People Studio Zanellato/Bortotto


Zanellato/Bortotto is the design studio set up in Treviso by Giorgia Zanellato and Daniele Bortotto. Both graduates of the Lausanne ECAL, they started working together in 2013 with the Acqua Alta project, a collection dedicated to the city of Venice presented at the Salone Satellite in Milano. Since then they have collaborated on several projects with Italian and international brands such as Cappellini, Nilufar, Moroso, Cedit, Rubelli and Tod’s.



It’s a lively time of year for the city, perhaps the best. In recent years Milan has reaffirmed its role as the capital of design. 

— Studio Zanellato/Bortotto
The interview

The version of Studio Zanellato/Bortotto about Fuorisalone


What does the Fuorisalone mean for you?

The Fuorisalone is a special time of the year; it’s an opportunity to spend an intense week in Milan, stimulated by new ideas and projects, interesting encounters and meeting up with designer friends who we don’t manage to meet during the rest of the year.


And what does it mean for Milan?

It’s a lively time of year for the city – perhaps the best. In recent years, with the Salone, Milan has reaffirmed its undisputed role as the capital of design. 


The most basic thing you’ve discovered or learned at the Salone

To organize a good appointments diary, wear comfortable shoes and focus one’s time on seeing the most interesting things on view in the city. 


Your favourite place during Design Week

Every year there are different areas of interest, new design districts appear and we discover parts of the city we didn’t know before. Perhaps the most interesting and most beautiful area to discover is still Brera.


Where will you be at the Fuorisalone? What projects have you developed?

This year we’re presenting a completely new collection of ceramic slabs for Cedit, the iconic brand in Italian design of the past which has been relaunched by the Florim Ceramiche Group. We have also been working on a collection of exterior furnishings for Galleria Nilufar, and on a project dedicated to Milan with Cappellini. There are lots more projects, too; we look forward to seeing you in Milan!


What are the “must-sees” at Design Week 2016?

We’re not yet up to date on what’s happening in town, but we’re certainly not going to miss the Fabrica installation for Veuve Clicquot and Spring to Mind, the installation by Ron Arad in the Moroso showroom – and of course the new Cedit space in Foro Buonaparte 14!

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