Raffaella Mangiarotti


Born in Genova in 1965, she is an architect and a designer. In 1991, she graduated with honours in Architecture (Industrial Design) at the Politecnico of Milan. Here, from 1992 to 1995, she also did a Phd in design on the environmental impact of industrial products. She is currently a researcher at the Faculty of Design in the Politecnico of Milan. In 1995, she set up Deepdesign Studio with Matteo Bazzicalupo.

During these years she worked for a variety of companies and institutions belonging to different commodity sectors, such as Aldo Coppola, Barilla, Brevi, Castelli Haworth, Coca Cola, Comitato Giochi Olimpici Torino 2006, Coop, Daimler Chrysler, Fratelli Rossetti, Giorgetti, Glaxo Smithkline, JVC, Kitchen Aids, Kraft Suchard, Imetec, Inblu, Mandarina Duck, Misuraemme, Nec, Panasonic, RSVP, San Lorenzo, Whirlpool Europe.

She has received awards and has been selected in numerous design contests among which Young & Design (1996, 1997,1999, 2000), Cosmopack (1995, 1996), Esaedro (1997), ID Award (2004), Selezione Compasso d’Oro (2005). Her “Dandelion Lamp” is in the permanent collection of MOMA in New York.

She designed some jewels for San Lorenzo, considering them a reminder of loving moments. Creating BLOOM (see the photo) she has been inspired by those lockets in which a beloved person’s portrait was once enclosed. Since she considers it an object that speaks to our senses, she decided to include smell as well, creating a pendant that is also a perfume dispenser.

photo: Yoshie Nishikawa