Stefano Giovannoni was born at La Spezia in 1954. He graduated in Architecture at Florence in 1978, and lives and works in Milan.
From 1979 to 1981 he was a teacher and researcher at the Faculty of Architecture in Florence; he has been master-professor at Domus Academy in Milan, at the Università del Progetto in Reggio Emilia and professor in Industrial Design at the University of Architecture in Genoa.
He works as an industrial/interior designer and architect, specializing in plastic products. He collaborates with companies like Alessi, Cedderoth, Deborah, Flos, Hannstar, Helit, Inda, Kankio, Laufen, Gavazza, Magis, Nissan, Oras, Oregon Scientific, Seiko, Siemens, 3M, etc.
He has designed very successful commercial products such as, for Alessi, the “Girotondo” and “Mami” series, the plastic products, “Il BagnoAlessi” and the “Bombo” series for Magis.
In 1980 he won the “Shinchenchiku Residential Design Competition” award, with Kisho Kurokawa as judge, and the “Concorso per una Piazza a Santa Croce sull’Arno” award.
In 1985 he won 2nd prize in the “Shinchenchiku Residential Design Competition”, with Tadao Ando as judge.
In 1989 he won the “Concorso per la ristrutturazione del centro storico di Castel di Sangro” award together with A. Branzi and R. Buti.
In 1991 he designed the Italian Pavilion at the exhibition “Les Capitales Européennes du nouveau design” at the Pompidou Centre in Paris.
Some of his projects have received the “Design Plus” award at the Frankfurt Fair-Ambiente 1994, 1996 and 2003; the 1997 “100% Design” award in London; the “Forum Design Hanover” award in 1999; the “ISH” 2003 award; and have been selected for the “ Compasso d’ oro” in 1996 and 1998.
His works are part of the permanent collections of the Pompidou Centre (Paris) and the MOMA (New York).