Claudio & Fabio COLUCCI | Photography by Nicolas Schopfer
colucci & colucci
Two generations joining each other to look towards the future and drawing a new identity for their design studio: this is the vision of Claudio Colucci Design, which becomes Colucci & Colucci Design.
This year, Claudio Colucci named his son Fabio associate partner of the design studio he founded in 2000, now based in Geneva and represented in Tokyo and Beijing. A gesture of trust and confidence towards his son, who until then had managed the Genevan office, giving rise to a new identity: Colucci & Colucci Design.
Father and son combine their talents to carry out, hand in hand, the strategy that makes the fame and reputation of their agency: openness. Their work promotes three axes: furniture, industrial design and space architecture, through multiple means of expression and very different worlds. Switching from the creation of a cutlery service design for Christofle to the interior design of a Parisian hotel, or even from a collaboration with Ligne Roset, to the scenography of a luxury boutique, that’s what stimulates them, and demonstrates their limitless creativity. At the crossroads of two cultures, Asian and European, the Colucci style is characterized by clear and minimalist lines whose sobriety goes to the essential, but also by a touch of fantasy thanks to the dynamism and the powerful colors used in their creations. "A merger of styles whose equation is 1 + 1 = 3", as described by Claudio Colucci. This duo has the head in the stars, but their feet remain firmly anchored on earth.
Colucci & Colucci Design, is also about a human synergy around a team of about ten collaborators, close collaborations with local craftsmen and LabelGeneve, co-founded by Claudio, and well-known Genevan design schools such as IPAC Design and Geneva School of Art and Design (HEAD), for ever more creative projects at the service of local and international brands.
photograph of Claudio Colucci by Davolo Steiner
Flashback - Claudio
Nothing seems to hold high flying designer Claudio Colucci down.
Born in Locarno to an Austrian mother and an Italian father, he has made mixing and movement characteristics of his work. ‘Travel, the interaction of movement has made me a partner of the in-between, an author of transition from one thing to another, from one world to another’, he acknowledged between flights.
As soon as he qualified in graphic design at the School of Decorative Arts in Geneva, he went straight to Paris where he studied industrial design at ENSCI-Les Ateliers. He then completed his training with an exchange in Kingston Polytechnic. Several trips and meetings later, it was his love for Tokyo and his first collaboration with IDÉE that was decisive. From then on, he hasn’t ceased to have links in Switzerland, France and Japan.
The root of his work remains in a minimal, dynamic and colourful style, probably the outcome of his initial training in graphic design, where he tended towards a polymorphous and global design. It is a real style that vibrates with interacting influences. Today as a designer, scenographer, interior architect Claudio is an excellent all rounder.
Claudio Colucci is the co-founder of Radi-Designers and the co-author of work produced by this group since 1992. He became freelance at the beginning of the year 2000 in order to develop his activities in Tokyo and Paris.
The last award that he shared with Radi-Designers was the Creator of the Year, presented at the Paris furniture fair on 13th January 2000.
Fabio Colucci photographed by Marc Ninghetto
Flashback - Fabio
Space has always fascinated Fabio Colucci -the infinity of the universe just above our heads and the vertigo it induces. As a child he wanted to be an astronaut and today harbors a twinge of regret for not becoming one, until he brings up his other passion: cartoons – the pinnacle of the world of imagination.
As a teenager, Fabio Colucci, who was already good at drawing, set his sights on architecture. He wants to design the world around us, positioned under the stars. Once he got his diploma he set out to find the best path. The same year he took both the Ecal and HEAD professional exams and passed both. “I had the luxury of being able to decide,” says the son of the famed designer Claudio Colucci. The apple didn't fall far from the tree.
He chose HEAD in Geneva, a city he loves and where he fully enjoys the quality of life, and he chose interior design, allying technicality and creativity. “I loved my years in school, studying and working crazy hours. We were all a family.” The memories come flooding back – a presentation at the Milan Furniture Fair, a workshop with the iconic Matali Crasset, moments of exchange and sharing, sleepless nights, the Teo Jakob prize with special mention…
Search for meaning
With his Bachelor's in hand, Fabio went straight to the Paris office of Colucci Design for several months, working at every level in the company. The Fukushima disaster in 2011 gave him a reason to leave for Japan, then back to Geneva for an internship with Strata Architecture. His father then asked him to take over the Geneva office, where he accepted to give “a helping hand.”
