Rodolfo Dordoni is renowned for his essential, modern style. He recognizes that the personality of designers is often reflected in the character of their work and that is certainly the case with him as his philosophy is as modest and understated as his designs. His personal signature is unmistakable. As an architect and designer with a revered portfolio, he is now recognized as one of the ‘Milan Elite’ that includes Antonio Citterio, Achille Castiglione and Marco Zanuso.
Dordoni graduated in Architecture in 1979 from the renowned Politecnico di Milano. After being responsible for the art direction of Artemide (glass collection), Cappellini (from 1979-1989), Fontana Arte (furniture collection), Foscarini (lamps), Minotti (since 1998) he founded Dordoni Architetti in 2005, in association with architects, Luca Zaniboni and the late Alessandro Acerbi.
Rather than focusing solely on architectural conception and interior architecture, he has led the 20 or so strong practice into a diverse range of disciplines including art direction and industrial product design. The firm is now responsible for nearly 250 products from 18 different manufacturers. Their approach to design embraces not only a project, but also its image strategy and marketing. They carry this out through designs for private houses, residential complexes, industrial and commercial facilities, restaurants, hotels, exhibition stands and even yachts worldwide.
At all times the practice realizes that they are designing for other people and not themselves. They believe in the need to match ideas with the needs of the market. Dordoni personally declares himself to be a designer and not an artist and that in working with companies you need to find the right balance between design and marketing. He perceives the firm’s strength as providing balance between craftsmanship and the industrial process.
Dordoni Architetti designs for many, often Italian companies including: Acerbis, Arteluce, Artemide, Barovier & Toso, Bros, BTicino, Cappellini, Casakit, Cassina, Cidue, Crasseveig, DeSede, Dolce & Gabbana, Dornbracht, Driade, Emu, Ernestomeda, Ferlea, Fiam Italia, Flos, Flou, Fontana Arte, Foscarini, Halifax, Imel, Jab, Lema, MatteoGrassi, Montina, Molteni & C, Moroso, Minotti, Olivari, Panasonic, Pamar, RB Rossana, Roda, The Rug Company, Sambonet, Schopenhauer, Serralunga, Sarila, Tisettanta, Venini, and Vistosi.
Rodolfo Dordoni’s 15-year relationship with Minotti, and art directorship for Cappellini, has helped give those brands a strong and consistent identity. His reputation is perhaps best known for enhancing the Made In Italy name as being synonymous with comfort, proportion and discreet style.
Check out the designs of his we currently have in stock! Minotti Calder Side Table, Calder Console, Bellagio Coffee Table, Villon Ottomans, Hamilton Islands Sectional, Gilbert Chairs, and Kidassia Fur Rug.