Meet our current team, and the people who have worked here in the past.
Director of the design department
2006 – Current
Born in France in 1976, Sam Baron graduated in design in 1999 from the École des Beaux Arts de Saint Etienne. His work has been shown at numerous design events and fairs, including Maison et Objets and the Salon du Meuble in Paris, the Salone del Mobile of Milan, the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, New York, Tokyo Designers Block, Biennale de Saint Etienne and the Frankfurt Design Fair. He won the Design category award of the Grand Prix de la Création de La Ville de Paris 2007, the Art de la Table award 2009 launched by Elle Decor France and the Créateur de l’Année 2010 promoted by Maison et Objets. The issue n° 79 of Colors magazine “Collector” (winter 2010/2011), directed by Sam in collaboration with Colors’ editorial team, obtained the Silver Cube at the Art Directors Club 90th Annual Award (2011). Since 2006 he is the director of Fabrica’s design projects.
2005 – Current
Born in Treviso, Italy, in 1981, Valentina graduated from the Politecnico di Milano in 2005. In 2004, she began her colaboration with Fabrica Design Department where she deals mainly with product design and interior design. Her projects include a range of blown-glass objects for Secondome, a collection of tableware for Bosa and limited edition pieces for Zanotta and the Granville Gallery (Paris). Moreover, the restyling of the new Fabrica Features shops in Bologna, Madrid and Lisbon was to her design. Since 2008 she has been working as a freelance designer and consultant. Her designs have been exhibited at Triennale di Milano, Gardiner Museum (Toronto), MAD Museum (New York), MUDAC (Lausanne) and at the Milan Furniture Fair.
2008 – Current
Born in Treviso in 1981, Marta graduated in 2004 in Economics of Arts from Cà Foscari University in Venice, Italy. She began her experience at Fabrica in 2006 working in COLORS magazine’s editorial office. In 2008 she worked in the organization of the exhibition “Fabrica: Les Yeaux Ouverts” at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. She currently co-ordinates the activities of Fabrica’s Design studio.
2008 – Current
Graduated in Communication Design from Faculdades de Belas Artes de Lisboa, Catarina Carreiras (Lisbon, 1985) enjoys losing herself in the world looking out for shapes, colors, places, ideas. During the last four years she won three honor scholarships from Universidade de Lisboa, and two Jovens Criadores awards on the category of Graphic Design. She has been working with Sam Baron since 2008, in Fabrica‘s design department and at Sam Baron & Co. She spent the last year in New York, where she collaborated with the graphic design studio Karlssonwilker Inc. Currently between Lisbon and Treviso consulting for Fabrica and working as a freelancer, Catarina is divided between all she is missing from home and the will to keep getting lost throughout the world — but one day, she will find her way back.
2010 – Current
Dean Brown is an industrial designer, committed to developing objects and furniture that are thoughtful, optimistic and inspired by understanding people. SinceJanuary 2010 he has been working out of the Fabrica Design Studio based in Italy, under the creative direction of French Designer Sam Baron. Prior to this, Dean ran his own studio for 2 years, based in Scotland – much of the work was collaborative, hands on and explored the relationship between people and technology. His work has been exhibited internationally during the Milan Furniture Fair, ICFF New York and London Design week. Dean was born in Scotland in 1985, and looks accordingly.
2011 – current
Giorgia Zanellato is a product designer born in Venice in 1987. She started her design studies at IUAV University of Venice where she developed a strong understanding at the functionality of objects and based her design around this. After the bachelor she wanted to develop her design by focusing on the shape of the object. In 2009 she moved to ECAL to improve her drawings skills. For her master project she wanted to investigate a part of design that she wasn’t familiar with. She did her thesis about “Soprammobili” which means ornaments knick knacks in italian. She wanted to understand how and with which criteria to design an ornament. She was used designing her objects around the limit of its function and materials. The research she did in two years was about how to design an object that has no limits, no rules to follow, but just visual and emotional aspects which change from person to person. She is now working in Fabrica’s design department, the Benetton’s communications research centre.
2011 – current
Mariana Fernandes is a Portuguese graphic designer and illustrator born in 1985. Her spontaneous curiosity and interest in different creative processes enabled her to develop her skills in a multidisciplinary way. During her degree in Communication Design in the Fine Arts of the Lisbon University, she attended a course in video and post production. In 2008, Mariana started working in the Fabrica Features space in Lisbon where she was responsible for the cultural program, product selection and space management. In the meantime, she developed several design projects, responding not only to professional needs but also for personal satisfaction. Since October 2011 she has been working in the Fabrica Design Studio based in Italy.
2012 — Current
Charlotte Juillard is a designer born in 1987 in Gassin, France. She graduated with merits in Product Design and Interior Architecture at the Camondo School in Paris. She obtained honors for her porcelain project Morphosis realized in partnership with manufacturers of Sevres. After having collaborated with the French designer Elise Fouin, in October 2011 she started working for the company Sia Homefashion as a freelance designer. Materials are always the starting point of her projects. She seeks the balance between texture and shape, a softness that catches the eye. According to her, the work of the matter, the research and the experimentation are mandatory in the birth of any project. Being able to imagine objects and to create them in partnership with artisans, working as a team, are skills that she particularly enjoys in her work. Charlotte joined the design department of Fabrica in September 2012.
