Revisiting Italian Furniture Design in Florence

Florence, Italy, April 03, 2010 --( Following last year’s successful summer course in Furniture Design, the Florence Institute of Design International will once again run a four week design course from June 7th - July 2nd 2010. The purpose of the short course is to develop students’ knowledge and skills related to all aspects of furniture design, from design to development to production of prototypes.

The Florence Institute of Design International is set in an elegant palazzo in downtown Florence, a city renowned the world over for its’ art and architecture. In a relaxed and stylish environment, surrounded by cafes and restaurants, the institute is the perfect place to study the intricacies of Italian furniture design and to enjoy the myriad of attractions on offer in Florence.

Architect Leonardo Rossano will be leading this year’s course in italian furniture design. Arch. Rossano is a leading authority in furniture design known for his work with the Italian furniture companies LaPalma,TMA and True Design, and also RF Yamakawa in Japan. “Influenced by technologies and nature as an unfailing source of inspiration, I always look for formal, simple and essential solutions. In my opinion a balance between aesthetics and functionality is always topical especially when it arises from the confrontation between evolving behaviors and new trends,” says Arch Rossano.

The type of course content proposed by Arch Leonardo Rossano will be ‘Casa & Contract’. This expression covers both residential and commercial types of furniture design. During the four week program, students study presentations of materials, history, theories, and detailing of Italian and International furniture. The short course teaches furniture design skills together with a general overview of furniture history. The program is designed for students with a strong interest in Italian furniture design, interior design and industrial design. This course is open to students of all levels. People with a general interest in Furniture Design, but have no immediate plans to pursue a degree are also encouraged to enroll. The studio course will be a mixture of design assignments, lectures and discussions.

Last year’s course attracted students from all over the world, from Brazil to Australia to England. For more information on enrolment you can see the main website for the Florence Institute of Design International:

About Arch. Leonardo Rossano
Arch. Leonardo Rossano graduated in Architecture from Florence University in 1991. He has worked with renowned architect Claudio Nardi, taking part in design projects including boutique design for Dolce and Gabbana, Gianfranco Ferre and Valentino. Since 1998 he has worked as a free lance professional designer of furniture and furnishing complements for fair stands and company communication and produces furniture with renowned companies LaPalma, TMA and True Design. His style can be described as working with forms that are fresh and innovative while using a variety of materials including bent plywood, aluminum and steel.

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