Massimo Mariani

Massimo Mariani, architect and designer, was born in 1951 in Pistoia. He graduated in 1977 from the Faculty of Architecture in Florence, where he taught (1980-1992) as Assistant Professor of the Design course chaired by Prof. Remo Buti. In 1980, he cofounded with Alberto Casciani “Stilema”, the practice specialised in product, furniture and interior design. In 1986, along with a group of architects, he founded the Bolidismo movement. Since 1980, the Mariani studio has been based in Montecatini Terme and specialising in architecture and interior design. Over the years, Mariani has gained experience in all sectors: from private houses – including that of Monsummano Terme (1989-90), Benigni House in Buggiano (1995-98), the Collector’s House in Florence (2009- 10) and the Stefano House in Empoli (2009) – to specialised buildings such as the Benozzo Gozzoli Museum in Castelfiorentino (2009) and the Primary School and Public Library in Ponte Buggianese (2010). Since the 90s, he has also designed a number of banks and business premises in Tuscany (Fornacette Coop Bank, Cambiano Coop Bank and Cabel). He recently completed the extension of the Ponte Buggianese Cemetery, the new headquarter of Pisa and Fornacette bank in Fornacette and the expansion of the ‘Fort’ in Donoratico (headquarters of the Castagneto Carducci Coop Bank), while the new headquarters of the Cambiano Castelfiorentino Coop Bank and some other office buildings in Tuscany are still under construction. Some projects have received major awards such as: “Inventing the cover of Modo”, 1979; “The most beautiful house in the world”, 1988; “The Dedalo Prize”, 1999; – US Award 2009; “Florence Architecture Award/‘14”. He participated in the Venice Architecture Biennal in 1985 and 2012. As far as design is concerned, he has worked with many well known brands such as Alessi-Tendentse, Stilema, Meccani, Arredaesse, Limonta and Unitalia. In 2005, Verbavolant published Massimo Mariani Projects 1980-2005; in 2015 Altralinea published Holistic Bank Design, a book about the new headquarters of the Bank of Pisa, in the same year, still for Altralinea, is published “Massimo Mariani – Works 2005-2015”. The work of Massimo Mariani moves on a hybrid line, made up of contamination and disciplinary intertwining, aimed at overcoming the limit of specialization. The studio's design philosophy can be summarized as follows: "IRONIA, COLOR, HEART, ... LOVE"

Awards

  • 2015 - IX Green Globe Banking Award, honorable mention Headquarter of Bank of Pisa and Fornacette
  • 2014 - Premio Architettura Territorio Fiorentino \'14
  • 2012 - Brick Award\'s selection
  • 2009 - US award, 3° prize Architecture, Cabel Holding Offices, Empoli
  • 1999 - Project awarded at the competition "Premio Dedalo alla committenza 1999", first prize
  • 1988 - Project awarded at the competition "La casa più bella del mondo"
  • 1986 - Project awarded at the competition "Atelier Nouveau", Seybu Stores in Tokyo
  • 1984 - Project selected for the competition "Design wettbewerb beleuchtungs-Korper"
  • 1982 - Project selected for the competition "La credenza e il suo spazio"
  • 1979 - Opera premiata per il concorso "Inventare la copertina di Modo"