2012 — current
Ryu Yamamoto is a product designer born in 1986, in Tokyo, Japan.
He studied architecture design at the Tokyo University of Science and, after graduating, communication design at the Keio University Graduate School of Media Design (KMD).
Since November 2012, Ryu is part of the Design Department at Fabrica, the Benetton Group’s communication research center in Italy.
Ryu is interested in exploring the relationship between people, the environment they live in and their behavior in daily life.
2012 — 2013
Paris born and Beirut raised, David Raffoul studied Interior Architecture at the Academie Libanaise des Beaux Arts ( ALBA, 2009) in Beirut and received a Masters in Product Design from the Scuela Politecnica di Design (SPD, 2011) in Milan.
After completing his Master’s degree, David stayed in Milan to complete an internship at Studio Marco Piva in Milan. He then went on to complete another experience in Tokyo at Nendo’s design studio. He has been working as a Designer at the Fabrica Design studio, based in Italy since March 2012.
David believes the world of design revolves around 3 words: logic, beauty and simplicity. He always ensures that the product and space architecture is coherent with people’s daily lifestyle. His designs are very much inspired by the Italian style though still strongly tied to Lebanon, his country of origin.
2011 — 2012
Kirsty Minns is a British Designer with experience in Product Design, Product Development, Art Direction and Curating. Since October 2011, she has been working as a Designer at the Fabrica Design studio, based in Italy under the creative direction of French Designer Sam Baron. Kirsty received a first class BA Design (hons) at Goldsmith College in 2005 before being appointed at Boym Partners in New York as a Junior Product Designer. On returning to London Kirsty joined the well renowned British based Design company, Established & Sons in 2007 as the Head of Product Development, working closely with Design Director Sebastian Wrong. In her personal work, Kirsty is heavily influenced by a strong contrast between her concept-led degree course as well as her practical five year manufacturing experience. She is driven by a desire to push design that stimulates discussion and debate as well as celebrating a narrative approach to the world of design.
2011 – 2012
Amaury is a designer born in 1985. After obtaining a BTS – Brevet de Technicien Supérieur – in Product Design, he graduated in 2009 in design from the École Supérieur d’Art et deDesign of Saint Etienne. He also studied at Rhode Island School of Design in the United States for a year during which he participated in some international workshops conducted by Ron Arad, Matali Crasset, Schloten and Beijings. He currently develops projects with galleries such as Bensimon in Paris, Vivid Gallery in Rotterdam, THEGALLERY in Brussels, and works also with industries. Since January 2010, Amaury collaborates as a professor with the students of Institut Paul Bocuse in Écully, France, to help them setting up innovative restaurants. His works have been shown on important fairs like Maison&Objet in Paris, Salone del Mobile in Milan, DesignWeek in Eindhoven and Interieur2010 in Kortrijk, Belgium.
2011 – 2012
Born in Porto in 1986, Filipe Ferreira is a creative thinker and a multidisciplinary graphic designer who looks at this world as an experimental stage, full of challenges waiting for memorable narrative solutions that can change the way people approach the world. Applying his knowledge mainly in the fields of illustration, typography and graphic design, he creates work with emotional and intellectually driven concepts that goes beyond established boundaries, approaching each project with infinite perception and critical thinking.
2011 – 2012
Born in Asolo in 1989, graduated in 2011 in industrial design from IUAV. He believes that life is about spending time abroad looking for creativity, seeking for that kind of thing that moves something inside you. Nicola spent one year in Seattle, and months traveling around Europe, he likes organizing events, visual communication, and design. He began his experience in Fabrica in 2011, and he is now helping to manage the organization for Fabrica’s event at Salone del Mobile.
2009 – 2011
Born in Chile in 1983, Gustavo studied photography in Santiago de Chile, with the speciality in still life photography. He was one of the finalists of the Raymond Weil photography contest for two times, and his works have been published in numerous magazines like I.D., Elle Decor Italy and Colors Magazine. He was also shortlisted in the commercial category of the Sony World Photography Award 2011. At Fabrica he collaborates with the activities and projects of the design department as photographer.
2009 – 2010
Jaeun Park is a product designer with experience from objects, furniture to interior space. To her, design is finding the solution considering why people do what they do and defining the essence.
2010 – 2011
Margaux Keller is a French designer. She was born in 1987 in Geneva, Switzerland. In 2009, she worked in Phillippe Starck agency as an intern, designing an “eco-chair”with the designer Eugeni Quittlet. In 2010 she graduated with a special jury mention in Product design and Interior architecture from the Ecole Boulle, Paris. Through the products she creates, she wants to surprise people by playing with everyday codes, analyzing different social behaviors and habits. She is looking for the unexpected and a touch of humour in design, and she particularly enjoys working with craftmen, ebenists, ceramists, glass blowers and other material experts.
