Ferruccio Laviani


Milano / Italy

Pietro Ferruccio Laviani was born in 1960 in Cremona, where he obtained his diploma in 1978 from the International Professional Institute for Violin and Wood Crafts. In 1984, he graduated from the SPD Scuola Politecnica di Design in Milan under the guidance of Nino Di Salvatore, before getting a degree in architecture at the Milan Polytechnic in 1986, studying with Marco Zanuso and Achille Castiglioni. In 1997 he worked with Castiglioni on the design of the exhibition dedicated to Gio Ponti and Vico Magistretti at the Salone del Mobile. After a fruitful collaboration with Michele De Lucchi, whose partner he became for several years, he opened his own office in Milan in 1991. This marked the start of Laviani's intense professional activity as a designer, graphic designer and architect, creating objects, installations, commercial spaces, offices and residential accommodations.

He was art director for important Italian companies, including Flos, De Padova, Foscarini, Moroso, Society (Limonta) and Emmemobili. He created the Good Vibrations wardrobe (presented at the "Thrill of Deception" exhibition organised in 2018 at the Kunsthalle in Munich), the Gothik/a display cabinet and the (W)hole oak chest of drawers for Boffi. He designed several lines of floor and wall tiles for Lea Ceramiche and the Mandrague armchair and pouf and the Large, Hi-bridge and Holiday modular sofas for Molteni. Laviani became Kartell's creative director in 1991. His association with the brand resulted in numerous projects, including stands, exhibitions and products. He conceived the Bourgie and Take lamps and contributed to the birth of the Kartell Office concept, designing the graphic project for its catalogue and the Max table in 1998. In 2015, he developed a new concept for the Kartell museum in Noviglio updating the project he had conceived in 1999, which won the Guggenheim Business & Culture Award as best business museum in 2000. In 2019, he designed "The Art Side of Kartell" show at Palazzo Reale in Milan to celebrate the company’s 70th anniversary.

Laviani also designed other exhibitions, including Design Italiano Hoje: reflexões e projetos in 2001, promoted by the Italian Institute for Foreign Trade ICE at the Museum of Sculpture in São Paulo; Abitare Italia at the Italian Embassy in Brasilia. In 2018, at the Salone del Mobile in Milan, he celebrated his long-standing collaboration with Emmemobili in the retrospective "Peep O Rama. The Furniture Show". His products are displayed in collections and exhibitions in museums around the world. Laviani has taught at Domus Academy in Milan and is often invited to speak at universities, design schools, trade fairs and international institutions; in 2018 he was invited to lecture at the College of Design and Innovation at Tongji University in Shanghai. ... More ... less

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