Works

  • Bank in Livorno - Office, Livorno, 2019
  • Bank of Castagneto Carducci - Headquarter Extension , Donoratico (Livorno), 2018
  • Bank in Grosseto - Second Branch office, Grosseto, 2017
  • Bank in Pisa - Branch office, Pisa, 2017
  • Bank in Vecchiano - Branch office, Pisa, 2016
  • Bank in Grosseto - Branch office, Grosseto, 2015
  • Bank in Lucca - Branch office, Lucca, 2015
  • Taverna di Poldo e DolcePoldo - Sandwich house and bakery, Lucca, 2015
  • Taverna di Poldo e DolcePoldo - Sandwich house and bakery, Livorno, 2015
  • Bank in Florence - Local headquarters and bank branch, Florence, 2015
  • Bank in Pisa - Legal headquarters and bank branch, Pisa, 2015
  • Bank of Pisa - New Headquarter, Pisa (Italy), 2014
  • Bank in Ponsacco - Branch office, Ponsacco (Pisa), 2014
  • Bank in Figline Valdarno - Branch office, Figline Valdarno (Florence), 2014
  • Bank in San Miniato - Branch office, San Miniato (Pisa), 2014
  • Taverna di Poldo - Sandwich house, Viareggio (Lucca), 2014
  • DolcePoldo - Bakery, Empoli (Florence), 2014
  • Taverna di Poldo - Sandwich house, Signa (Florence), 2014
  • Bank in Santa Croce - Branch office, Santa Croce (Pisa), 2013-2014
  • Bank with stage - Bank branch, Livorno, 2012
  • Bank in Florence - Bank branch, Florence - Fucecchio, 2012
  • Expansion of the Cemetery of Ponte Buggianese - Ponte Buggianese, Pistoia, 2012
  • Bank in Florence - Branch office, Florence, 2011
  • Studio - Montecatini Terme, 2011
  • Cabel Leasing offices expansion - Offices, Florence - Empoli, 2011
  • Bank in Pisa - Branch office, Pisa - Marina di Pisa, 2011
  • Bank in Pisa - Branch office, Pisa - Bientina, 2011
  • Taverna di Poldo - Sandwich house, Florence - Empoli, 2011
  • Apartment in Florence - Florence, 2010
  • The collector\'s house - Florence, 2010
  • BCC of Cambiano - Branch office, Orentano (PI), 2010
  • BCC of Fornacette - Second branch office, Calcinaia (PI), 2010
  • BCC of Fornacette - Branch office, Fornacette centro (PI), 2010
  • Benozzo Gozzoli Museum - Castelfiorentino (FI), 2009
  • BCC of Fornacette - Branch office, San Romano (PI), 2009
  • BCC of Fornacette - Branch office, Uliveto Terme (PI), 2009
  • Pharmacy in Castelfiorentino - Pharmacy, Castelfiorentino (FI), 2009
  • BCC of Castagneto Carducci - Branch office, Scarlino (GR), 2009
  • House in Empoli - Empoli (FI), 2009
  • CABEL Industry - Empoli (FI), 2008
  • BCC of Fornacette - Branch office, Pisa, 2008
  • Bank AGCI - ranch office and administrative head office, Bologna, 2008
  • BCC of Fornacette - Branch office, Ponsacco (PI), 2008
  • BCC of Castagneto Carducci - Branch office, Collesalvetti (LI), 2008
  • BCC of Castagneto Carducci - Branch office, Riotorto (LI), 2008
  • BCC of Castagneto Carducci - Branch office, Donoratico (LI), 2007
  • Fountain in Castelfiorentino - Castelfiorentino (FI), 2007
  • Plan for the expantion of the cemetery of Ponte Buggianese - Ponte Buggianese (PT), 2006
  • BCC of Fornacette - Branch office, Pontedera (PI), 2005
  • CABEL Leasing - Empoli (FI), 2004-2005
  • BCC of Fornacette - Branch office, Forcoli (PI), 2004-2005
  • BCC of Castagneto Carducci - Branch office, Venturina (LI), 2004-2005
  • BCC of Cambiano - Branch office, Castelfranco di Sotto (PI), 2003
  • BCC of Castagneto Carducci - Branch office, San Vincenzo (LI), 2003
  • BCC of Castagneto Carducci - Second branch office, Livorno, 2003-2004
  • BCC of Cambiano - Branch office, Montelupo Fiorentino (FI), 2003-2004
  • BCC of Cambiano - Branch office, Castelfiorentino (FI), 2003-2004
  • BCC of Castagneto Carducci - Branch office, Follonica (LI), 2003-2004
  • BCC of Fornacette - Branch office, Riglione (PI), 2003-2004
  • BCC of Cambiano - Branch office, Cerreto Guidi (FI), 2003-2004
  • BCC of Fornacette - Branch office, La Fontina (PI), 2002-2003
  • BCC of Fornacette - Branch office, Pontedera (PI), 2002-2003
  • BCC of Castagneto Carducci - Second branch office, Livorno, 2001-2002
  • BCC of Castagneto Carducci - Branch office, Rosignano (LI), 2000-2001
  • BCC of Castagneto Carducci - Branch office, Cecina (LI), 1999-2000
  • BCC di Castagneto Carducci - Branch office, Piombino (LI), 1999-2000
  • CABEL office - Milan, 1998
  • BCC of Fornacette - Branch office, Cascina (PI), 1997-1998
  • New head office of the BCC of Castagneto Carducci - Livorno, 1997-2002
  • BCC of Castagneto Carducci - Branch office in Venturina, (LI), 1996
  • BCC of Fornacette - Branch office, Calcinaia (PI), 1996-1997
  • BCC of Cambiano - Branch office, Poggibonsi (SI), 1995-1996
  • Viviani house - Empoli, 1994-1995
  • BCC of Fornacette - Branch office, Pisa, 1993
  • Benigni house - Buggiano (PT), 1993-1998
  • BCC of Castagneto Carducci - Branch office, Bibbona (LI), 1992-1993
  • Benvenuti house - Pistoia, 1992-1993
  • New CABEL Holding head office - Empoli (FI), 1992-1997
  • BCC of Fornacette - New head office, Pisa, 1991-1995
  • Furniture for Arredaesse - Milan, 1991-1992
  • Cassa Rurale di Fornacette - Bank branch, Pontedera (PI), 1990-1991
  • R.A.F. Dischi 2 - Montecatini Terme (PT), 1989
  • Medical Center "Lotti" - Montecatini Terme (PT), 1989
  • Set design for jewerly shops "Habitat-Identità" - Arezzo, 1989
  • Private house - Monsummano Terme (PT), 1989-1990
  • Set design for the magazine "Ollo" - Montecatini Terme (PT), 1988
  • Set design for the exhibition "Tele del desiderio" - Buggiano (PT), 1988
  • Set design for "The green room" - Montecatini Terme (PT), 1987
  • Objects and tables - Unique pieces, Montecatini Terme (PT), 1987
  • Furnitures and lamps for artisans in Lecce - Unique pieces, Lecce, 1986
  • Restless Cactus - Seat collection for Stilema, Montecatini Terme (PT), 1985
  • Fat Lamps - Lamps serie for Stilema, Montecatini Terme (PT), 1984
  • Set design - Set design with Affinati , Montecatini Terme (PT), 1984
  • Lotti house - Project with A. Casciani, Montecatini Terme (PT), 1983
  • Arcade behind the Ponte Buggianese town hall - Ponte Buggianese (PT), 1983-1985
  • Heavy stones - Sculptures for Rossi in Carrara, 1983
  • Set design for the exhibition "4 drawings for one room" - Set design with A. Casciani, Pistoia, 1982
  • Objects and quotations - Collection of 10 lamps for Stilema (with A. Casciani), Montecatini Terme (PT), 1981
  • R.A.F. Dischi - Montecatini Terme (PT), 1980

