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Valerio Sommella is an Italian industrial designer, born in Cortona, Tuscany, and raised in Milan where he graduated with Honours at the Design Department of the Milan Polytechnic. He spent the first years of his career working for important design practice between Milan and Amsterdam before he founded his studio in 2009. He collaborates with Italian and international companies, designing products ranging from lighting to furniture, from consumer electronics to accessories.
He considers each project as an opportunity to express his idea of design, which investigates the language of objects through formal, material and technological research. He describes the products he designs not as chapters of the same book, but as short stories, of various kinds, each with its own plot, characters and ending.
Over the years he worked for company such as Alessi, Alcantara, Apple, Moooi, Kundalini, Honda, Falmec, Konica Minolta, Panasonic, Penta and many others.
2021: German Design Award. Piega for DGA
2020: Archiproducts Design Award. Piega for DGA
2020: Design Plus Award. Piega for DGA
2020: IF Design Award. Altura for Penta
2020: German Design Award. Altura for Penta
2018: Good Design Award Chicago. Alba for Falmec
2018: Good Design Award Chicago. Brigata for Alessi
2018: German Design Award. Terno for il Coccio
2017: Good Design Award Chicago. Materia for Falmec
2017: Good Design Award Chicago. Sfrido for Alessi
2016: ADI design index. Sfrido for Alessi
2016: German Design Award. Kushi for Kundalini
2015: Muuuz award. Kushi for Kundalini
2014: Good Design Award Chicago. Prisma for Falmec
2013: Young and Design Award shortlist. Amy for Alma design