Rodolfo Dordoni

Architect

Milano / Italy

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Rodolfo Dordoni was born in 1954 in Milan, where he obtained his architecture degree at the Politecnico in 1979 and where he still works as a designer. He runs two creative studios: his design office, Rodolfo Dordoni, and Dordoni Architetti, founded with Alessandro Acerbi and Luca Zaniboni, devoted to residential, industrial and commercial spaces, shops, showrooms, hotels, restaurants, yachts, and exhibition stands in Italy and abroad. Dordoni's projects are characterised by a rational approach, essential forms, rigorous geometries, attention to detail and overall high quality. During his university years, he developed a friendship with fellow student Giulio Cappellini. This bond translated into a long-standing professional association as artistic director of the Cappellini brand for over ten years. His successful projects include the Cuba 25 sofa and sofa bed collection and the Aliante bookcase designed with Giulio Cappellini.

His intense and fruitful relationship with Renato and Roberto Minotti began at the end of the 1990s and saw him become art director and coordinator of Minotti collections for over twenty-five years. His first furniture collection for Minotti dates to 1997; he debuted with Suitcase, a cubic armchair that has become a design icon. For Minotti, he designed stands for all editions of the Milan Furniture Fair, the Shanghai Furniture Fair and the Cologne Fair. He designed the Minotti New York flagship store in 2010 and the company showroom at the Meda headquarters in 2012. Dordoni has created numerous pieces for Minotti. They include the Dylan, Roger, Connery, Hamilton indoor and Florida, Sunray outdoor seating systems; the Solid consoles; the Carson desk; the Cesar, Keel, Brink coffee tables; the Marvin dining table and the Sally, Twiggy and Belt chairs.

In the furniture and lighting sector, he was creative director of Artemide (for the glass collection), FontanaArte (for the furniture collection), Foscarini (with the Lumiere and Buds lamps) and Roda (the Piper furniture family, the Spool sofas and the Mamba garden sofas). He boasts numerous high-profile collaborations, including Cassina (L42 acute beds), Ceramica Flaminia, Dada, Driade, Flos (the Ray lamp family), Flou (the Merkurio bed, the Iko console table, the Doze sofas), Molteni, Moroso (the Waiting circular bench), Poltrona Frau (the Jobs furniture), Sambonet (the S-pot line of cookware). His collaboration with Venini dates to 1995. He has worked with these brands as a designer and, in some cases, as a creative consultant coordinating marketing strategies and managing product image and development. His numerous awards and recognitions include the 2011 National Award for Innovation (Dordoni Architetti), the Honourable Mention at the XXIII Compasso d'Oro in 2014 and, more recently, the Archiproducts Design Awards. ... More ... less

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