Competitions

  • Competition crematorium and cemetery in Chiesanuova - Prato - Italy, 2012
  • Competition "Sustenable Architecture Fassa Bortolo Award" - Ferrara (Italy), 2009
  • Competition "Gold Medal Italian Architecture" - Milan (Italy), 2009
  • Competition "Gold Medal Italian Architecture" - Milan (Italy), 2003
  • Competition "Scholastic building in ex-Breda" - Pistoia (Italy), 2002
  • Competition "Dedalo-Minosse award" - Vicenza (Italy), 2002
  • Competition "Industrial Complex CAF" - Campi Bisenzio - Florence (Italy), 2001 (on invitation)
  • Competition "New Space Agency ASI" - Rome (Italy), 2000
  • Competition "Shopping Center Puccini" - Porcari - Lucca (Italy), 2000 (on invitation)
  • Competition "Riqualificazione del mercatino del Grocco, La Salute" - Montecatini Terme - Pistoia (Italy), 1999
  • Competition "the city of third millenium" Biennale International Architecture Exhibition Venice - Venice (Italy), 1999
  • Competition "Dedalo award" - Vicenza (Italy), 1999 (first prize)
  • Competition "50 houses for Ater-Prato" - Prato (Italy), 1998
  • Competition "The new town hall of Casalecchio sul Reno" - Bologna (Italy), 1998
  • Competition "La casa più bella del mondo" - Reggio Emilia (Italy), 1991 (bifamiliar)
  • Competition "Designing tissues" first Limonta award - Milan (Italy), 1990
  • Competition "Expo 92" - Seville (Spain), 1990
  • Competition "La casa più bella sel mondo" - Reggio Emilia (Italy), 1988 (awarded)
  • Competition "Invented things" Atelier Nouveau Competition of Tokyo - Tokyo (Japan), 1986 (special prize)
  • Competition "One family house in wood" - Ljubljana (Slovenian Republic), 1985
  • Competition "Ponte all'Accademia" Third Biennale International Architecture Exhibition Venice - Venice (Italy), 1985 (with Remo Buti)
  • Competition "Oggetti per Domus" - Milan (Italy), 1984
  • Competition "Design Wettbewerb - Beleuchtungs - Korper" - Swiss, 1984
  • Competition "Between good design and kitsch" - Idz Berlin, 1983
  • Competition "La credenza e il suo spazio" - Alessandria (Italy), 1982 (selected)
  • Competition "Doll's house competition" - London, 1982
  • Competition "International Conceptual furniture competition" - Chicago (USA), 1982
  • Competition "Interior 82" Kortric - Belgium, 1982
  • Competition "Simbolo grafico del centro Oikos" - Bologna, 1980
  • Competition "Inventare la copertina di Modo" - Milan, 1979 (awarded)

