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An internationally-famous character, by now enshrined in the sacred texts of pedagogy and psychoanalysis, in the hands of Stefano Giovannoni and Miriam Mirri the puppet named Pinocchio becomes Pino, the smiling funnel with a long nose.
Italian designer, she was born in Bologna. She lives and works in Milan where since 2010 her office is based. She graduated from the Scuola Superiore Disegno Anatomico and studied design and communication at the Università del Progetto. Then, she moved to London, where she worked as designer at the Branson-Coates Architecture Office. She collaborated with several design companies both in Italy and abroad where she developed graphics and publishing projects, besides industrial products for important italian companies. She has settled in Milan since 1993; she worked with Stefano Giovannoni until 1999. In 2000 she began her freelance designer activity; she designed houseware, pets accessories, day and night objects, watches, complements and furniture collaborating among others, with Alessi, MandarinaDuck, Henkel, Seiko, Häagen-Dazs, Bysteel, Meritalia, Bassetti, Gruppo Coin, Euro3Plast, UnitedPets. In the 2006 she wins with the project-team the prize “Fritz Henkel Award for Innovation”. She took part in national and international exhibitions such as Triennale Design Museum in various editions; The New Italian Design, Triennale di Milano; D come Design. La mano la mente il cuore. Some of her works are included in the International Design Yearbook 2005. She has held design-workshop at the Università del Progetto and at the Domus Academy in Milan and presented her works at some design master course.
Born in La Spezia in 1954, Stefano as an architect and designer was taught by Buti at Florence University. In the early 80’s he founded the King-Kong Production Group along with Guido Venturini. His explosive talent enables him to embody a complex system of 'affective codes' in his projects. This great approach won him the title of 'Super & Popular' designer in the 90’s. A technical designer par excellence he has industrial design in his DNA and the capacity to understand public sentiment like no other designer mentioned in this catalogue. His projects began with the “Girotondo” (1989 designed with Guido Venturini) and the first transparent objects in plastic from the “Family Follows Fiction” series (1993). There is a huge number of his items in the “Officina Alessi”, “Alessi” and “A di Alessi” catalogues. www.stefanogiovannoni.it