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DEFERRARI+MODESTI was founded in Florence by Javier Deferrari and Lavinia Modesti.

Since 2010, we have been engaged in architectural and interior design, focusing our research research on the creation of residential, commercial, exhibition, and hospitality spaces.

Before establishing the studio, we gained various experiences in Italy and abroad, including collaborations with Enzo Mari, Manuel Gausa, and finally with Stefano Boeri and Giovanni La Varra.

We develop projects of different scales and types, creating a unique concept each time with its own distinct poetic for both private clients and important institutions and companies including Le Gallerie degli Uffizi, Targetti Sankey, Toscana Resort Castelfalfi, Marca Corona, Mirage.

Over the years, we have received national and international awards, and our projects have been featured in numerous publications including Living, Elle Decor, Frame, Living and Wallpaper.

Since 2017, we have held the roles of academic coordinators and lectures for the Bachelor's Degree course in Interior Design at IED Florence.

TH01 Targetti HUB Allestimento e Interior Design by Deferrari Modesti
TH01 Targetti HUB, Florence

Awards national and international:

2021 | Iconic Awards - Innovative Architecture sponsored by the German Design Council | TH01 Targetti Hub | Winner Interior and Innovative Materials category.

2021 | Participation in the Italian Pavilion"Resilient Communities", at the Architecture Biennale 2021, in the section curated by Rebel Architette and Alessandro Melis "Detoxing architecture from inequalities: a plural act".

2021 | "Anna Taddei Women's Architecture and Design" Award | TH01 Targetti Hub | Special Mention.

2020 | Dezeen Awards | Emerging Interior Designer of the Year | Longlist

2020 | BIGSEE Interior Design Awards | TH01 Targetti Hub | Winner "Workplace" category.

2020 | Archilovers Best Projects | TH01 Targetti Hub

2017 | Award IN/Arch Bar Ristoranti Hotel d'Autore | Libreria Brac | Special mention

2017 | Disegnodilegno competitionby Fiemme 3000| Catasta | Third prize

2017 | Participation in the exhibition "Prossimo futuro. 45 Italian designers under 40" curated by Luigi Prestinenza Puglisi and Monica A. G. Scanu, at the Acquario Romano in Rome.

2015 | ADI Design Index | Xgone produced by. Mirage Granito Ceramico

2014 | Res_tile competition by Mirage Granito Ceramico | Versatile | Third Prize

How we work

We design spaces in which people can feel comfortable. Fundamental to this, is a careful study of the characteristics of the place where we are to intervene and a deep understanding of how the space will be used and experienced. Our approach, therefore, is inclusive and promotes an active dialogue with our clients, consultants and collaborators.

We always try to see the design process as a whole, but also in every detail. We try to have a wide and at the same time focused gaze, developing a project as if in a spiral, going forward and then coming back by widening the gaze. A strategy that requires an analytical, pragmatic but also poetic approach.

We view materials, form, color and light as architectural elements to be used and combined to create a space that stands the tests of time. This requires meticulous attention to detail, research and use of materials, and the functionality of spaces. To achieve a harmonious interaction between architecture and interior elements, we often design custom furniture and lighting.

We carefully study every technical detail, with the aim of achieving a consistent space in the various parts.
We follow the sampling of materials with scrupulous care, working closely with craft firms to identify the most suitable solutions.

Libreria Brac, Firenze, Interni, bar, ritorante, libreria, progetto Deferrari Modesti
Brac Bookstore, Florence

Lavinia Modesti was born in Pisa in 1979. She graduated with honors and dignity of publication in Architecture from the University of Florence. She began her professional activity in Milan, collaborating with Enzo Mari. She continued her experience in Barcelona with Actar-Arquitectura, then again in Milan with Stefano Boeri's studio. In 2010 he founded with Javier Deferrari the studio DEFERRARI+MODESTI. Over the years she has received awards and Awards, including the "Anna Taddei Architecture and Design of Women" Award. He participated in the Venice Biennale in the Italian Pavilion curated by RebelArchitette. Since 2017, she has been collaborating with IED as coordinator of the Bachelor's degree course in Interior Design.

Javier Deferrari was born in Buenos Aires in 1978. He began his studies in Architecture at the Universidad de Buenos Aires. In 2002 he moved to Milan, in 2006 he graduated in Science of Architecture at the Politecnico di Milano. After several professional experiences in Italy and abroad, in 2008 he starts collaborating with Stefano Boeri's studio, which will lead him to engage in La Maddalena in the redevelopment project of the Former Military Arsenal in view of the G8. In 2010 he founded with Lavinia Modesti the studio DEFERRARI+MODESTI. Since 2017 he has been collaborating with IED Florence as coordinator and lecturer of the three-year degree course in Interior Design.


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