Vanessa Stella & fabrizio rocchi
Architect, designer and interior designer, I graduated from the University of Florence with a specialization in bio-architecture and Feng Shui. After several years as freelancer, in November 2008 I took over the management of the family business. The strong desire to break into foreign markets and to bring the company in still unexplored fields led me to found the Unica brand, which was born from the alchemical relationship between me and art director Fabrizio Rocchi.
In a reality where only minimal style along with the so-called international style seem to exist, Unica offers unique furnishings that speak the language of the heart, products with a strong personality which are able to excite and that bring to light ancient processes within innovative products.
Unica produces furniture that contains the experience of Italian craftsmanship in glass processing and the ancient knowledge of our ancestors in the field of finishes and decorations with specific focus on the application of gold leaf, crystals and natural stones. Our products are the result of different working processes never seen together before: the famous recipe of 18 steps applied to the decoration of a single sheet of glass.
Through the collaboration with small artisan companies of its territory, Unica aims ambitiously to bring the excellence of MADE IN ITALY in the world.
Everything begins from the comic. I don’t remember when this passion is started, perhaps even before starting to talk. As a child I was bashful and the only way to communicate was to share my experiences with my peers. I drawn tables on tables of comics … superheroes were my universe and I expressed myself in this way. For me the images were communication even before words. As the time goes, I met various ideals of this delicate process, from drawing on paper to graphic perfection. I studied to become a technical graphic designer, learning the various arts of printing and type-setting; by working in a printing press I loved fonts and their harmony. Even if the ‘90s favoured a graphic full of effects, shadows and reliefs made with the first filters of Photoshop, my passion and the graphic trend harked back to rationalism and to the graphic vector as Bauhaus, a prevalent style in my creations.
The development of my career let me to be an art director managing promotional campaigns. In this situation, my favourite passions were very useful for me: comic, music, cinema, theatre and art, were unlimited sources of new ideas. I was attracted by the artistic advertising of Armando Testa, Erberto Carboni, the posters of Saul Bass, the pop art of Warhol, Basquiat and Raushemberg, with a strong attention to the comic and I started an increasing professional path.
My creative style and my philosophy are based on the continuous attention to new trends in perfect balance with a correct communication strategy, design creativity, initiative and personality. Curiosity and research are, for me, the incentives in the creation of brands, visual and glam images. Today, you can recognize the influence of American comics, illustrations and decorations inspired by Klimt, elements of the London swinging of ‘60s of Mary Quant and tomorrow … is to be discovered.
Art leads you to observe, impresses you, excites you, sets no limits, the limit is us, our soul, our thinking, our culture, our sensitivity, there is no rule for artistic expression , our sign establishes the “rule”. You don’t decide to make art, because art is part of “us”. You realize it when your vision, your perception go beyond the surface, when in everything you do, in every thought, you naturally cross boundaries. My studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, competitions, exhibitions, various collaborations, were very important experiences for my artistic and professional growth. I love experimentation, color, nuances, precision, controlled randomness, the clear sign…. I have great respect for the art of the past, it is a fundamental nourishment. Creating today with the awareness of the past allows me to reinterpret ancient techniques with modern materials and tools, passing from glass to canvas, fabric, using enamels, epoxy resin, food products such as sugar and more. There is no limit to the imagination of technical elaboration, aimed at qualifying the most varied materials through their reuse, the maximum exaltation of the pigment and of the chromatic contrasts, influenced by the teachings of informal art, has produced in me a boundless openness artistic. Water is the origin of many of my creations, it is an element that is not easy to manage, as the fluidity of the pigment in contact with its surface undergoes continuous metamorphosis; the control of these transformations brings out, through instinct and the unconscious, the emotionality of that precise moment, giving life to pictorial images that ignite our imagination and lead us to dream. Emotion, energy are the directional signals of my creative process; the context, the people who animate the place where I have to act are the important tools to understand how and what to propose, the synergy with “everything” creates the work of art.
Born in Rimini in 1959, Roberto Semprini studied architecture in Florence. In 1987, he joined the Bolidista movement, which symbolically expressed design. He moved to Milan and began collaborating as a freelance journalist for some design magazines such as Modo, L’Atelier (Paris) ARDI (Barcelona), and Vogue Italia.