Once on the job, the only one in the office, he discovered the true life of a professional designer, not what's in the schoolbooks. The late nights, disrespect and acrimony. The projects he must defend, clients to convince and the office to run. "In the beginning I was the designer, artist, project manager, accountant..." He created the Hermès shop windows throughout Switzerland, a limited edition Caran d'Ache pen and even designed the architectural identity of TPG Architecture in collaboration with Strata.
He loves all aspects of interior design business even if he has a preference for the early creative research phases. His passion drives him to teaching. A discovery, an opportunity. "I teach real life. Those things that nobody taught me," he says without hiding his joy.
What does he expect of his students? That they always go above and beyond what's expected of them, without forgetting to tell the story behind the project. The search for meaning is primordial.
Label Genève | JEMA 2018 Claudio presenting his work during the JEMA 2018
Claudio enjoys transmitting his knowledge and has been a product & interior design teacher at the HEAD Geneva, from 2015 to 2018. Fabio also caught the teaching virus, but specialized in Interior Design. He is in charge of the Interior Design department at IPAC Design Geneva since 2015.
Education is very important to Claudio and Fabio. They both enjoy sharing their passion to others and help people acknowledge their talent, but they most of all love when they are able to imply their students into real projects. Their workshops offer the opportunity to uncover the limitless creativity of a freshman, along with the experience of an agency.
SWITCH. OSAKA, 1995. IN COLLABORATION WITH RADI DESIGNERS.
1988 CC - Diploma in graphic design from the School of Decorative Arts in Geneva.
1992 CC - Diploma from ENSCI-Les Ateliers in Paris. CC - Exchange program at Kingston Polytechnic in London. CC - Internship at Branson Coates and Ron Arad in London. CC - Works with Pascal Mourgue in Paris.
1994 CC - Co-founder of Radi Designers in Paris.
1996 CC - Works at Thomson Multimédia under the direction of Philippe Starck in Paris.1997 CC - Collaboration with the design company Idée in Tokyo.
1998 CC - Collaboration on a project for Seven/Eleven with Philippe Starck in Japan. CC - Creation of the Radi Designers office in Tokyo.
2000 CC - Creation of the Claudio Colucci Design agency in Tokyo and a studio in Paris.
2010 CC - Creation of the Claudio Colucci Design agency in Geneva.
2011 CC - Creation of the Claudio Colucci Design representative agency in Beijing. FC -Diploma from the Geneva School of Art and Design and award from Teo Jakob’s prize with mention
2012 CC - Creation of the Claudio Colucci Design agency in Shanghai. FC - Manages the Claudio Colucci Design agency in Geneva
2015 CC - Comes back to settle in Geneva. FC - Appointed Dean of Interior Design at IPAC Design Geneva Change of structure : the Geneva office becomes the main agency and the international agencies become representative offices
2018 FC - Promoted Associated Director Claudio Colucci Design becomes Colucci & Colucci Design
Expresso. Coffee cup. Axis France, 1994.
His destiny is inspired by his family saga, which he perpetuates by drawing on its DNA. To be nourished by different cultures while staying true to one’s own story: an italian father, an austrian mother, a childhood in Ticino, Paris, and London… a pendulum swing to propel oneself forward, with one eye on the rear-view mirror.
To push back limits, draw inspiration from the enigmatic and the mysterious… Colucci solicits the 5 senses to celebrate the human condition in its most noble and exhilarating form, “Design is an art of life… for me, the aesthetics of body language, of movement, are as important as the aesthetics of plastic arts. I create a poetic, offbeat, though always functional interaction between the person and the object."
The Dome, Claudio's office studio in Tokyo from 1996 to 1998.
Claudio Colucci, an internationally renowned interior and product designer, a true artist who never stops exploring and dreaming. Claudio Colucci’ s creation and design have been appreciated by many and used by famous international brands, such as Hermès, Agnès B, Christofle, Ligne Roset and more.
Nomad, design agitator, the artist cannot stay put. Geneva, Paris, Tokyo, and more recently Shanghai and Beijing, all over his name shows up like a luxury brand. At each stage of this pursuit of his personal Grail, like the patriarch of a nomadic tribe roaming the planet in pursuit of his quest.
