Only a long apprenticeship at a glassworks and the careful observation of craftsmanship transforms a generic designer into a glass designer
Alfredo Chiaramonte was born in Bologna in 1961.
Marco Marin was born in Venice in 1964.
Alfredo Chiaramonte studied at the Faculty of Architecture in Venice.
Marco Marin graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, specializing in industrial design.
In 1989 the professional partnership between Alfredo Chiaramonte and Marco Marin was launched, with the foundation of the eponymous Designstudio.
Both share a passion for objects which manifest as industrial products. Their professional interest ranges across numerous fields (interior, graphic, industrial, lighting) and benefits from the permeation of experiences and knowledge they have gained over the years, thus creating an interdisciplinary perspective, a kind of humus to fertilize the soil of their ideas.
This is, for example, how the long-standing collaboration with Murano glass companies has allowed them to short-circuit two apparently different fields, creating several lines of objects, glasses and blown glass lamps for leading companies.
They have collaborated with companies in the furniture and publishing sector including Andromeda International, Axo Light, Artificia, Bonaldo, Calligaris, Cattelan Italia, Emu group, Eurobags, Stasis, Fornasarig, Gruppo editoriale Gemina, Hoffman Italia, Miniforms, Moulinex, NasonMoretti, Renault Italia, Sica and Vistosi.
They taught for a period at the European Centre for the Conservation of Architectural Heritage of Venice.
In recent years they have received widespread recognition. Some of their works have been exhibited in permanent collections and in international museums including the Correr museum in Venice, the Beauburg in Paris, the MOMA in San Francisco and the Venice Biennale, collaborating on a project by Yoko Ono.
They have also won numerous awards, including the first prize in the 1996 Young and Design Competition. Their continuous training at Murano furnaces in addition to their knowledge of glass technology and craftsmanship have led to their professional expertise in glass design lighting, which has been fully exploited in the “Artificia” project.
WIN AWARDS Contest 2014
Sculpt the material by cutting it firmly
WALLPAPER Design Award 2017
Terramare winner of the Best Garden Party section
German Design Award 2019
The T-COTTA collection won the 2019 German Design Award.
German Design Award 2019
The Meridiana collection won the German Design Award 2019
Archiproducts Design Awards 2019 – WINNER
RIFLESSO collection designed for Vistosi won the fourth edition of the Archiproducts Design Awards 2019 for concept and design in the lighting category.
Contest: De’Longhi Design Your Breakfast
FIRST PRIZE Appliances designed for breakfast preparation
Archiproducts Design Awards 2020 – WINNER
INFINITY designed for Hind Rabii won the Archiproducts Design Awards 2020 in the lighting category.