Donato D’Urbino and Paolo Lomazzi have been working together since 1966.
Their professional activities include architecture, industrial design, development of furniture and fittings, and urban planning. They worked with Jonathan De Pas from 1966 until he passed away in 1991.
In the 60’s-70’s they developed a specific interest in creating furniture and temporary architecture with industrially advanced materials and technology. They designed and built a series of pneumatic structures for the Italian Pavillion at the World Exposition in Osaka, for the XIV Triennale of Milan and for Eurodomus. In 1967 they designed an inflatable armchair called “Blow”.
Since 1970 they have participated in many exhibitions, including the Triennale, The Eurodomus, “Italy: The New Domestic Landscape” at MoMA in New York in 1972, the BIO in Ljubljana and many Compasso d’Oro and ADI travelling exhibitions.
In 1987, the exhibition “De Pas, D’Urbino, Lomazzi” was inaugurated at the temple Daikaku-Ji, Kyoto, and in 1992, a solo exhibition “Un coro a tre voci”, was organized at IZM Gallery Tokyo.
From the 70’s they planned and built both industrial and residential buildings and extended their focus to the diverse areas of industrial products: home and office equipment, lighting, electronics.
Their design have been produced by well known companies.
They have received much recognition and many award, including the Compasso d’Oro of 1979, awards at the BIO 7 (1977) and BIO 9 (1981) in Ljubljana, the Design Award Winner of 1998 in Hannover, the Wallpaper Design Awards “Best Domestic Design” in 2009.
Their works are in the design collections of several museums, including: The Museum of Modern Art and The Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York, The Denver Art Museum in Colorado, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Design Museum of London, the Kunstgewerbe Museum in Zurich and Berlin, the Staatliches Museum fur angewandte Kunst in Munich, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Jerusalem Museum in Israel, the Triennale in Milan, and the Vitra Design Museum in Weil-am-Rhein.
A monographic exposition named “A three voiced choir” was organized in 1992 in the IZM Tokyo Gallery.
The design activities go together with other theoretical and cultural activities such as high-level teaching at the Faculty of Design of the Politecnico of Milan and the IUAV of Venice.
The Archive recording their work was declared of “particular historical interest” by the Minister for Cultural Patrimony and Activities. It was donated in 2010 to the Centro di Alti Studi sulle Arti Visive of Milan to allow conservation and consultation.
“The game and the Rules” is the title of the monographic exposition dedicated by the Triennale of Milan to their work in 2012.
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