Italy - Singapore
Lanzavecchia + Wai is a creative collaboration between Francesca Lanzavecchia (Pavia, 1983) and Hunn Wai (London, 1980).
To them, being designers means being researchers, engineers, craftsmen and story-tellers all at the same time.
They began their cooperation at the Design Academy in Eindhoven, Holland, under the supervision of Gijs Bakker, co-founder of Droog Design. Lanzavecchia is focused on the relationships objects have and can have with the human body and soul as well as having a fervent eye for future trends. Wai is fascinated by the collisions and fusions of materials, meanings and forms.
Design projects to them are research journeys characterized by the pursuit and selective employment of different design disciplines and professional competences, to be curated, cross-bred and nurtured into concepts and products that propose possibilities and inspire new perspectives.
The design studio based both in Italy and Singapore was officially established in 2009 and their work spans from limited editions, to mass products for brands like Cappellini, De Castelli, Gallotti&Radice, Bosa, Nodus, Mirage, to special commissions for major brands and museums like La Triennale di Milano, MAXXI, Alcantara, Samsonite, Antolini, Tod’s and AgustaWestland.
Their recent accomplishments include being awarded with the “Young Design Talent of the Year” by Elle Décor International Design Awards 2014.