Ferruccio Laviani began his career working with Studio De Lucchi in Milan, a place where experiment is paramount and the springboard to a career designing for Emilio Pucci, Porro, Foscarini and Kartell. Here, Jill Pope looks at the works of Laviani, a designer who is often so busy that he can slip under the media radar. Italian furniture and lighting designer Ferruccio Laviani’s work references both history and technology, in a portfolio as diverse as his roll-call of global clients.
Ferruccio Laviani’s curriculum vitae reads like a Who’s Who of the design world. The Italian designer, a graduate of the Polytechnic University of Milan in both architecture and design, started his career at Studio De Lucchi and his reach has continued to expand since starting his own practice, Studio Laviani, in 1991. He has collaborated with luminaries such as Kartell and Foscarini, as well as global luxury brands such as Veuve Clicquot, Dolce and Gabbana, and Missoni. Ferruccio’s sophisticated designs, laden with ironic references to both historic and modern technology such as his Good Vibrations storage unit, are in high demand. Thankfully the creative energy doesn’t appear to be in short supply – Ferruccio’s substantial list of projects encompasses a range of scales and includes furniture, lighting, interiors, graphics, materials and finishes, and exhibition design.
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