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Francesco Rota

Francesco Rota, an interior and product designer, was born in 1966 in Milan where he currently lives and works. After earning his degree in industrial design at the Art Center College of Design in La Tour de Peilz, Switzerland, he opened his own studio in 1998, specializing in design across various sectors including products, furnishings, lighting, showrooms, offices, private residences, and exhibitions. He has collaborated internationally with companies such as Alchemy, Arketipo, Bals Tokyo, Barilla, Driade, Fiat, Frag, John Richmond, Knoll International, KME Italy, Lapalma, Lema, Living Divani, L'Oreal Paris, Malo, Martini & Rossi, Mercedes Benz, Moroso, Paola Lenti, Oluce, Takano Co.Ltd, and Versus.

He has been awarded three Honorable Mentions for the Compasso d'Oro for the products 'Add,' 'Linea,' and 'Island,' which are part of the Historical Collection of the Compasso d'Oro ADI Award, as well as three Special Mentions for the German Design Award (organized by the German Design Council) for the products 'Daydream' (2014) and 'Kanji' (2016) produced by Paola Lenti and 'Add' (2016) designed for Lapalma. He was also awarded a German Design Award Winner for 'Move' by Paola Lenti in 2016 and three Red Dot Awards for the products 'Add,' 'Kanji,' and 'Move' in 2016, along with two Good Design Awards for the products 'Kanji' and 'Move' in 2016. He received the Interior Design Best of the Year Award in 2014 for the product 'Cloud' and the MIAW, Muuuz International Design Award, in 2013 for the product 'Frame On' and in 2014 for the product 'Smile.' In 2013, he was a finalist for the Wallpaper Judges’ Award in the 'Designer of the Year' category.

His work has been exhibited in shows and events organized by Italian and international institutions including the St. Etienne Biennale du Design, Hannover Messe, Triennale di Milano, Reggia di Venaria Reale in Turin, Moss in New York, Material Connection in New York, Venice Biennale of Architecture, Royal Academy of Arts in London, The Merchandise Mart in Chicago, Miami Design District, Biltmore Fashion Park in Phoenix, and Bellerive Museum in Zurich. Since May 2004, he has been a lecturer at the European Institute of Design within the Master Research Study Program in Industrial Design, in collaboration with Magis. Since 2013, he has served as the art director of Lapalma.

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