Expositions

  • "Vado al Massimo", Montalcino, Siena, 2019
  • "Cambio casa!", Spazio Aldo Rossi 15, Montecatini Terme, Pistoia, 2018*
  • Platform "Best Italian Interior Design Selection 2018", La Triennale, Milan, 2018
  • Immaginar di tavole imbandite, Palazzo Ducale, Lucca, 2018
  • "Raw-Less" Ceramiche d'autore, Showroom Patrizia Pepe, Milan (Milan Design Week 2018, 2018
  • " I Lari" Gli spiriti protettori della casa, La Triennale, Milan, 2018
  • "Raw-Less" Ceramiche d'autore, 2018
  • " I Lari" Gli spiriti protettori della casa, 2018
  • " I Lari" Gli spiriti protettori della casa, 2018
  • "I Lari" Gli spiriti protettori della casa, Antonio Colombo contemporary art gallery Milan, 2018
  • La grande tavola rotonda, 2018
  • Architetture e Architetti Pistoiesi 1981-2016, Ex Chiesa di S.Giovanni Battista, Pistoia, 2017
  • Pittura Verticale, Spazio Aldo Rossi 15, Montecatini Terme, Pistoia, 2017
  • Osmosi, Cozzile, Pistoia, 2017
  • Vasi Chiaro di Luna, Spazio Aldo Rossi 15, Montecatini Terme, Pistoia, 2016
  • Mariani da Mariani, Spazio Mariani - Lucca, 2016*
  • Interferenze, Sale Affrescate del Palazzo Comunale, Pistoia, 2015*
  • Immaginar di tavole imbandite, Villa Bertelli, Forte dei Marmi, 2015
  • E forse il vento, Spazio Aldo Rossi 15, Montecatini Terme, Pistoia, 2015
  • Immaginar di tavole imbandite, Boccella Palace, Lucca (Italy), 2014
  • Premio Architettura Territorio Fiorentino '14, Galleria delle Carrozze Palazzo Medici Riccardi - Florence, 2014
  • "Vis-A-Vis" Ancoraritratti, Aldo Rossi's Space 15, Montecatini Terme, Pistoia, 2014
  • Bla Bla Discussione Virtuale a cura di Alessandro Mendini, Milan, 2013
  • Ruote d'artista, Lucca (Italy), 2013
  • Immagini d'Io, La Triennale - Milan, 2013
  • Architetture del Made in Italy, Abu Dhabi, Emirates Palace, 2013
  • Autoritratti, Aldo Rossi's Space, 15, Montecatini Terme, Pistoia, 2012
  • 13 Mostra Internazionale di Architettura Biennale di Venezia, Venice, 2012
  • "Disegni di Agosto", Aldo Rossi's Space, 15, Montecatini Terme, Pistoia, 2011*
  • "Su per la scala" - Toscana Architects, Location of exhibition "Sopra le Logge", Pisa , 2011*
  • "Quali cose siamo", Triennale Design Museum, Milan, 2010
  • "Il segno dei designers", Triennale Design Museum, Milan, 2009
  • Caseminime, Studio 14, Lucca, 2009
  • "100 e più ceramiche per il paradiso", Stelline Foundation, Milan, 2008
  • "Le capre di Tecla", Museum Cividini, Bergamo, 2007
  • "Il segno dei designers", QBO interior design, Molfetta (BA), 2007
  • "A-temporary O&A", The University Museum, Tokyo Museum, Japan, 2005
  • "Architettura e progetto di spazi pubblici, nuovi paesaggi contemporanei nelle città italiane", Cosenza , 2003
  • "50 Nuova Architettura Italiana. Due generazioni a confronto", Hausder Architektur Graz (A), Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Praga, 2002
  • "Italia e Giappone: Design come stile di vita" , Yokohama-Kobe (JP), 2001
  • "Il Progetto Naturale", Maison Francaise (BO), 2001
  • "Lo spazio pubblico in Italia 1990-1999" , Forum Omegna, Omegna, 2000
  • "Ukulele oro subito", Bologna, 2000
  • "Città terzo millennio", Biennale of Venice, 2000
  • "All'ombra dei cipressi-Architettura Toscana", Villa dell'ombrellino (FI), 2000
  • "I Premio Nazionale di Architettura Trevi Flash Art Museum", Palazzo Ducale di Andria (BA), 1999