The origin of his work is embodied by a refined, dynamic and colorful line, vibrant with mixed influences. As with the mirror effect of a glitter ball, his design draws from a thousand and one references and reflects the illusion of anamorphosis and visual remixes.
This is how he became the scriptwriter for stories of a sensitive world in which a part of childhood and magic is never far away. He is a renaissance man of the 21st century with a predilection for quantum mechanics; morphing in time and space is at the heart of Colucci’s work.
Lov-Star. Sculpture Project. 2010.
« My style, it’s a mixture of mischief, humour, colour and sensuality. In my mind, what characterises my work, are the stories that are at the origin of each one of my projects. That is the secret of my approach. » confides Claudio Colucci. And for more than ten years he has lead the world of design, fashion and food, luxury products and large industrial groups.
He is the creator of supple and sensual lines, of shimmering and festive environments, of gentle and indulgent textures. His position between Paris, Tokyo, Shanghai and Geneva allows for interactions, it’s a real source of inspiration, an observatory of the avant garde, equally it gives him the necessary distance for his own creation. He is the author of a world where childhood and magic are never very far away.
What is less well known about him is that he designs everything and prescribes nothing. He follows production to ensure quality, aiming for originality, authenticity and the exceptional, to the limits of craftsmanship. Close to the problematic of his clients, he synthesises their brief and leads them towards a qualitative flamboyant contemporary design. « In my research, objects appear through forms that could be humorous, sensual and full of mystery. These objects sometimes disturb the user as their function is distanced form their form. My designs may seem unusual but they always remain perfectly adapted to the needs of my clients. »
You Are Fabulous. Sketches, Paris, 2009.
Claudio Colucci is never apart from his sketch book and his computer, that connects him permanently to his offices in Geneva and Tokyo, as well as his agencies in Paris and Shanghai....
Mixing of traditional know-how and new technologies: an idea sketched on a small piece of paper is redrawn on a computer. Once the 3D approved, it will be confronted to the expertise of every required skills, from the specialist craftsman to the search for high-tech materials. In terms of architecture Claudio is responsible for all the stages of a project as the concept, the technical drawings and the quality follow-up.
Between his comings and going, Claudio knows how to develop real skill centres, assembling collaborators that spread between Paris, Tokyo, Shanghai and Geneva. In this creative and reactive team, everyone is qualified and has studied in an important school of design, or architecture, and have in common an international experience. The team is, at the same time, both close-knit and autonomous, always knowing how to adhere to Claudio's approach.
Each agency collaborates to develop the concepts initiated by Claudio. Working on graphic design projects, packaging, product and furniture design, interior architecture, scenography, architecture and limited editions, a dialogue is nourished between the teams, which can even give rise to exchanges and residences. To this must be added, depending on the relevance and scale of the project, a network of producers and craftspeople.
The bridge that exists between the offices, which for the CCD team is easy to cross, is a great advantage for our clients. The agency offers them an experimental laboratory that is full of life, exchange and movement.
