Matteo Bazzicalupo e Raffaella Mangiarotti – Deepdesign

"The sensitive essence of things"

The exhibition is a selection of deepdesign work by Matteo Bazzicalupo and Raffaella Mangiarotti, whose path is guided by intense research into shapes, technologies and new materials, and which often leans toward a radical reinterpretation of typologies. Helpful and functional tools for everyday life, in the constant search for elegance, an increasingly rare quality. Objects that give off pervasive, intangible, yet perceptible irradiations. At the heart of Matteo Bazzicalupo and Raffaella Mangiarotti's deepdesign explorations, there is always tension in the encounter between formal organicism and functional complexity, as occurs in nature in a spontaneous yet perfect way, without redundancy or aesthetic rigidity, towards a pure economy of form.



Matteo Bazzicalupo (Parma) and Raffaella Mangiarotti (Genoa) graduated with honours in Architecture from the Polytechnic University of Milan in 1991.

In 1995 they met in the editorial offices of “Modo”, a magazine founded by Alessandro Mendini. After several years of experience conducted individually – Raffaella with Marco Zanuso and Francesco Trabucco, Matteo with Italo Jemmi –  they founded the deepdesign studio which has developed product projects and evolutionary scenarios in different fields in these years of activity: from food packaging and consumer electronics, to furnishings and cosmetics. In addition to designing scenarios and products for companies and organizations in different product sectors, Matteo and Raffaella have held various lectures at universities and design institutes throughout Italy. The Dandelion lamp is part of the Permanent Collection of Design and Architecture at the MoMA in New York.