Biographical notes The architect Laura Negrini (1969) lives and works in Rome. She trained as a design engineer in the Netherlands, working with UNstudio on important projects and international competitions. She works with the architect Michele De Lucchi, with whom she is developing the project for the new image of Poste Italiane. In 2004 she founded the aQarchitetturaquotidiana architecture studio in Rome, which works in the field of the design and architectural planning of public spaces and services. She is the author of the monograph Ben Van Berkel (Edilstampa 2001) and also took charge of the monographic issue on UNStudio published in the magazine L’Industria delle Costruzioni. She has taught at the University of Design and the Arts in Venice, La Sapienza University in Rome and Cornell University in Rome. She has worked for many years with the Istituto Europeo di Design in Rome, taking on the role of IEDDesign Director in 2009.
Biographical notes Luca Nichetto was born in 1976 in Venice, where he studied at the Art Institute. Afterwards he attended the University Institute of Architecture of Venice (IUAV), where he earned a degree in Industrial Design. He began his professional career in 1999 by designing his first projects in Murano glass for Salviati. That same year he began his collaboration with Foscarini, for whom he not only designed products, but also worked as a consultant on new materials research and product development (2001–2003). In 2006 he launched his own design firm, Nichetto&Partners, which specializes in industrial design and offers its services as a design consultancy. In 2011 he also opened another professional office in Stockholm,Sweden. Over the course of his career, Nichetto has been awarded a number of international prizes, including the Gran Design Award (2008), the Chicago Atheneum Museum of Architecture’s Good Design Award (2008), the IF Product Design Award (2008) and the Elle Decoration International Design Awards’ (EDIDA) Designer of the Year award in the Young Designer Talent category (2009). Apart from participating in various design exhibitions in Europe, the U.S and Japan, Nichetto has also been the subject of important retrospective shows mounted in prominent European cities, including Venice, London, Paris and Stockholm, and he has served as art director for a number of international design events. In addition, he has been invited to sit on prestigious juries for a variety of design competitions held both in Italy and abroad Today, Nichetto collaborates with a wide variety of Italian and international companies, including Bosa, Casamania, Ceramiche Refin, Emmegi, Established & Sons, Fornasarig, Foscarini, Fratelli Guzzini, Gallotti & Radice, Italesse, King’s, Kristalia, Mabeo, Moroso, Offecct, Ogeborg, Salviati, Skitsch, Skultuna,Tacchini and Venini.
Fuensanta Nieto has worked as an architect since graduating from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and the Graduate School of Architecture and Planning at Columbia University in New York in 1981. She is a founding partner of Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos and a professor at the Universidad Europea de Madrid. Fuensanta Nieto lectures on architecture and participates in juries and symposia at various institutions around the world. From 1986 to 1991 she was co-director of the architectural journal ARQUITECTURA, published by the Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid.
Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos was founded in 1985 by Enrique Sobejano and Fuensanta Nieto, and has offices in Madrid and, since 2007, in Berlin. Along with being widely published in international magazines and books, the firm’s work has been exhibited at the Biennale di Venezia in 2000, 2002, 2006, and 2012; at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, in 2006; and at the Kunsthaus in Graz in 2008. They are the recipients of the 2008 National Prize for Restoration from the Spanish Ministry of Culture and the 2010 Nike Prize issued by the Bund Deutscher Architekten (BDA), as well as the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2010, the Piranesi Prix de Rome in 2011, and, in 2012, the European Museum of the Year Award and the Hannes Meyer Prize. Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos currently have projects in Germany, Spain, Austria, India, and Morocco.
FABIO NOVEMBRE was born in Lecce in 1966. In 1984 he moved to Milan where he graduated in Architecture at Politecnico. In 1992 he lived in New York where he attended a Cinema course at the New York University. During his american stay he got to know Anna Molinari and he realized for her his first interior project: the shop “Anna Molinari Blumarine” in Hong Kong. In the same year he opened his studio in Milan.
The collaborations with leading design companies intensify during the years, Cappellini, Driade, Meritalia, Lasvit, Flaminia and Casamania just for naming the main important ones; at the same time the showroom projects and boutique for the best international fashion brands going on as the Tardini shop in New york, the Blumarine store in London, Singapore and Tapei as well as the Meltin' pot and the Stuart Weitzman shops all around the world, from Rome to Beijing.
In 2008 the Comune of Milan dedicates a solo exhibition in the Rotonda di Via Besana as prestigious location named “ Teach me the freedom of swallows”, while in 2009 the Triennale Design Museum of Milan invited him to create a personal exhibition named “Il Fiore di Novembre”. In 2010 the Comune of Milan charges him of an exhibition inside the Italian Pavilion on the occasion of the Shanghai Expo. 2011 is the photography year: after art-directing of the exhibition “Lavazza con te partirò” at the Teatro dell'Arte of the Triennale of Milan on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the company's calendar; he also designed and curated the Steve McCurry exhibition at MACRO Testaccio, Rome. In April 2012 he signed the new exhibition setting for the fifth edition of Triennale Design Museum. In 2014, the new headquarters of the A.C. Milan were inaugurated, where all interiors are designed by Fabio Novembre. In 2015 he designed “Lavazza Space” at Expo Milano 2015. In 2016 he created an installation, “Intro”, within XXI Triennale di Milano Exhibition.