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Paolo Zani

Art director / designer

Born in Cesena, Italy, in 1960, he lives and works in Milan. Graduated from the I.S.I.A. in Faenza (Institute for Arts and Industrial Design) in 1986. In 1987 graduated with the Masters Degree in Industrial Design from Domus Academy, Milan.
As an independent designer he has designed ceramic tiles, hi-fi accessories, tableware and kitchen accessories, wall to wall carpets and rugs, eyewear, home and office furniture, lights, mobile phones, faucets, dorr handles, sanitaryware.
He has been the art director of Cierre accessoriers, Italian manufacturer of home accessories.
In 1992 he established ‘Warli’, a collection of contemporary carpets and rugs manufactured in India by local weavers, handknotted according to traditional and innovative techniques.

Many of his products have been selected for international design exhibitions, design prizes as well as published in the best design magazines.

In 1996 he collaborated with Alessi to the project and the book ‘La Cintura di Orione’.

In 2009 Warli received the 'Innovative and Creative Brands' Prize from the Milan's Chamber of Commerce


From 1992 to 2013 has been teaching lndustrial Design at I.S.I.A in Faenza, as well as seminars and workshops at ‘National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India’, ‘Kent Institute of Arts & Design’ Rochester, England, ‘National College of Arts, Dublin. EIRE, Kuopio Academy of Design, Finland, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA.

Silvia Fanticelli


Born in Tuscany, after graduating in Architecture, at the University of Florence, Silvia Fanticelli began working at Claudio Nardi Architects, where she works with interior design for major fashion companies such as Dolce & Gabbana and Ferre ‘. Afterwards she moved to Milan where she collaborated for several years with the Lissoni Associati studio. Here she had the opportunity to broaden her professional skills, focusing in particular on interior design and exhibition concept for some of the major Italian design companies such as Cassina, Fantini, Kerakoll, Living Divani and Porro. In 2009 she began her career as a freelancer, always in parallel with research trips and collaborations with international brands that often take her abroad. Her work ranges from interior design for public spaces to styling, from the design of temporary installations to product design.
The curiosity towards distant cultures and the traditional craftsmanship techniques are a constant in the work of Silvia, whose goal is to look at the world of design from a female point of view.
Among her clients: Gallotti & Radice, Salvatori, Warli, Domenico Mori, Former, Res.

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