Vico Magistretti graduated from Milan Polytechnic University with a degree in Architecture in 1945. Already in 1956 he was one of the founding members of the ADI, the Association of Industrial Design. Magistretti’s attention to the issues of housing and living led him to be one of the chief protagonists of design in the 1960s and 1970s. Combining the principles of architecture with industrial design, Magistretti designed a series of objects and furniture which made history, such as the “Eclisse” lamp (1966), the “Maralunga” armchair (1973) and the “Atollo” lamp (1977), for which he won the “Compasso d’Oro” award. His work as a designer received increasing appreciation and, among the several awards, he was given a golden medal by SIAD (Society of Industrial Artists and Designers) and was elected Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art in London. He held conferences and lectures in Europe, Japan and United States. In 1997, the “Salone del Mobile” of Milan dedicated to him a special monographic exhibition, alongside another exhibition dedicated to Gio Ponti.
In 2003, the Schiffini Foundation organized an exclusive exhibition entitled “Vico Magistretti. Design from the 1950s till today”, opened in Palazzo Ducale of Genoa. That same year Magistretti became a member of the Scientific Committee of Milan Polytechnic Foundation. His last design works were displayed at “Salone del Mobile” in 2008, two years after his death. Magistretti’s design pieces are housed in the permanent collection of MoMa in New York and in major museums in America and Europe.
Jasper Morrison was born in London in 1959, and graduated in Design from Kingston Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art. In 1984 he studied at Berlin’s HdK on a scholarship. In 1986 he opened his Office for Design in London. Today Jasper Morrison Ltd has studios in London, Paris and Tokyo. He designs an ever-expanding range of things including furniture, lighting, electrical products, watches and shoes, for companies such as Vitra, Cappellini, Flos, Marsotto, Punkt, Camper and Muji. He has published several books with Lars Müller Publishers, including Super Normal (with Naoto Fukasawa) and A Book of Things, and worked on a variety of exhibitions at his shop in London and in museums and galleries around the world. Jasper Morrison for Schiffini: Lepic is born. A project that refletcts the creative philosophy of the designer, based on the “Super Normal” concept. Lepic is an apparently simple system full of variants with precise details of carefully planned combinations of different materials.
Alfredo Häberli was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1964. He moved to Switzerland in 1977. Today, he is an internationally established designer based in Zürich. His work and designs combine tradition with innovation, joy with energy, essentiality with function. The products he designed for Alias, BD Barcelona, Camper, Georg Jensen, Iittala, Kvadrat, Luceplan, Moroso and Vitra prove evidence of this. Alfredo Häberli’s collaboration with Schiffini gave rise to the design of the Mesa kitchen, at the basis of which is the experience of his childhood. The vision of his kitchen breaks with the aseptic forms featured in interior design magazines and showrooms and takes shape in a workshop-like kitchen, a space where people can really cook and live. In other words, a kitchen as the soul of the home. With Pampa Alfredo Häberli continues his research on the kitchen space as soul of the kitchen. This project is distinguishable for an elegant alternative to the classic handle which is replaced by a slit in the wood surface. A complex workmanship with an original plastic and tridimensional effect. A curved sign, light and soft as a smile. Alfredo Häberli’s design works have been shown at numerous exhibitions and have won him many international awards.
Alfonso Arosio graduated in Industrial Design and Interior Design from Milan Polytechnic University. In 1992 he started collaborating with Cappellini, where he was in charge of Executive Marketing. Thanks to this experience, he acquired know-how in interior design, corporate identity and public relations, and co-ordinated Cappellini showrooms’ image worldwide. Alfonso Arosio is master of engineering at the IED in Milan and is currently developing projects for furnishing companies, interior design showrooms and exhibition stands, in Italy and abroad, as well as interior design projects for dwellings and public premises.
Giuliano Giaroli set up his studio in 1985. Interior design and renovation were his prevailing activities at that time. His furnishing settings are strongly chacterized by elements of his own design. The close collaboration with Schiffini began in 2003 when he designed for the company some ranges of kitchen and complements. Giuliano Giaroli lives and works in La Spezia.
Gitta Gschwendtner’s design consultancy includes furniture, interior, exhibition design and public art for arts, cultural and corporate clients. The studio specializes in a “tailor made” approach to design. Each project is carefully researched and every solution is an individual response to the project`s particular needs. The designs have narrative at their heart and are derived from careful problem solving rather than styling. The Gitta Gschwendtner project for Schiffini interprets the kitchen as an architecture. The sketch of The Drawer Kitchen is a sculptural volume that holds, and with a gesture offers food, kitchen utensils and objects; a large island appearing like a monolith is transformed into a worktop around practical and useful drawers. Designed for the Handmade of Wallpaper 2010 event, The Drawer Kitchen started production in April 2014.