Stefano Giovannoni, born in La Spezia in 1954, graduated in Architecture in Florence in 1978. Currently he lives and works in Milan.
From 1979 to 1991 he was teaching and doing research in the Florence Faculty of Architecture. He has been master-professor at Domus Academy in Milan, at the del Progetto in Reggio Emilia and professor in Industrial Design at the University of Architecture in Genova. He has been not only working as an architect but also an industrial-designer and an interior-designer, especially specializing in plastic products. He has collaborated with companies like Alessi, Cedderoth, Deborah, Fiat, Flos, Hannstar, Helit, Henkel, Kokuyo, Inda, Laufen, Lavazza, Magis, Oras, Oregon Scientific, Seiko, Siemens, 3M, etc. He 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 Shinkenchiku 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 the second prize at the Shinkenchiku 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 Andrea Branzi and Remo Buti. In 1991 he designed the Italian Pavilion at the exhibition Les Capitales Europeennes du nouveau design at the Centre George's Pompidou. Some of his projects have received the Design Plus award at the Frankfurt Fair-Ambiente 1994, 1996 and 2003, the 1997 100 Percent Design award in London, the Forum Design Hannover award in 1999, the ISH 2003 award, and has been selected Compasso d Eoro in 1996 and 1998. His works are part of the permanent archive of Centre Georges Pompidou and of MOMA collection (New York).