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Baldessari e Baldessari, unbridled creativity

Baldessari e Baldessari, unbridled creativity

The Baldessari e Baldessari studio is a professional guild, active in the field of architecture, industry, design and decoration. Its international fame grew thanks to its furniture in the form of sculptures.

The italian architecture and design agency Baldessari e Baldessari is made up of Paolo and Michela Baldessari. This sibling group, in which talents are harmoniously combined, cooperates with working groups and a dense network of external advisers, takes care of the organization of exhibitions in Italy and abroad and collaborates there, develops researches and participates in competitions. For its ongoing activities, it has numerous public and private projects in the residential, industrial and office sectors, as well as restoration works of historic palaces and interior design projects. It also contributes with companies in the design sector, such as Riva 1920, Pallucco Italia, ICF, Adele-C, CC-Tapis, Twils, De Castelli, Atipico, Starpool, Luce di Carrara, Lagoon, Modo Luce, Karman and Pieces of Venice.

The company received prizes, notably that of the Alcan for the use of aluminum in architecture, in 1991, as well as merits in various competitions, such as An italian chair for the United States, in 1984, and the international Trau for the design of a workstation. In 2007, it won first place in Sun Rimini, a competition for new furnishing experiments, and holds the Pida Award 2013, in the hotel design section, as well as the Pida Award 2014 for Pida Friends. In 2015, it won the first One more pack prize for creative packaging design and that of Italy communicates with packaging. The hallmark of the duo is to design objects as beautiful as works of art. So, here is Band, a collection of coffee tables in three different shades of metal, designed by the Baldessari studio for the Italian brand De Castelli. Despite their heavy material, they have a very airy appearance, reflecting the art of metalwork involved in their production. The circular planes associated with the slender bases give an impression of lightness. The beautiful appearance of the coins is enhanced by the use of fine materials, such as iron, copper and brass.

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Contemporary concept, sober and elegant lines, colors and muted tones resolutely in tune with the times, noble and quality materials… The multiple creations designed and sculpted by Terry Dwan have everything to seduce us. Take a look at this outstanding talent. An architect and designer at the same time, Terry Dawn has, for a long time, established his notoriety on the international scene, thanks to his remarkable style. Based in Milan, this native American but adopted Italian uses a language of her own. Born in 1957, in Santa Monica, California, United States, she began her career after studying engineering and architecture at Rice University, Houston, in addition to training in Fine Arts at Studio Arts Center International (SACI) in Florence, Italy. The designer, who won the Fulbright Fellowship to study the architecture of cemeteries and war monuments in Italy, graduated from Yale University in Architecture in 1984. After an experience alongside Antonio Citterio, with whom she collaborated from 1985 to 1996 and founded the Citterio/Dwan office, working on several projects and residential complexes, fairs and exhibitions, notably in Switzerland, Japan, Germany and Italy, she opened her own design agency in 1992 and got involved in great designs, whether in architecture or decoration. A book entitled Antonio Citterio & Terry Dwan: Ten years of Architecture and Design, signed by Pippo Ciorra, was published on the occasion of the exhibition that the duo organized in Bordeaux in 1993. At the same time, it multiplies design projects for the biggest publishers and won numerous awards at international competitions. In 1996, she began by developing industrial design plans for firms such as Sawaya and Moroni, Electrolux, San Lorenzo and Driade. An accomplished designer, she juggles with forms, materials and concepts, questions obvious codes, experiments and explores eclectic universes: from the architecture of private residences, public buildings and interior decoration, through the design and the from salon and exhibition design to furniture and porcelain or silver objects, she is interested in everything and comes out with flying colors. Marrying current vision with everyday functionality, some of her works are part of the permanent collection of the Design Museum at the Milan Triennale. Passionate, her career is marked by numerous explorations of the material where wood, her material of choice, occupies a privileged place. She enjoys working with it revealing its multiple aesthetic qualities, through several everyday basics, many models of which have become emblematic, such as Maui, seat in scented cedar wood, edited by Riva 1920, and the Napa armchair, object oscillating between functional piece of furniture and biomorphic sculpture, or even Implement, a desk composed of two juxtaposed and misaligned wooden boards. Her collaboration with Driade is crowned by the timeless Burgos and Bedda sofas. A sought-after speaker around the world, Terry Dwan has taught architecture at SACI, Florence, and co-taught architectural heritage conservation at the University of Milan. Since 2006, she has been Dean of the Council of the School of Architecture at Yale University and a member of the SACI Board of Trustees.

In addition, with simplicity and efficiency, the designers created the Molletta bench for the Riva 1920 furniture distributor. A simple lying clothespin, a giant version in cedar, becomes a real sculpture, perfect for both indoors and outdoors. The duo also created an eccentric collection of glass and marble tables for the Italian brand Luce di Carrara, presented at the Fuorisalone 2015 exhibition. Those of the Filo collection feature a grandiose architectural marble base, on which is placed a glass top. These creative pieces of furniture can be used as a coffee or center table in a modern living room. The Filo range also includes cedar wood benches, metal tables, soft fabric poufs and aluminum lamps… With such inventive designs, the Baldessari have succeeded in setting a contemporary benchmark for sculptural furniture.

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