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INTERNATIONAL DOUBLE AWARD MASTER'S
INTERNATIONAL DOUBLE AWARD MASTER'S

Paolo Zani

Master in Product Design
Year of Graduation: 1987
Current role: Product Designer

Bio

He was born in Cesena in 1960 and currently lives and works in Milan. He graduated from I.S.I.A. di Faenza (Istituto Superiore per le Industrie Artistiche) in 1986, later to obtain a Master in Product Design from Domus Academy (in 1987).

His Milan based studio focuses on: product design like ceramic tiles (Marazzi, Ascot, Gabbianelli-Italy), hi-fi accessories (Ross electronics-Great Britain), mobile phones (Fujitsu-Japan, Haier mobile-India), flatware and cookware (Alessi, Lagostina, Santandrea, Guzzini, Cierre accessories-Italy, WMF, Fissler-Germany), appliances (Ariston/Indesit, Ocean-Italy), rugs and carpet (Warli-Italy, Louis De Poortere-Belgium), eyewear (EspritUsa), furniture (FontanaArte, Kristalia-Italy, Steelcase Strafor-Usa/France), home and office lamps (FontanaArte, LumenCenter-Italy), bath furnishings (Moab80), research and consultancy projects for the development of design concepts, materials and products for Italian and foreign companies, interior design for stores, showrooms, and fair stands.

Since 2001 he is Art Director at Cierre Accessories, company that produces flatware and table accessories. In 1992 he creates “Warli”, a collection of contemporary rugs made in India and Nepal with traditional wool and plant fibers weaving.

Quotes

“Domus Academy was my first home in Milan. It opened the doors and the international visions of design but most of all it was a multi-disciplinary, anti-ethical, corrosive and concrete laboratory of ideas to which I always go back.”

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