and technological solutions
In line with its philosophy and strategy, Fima Carlo Frattini has been collaborating with external designers for several years, in order expand its horizons on products. In this way, rather than developing out of a single viewpoint, the project is enriched by different cultures and a multi-channel approach. Fima is always willing to support the ideas of renowned professionals or emerging designers operating throughout the world, often in radically different contexts. The path is certainly challenging but nonetheless crucial to foster growth and innovation, the only elements nowadays that raise a company above its competitors for its excellence, not only its commercial positioning. Just like in the golden age of industrial design, the company consciously supports all creative ideas, both conceptually and technologically, without neglecting the complex testing and engineering phases that follow. Once this cycle is completed and each person has offered his/her contribution, the new product is launched and the market decides how successful it will be.
In 1982, Sergio Castiglia, Marinella Santarelli and Maria Tiziana Tazza established the Studio Castiglia Associati, which is involved with design, artistic direction, fittings and architecture. Over these last twenty years the studio has committed itself to researching current content and aesthetics, through creative settings and productive realities. There have been many successful products which have received mention or recognition at tradeshows and fairs in different sectors: 2000 ADI mention for FREEWAY, by CONCEPT 2004 ADI mention for Casta Diva, by ALMA brand FERROLI S.p.A. 2004 COMFORT & DESIGN prize for Casta Diva, by ALMA, at the Fiera di Milano.
GIUSEPPE BAVUSO (1959), architect and designer, lives and works in Seregno, Lombardy. In his projects he combines the rigor of what is an almost minimalist style with comprehensive technical expertise, intelligently using technological and innovative materials. His first professional experience saw him working on the planning and design of important projects in a variety of sectors, ranging from architecture to the design and furnishing of large communal spaces, as well as the interior design of trains and sleeping cars. Since 1986, at his own product design company, he works on projects for firms in the bio-medical equipment field. In the furnishing sector he collaborates with a number of companies in the role of designer and art director, working on products from their inception through to planning and design, and finally, on the related visual communication.
Always passionate about design culture, his job is concentrated on the interactions between tecnology and production, comunication and marketing strategies, analyzing also how these influence the creation of a new product.
MENEGHELLO PAOLELLI ASSOCIATI
Sandro Meneghello and Marco Paolelli, both born in 1979, graduated at the Politecnico di Milano, Faculty of Design, in 2004, under the guidance of Roberto Palomba and Paolo Rizzatto. They separately gather different international experiencies: from Central Saint Martins College in London and Norwegian University of Science&Technology in Trondheim to Köln Kisd University and EDF R&B in Paris, before starting their studio in Milan. Since 2005 they have collaborated with several Italian and foreign companies, including Antonio Lupi, Fiam, Horm, Unopiù, Twils, Artceram, Porcellanosa, Glass 1989 Idromassaggio, Victoria + Albert , Ridea, Bertocci, Fima Carlo Frattini, Hidra, Grantour and more. During their collaboration they have received several international recognitions, including five Red Dot Design Award, five Design Plus, two Good Design Award, one ADI Design Index, two special mention for the German Design Award and six mention to the Young&Design.
FIMA RESEARCH CENTRE
The Fima Research Centre is a genuine well of ideas. The intuitions of designers and draughtsmen are enriched by the creativity and engineering potential supplied by the company, thanks to its highly specialistic approach. Nowadays, designing pleasant and functional products is simply not enough: products must be able to communicate through their experimental and innovative nature. At the Fima Research Centre, rigorous design is ably blended with intuition, technology with craftsmanship, and commercial expectations with production requirements. Amid an increasingly complex and competitive market, these factors constitute the real value of business culture.