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Learn More About Carlo Donati's Amazing Ideas In This Exclusive Interview

Learn More About Carlo Donati’s Amazing Ideas In This Exclusive Interview

Since the beginning of his career, Carlo Donati has always been considered an inspiration when it comes to creative design ideas and fine craftsmanship techniques. This exclusive interview by the CovetED magazine is going to tell you everything you need to know about this Italian legend!

As you know, Italy is one of the most important design capitals in today’s industry, thanks to its rich history and beautiful architectural landmarks. Hosting some of the best interior design events, the beautiful city of Milan is also the hometown of some of the world’s top interior designers, such as the Italian legend, Carlo Donati. The famous luxury design magazine has made an exclusive interview with the Italian designer to discover more about his inspiring career but also a few details about his newest mid-century collection for the incredible luxury design brands, DelightFULL and Essential Home.

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Surrounded with one of the world’s best craftsmanship culture, Carlo Donati‘s exclusive partnership with the two mid-century modern design brands was the perfect opportunity to combine two of his many passions: craftsmanship and a modern approach of the mid-century style. Currently, Studio Donati is the responsibility of the artistic direction of the Slowear fashion brand and they are developing the new retail concept and design of several stores and showrooms not only across Italy but also worldwide. Get to know the Italian designer‘s fabulous design path in the CovetED magazines incredible interview.

Learn More About Carlo Donati's Amazing Ideas In This Exclusive Interview
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Whether it is residential design, villa, or even commercial projects the Italian design studio has become one of the most renowned experts not only in Italy, but also worldwide.  It’s founder, Carlo Donati was born in Zibello (Parma) in 1965 and studied architecture at the Politecnico of Milan where he graduated in 1992.

Learn More About Carlo Donati's Amazing Ideas In This Exclusive Interview
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During his twenties the Italian designer started working for historic architectural firms in Milan, such as Studio BBPR and Gregotti. A few years later, in 1995, Carlo Donati moved to New York to be the consultant architect of one of the most famous luxury design groups in the world, also known as Versace. During that time, the Italian interior designer was challenged with the renovation of Gianni Versace’s townhouse and the historic Vanderbilt Mansion, the main flagship store on Fifth Avenue.

Learn More About Carlo Donati's Amazing Ideas In This Exclusive Interview
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“In every project I design custom made furniture, both for residential or retail projects, because I believe that each work requires a special attention to furniture details.”

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In 1996, Carlo Donati decided to create not only his own firm “Studio Donati”, but also the “Farnese Contract” with Adriano Donati and Massimo Avanzini, which operates as a general contractor, working with the most successful design studios. His work is mostly focused on different types of interior design projects that highlight the power of fine craftsmanship techniques.

Learn More About Carlo Donati's Amazing Ideas In This Exclusive Interview
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With a peculiar contemporary signature style that features deep roots in the past, Carlo Donati loves to search for inspiration in the architectural landmarks and Italian design references of the post-war modernism (like  Gio Ponti, Osvaldo Borsani, Franco Albini), as well as the magic abstract scenography by Bob Wilson, the interiors in Stanley Kubrick’s or Quentin Tarantino’s movies. Every design project, no matter the style (contemporary, mid-century or modern), his minimalist approach is always contaminated by chromatic and graphic suggestions inspired by the theme chosen in the planning process.

Learn More About Carlo Donati's Amazing Ideas In This Exclusive Interview
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“I believe it’s important to be very updated on the actual trends of industry but at the same time to be able to work on different tracks out of the mainstream in order to anticipate new trends, be original and try in our little field to be some kind of disruptive.”

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Learn More About Carlo Donati's Amazing Ideas In This Exclusive Interview
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His constant research for new material solutions and the attention for the chromatic palette is what makes his design projects so exclusive.  Besides creating unique interior design projects, the Carlo Donati’s studio entered the world of bespoke furniture design production with the presentations of two incredible collections: “Reloaded” collection and another one that was the result of the exclusive partnership with the renowned Italian artist Petrus.

Learn More About Carlo Donati's Amazing Ideas In This Exclusive Interview

Passionate about the lines of the mid-century design, Carlo Donati believes that this era was the period of a time period where elegance and lightness were reference points, so the inspiration for his new furniture collection wasn’t hard to find. “I absolutely believe that it will be a fundamental reference in the luxury design since we’re talking about timeless elegance,” he explained to the CovetED team.

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The Italian designer has grown up surrounded with one of the world’s best craftsmanship cultures, so with this brand-new furniture and lighting collection, Carlo Donati could combine two of his many passions: craftsmanship and a modern approach of the mid-century style.

Learn More About Carlo Donati's Amazing Ideas In This Exclusive Interview
Image Credit: Carlo Donati

According to Carlo Donati, this partnership was the perfect opportunity to combine the great tradition of the master artisans, through the finest Portuguese craftsmanship culture, with a more Mediterranean mood. For those of you who don’t know, Portuguese craftsmanship has a well-known old tradition especially in relation to cork that is a light and resistant material and moreover an example of recyclable and sustainable energy. The hand-painted ceramic tiles and textile manufacturing are also a huge part of the country’s artistic culture.   

Learn More About Carlo Donati's Amazing Ideas In This Exclusive Interview

Carlo Donati’s main goal with this mid-century collection was to introduce “lightness, sixties patterns, some kind of ‘joie de vivre’- very Italian. Like the atmosphere in ‘La dolce vita’ -Federico Fellini’s masterpiece.” This is might be one of the most memorable collections ever created by the amazing Italian designer, don’t you think?


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