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Alfonso Femia is an interior designer who is known for having developed a “research around matter” which led him to collaborate on a myriad of design projects with several international companies. He’s become one of the most remarkable designers in Italy from the 90s to today. Milan Design Agenda will be taking a look at his career and his design style throughout this article.
Alfonso Femia is an Italian Architect and Designer currently living in Genova who is mostly known for creating the 5+1 agency in 1995 alongside Gianluca Peluffo. This company which evolved into 5+1AA in 2005 is more known as Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia. Having a business that has successfully managed to expand to Genoa, Milan and Paris, it’s no wonder that Alfonso has been tackling his architectural projects. Most notably the multidisciplinary team is inspired by the main features of these three locations.
Among some of the most notable projects of the company, we can definitely point to Savona University Campus, the offices of the Ministry of the Interior in Rome, the art and cultural centre known as Palazzo del Ghiaccio e del Frigoriferi Milanesi and even the offices of the Fiera Milano exhibition centre.
He’s also had many relevant partnerships. One of the most notable is with artist Danilo Trogu with whom he developed a “Mediterranean Bestiary” in ceramics, which animate the Marseilles Docks, the Great Railways Workshops in Turin and the Asnières-Sur-Seine housing around Paris. Other examples of relevant partners include Simonetta Cenci, as well as Nicola Spinetto, both of whom are relevant figures in the panorama of Italian Design.
Throughout his career, Alfonso Femia deepened the themes related to ceramics, light, wood, glass, cardboard and biodynamic cement, exploring the three-dimensional design of ceramics and its application to architecture. As a matter of fact, he has created products that characterize the recent residential projects in Paris, Brescia, and the new BNL-BNP Paribas headquarters in Rome.
The best way to define Alfonso Femia and his team’s architecture style is by describing it as a style that amplifies human relationships, taking advantage of them to create a dialogue tool between people and contexts. With each of the projects that come their way they always require a communication tool, searching and asserting the best idea to fit every unique situation.