Fabio Gigli

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...But for designers there’s one more rule... there’s no space for the misunderstood!

Fabio Gigli has the art-design genetic as part of himself, because he is fourth generation of family architects. In particular, his grandfather transmitted the passion for wood to him, so that already during his courses at University, Fabio Gigli set down his deep interest in everything with regard to work environment and its problems.
Graduated in Rome in 1973, Fabio Gigli immediately distinguished himself and gained the applause and positive critic of prestigious authorities: soon in 1977 he won the Abet Print prize for the project realised in laminate called “A coordinate furniture system and internal partitions for a new way to live the office”. Since 1979, as for Italy and other countries such as USA and Greece, he has designed office furniture for Estel (Gold Compass Competition, 1984), Faram, Meco Kastel, Steelcase-Strafor (two executive systems) and Sato (first Greek office furniture company).

As years went by, Fabio Gigli has gained more and more experience and competence and his creative impulse towards interior-design has developed also in the creation of show-rooms, hotels and expositions areas in Italy, USA, Great Britain, France, Germany, Greece and Russia. Today he holds the chair of Communication Marketing at the University of Urbino and he collaborates with the most important Italian specialized magazines, such as Interni, Habitat Ufficio, Ufficio Stile, Office Layout.

When someone asks Fabio Gigli about the meaning of “design”, he replies that it is properly an “artistic manifestation” as well as, for example, the art of painting, of sculpture and of music. However, design has to deal with one more rule which states that there’s no space for the “misunderstood”. This means that the architect must have technical ability, creativity and adaptation to the several needs and tastes of the clients; but he has also to interpret the rapid times of this everchanging modern world. Thus, while other forms of art can accept the possibility of appreciating an author at a later date, the designer must necessarily consider the reality of that particular historical period. And as a general trend, Fabio Gigli always wants to underline the fact that the world of the office is changing. While in the past it was mainly considered as a “work table”, today is well understood that it is also a place where the worker spends the most part of his day and therefore of his life. This is why in the latest years, it is necessary to make more pleasant those hours devoted to the most diversified professional activities.