Designing for Kartell, Zanotta and Foscarini, amongst other leading furniture brands in Italy, the studio of Ludovica Serafini and Roberto Palomba is influenced by the works of Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe and the Bauhaus group. “I am an employee,” laughs Roberto Palomba of his longstanding and highly successful partnership with fellow architect and designer – and wife – Ludovica Serafini. “She says, I do!” Partners in life and work, the Italian duo founded their studio, Palomba Serafini Associati, in Milan in 1994 and have since collaborated on architecture, furniture and kitchen and bathroom products, as well as art direction for a stellar line-up of manufacturers, from Zanotta, Driade and Foscarini to Kos and Laufen.

The studio’s work is typified by sleek lines and reduced forms – as seen in the Pianoalto modular sofa (2012) and Lama lounge chair (2006) for Zanotta. Its recent lighting design for Foscarini, Rituals (2013), is a glass pendant inspired by washi paper lanterns. Grooves on the lamp’s exterior modulate the intensity of the light and introduce a tactile surface to the organic shape. As Roberto explains, each piece is designed to be woven into the fabric of its users’ lives. “Design is not sculpture. I think about how people touch, use and enjoy each object.” Read the full story on Architecture AU.