Designer Spotlight: Luca Nichetto
It’s hard to imagine someone at the young age of 36 could have enough time to play such a significant part in today’s world of modern design. Luca Nichetto, a native Venetian, has climbed his way towards to the top of the design world, with no intention of slowing down. Studying at the University of Architecture of Venice (IUAV), he earned a degree in Industrial Design and then went on to begin his career in 1999 working with a very familiar material to his hometown, Murano glass. From there, things began to fall into place and he teamed up with world renowned lighting manufacturer Foscarini where he worked as a designer, product developer, and material researcher which put his name on the map for all of us to notice.
In 2006, Nichetto & Partners was born; Luca’s own design firm specializing in industrial design and offering his services to the world. Quickly he began working with large Italian brands such as Casamania, Kristalia, PlusT, and Gallotti & Radice; all of which we are proud to say we carry at Suite 22 Unlike some of the other ‘big names’ in design such as Fabio Novembre, Karim Rashid, and Philippe Starck who tend to lean towards an edgy style which may be a bit risque’ for some, Nichetto lends himself to a more sophisticated look with only a touch of flare which, as a result, a timeless design is born.
Of course we have our own favorites from Luca’s collection. The Taffy Mirrors by Gallotti & Radice are beautifully shaped mirrors that are available in different depths and sizes so they can overlap one another to create an artistic composition on your wall. Lepel Chair by Casamania is a very simple yet elegant design available in both a side and armchair. Available in a variety of materials, this chair is suitable for any space from a high scale cigar lounge to a casual ice cream parlor. The option for cross-stitching is a beautiful detail that takes this chair to another level. Finally, the Dart Stool by Kristalia. Strikingly similar to the shape of a cobra, the sharp yet smooth edges give this stool a unique look as well as a nice spot to rest your feet. Available only as a hydraulic swivel stool, rather than the ugly levers, Luca designed a button on the side of the seat to lift and lower the stool with ease.
Luca Nichetto has already been recognized and awarded some of the most prestigious international design awards such as the Gran Design Award (2008), Chicago Atheneum Museum of Architecture’s Good Design Award (2008), Designer of the Year award in the Young Designer Talent category (2009), Interior Innovation Award (2013), and has just been nominated by Elle Decor Italy for ‘Designer of the Year 2013.’ Chosen as a guest speaker as ‘Guest of Honor’ at IMM Cologne this year and chosen to sit in juries for international design competitions; it’s fair to say Luca is well on his way to becoming one of the world’s top industrial designers. And if you forgot, he’s only 36! Luca, we applaud you.