CEO & Creative Director
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ACOVA, France AGENCE TERRES NUAGES, France ANESIS, Japan ARDI, France L'ARPEGE, Alain Passrat, France AXIS, France BACCARAT, consultation, France CARAN D'ACHE, consultation, Switzerland CHIVAS SWISS, Switzerland CLAUDIO COLUCCI DESIGN, limited edition CLEAR GALLERY, Japan CHEVALIER EDITION, carpet, France CHRISTOFLE, France ELECOM, consultation, Japan FRESCA, Cosmetic, Japan FUMI Gallery, England GALERIE MITTERAND-CRAMER, Switzerland GALERIE MOUVEMENTS MODERNES, France GALERIE SENTOU, France HABITAT, International HERMÈS, perfume consultation, France Heiyando Yamada, bags and goods, Japan Heiyando Yamada + L'ALLIANCE, St-Valentines gift, Japan IDÉE, Japan INAX, Japan ISSEY MIYAKE, packaging consultation, France KENWOOD DESIGN, speaker, Japan LESAGE, France LIGNE ROSET, Mini Dada LU, packaging, consultation, France MARNA, Japan MIN MIN GALLERY, Japan MOËT & CHANDON, consultation, France MÔVENPICK, France NOW carpet, Spain Neology, furniture, France PERNOD SUZE, France RUNTAL, Italia SEGA, Joy police station, Japan SHARP, consultation, Japan SUZI WAN, France SWAROVSKI, Japan TARKET SOMMER, France TIME & STYLE, Japan
AGNÈS B, Japan BASSETT WALKER, consultation, Japan CFF–CEVA, consultation for 5 rail station, Switzerland JNC, private house, France Hollywood House, consultation, USA
Photo collaboration with Yamada san/Super Sonic, Chika portrait for CCD Monogram (in progress) Excelsior Caffe, logo and brand identity Glamour sales, logo and web design Etienne Botanics, logo, brand identity and packaging Pour Jours, logo, package and chocolate
Fresca, Japan Fuji Kowa, Japan Kenwood, Japan Kokuyo, Japan Lemnos, Japan Shiraishi, Japan Toshiba, Japan Trunk, Japan
BHV, France CARAN D'ACHE, German ELLE DÉCO AWARD, Japan H.A. DEUX, Japan JEAN-PAUL GAULTIER, consultation, France HERMÈS, Japan, Switzerland, France LASER LAFAYETTE SERVICE - GALERIE LAFAYETTE MOËT & CHANDON, consultation, France PIRELLI, International PREMIERE CLASSE, consultation, France RENAULT, Switzerland SEIBU, Japan VIA, France Tokyu Plaza, Japan Dentsu, Japan Hakuhodo, Japan Kyoto Graphie, Japan Onitsuka Tiger, Japan
ACCORD - NOVOTEL/SOFITEL, hotel, France A-net, shop, Japan Ando Gallery, Japan ARMANI, cosmetic shop, consultation, France Azone+Associates, Japan BELLE, select shop, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Japan BHV, restaurant & terrace, consultation, France BIOTHERM, cosmetic shop, consultation, France Bluebell, shop, Japan CABANE DE ZUCCA, shop, Japan, China, France CFF – CEVA, rail station, Switzerland CHIKA, Geisha bar, Japan COCOON, shop, Japan DÉLICABAR, France DOUTOR, Japan EVIAN, bar, consultation, France EXCELSIOR CAFFE, Japan Fashion Suga, shop, Japan For Days, shop, office, Japan FRÉDÉRIC SCAILTEUR, pastry shop, Japan FREE'S, restaurant + fashion shop, Japan FURLA, flagship shop, consultation, Japan GALERIE MIN MIN, Japan Grand Swell, Japan GROUPE ACCORD, Novotel, France HILL'S, select shop, Japan ICONA VERA, shop, France INSTITUT FRANCO JAPONAIS, Japan JAYRO WHITE, shop, Japan KEITA MARUYAMA, shop, consultation, Japan KOSE, cosmetic shop, consultation, Japan LAFUMA, shop, Japan, China LAWSON, shop, consultation, Japan LE SALON, select shop, Japan LOEWE, shop, consultation, Spain LUMEN, hotel, France MARY QUANT, shop, Japan MAVERTEAM, shop, Japan MITSUI MANSION, Japan MOPH CAFÉ, Japan Mori Building, Japan MYBERRY, Frozen yoghurt bar, France NDC japan, shop, Japan NTT DoCoMo, shop, consultation, Japan OXBOW, flagship shop, consultation, France PASSAGE ST ROCH, restaurant, France PAUL & JOE, shop, France, Monaco, Taiwan, Singapore, China, Japan PRINCESS TAMTAM, shop, consultation, France ROLL MADU, restaurants, Japan ROOM-Y, restaurant, Japan RYOWA LIFE CREATES, apartments, Japan SHU ! bar, Japan SOGERES, restaurant, consultation, France TOYOTA, show room, consultation, France TORIMARU-IMAIYA, restaurant, Japan TRAP/U, shop, Japan PHILOSOPHER, shop, Japan UGC, cinema complex, consultation, France UNTITLED, shop, Japan VIENS-VIENS, nail shop, Japan VIRGIN, consultation, France WATOSA, cosmetic shop, Japan Yu-shin, shop, Japan YVES SAINT-LAURENT, flagship shop, consultation, France