Marconato e Zappa
1961 Maurizio Marconato: born in Cantù
1963 Terry Zappa: born in Cantù
1981/1990 They begin their collaboration with craftsmen and industries, developing a self-taught approach to design.
1986 Both partners attain degrees in Architecture at the Polytechnic di Milano, both with honours
1987/1990 Individual professional careers
1991 Studio Marconato & Zappa Architect Associati with main office in Cantù is founded.

Their professional activity begins early on, during their student years: from the early 80s they begin to work in the field of design, creating products for many companies manufacturing products for offices and homes and being responsible for the production process from design phase and production to presentation on the market, coordinating company image via photographs, graphics, publicity and exhibitions.

After having attained their degrees in Architecture, they practice as free-lance professionals in construction, specializing in refurbishment and restoration of buildings, developing projects free from rigid standards. But their main fascination has always been in the way people live and use the spaces around them, and how they interact with furniture and objects. They now turned their attention to these spaces and the items in them symbiotically designing one for the other.

They custom design unique items purposefully thought of to complete interior design, made by master craftsmen and they handle all aspects of the production. They continue as interior designers for types including residential, hotels, exhibition areas and shops, private and business sectors, in Italy and abroad. Thanks to their artistic background, they have always been greatly interested in art and images, and have realized several personal projects involving video, photography, street art and world culture. They travel extensively in Italy and the world, both for work and pleasure, cultivating their passions and finding inspiration in the cultures and ways of life they come across.
Stefano bigi
Born in 1974, Stefano Bigi grew up between France and Italy. Out of this double culture, he has acquired a taste for the chic and the beautiful. After studying at Art School, he started a career in webdesign within a SSII before becoming self-employed.

It was 14 years ago that he first began to sketch sofas, decorative objects, and his obsession: chairs. However, when he turned 31 he decided to live for his passion : to design furniture and decorative objects. Since 2005 he has established himself in Milan and founded his own  company :Stefano Bigi design studio.

« Design for me is an infinite, exasperated research towards the right balance between aesthetics and comfort, form and function. I try to create emotion, to invite people to sit or to use my furniture when they see it. My search goes towards those who disregard standards and uniformity, although with different needs and desires. I draw furniture for those who see a chair as much more than a seat with four legs or feet.

I do not intend to create pieces for museum collections; my furniture is made to be lived and to live with its owners. These round and harmonic forms are always looking for an atmosphere, a peculiar environment, a separate space, a space apart, a space to one. Home furniture which is no more a constraint but instead a desire. I also consider comfort at top value, as creating desire is just a side effect of my job. If the design seduces, the comfort develops loyalty from the customer.

A piece of furniture is not just a designer’s output to me: it is the result of the cooperation between the designer’s insight and manufacturer’s technical skills, between the form and the technical imperatives. Achieving a balance between innovation and rationalization is the engine pushing me towards new horizons. »
Cate & Nelson
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Founded in Sweden by internationally acclaimed industrial and furniture designers Nelson Ruiz-Acal and Cate Högdahl in 2006, Cate & Nelson is a London-based multidisciplinary design studio working in a variety of sectors including furniture, lighting, product, interior and art direction. With offices in Sweden, Spain and UK, Cate & Nelson create products and interiors to offer something over and above expectations.

Their designs are distinguished by the studios broad range of skills, sustainability, honesty, high functionality and continental approach.

The studio is involved in the entire collaborative design process between the designers, manufacturer, the brand and the end user, taking great joy in being a part of the journey from the first idea to the final product. Cate & Nelson has received major international press coverage and their products have been exhibited internationally.