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DEFERRARI+MODESTI was created in 2010 in Florence, founded by Javier Deferrari and Lavinia Modesti.

Before founding the firm, we gained various experiences, including collaborations with Enzo Mari, Manuel Gausa and finally with Stefano Boeri and Giovanni La Varra.

Over the years the studio has specialised in Interior Design, Exhibition Design and Product Design, with experience in Italy and abroad.

We work on projects of different scales and types, each time developing a unique concept with its own distinct poetics.

Our projects have been published in numerous trade journals.

In addition to the professional activity of design, we also have an academic commitment. Since 2017 we have been collaborating with IED Florence as coordinators and teachers of the undergrade course in "Interior and Furniture Design".

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

Awards and Exhibitions:

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 always try to see the design process as a whole, but also in every detail. We try to have a broad yet very focused gaze, developing a project as if in a spiral, we go forward and then come back by widening our gaze. A strategy that requires an analytical, pragmatic but also poetic approach.

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. This is why our approach is inclusive and promotes an active dialogue with our clients, consultants and collaborators.

We consider light, color, form and materials as architectural elements to be used and combined to create a space that stands the tests of time. This requires meticulous attention to detail, the use of different 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 honours and dignity of publication in Architecture from the University of Florence in 2005 with Enzo Mari as external supervisor. She began her professional career in Milan, working as an assistant to Enzo Mari, collaborating on projects for furniture elements, office components and art multiples. She continued her experience working with Actar-Arquitectura studio in Barcelona, then again in Milan with Caruso-Mainardi studio and finally with Boeri Studio.

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 where he later graduated from the Politecnico. After several years experiences in Italy and abroad, in 2008 he began collaborating with Stefano Boeri's studio, which led to his involvement in the redevelopment project of the Ex Arsenale Militare in La Maddalena.


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Maria João Aleixo de Barcelos
Ilayda Aşan
Sara Bitossi
Paola Buselli
Dario Calonaci
Jessica Carione
Cinzia Deviti
Francesco Giuffrida
Katerina Margoldova
Robin Muller
Elisa Palaia
Asia Piccinini
Francesca Quaranta
Gioia Romani
Maria Domenica Russo
Lorenzo Saccomando
Michela Tonelli

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