“Donegani and Lauda are a team of designers who choose their projects very carefully, and who do not use style as a distinctive element. Far from the logic of originality at any cost (considered the result of a professional process and not episodic geniality), they develop themes where the evolution of uses and new behaviours become sources of inspiration for the definition of the project. Their aim is to create future hypotheses and implications which will culminate in a product or a new way to use space. This way of theirs to conduct research is applied to all scales of design, minimal or maximal spaces, territory, city, house, room, furniture or utensil. […]”
The monograph, published in a bilingual Italian/English edition, provides an overview that makes it possible to understand the design strategy of the presented authors. A presentation and a critical essay by Carlo Vannicola along with a treatise by Andrea Branzi precede the selection of works, exhaustively described through images, drawings, sketches and short texts. The volume is completed by the biographic notes and a complete summary of the works of the duo.
Dante Donegani (Trento 1957) holds a degree in Architecture from the University of Florence (1983). From 1987 to 1991 he worked at Olivetti. Giovanni Lauda (Naples 1956) holds a degree in Architecture from the University of Naples. From 1988 to 1991 he was part of the studio Morozzi & Partners. In 1992 they found D&L, a Milan based architecture, interior design, and design studio.