Luca Martorano with Georg Muehlamm, Italy
Luca Martorano, a design philosophy:
"I believe that only working in many different fields and levels, facing different kinds of products, experimenting different styles, is it really possible to transfer innovation and produce originality. So I like switching from a bicycle project to a tea spoon, from a bathroom furniture collection to a medical equipment set, from a car component to a t-shirt. From a contribution of style to a totally technical one. From minimalist and sober objects to decorative works. Collaborating with companies as well as with small craftsmen. Contamination often generates originality.
Today it seems to be important to have a professional specialisation. I believe that it might be a good choice to be specialised in adapting to a variety of inputs and creating ideas able to influence positively those scenarios."
Luca obtained a M.Sc. degree magna cum laude with a thesis on sustainable transports in collaboration with ATM S.p.a. The following year the same project was selected and presented at MoMA in New York for the exhibition “Milano Made in Design”.
Luca's professional career Includes designs for the prestigious Italian bicycle brands such as Bianchi, Cinelli and Columbus. While working as a freelancer, he joined the team of Toan Nguyen Studio and then Matteo Thun & Partners. He has been involved in projects for international companies such as Walter Knoll, Dedon, Urmet Domus, Dornbracht, Belux, Duravit, Tvs, Salvarani, Zwilling, Neutra, Riva 1920, Inda, Marni, Rinascente, Fantini, Emmemobili, Geberit, DeSede and others.
Georg Muehlmann began his professional career with great success as an expert wood engraver but was soon drawn into carpentry. Thanks to his eye for proportion and aesthetics, his keen understanding and appreciation of wood, harmonious objects are created from his refined sense of design. A characteristic of his work is to combine different materials, using each to advantage in surprising ways. A perfectionist by nature, the finish of his pieces satisfy the highest demands. The aesthetic value of each piece has an important role which, however, does not compromise the practicality of each piece. Today Georg Mühlmann works in his design laboratory in San Genesio, a village overlooking the town of Bolzano, in the heart of Alto Adige.