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An enigmatic object designed as a result of a summer trip to Japan. “Boga” is a ginger grater fitted with hard-wearing, sharp stainless steel grater teeth. Practical and simple to use thanks to its evocative shape: the part that resembles the fish tail provides a convenient handle, while the slightly concave head collects and pours the grated contents.



Client: Alessi
Year: 2017
Photo credit: Leonardo Scotti
About

Valerio Sommella is an Italian industrial designer, born in Cortona, Tuscany, and raised in Milan, where he graduated from the Design Department of Milan Polytechnic. He spent the initial years of his career working between Milan and Amsterdam before establishing Valerio Sommella Design Studio in 2009. He partners with Italian and international companies, designing a wide range of product typologies. Each project serves as an avenue for him to express his design philosophy, which delves into the language of objects through formal, material, and technological research. He perceives his creations not as chapters of the same book, but as short stories, each with its own plot, characters, and conclusion, all unified by a consistent narrative.

Throughout his career, he has collaborated with renowned companies such as Alessi, Alcantara, Apple, Moooi, Nemo, Kdln, Honda, Falmec, Konica Minolta, Panasonic, RH, and many others.

Contacts
Via Gian Francesco Pizzi 8
20141 Milano
info and internship: studio@sommella.com
press enquiries: press@sommella.com

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Awards
2021: ADI design index. Piega for DGA
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
2019: [D]arc Award. Kumi outdoor for DGA
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



 
BogaBogaBogaBoga

An enigmatic object designed as a result of a summer trip to Japan. “Boga” is a ginger grater fitted with hard-wearing, sharp stainless steel grater teeth. Practical and simple to use thanks to its evocative shape: the part that resembles the fish tail provides a convenient handle, while the slightly concave head collects and pours the grated contents.



Client: Alessi
Year: 2017
Photo credit: Leonardo Scotti

Boga

Boga

Boga

Boga


An enigmatic object designed as a result of a summer trip to Japan. “Boga” is a ginger grater fitted with hard-wearing, sharp stainless steel grater teeth. Practical and simple to use thanks to its evocative shape: the part that resembles the fish tail provides a convenient handle, while the slightly concave head collects and pours the grated contents.



Client: Alessi
Year: 2017
Photo credit: Leonardo Scotti

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About

Valerio Sommella is an Italian industrial designer, born in Cortona, Tuscany, and raised in Milan, where he graduated from the Design Department of Milan Polytechnic. He spent the initial years of his career working between Milan and Amsterdam before establishing Valerio Sommella Design Studio in 2009. He partners with Italian and international companies, designing a wide range of product typologies. Each project serves as an avenue for him to express his design philosophy, which delves into the language of objects through formal, material, and technological research. He perceives his creations not as chapters of the same book, but as short stories, each with its own plot, characters, and conclusion, all unified by a consistent narrative.

Throughout his career, he has collaborated with renowned companies such as Alessi, Alcantara, Apple, Moooi, Nemo, Kdln, Honda, Falmec, Konica Minolta, Panasonic, RH, and many others.

Contacts
Via Gian Francesco Pizzi 8
20141 Milano
info and internship: studio@sommella.com
press enquiries: press@sommella.com

download full bio     |     instagram

Awards
2021: ADI design index. Piega for DGA
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
2019: [D]arc Award. Kumi outdoor for DGA
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



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