2010 – 2011
Born in Bristol, England, in 1984, Philip studied Graphic Communication BA (Hons) at London’s Ravensbourne College of Design & Communication (2005–2008). During this time he was awarded a distinction from the International Society Of Typographic Designers.
Working in print and digital & interactive fields in London, his work experience spans from small studios, to large, global multi-discipline design agencies. His clients include The Tate Modern, Samsung, The Royal Opera House, A Foundation ArtsCharity and independent record label Warp records.
2009 – 2010
Born in Porto in 1976, Isabel graduated in Sound and Image-Digital Arts from the School of Arts of the Portuguese Catholic University, Oporto, in 2002. In 2003 and 2005 she was responsible for the audiovisual side of Fabrica’s Custom Eyes and Mail Me exhibitions.
2010 – 2011
Born in California in 1985, Brian is a graphic designer who studied at Texas State University—San Marcos (2004–2008). During this time he received awards from the Creative Summit, the Dallas Society of Visual Communications, and the Art Directors Club of Houston. In Austin, he has gained experience working with small studios in both print and digital media.
2009 – 2010
Born in Fukuoka, Japan, in 1984, Yukihiro Kaneuchi studied Art and Architecture at the Tama Art University in Tokyo (2004 – 2008). Kane is interested in exploring that something in the air which we cannot see – signs, smells and memories. His work aims to express these elements through product, installation and painting. He was a winner in the Cumulous Kyoto 2008 International Design Competition: Design for Happiness.
2010 – 2011
Born in Rome in 1988, Ilaria graduated in 2010 in Advertising and Marketing Communications from University of Greenwich in London with a Special Jury Mention for outstanding performance. At Fabrica she helps coordinating the activities and the communications of the Design department
Born in Québec in 1985, Myriam Belzile-Maguire is an industrial designer passionate by fashion. In 2008 she graduated from Université de Montréal with a BA in Industrial Design and afterwards from Cordwainers College London in Footwear Design.
Myriam has won a grant by La Fondation de la Mode de Montréal and has gained work experience at Jonathan Saunders and Aldo Group.
2009 – 2010
Elliott Burford (born 1984) is a creative working in graphics, objects and visual arts, with an emphasis on identity and communication. Originally from Adelaide, Australia, he has lived in the UK and Italy, working in branding, illustration and advertising for a range of clients including Benetton, Cisco, Fujitsu, Hitachi Europe, IBM, Jacob’s Creek and Oxford University.
2010 – 2011
Born in 1984 in Paris, in 2008 Marie graduated with distinction from the Ecole Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Strasbourg in product design (MA). Afterwards she moved to Shanghai and collaborated with studios like Naço, EXH and Sina retail. She settled in Paris in 2010 and is now a freelance designer. Marie was awarded the Cinna-Ligne Roset design award “révélateur de talents” for the corner shelf, which is now in the process of being produced. Marie envisions design as a way to observe her surroundings, a way of seeing and showing. She experiments with a large scope of practices like product, furniture, space, graphic design and drawing. Beyond those forms, she is also trying to develop new ways of interacting with objects, using new typologies or modifying details in traditional products. Her aim is to try not to impose anything to the user or to be too narrative. Her projects aim to raise questions rather than give solutions.
2008 – 2009
Gonçalo Campos (born 1986) is a portuguese product designer. Graduating in product design in 2008, he soon after joined Fabrica, Benetton’s communications research centre, in the design studio. In 2009, he worked in Sam Baron’s studio. He is currently developing a series of objects, continuing to explore the possibilities of design through function and material.
Campos pays special attention to materials and production methods, combining them with a rational language to express warmth and personality, often resulting in surprising and unexpected solutions.
2008 – 2009
Born in Great Britain in 1987, Jade is at Fabrica for a sabbatical year from her graduate studies in Product Design at Central Saint Martins, London. Jade is very interested in exploring everything to do with globalisation and the fusion of different cultures. She grew up in London, a cosmopolitan city where many different communities and ethnic groups live side-by-side. She enjoys creative needlework, such as sewing and embroidery.
2008 – 2009
As a designer Tak Cheung likes to ‘reinvent the wheel’ every chance he gets. Since graduating from Parsons The New School for Design in ’03 he has been involved in design projects of diverse scale, medium, and applications. He’s worked at Truck Product Architecture / Rogers Marvel Architects for over 5 years with the privilege of working on architectural projects along with furniture and product designs. In 2009 he was a student at Fabrica, United Colors of Benetton’s Research and Communication Center, as a product designer. He currently lives and freelances in NYC while creating artwork in his spare time.
2008 – 2009
Cristina was born in Evora in 1981. Before going to university, she studied Illustration, Video and Screen Printing at the Norwich School of Art Design (UK). She later graduated in Communication Design from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon. Cristina directed the Fabrica Features space in Lisbon from April 2006 to August 2007. She continues to work in Lisbon on event organisation and Cãoceito, a limited-edition CD packaging project.