Founded in Rome in 1998, Italo Rota Studio manages the complexities of large international projects on the most diverse scales of detail: from the product design to the design of large urban areas, maintaining a systematic approach to the richness of spaces and shapes. And particularly with the use of light and the bold lines that intersect in a multi-dimensional system.
In recent years, the Studio has followed the design and construction of luxury hotels which have seen Zonca International share the spotlight for the lighting of such spaces as the Boscolo Exedra Hotel in Milan, the Boscolo Palace Hotel in Rome and the Boscolo Hotel in Bari.
From the general to the specific, the collaboration has continued in the creative development of a piece that is the cornerstone of the Zonca collection: “Belle de jour”, a modern ceiling lamp composition combining art with function.
Born in Milan in 1953, Italo Rota graduated from the Politecnico di Milano and after winning the contest for the interior design of the Musèe d’Orsay, he moved to Paris. There, he designed the renovation of the Museum of Modern Art at the Pompidou Centre (with Gae Aulenti), the new rooms at the French school at Cour Carrèe in the Louvre and the renovation of the Nantes centre.
Since 1996, he has lived and worked in Milan and in 1998 he founded the Studio Italo Rota. He became the Director of the School of Design at the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan in 2010, and pursues prolific professional works as well as intensely theoretical activities, which have found their way into books, magazine and newspaper articles, conferences and university lectures. He has received numerous awards for his work including the Gold Medal for Italian Architecture for public spaces, the Gold Medal for Italian Architecture for culture and free time, the Landmark Conservancy Prize, New York and the Grand Prix de l’Urbanisme, Paris.
Born in 1966 in Milan, where he graduated in architecture, he won first prize at the international “Osram NewTech” competition for an innovative, energy-saving light fixture.
In Paris, he worked in interior design and product design, concentrating on furniture and lighting. He is a consultant and a partner in architecture and design firms and develops and designs projects related to exhibition spaces and museums, and urban spaces in Italy and the world.
Since 1998, he has been a Visiting Professor at architecture and design schools and universities both in Italy and overseas.