Bio

GIOVANNI TOMMASO GARATTONI

XXIV PREMIO COMPASSO D’ORO 2016 – Honorable Mention

He is among the young architects who founded BOLIDISMO, a movement that renewed international design and a turning point in Italian taste in the 1980s.

He is one of the founders of the graphic and multimedia research group COMPLOTTO GRAFICO present at DESIGN BALNEARE (by Ugo La Pietra), the first large showcase of new Italian design in 1983. In 1980 he created SLEGO, for twenty years the reference point for new musical trends, considered the most important Italian Rock Club.

Since 1996 he has been designing for TONELLI DESIGN, a leading company in the world of glass, for which he has designed numerous products including the VU Mention of Honor mirror at the 2016 Compasso d’Oro, the most prestigious international award in the field of design. Since 2016 he collaborates with ADRENALINA research company in the world of upholstered furniture.

He is the creator of the architectural, scenic design and image of many of the most innovative and historic night clubs and the most important restaurants on the Romagna Adriatic coast. He created RICCIONE 90 on behalf of the Municipality of Riccione for the celebrations of the ninety years of the town. In 2008 he invented RITORNO ALLA SPIAGGIA / BACK TO THE BEACH, a great Ferragosto event on the beach in Rimini.

For the Community of SAN PATRIGNANO, Italy, he designed and created FIN DE SIÈCLE, the first collection of art furniture, presented at the Milan International Furniture Fair in 1993 and in the following years he was creative director of the community laboratories. In 1993 he founded LA LINEA ADRIATICA, a group of designers / craftsmen who promoted the “neo-regionalist” style of the 21st century.

His works have been published countless times in newspapers, magazines and books, starting with CONTEMPORARY FAMOUS ITALIAN DESIGNS, edited by Qian Feng Gen, the first book on Italian design published in China.