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!
Surrounded with one of theworld’s best craftsmanshipculture, Carlo Donati‘s exclusive partnership with the two mid-century modern design brandswas 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 theItalian designer‘s fabulous design path in the CovetED magazine‘s incredible interview.
Whether it is residential design, villa, or even commercial projects theItalian 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.
During his twenties theItalian 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 designgroups in the world, also known as Versace. During that time, the Italian interior designerwas challenged with the renovation of Gianni Versace’s townhouse and the historic Vanderbilt Mansion, the main flagship store on Fifth Avenue.
“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.”
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 successfuldesign studios. His work is mostly focused on different types of interior design projects that highlight the power of fine craftsmanship techniques.
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 referencesof 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.
“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.”
His constant research for new material solutions and the attention for the chromatic palette is what makes his design projects so exclusive. Besides creatingunique 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.
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.
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