A proud Venetian designer with a refreshingly international style
Luca Nichetto loves to say that he is more Venetian than Italian, an understandable distinction considering the rich cultural, linguistic and even culinary history of his beloved city. Not to mention the fact that he received his Industrial Design degree from the IUAV in Venice and even began his career as a Murano glass designer for Salviati before launching his own studio in 2006.
More recently, the Venetian designer moved to Sweden for love and currently splits his time between Stockholm and Venice. Unsurprisingly, his work also straddles Scandinavian and Mediterranean influences with dashes of more eastern inspiration, all of which are visible in his creations like Sucabaruca, his collaboration with nendo and his Regata Storica rug.
Over the course of his career, Nichetto has won several awards, including the Gran Design Award in 2008 and the IF Product Design award. He was even named Elle Décor Italy’s Designer of the Year in 2013. An extremely prolific designer, he has worked with a huge variety of international design manufacturers, including Foscarini, Cassina, La Chance and Offecct.
Most recently, he collaborated with De La Espada. When we spoke with him at the Stockholm Furniture Fair, Nichetto explained that De La Espada is unique in the world of manufacturing, working more with designers as partners and more directly involving the designers in the product line. Out of this collaboration was born the 50/50 collection which was named as such due to the use of 50% wood and 50% other materials as well as the 1950s inspiration.