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The pizza cutter Taio, designed by Valerio Sommella, is an object with soft and sinuous shapes. Taio resembles a box, a pouch into which the pizza cutter has been inserted. The designer has managed to recreate the typical softness of fabric in a hard material like steel, giving the item an attractive and sophisticated feel. This feature serves to soften a sharp, everyday object normally associated with an action perceived as dangerous and aggressive.
Valerio Sommella, born in 1980 and graduated cum laude from the Politecnico of Milan in 2004, began his design career working with Stefano Giovannoni. In 2007 he moved to Amsterdam where he joined Marcel Wanders’ team. Since 2009, when he settled down in Milan and opened his design studio, he designs products in different fields, from furniture to consumer electronic goods and lighting both for Italian and international clients. He alternates this activity teaching at some Italian universities and design schools