Jul 15, 2014

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Focus on designers featured by Icona Furniture – Sandra Laube and Biagio Cisotti

Today we turn the designer spotlight onto the Florence based design team Biagio Cisotti and Sandra Laube who over the past twenty years have become renowned for their work within the furniture, product , exhibit and graphic design arenas.    

Biagio Cisotti and Sandra Laube at work

Biagio Cisotti and Sandra Laube

Founding partner of the Cisotti Laube design studio is Biagio Cisotti.  Born in Aradeo, Lecce, Biagio graduated in architecture at Florence University in 1980 and since then has held various teaching roles throughout the world, including widely in South America.  Alongside his teaching Biagio has, and continues to work as art director for various international companies and actively participates in numerous national and international shows.  As well as founding the Cisotti Laube studio, Biagio is also well known as a founder of MADE, a cultural and exhibition centre association which actively promotes creativity in the field of architecture and design.

The Cisotti Laube design studio

The Cisotti Laube design studio

In 1992 Biagio joined forces with Sandra Laube to create their eponymous studio.  Born in Frankfurt, Germany, Sandra moved to Florence in 1986.  Having spent time in the USA gaining experience with amongst others, 3M, Sandra currently works as an art director within the graphics and multimedia fields, a role she combines with her design work and teaching activities for the University of Florence and the Fashion Institute of technology in New York.

Since its creation the Cisotti Laube studio has collaborated with some of the leading names in both the Italian and International design industry.  Recipients of numerous international design awards their products also form part of permanent collections in various museums including the Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt, the Triennale Design Museum in Milan and the Museum of Design in Cape Town.

Probably best known for their Diabolix bottle opener, designed for Alessi, Sandra and Biagio have also been long standing collaborators with leading Italian furniture manufacturers Plank. 

Their first design for Plank was the Millifoglie chair.  With a seat and back constructed from moulded plywood and featuring innovative joint technology, this striking seating option was selected for the ADI design index in 2000 and also resides in the permanent design collection at the Museum for Applied Art, Frankfurt.

The Millefoglie chair from Plank designed by Cisotti and Laube

The Millefoglie chair from Plank

The success of the Millifoglie chair was followed firstly by the beauty of the Baba chair and then by the Luna series of chairs.  Including the Luna chair, Luna armchair, Luna barstool and Luna swivel chair, this series represented a milestone not only for Plank but also for the furniture industry, featuring as it does a three-dimensional moulded wooden shell. 

The Baba chair from Plank, designed by Cisotti and Laube

The Baba chair from Plank


Designing the Luna chair from Plank

Designing the Luna chair from Plank

In 2012 the latest design from the Cisotti Laube stable for Plank, the Mister X table, was launched and has again proved to be popular with both consumer and critics alike.  Other collaborations with Plank include the Frisbie stool and Cin Cin table.

Here at Icona we are proud to offer all of the Cisotti Laube and Plank collaborations to our customers.  To view these products, the full Plank range or our complete collection of designer furniture then please don’t hesitate to visit www.iconafurniture.co.uk.  Why not also join us on twitter @iconafurniture , facebook or Google+ for exclusive discounts and information on this and other products.

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