Ferruccio Laviani: Italian Furniture and Lighting Designer (1960), Italy. Ferruccio Laviani, born in 1960, graduated in architecture at the polytechnic institute in Milan. By 1986 he was a member of the De Lucchi studios working with various companies helping him to gain the popularity as one of the most prestigious European designers. One of his many duties was to run the exhibit Technique Discretes: le design du mobilier italien 1980-1990 at the Louvre in Paris. Ferruccio Laviani marks the transition between his generation and those before him through his collaborations with his elders and mentors. He's worked with Kartell, Foscarini, Achille Castiglioni, and Ettore Sottsass. Along with his talented colleagues, Laviani exemplifies the best of Italian design, present and future. His Bourgie Lamp is one of the premiere lamps in the Kartell lighting collection. The stylings and textures show the many inspirations Laviani designed with. Bourgie is one of the most remarkable contemporary table lamps in modern lighting. It revisits a classic Baroque table lamp but is updated with revolutionary features. The material is made entirely of transparent or batch-dyed polycarbonate making it an eco-friendly plastic furniture piece popular around the world.
Ferruccio Laviani is part of a generation of young Italian designers who came to prominence in the early 90's when the Memphis movement made its mark on international design. Born in 1960, Laviani studied both architecture and design in Milan, graduating with a degree in architecture in 1986. Soon thereafter, he took part in the "12 Newcomers" Memphis collection in 1986 and the "Living on Earth" Memphis collection in 1987, launching his career with ties to the colorful and idiosyncratic design movement. Laviani went on to design whimsical, colorful furniture and objects that reminds us of its exuberant and expressive mission. Laviani's Orbital Lamp of 1991, perhaps his best known design, used color-saturated biomorhic shapes for the glass shades, and an angular, tapering metal base, bringing to mind the organic emphasis and optimism of the '50s, while his Max table combines multi-use practicality with his signature curvilinear forms.
The partnership between Kartell and Ferrucio Laviani began in 1991 as a consultant responsible for designing and setting up presentations and exhibits. Laviani also designed one of the Kartell's stages for the Furniture Fair of Milan. Later, in 1997 Laviani designed and created a new shop in Via Turati along with the new corporate identity of Kartell worldwide. His products are best sellers and his design influence can be seen in a wide range of Kartell products.