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Born in Backnang, Germany, in 1964, Edmondo Testaguzza works from his eponymous design studio, which he founded in 1997. The firm’s projects include interior design, industrial design and product design. His talent creating lighting systems led to a fruitful collaboration with Karman, whose products Global Lighting distributes in the North American marketplace. The experimenter in shapes and forms is a passionate observer of the environment, bringing natural themes and an elemental aesthetic to his designs.
Among his awards, Testaguzza was honored at IFFT (the International Furniture Fair Tokyo) in 2000, for designing one of the best Italian products being exhibited at that event. His clients include a variety of Italian firms based in the Marche Region, including FBL and Karman. The Dharma pendant, which he initially envisioned while imagining several frames in an embrace, is a fixture of Testaguzza’s that Global Lighting offers in the United States and Canada.
Designer Matteo Ugolini was born in Pesaro, Italy in 1973, showing an affinity for drawing and painting since he was a young boy. This was a sign of things to come, as he has never lost his joy of experimentation with forms and materials. His university years were spent at CNIPA, the Centro Sperimentale Design Ancona. Upon graduation, he went straight to work collaborating with Studio Telemaco, developing furniture and accessories for a variety of design/architectural projects.
In 2008, Ugolini took over the reigns as art director of the Italian brand Karman, designing some of the company’s first lighting lines and setting the company’s branding on its current creatively avant-garde course. Ugolini designed some of Karman’s most popular products—the Déjà-Vu and Ali & Babà among them. The designer’s passionate goal is to cause emotion through lighting, and in keeping with the ironic point of view he espouses, he loves designing but feels no qualms in denouncing the need to be influenced by trends. He simply concentrates on creating products he loves.
Ugolini describes himself as deeply connected to nature, and hopes his designs will inspire a better understanding of all aspects of the natural environment. Along with his lighting creations on his website, the proud father has human ones front-and-center as well, his son Cesare and daughters Elena and Sofia grinning proudly from their candid snapshots. Global Lighting distributes Ugolini’s Via Rizzo 7 pendants, Pietro pendant, Sette Nani family of pendants, and Atelier pendant—which he designed for Karman—in the United States and Canada.