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 An all-weather teak outdoor collection designed specifically for the US market.
Slender teak slats create an open design that counterbalances the thick, weather-resistant cushions



Client: Dwr
Year: 2022
Project Assistant: Laura Morelli
Designed with: Simone Bonanni
About

Valerio Sommella is an Italian industrial designer, born in Cortona, Tuscany, and raised in Milan where he graduated with Honours from the Design Department of the Milan Polytechnic. He spent the first years of his career working for important design practices between Milan and Amsterdam before founding Valerio Sommella Design Studio in 2009, where he works with Italian and international companies designing products ranging from lighting to furniture, from consumer electronics to accessories, with a marked preference for large numbers but without disdaining the small series. 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 plot, characters, and ending but united by the same writing.
Over the years he worked for companies such as Alessi, Alcantara, Apple, Moooi, Kundalini, Honda, Falmec, Konica Minolta, Panasonic, Penta, Vistosi, 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
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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 An all-weather teak outdoor collection designed specifically for the US market.
Slender teak slats create an open design that counterbalances the thick, weather-resistant cushions



Client: Dwr
Year: 2022
Project Assistant: Laura Morelli
Designed with: Simone Bonanni

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 An all-weather teak outdoor collection designed specifically for the US market.
Slender teak slats create an open design that counterbalances the thick, weather-resistant cushions



Client: Dwr
Year: 2022
Project Assistant: Laura Morelli
Designed with: Simone Bonanni

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About

Valerio Sommella is an Italian industrial designer, born in Cortona, Tuscany, and raised in Milan where he graduated with Honours from the Design Department of the Milan Polytechnic. He spent the first years of his career working for important design practices between Milan and Amsterdam before founding Valerio Sommella Design Studio in 2009, where he works with Italian and international companies designing products ranging from lighting to furniture, from consumer electronics to accessories, with a marked preference for large numbers but without disdaining the small series. 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 plot, characters, and ending but united by the same writing.
Over the years he worked for companies such as Alessi, Alcantara, Apple, Moooi, Kundalini, Honda, Falmec, Konica Minolta, Panasonic, Penta, Vistosi, 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
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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