Dante Donegani

Course Leader of the MA in Design - Product Design


Dante Donegani, a pre-eminent architect and designer, was born in Pinzolo (in the province of Trento) in 1957. He graduated from the Architecture Faculty of Florence in 1983 and earned his Master’s in Design degree at Domus Academy in 1986.

After graduating from Domus Academy, Donegani worked for Olivetti Corporate Identity, a design showroom, art exhibition, and identity systems company. In 1993 he opened D&L Studio with Giovanni Lauda, working in several areas of design. He has designed home and office products for Isuzu, Memphis, Stildomus, Luceplan, Edra, Kelebek, Rotaliana, Radice, and Viceversa.

From 1992 to 2012, Donegani was director of the Master in Design degree at Domus Academy. In January 2013, he joined NABA’s faculty as course leader of the MA in Product Design. He also lectures at universities in various countries, including Yeditepe in Istanbul.

He has designed show rooms and art exhibitions in venues such as Casa Buonarroti in Florence, Fondazioni Cini in Venice, the Correr Museum in Venice, Palazzo Reale in Milan, and the Triennale di Milano. In 2001, he curated the exhibition Italy-Japan: Design as a Lifestyle, which was held in Yokohama and Kobe.

In his capacity as architect, he has designed single-family residences, hotels, and offices. He has won top prizes in architectural competitions in New York, Berlin, and Japan. The product Lisca, produced by Rotaliana, won an IF Product Design award in 2005. The product Multipot, produced by Rotaliana, received an honorable mention at the XXI Compasso d’Oro 2008.

Donegani’s work has appeared in the Biennale di Barcelona, the Centre George Pompidou, the Triennale di Milano, and the Venice Biennale. The razors “Spazio,” “Sauro,” and “Samurai” are in the permanent collection of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York. The model of “Agronica,” designed with Andrea Branzi, is in the collection of Center Georges Pompidou in Paris. The chaise longue Passepartout, produced by Edra, is in the permanent collections of the San Francisco MoMA and the Triennale di Milano.

Images of his work have been published in many design magazines.