Marco Zito, the sense of beauty


An emblematic figure in the design market, Marco Zito has made singularity his trademark. Object design, architecture, interior design, the jack-of-all-trades designer did not confine himself to a particular field. Between poetry and industry, his creations make him one of the most recognized names on the international scene.

Born in 1966, the Italian artist studied architecture with Vittorio Gregotti and Bernardo Secchi at the IUAV University. Two years after graduating, in 1994, he began teaching industrial design at the Faculty of Design and Arts of the IUAV, Venice, and that of Industrial Design at the University of San Marino. At the same time, he made his debut on the island of Murano, in the world of blown glass. Since 1996, he has been a guest lecturer at the Industrial Design Center in Montevideo, Uruguay, at the San Marco Center in Kigali, Rwanda, and at the IMC – Industrial Modernization Center – in Cairo, Egypt. A source of inspiration, it was in the magical city of Venice, that he called his neighborhood.

His studio specializes in product and facility design, interior design and decoration, and architecture. Zito mainly conducts research there on the reduction of components, the simplification of furniture and projects or the durability of the object. Sustainability figures, moreover, at the top of the themes on which he focuses his work. From the creation of his agency, success was immediate. The designer, who became an expert member of the ADI.BEDA Reg., quickly established himself in the design world, winning numerous international awards. Ultra-creative, reinterpreting the tools of our everyday life in a contemporary light, he constantly delivers pieces that seduce the public like Steelon, a laminated blown glass table lamp, designed like a vase and produced by Viabizzuno. Thanks to this achievement, he was selected by the Design Index ADI 2004 and published in the Design Yearbook 2004 by Tom Dixon.

His Lettere project, a lighting system also produced by Viabizzuno, won him the competition for innovation and design trophies, Batimat 2005, and was chosen by the Design Index ADI 2007 and the New Italian Design exhibition, permanent design collection at the Milan Triennale. He is also a winner at Matitalia, commemorative pencil for the 150th anniversary of the unity of Italy, the Unita project being produced and led by Fila. Pure, light, with soft lines and curves, his creations, whether they are office furniture, armchairs, coffee tables, suspensions, lamps, wall lights, screens, magazine racks or other accessories embody a world tinged with poetry, while meeting the criteria of quality and functionality. The artist collaborates with the most prestigious brands, such as Foscarini, Saba, Agape, Salviati, Olivetti, Lavazza, Plust, Deltacalor, Coin, Electrolux, Casamania, Gruppo Danieli, Fila, Viabizzuno and Bosa.

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