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Maison&Objet Paris 2018 | Italy’s young designers under the spotlight at “Rising Talents”


In the next edition of Maison&Object Paris – running from January 19 through 23, 2018 – the Rising Talents Awards will focus on Italy.

cover: GUGLIELMO POLETTI – Equilibrium stool, photo © Giulia Piermartiri.

Since it was founded, in 1995, Maison & Objet pays a special attention to emerging talents and, every year, features a group of selected young designer from a different country.
In January 2018, six Italian emerging designers – nominated by six “mentors” – will have the possibility to present their work and design philosophy into a dedicated space.
Maison&Objet is an international design event which features over 6,000 exhibitors and is attended by over 85,000 unique visitors.

Nominated by Andrea Branzi, FEDERICA BlASI graduated from the Istituto Europeo del Design in 2011. After working in Amsterdam, when she familiarized with the clearness of Nordic design, she went back to Italy; today, she is Art Director at Mingardo and creative consultant for Fratelli Guzzini. Along with working for brands, Federica Biasi designs ceramic objects, furniture, and textile products made in collaboration with various Italian craft makers.


FEDERICA BIASI. Above, portrait, photo © Andrea Olivo; Elettra, vase by Mingardo
below: Ella, kitchen dresser, walnut wood.

Nominated by Giulio Cappellini, also ANTONIO FACCO graduated from Milan’s IED.
His filds of work include product design, interior design, graphics, photography, and exhibition design.
At Maison&Objet, Facco will present a multidisciplinary set and a participatory space focused on the perception of time in contemporary society.


ANTONIO FACCO. Above: portrait  © Annica Eklund ; Anemos, table with seats-poufs by Cappellini. Below: Mondo pendant, lamp by Oblure

Along with his courses of study at the Ecole Speciale d’Architecture in Paris and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, the design approach of MARCO LAVIT NICORA has been influenced by his collaborations with Riccardo Blumer, and the Paris-based office LAN Architecture. In 2014, he founded his architecture and design studio “Atelier LAVIT” in Paris.
” 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.” his mentor, Rosita Missoni, says.


MARCO LAVIT NICORA. Above: portrait © Gaï Tordjman ; ATEM modular sofa, Nilufar gallery, foto © Danielelodice. Below: Venezia chair, Nilufar gallery , photo © Marco Lavit Nicora.

Born in Japan, and nominated by Piero LissoniKENSAKU OSHIRO graduated in industrial design from the Milan’s  Scuola Politecnica di Design in 1999. He collaborated with various design offices, including  Lissoni Associati,  and BarberOsgerby in London, before going back to Milan where he founded his own practice. In the last years, he collaborated with major brands such as Boffi, De Padova, Gan, Glas Italia, Kristalia, Ligne Roset, Poltrona Frau, Viccarbe, and Zanotta. Among his many awards: the first prize at the  Design Report Award of the Milan’s Salone Satellite in 2006, and the EDIDA – Young Designer Talent Japan Edition in 2016.


KENSAKU OSHIRO – Above: LEPLì, Poltrona Frau, photo © Oriani Origone ; portrait  © Jeremias Morandell. Below: SEN, De Padova, photo © Kensaku Oshiro

Nominated by Luca Nichetto, FEDERICO PERI, just after graduating from IED Milan, moved to Paris where he met designers such as Ronan e Erwan Bouroullec, and Matali Crasset.
“ 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 ” Italian designer Luca Nichetto commented.  At Maison&Objet, Federico Peri will present both limited-edition and industrially-manufactured products. The companies with which he collaborates also include Fontana Arte, while his limited editions are represented by the Milan-based gallery Nilufar.


FEDERICO PERI – Above: portrait of Tommaso Balasso; traveling library  © studio Rocci
Below: Galerie floor lamp by Fontana Arte

Nominated by Rossana Orlandi, GUGLIELMO POLETTI specialized at the Design Academy in Eindhoven, the city where he currently lives.
The pieces of furniture of the Equilibrium series – a bench, a console, and a stool – he will present at M&O express his strongly experimental approach to product design. His objects, which seem to defy the physical limits of their materials, are at the same time simple and complex, and solve the connections of their different parts by using unconventional solutions and inventive details. A “thinking by doing” design approach characterized by intuitiveness and coherence.


GUGLIELMO POLETTI – Above: portrait Giulia Piermartiri ; Equilibrium console, photo © Giulia Piermartiri. Below: Equilibrium bench,  photo © Giulia Piermartiri.

January 19 through 23, 2018

Photo courtesy of M&O Paris – All rights reserved

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