Munich-based architect and designer Emanuele Ferraro grew up and studied in Italy before moving to Germany where he worked for renowned architectural offices. In 2019, he decided to set up his own studio and now focuses on creating versatile, aesthetic and sustainable objects for everyday use.
Through architecture, Emanuele developed a keen eye for the everyday needs of humans in the spaces they inhabit. He started filling sketchbooks with possible solutions, sometimes even just beautiful additions, and eventually decided to pursue this passion for objects. For him, architecture is an incredible creative playground, but the larger the object, the greater the compromises to be made. The designer longs for the freedom to make bold choices and explore issues such as sustainability and adaptability.
The process of finding the right idea fascinates Emanuele. It is what defines his design practice. He believes that the world is oversaturated with new products, more and more of them every day, and in order to justify the creation of yet another object, it must answer many questions: Can it be produced in a sustainable way? Can it have more than one use? Will it have a long enough life cycle? How can it be reused after use? Is it beautiful to look at? Emanuele spends a lot of time researching and he likes to rack his brains in this way.
Recently, Emanuele Ferraro took part in the Salone Satellite exhibition, an opportunity for him to meet other young creatives, design professionals and journalists. He finds that the Salone has always been a very special place for the meeting of minds and seeing how open and interested consumers and professionals are in alternative design ideas for a more sustainable future gives him a sense of hope that we are on the right track.
One of Emanuele's latest projects, the "+1.5°" chair, is an example of his commitment to sustainability. This design can be transformed into a chair, or a child's chair, a coffee table, a sofa or a chaise longue. It is a design suitable for the different stages of life, for children, for the elderly and for everyone. The basic structure is made of locally sourced wood, while the seat, back and armrests are obtained from recycled furniture.
Published on 11 January 2023