When it comes to referencing the best Italian designers and architects, it’s a high probability that the name Fabio Novembre is going to pop up. Without a doubt, this incredible architect has conquered a great legacy thanks to his incredible style that took the industry by storm. With that, Basel Shows is about to introduce you to the inspiration and talent of this bespoke Italian Designer.
Fabio Novembre is an Italian architect and designer, born in Lecce in 1966. He would end up moving to Milan in 1984 where he was trained as an architect. He would end up earning that very same degree in 1992. Right on the following year, he lived in New York City where he attended a movie -direction course at the New York University.
“Since 1966, I’ve responded to those who call me Fabio Novembre. Since 1992, I’ve responded to those who also call me “architect”.” – Fabio Novembre’s webpage
In 1994, he designed his first project: the “Anna Molinari Blumarine” shop in London. A couple of years later he was commissioned with another interior architectural project: the Anna Molinari Blumarine shop in Hong Kong. From 2000 to 2003 Fabio Novembre worked as Art Director at Bisazza and ended up being a contributor in the international growth of the mosaic tile brand. Not to mention that he was the mind behind the iconic Casa Milan, headquarters for the AC Milan Football Club, located at city’s gates and serving as an impactful emblem to one of the nation’s biggest squads.
On the same year that he was commissioned his first project, Fabio Novembre would end up opening his own studio in Milan. After the success of it, Fabio Novembre would end up becoming famous for his large series of projects for restaurants, discos, nightclubs (like Café Atlantique and Shu). and shops, both in Italy and abroad. Not to mention the fact that he would also gain an incredible amount of notoriety thanks to the success of a series of furnishing and furniture creations of his, most notably for their unique and provocative design.
In regards to his most interesting and impactful works, Fabio Novembre has the showrooms for Bisazza, in New York and Berlin in his track record. The two projects are a clear example of his strong and innovative style which is able to impose a strong and intriguing statement. Regarding unique furniture pieces, we can point to some of his creations for Cappellini: the Org table, the Adaptation sofas and armchairs, the large composable And sofa, and many more. Among Fabio Novembre’s mos notable clients we can mention brands such as B&B, Cappellini, Riva 1920, and many more.
Throughout his work as a whole, we can find in Fabio Novembre’s projects, be them an interior or a furniture piece, a unique ability to reinterpret the concept of space and, with that, create settings that can be best defined as nearly enchanting. He gives life to the concept of “embracing new forms”, and manages to create spaces that are quite like magic, very similar to a world apart, and isolated from an external context. This magic can be seen, for example, in the exhibitions “Insegna Anche a me la libertà delle rondini,” in Milan in 2008 and “Il Fiore di Novembre” at the Triennale Design Museum in 2009.
When it comes to his most recent accomplishments, Fabio Novembre now stands as the current Art Director of Driade, and most notably he presented his ‘Jolly Roger’ chair, during the “RO Plastic – Master’s Pieces” exhibition during the Salone del Mobile International Furniture Fair week, in Milan, Italy. It’s evident that during this year of 2019 he’s definitely into the use of plastic in design, seen as he teamed up with Sammontana to create the first collection of sustainable objects made out of recycled plastic.
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