In 1989, he designed the “Tatlin” sofa which was produced by Edra and was among the winners of the prestigious TOP TEN in Dusseldorf. In 1994, he designed the “Manta” table produced by Fiam, a winner of the Young & Design awards. Semprini’s products are part of the permanent collection of the Montreal Museum of Decorative Arts in Canada and the New Museum of Design in London.
In 2000, he moved to Rimini where he opened “RM 12 Art & Design,” a gallery and studio of design. Since 2006, the studio has debuted high-impact projects in both domestic and public spaces. Some of these projects include the design of stands at the following exhibitions: Sia in Rimini, the FuoriSalone in Milano, the Abitare il Tempo in Verona, and the Sun in Rimini. In 2007 he was invited by the Seoul Living Design Fair (Korea) to exhibit “The Italian / Korean House.“ He’s collaborated with numerous design firms like Fiam, Moroso, Alivar, Rede Guzzini, Edra, Slide, Contempo, Dilmos, Pedrali, Morelato, Morfeus, Scab, Valdichienti, Edilco Scale, L2, Mastella, and Marchetti Illuminazioni.
Semprini has given lectures and seminars in various universities such as the Faculty of Architecture of Florence at Milan Polytechnic, the School of Engineering at the University of Bologna, the IED Milan, the I. A.V. of Orleans, and the School Elisava Barcelona, Politecnico of Milan. For over ten years he has been a tenured professor in the Artistic Design Course for Business at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera (Milan,) and is currently at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna. Additionally, he is a lecturer for Chiara Fama of Outdoor Design course at the Politecnico di Milano.
A poliedric architect, Gio Pagani founded his design studio in Parma in 1995 with the aim of offering architectural and design solutions devoted to an out-of-the-box elegance, where boldness and eclecticism are married to a constant search for functionality.
His personal growth path lead him to work alongside with some of the most influential designers and companies across furniture and fashion, photography and art. This broad point of view on creativity has been crucial in the development of his philosphy of haute-couture lifestyle, where refined materials and cultured shapes blend in endless combinations, carefully tailored upon the client.
Gio Pagani interprets living with a modern language that is organic and enduring, but at the same time imperfect and based on the subtle balance between contrasts – romanticism and brutality, luxury and simplicity, rules and transgression – creating a personal aesthetic of “disciplined excesses”.
Timeless spaces and objects, which gain strength from the quality and truthfulness of materials. Creating products not devoted to frenetic consumerism but a choice to accompany the everyday life of those who choose them. “To be modern today is to have no style barrier, to be able to express eclectic languages and aesthetics. To freely interpret what involves you. I design objects that tell me a story. I am a wanderer or a traveler who loves to mix cultures and play with materials; this is where I start writing my stories.”
In a fluid society that can mix the infinite social and cultural varieties, the nostalgic search for reworked aesthetics that unite distant places, the desire for color and refined materials, and the propensity to mix and interpret shapes and their clothes create an eccentric, eclectic, contemporary aesthetic. “I don’t do design in the traditional way, I don’t invent new forms, I don’t launch new trends; I collect, I rework, I transform.”
A journey made of stories that invest a cross-cutting aesthetic ranging from the atmospheres of projects to individual objects. “One cannot design the future without awareness and knowledge of the past”, so these aesthetic memories become forms that translate into a personal and unique style.
An architect-designer, she earned her degree in architecture at the Polytechnic University of Turin in 1991. Following her studies, she created proposals in Europe on the structural consolidation and conservation-restoration sector. Since 1995, she has promoted complex infrastructure projects developed on a national scale, and large restorations through her architectural services company, Arking Srl. She is also involved in the development of concepts for commercial franchising projects for both Italian and international brands, overseeing the creative phase as well as developing the finished product.
In 2004 she founded the ARCADE studio, aimed more towards civil architecture and interior design. There, she developed a particular sensitivity to the modern recovery of historic architecture. Some of her projects were published in prestigious trade magazines.
Always looking for new materials, she applies them with creativity in the custom furnishings and interior design sector.
Carola continuously collaborates with professionals, craftsmen, and companies specializing in the furnishing industry on the creation of artistic furnishings and design products.