Formafantasma is a research-based design studio investigating the ecological, historical, political and social forces shaping the discipline of design today. The studio was founded in 2009 by Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin. The aim of the studio is to facilitate a deeper understanding of both our natural and built environments and to propose transformative interventions through design and its material, technical, social, and discursive possibilities. Working from their studio in Milan (Italy) and Rotterdam (The Netherlands), the practice embraces a broad spectrum of typologies and methods, from product design through spatial design, strategic planning and design consultancy.
The studio’s prescient insight into the challenges facing design, culture, the environment and society has earned them the patronage of an array of international clients, such as Lexus, Flos, Fendi, Max Mara, Hermes, Droog, Nodus Rug, J&L Lobmeyr, Cassina, Bitossi, Established and Sons, La Biennale di Venezia, Rijks Museum, Dzek, Ginori, Hem, Maison Matisse, Bulgari, Samsung, Rado, Roll and Hill, Galleria Giustini / Stagetti, La Rinascente, Gallery Libby Sellers among others. Alongside works for clients, their projects have been presented, published and acquired in the permanent collection of international museums including: MoMA and Metropolitan Museum, New York; Art Institute Chicago; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Musée National d’Art Moderne, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, CNAP, Fondation Cartier and Centre Pompidou, Paris; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; MAK Museum, Vienna; Centraal Museum, Utrecht; Mudac, Lausanne; Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, North Carolina; MAXXI Museum, Rome; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Triennale di Milano, Milan; LACMA, Los Angeles and others.