Calvi & Brambilla
Fabio Calvi was born in Pavia in 1969. Following his studies at the Milan Polytechnic and Brunel University of West London, he graduated in architecture in 1996. He was assistant set designer for advertising spots and video musicals. Afterwards, he collaborated with Architect Gianfranco Frattini for interior decoration and design projects. He collaborated with Ferruccio Laviani, with whom he arranged display settings for Kartell, Forum, Missoni, Flos and Piombo. With Diego Grandi he oversaw the art direction and the showrooms of the Brunello Cucinelli firm, and a display setting for the Lea Ceramiche company, in Bologna. As an independent professional, he carried out for Edel the new exhibition display for the application in corners, shops-in-shops, and flag shops; for Sony Italia, he arranged the set for the Albert Watson photographic retrospective exhibition at the Rotunda of Besana, in Milan. Since 2005, Calvi has been in charge of stand preparation, external events and sales outlets of the Flos company.
Paolo Brambilla was born in Lecco in 1973. Following his studies at the Milan Polytechnic and at the Polytechnical University, in Barcelona, he graduated in architecture in 1999. He collaborated with the Codinachs Nadal Arquitectes studio, in Barcelona, in the design of public spaces. As a collaborator of Architect Ermanno Previdi, he was in charge of feasibility studies and design coordination for office buildings for Cofathec, ABB, Gucci and Sergio Rossi. He took part in the construction of the Gucci shops in Milan and The Mall shopping centre. He received various commendations, including the honourable mention at the European 6 competition and the Artegiovane Torino 2002 prize as a collaborator of Patrick Tuttofuoco. Since 2005, he has been contract professor of interior decoration and stage setting Architecture at the Faculty of Design of the Milan Polytechnic.
Together, Calvi and Brambilla have designed the new fair stands for Olivari and the plan of one of the three sites of the Tsunagu display arrangement overseen by Kengo Kuma at the Triennale of Milan in 2007. They currently cooperate in the design of homes, offices, sales outlets, display settings and products.