  • "I Premio Nazionale di Architettura Trevi Flash Art Museum", Trevi (PG), 1999
  • "Lo spazio pubblico in Italia 1990-1999" , Lucca, 1999
  • "Dedalo e Icaro", Six artists and six architects for the territory, Barberino Val d'Elsa (FI) , 1995
  • "Tra boschi e bovi", Sculptures of animals, Grosseto , 1994
  • "Made for Animals", Made Gallery, Florence, 1994
  • "Quanto, quanti, quante", Made Gallery, Florence, 1993
  • "I remember you for ever", Psiche Garden, Montecatini Terme (PT), 1993*
  • "III International Ceramic Festival" , Mino (J), 1992
  • "Mobili", Arredaesse, Milan, 1992
  • "100% Make up", Alessi Fortezza da Basso, Florence, 1992
  • "XXI Secolo Architettura", Calatroni Studio, Milan, 1991
  • "Made of ceramica" , Gallery Made, Florence, 1991
  • "Alberi di Natale", Designer's Agency Rosenheim (D), 1991
  • "I grandi grigi", Gallery "Corso d'Opera", Bari , 1990
  • "Dalla cucina al giardino", Capraia Fiorentina (FI), 1989
  • "Lettere segrete", Verona, 1989
  • "Habitat e Identità", Business center of Arezzo, 1989
  • "La casa più bella del mondo", Idea Book Milan, 1989
  • "Vasi sussurrati", Galleria Michion (LI), 1988*
  • "Caffè d'autore", National festivity of Unity of Florence, 1988
  • "Tele del desiderio", Castle of Buggiano (PT), 1988*
  • "Sexy design", Milan, 1988
  • "La casa del poeta", Milan, 1988
  • "Expo artigianato", Bari, 1987
  • "Viaggio in Italia", XVII Triennale of Milan, 1987
  • "Mostra internazionale dell'artigianato", Florence, 1987
  • "Era", Gallery Umus, Florence, 1987
  • "Abitare il Tempo", Verona, 1987
  • "Tranche Napolitaine", Naples, 1987
  • "La cosa inventata", Milan Museum, 1987
  • "Armadio delle meraviglie", Neodesign Milan, 1986
  • "Atmosfere di Architettura", Manila Gallery, Florence, 1986
  • "One family house in wood", Ljubljana, 1986
  • "Vestiario", III Pitti Trend Florence, 1986
  • "Atelier Nouveau Competition in Italy", Seibu Tokyo, 1986
  • "Wohnen von Sinnen", Kunstmuseum Dusseldorf, 1986
  • "Identità Salentina", Lecce, 1986
  • "Il progetto domestico", XVI Triennale of Milan, 1986
  • "I Biennale del Produccions Culturals Juveniles de l'Europa Mediterranea", Barcelona, 1985
  • "Metafora", Stilema Studio, Montecatini Terme (PT), 1985*
  • "III Mostra Internazionale di Architettura", Biennale of Venice, 1985
  • "Design balneare", Cattolica (RN), 1983
  • "Stanza soffice", Visona Frankfurt, 1983
  • "Acciai di famiglia", Gallery Memorie e Luoghi del XX Secolo, Florence, 1983
  • "Specchi e riflessioni", Gallery Vivita, Florence, 1983
  • "For Sale", Rastlos, Wien, 1982
  • "Mobili Mobili", Castle of Lerici (SP), 1982
  • "Conseguenze impreviste", Prato, 1982
  • "La stanza che piace a noi", Pistoia, 1982*
  • "Oggetti Eccitanti", Stilema Studio, Montecatini Terme (PT), 1981*
  • "Concorso Inventare la copertina di Modo", Gallery "Antonia Jannone", Milan, 1980
  • "Concorso Inventare la copertina di Modo", Gallery Bookstore "Pan", Rome, 1980
  • "Concorso Inventare la copertina di Modo", Gallery "Vera Biondi", Florence, 1980
  • "Concorso Internazionale per il simbolo grafico del centro OIKOS", Galleria Comunale d'arte Moderna (BO), 1980
  • "Foglio Manifesto", Centro d'arte Moderna, Montecatini Terme (PT), 1978

* Solo exposition