Mario Milana was born in Milan, Italy in 1981. He graduated with a degree in Industrial Design from the Istituto Europeo del Design di Milano in 2003. In 2005 he moved to New York where he worked with Karim Rashid for eight years. As a Senior Designer at Rashid’s studio, Milana had the opportunity to work with clients like Alessi, Artemide, Corian, Gufram, Meritalia, Riva1920, Samsung, Slide, Tonelli and Zanotta.
In 2014 Milana founded his own eponymous studio based in New York and Milan. His first collection of furniture, all handmade in Milan, was launched during the 2014 Salone del Mobile. In his design practice and philosophy Milana is interested in exploring craft, functionality and simplicity, and in merging the worlds of the artisan and technology.
The artisans of Italy are a large source of inspiration. All of the chairs are handmade in and just outside of Milan—the designer’s hometown. Mario Milana has great respect for the work of these craftsmen; the metals are all hand-welded and the weld marks left to tell the story of the production behind the object; the highest quality Italian leather is all hand stitched and upholstered by a small family owned operation in Seregno that has been in business for generations.
The designer truly believes that you can create innovative designs using traditional production technologies and that we must support and uphold these artisans and their savoir-faire.