums and institutions like MOMA, the Louvre and the Venice Art Biennale.
ILARIA INNOCENTI is an interior and product designer. In 2010 she took part in the Fuorisalone with a collection of handmade carpets using the traditional technique of Sardinia. She collaborates with Bitossi, Incipit, Karpeta, Texturae, Vista Alegre, ilaria.i as well as dedicating her time to research work that is exhibited at SaloneSatellite and the London Design Festival. Her products can be seen in several major ateliers such as Mint in London, Fleux and Le Bon Marché in Paris and La Rinascente in Milan and have been included in several exhibitions organised by the Triennale Design Museum in Milan.
NOT FOR SALE
NOT FOR SALE is a hybrid idea/project concepted by Elisa Libera Maccioni, designer. After graduating in Contemporary Art at Bologna University, Elisa moved to Milan where she specialized in Fashion Design at the Milan Polytechnic in 2009. A compulsive collector of things, and obsessed by shapes, Elisa decided to give name and identity to her ideas, and NOT FOR SALE is the result. The aim is to get reactions of astonishment, beauty or unease from graphical projects and product and interior design.
LA TIGRE is a graphic design studio directed by Luisa Milani and Walter Molteni offering creative consultancies that specialise in providing visual design solutions combining precision with a unique and light aesthetic. The studio has redesigned the logo for The Independent, illustrated advertising for IBM and pages of the New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker and Wired, and is creative consultant for the magazine Living. In 2012 it was selected by the Art Directors Club in New York as ADC Young Guns X. In 2018 it was featured in the Taschen book “The History of Graphic Design”.
FRANCESCA SARTI is an interdisciplinary designer who focuses her research in the world of food design. Her work ranges from curating exhibitions to set design to graphics and illustration projects. She is founder and art director of studio Arabeschi di Latte, she has worked for the British Council, the Design Museum, Illy, Selfridges, Fendi, Molteni, Gaggenau, AESOP, Fiorucci Art Trust, Ville Eugenie, Bitossi. She teaches at the Design Polytechnic and at Domus Academy in Milan; at IED in Rome; at ECAL and HEAD in Switzerland, and at the IUAV University in Venice.
NATHALIE LETE is a French designer. Her work combines different techniques and disciplines, from painting to ceramics to textile design. Of German mother and Chinese father, she creates objects that have roots in the different traditions of her origins, gaining inspiration from flowers, animals and vintage toys. She creates books and toys for children, carpets, designs for textiles and wallpaper, that evoke colourful, naïf and poetic worlds. She has worked with international brands including Anthropologie, Astier De Villatte, Issey Miyake, Gucci, H&M, Galeries Lafayette and Uniqlo.