Lead DesignerGiorgio Caporaso
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Prize(s)3rd Place in Sustainable Living/environmental Preservation / Residential Sustainable Design
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TWIST CHAIR – design Giorgio Caporaso
A revolution breaks the mould in order to change existing reality. Even objects that animate our spaces have always needed to be transformed through innovations reinventing them to express emerging needs. Sometimes this drive follows the thin line of a pencil that studies shapes to create objects interpreting the dream of a better world. Twist Chair originates from this line which has come full circle, to turn it into a multifunctional chair, sophisticated and sustainable. An image which has become solid and sensorial due to contamination of cardboard and wood which are enriched also with new colours and essences. Alongside oak and teak, whitened oak, birch and wengè have been added. Varnished white, gray, black, green and red. All elements on which Twist Chair’s balance is played, in a succession of solid and void, neutrality and colour, tranquility and movement, yin and yang. Its sinuous line of exterior finishing thus becomes even more dynamic and visible. The circle of Twist Chair is a solid and airy base, but also a protected compartment for bags, computers, tablets and objects so that they never touch the ground, and always remain with us. This chair is an eco-friendly piece of furniture made thanks to the assembly of simple and easily produced elements. Its design aims at reducing the material used and waste. It also introduces the concept of customization, convertibility and repairability (with its spare parts). The alternation of solid and void is not only an aesthetic and functional feature, it also guarantees Twist Chair the best durability with the intention of using natural, eco-friendly, biodegradable and recycled or recyclable materials in an interesting way. The result is thus the enhancement of the mechanical and physical characteristics of durability and strength of these materials, according to the position they take within the various layers of the product. The contamination gives unusual sensoriality to the chair seat, which can easily be disassembled and transported.


Italian-born architect and furniture designer Giorgio Caporaso graduated in Architecture specialising in Industrial Design and Furnishing at Politecnico di Milano.From the very start of his illustrious career, he dealt with architecture, interior design, residential design, industrial design and visual communication, assisting with educational programs at several university courses at the Polytechnic.
In 1997 he opened his own studio devoted to architectural design as well as, product, furniture and interior design for businesses and for private commissions. While embarking on this venture, Caporaso also cooperated with other design studios for exhibitions, corporate identity projects and product design.
Showing a great interest in eco-friendly projects, Caporaso began his study and exploration into sustainably designed products and furniture.
His personal aesthetic direction is geared toward experimenting and combining unusual natural and eco-friendly materials – such as cardboard, wood and bioplastic – as well continuing to inexhaustibly explore simple and interchangeable solutions in product and furniture design.
In 2007, his initial foray into this field culminated in the launch of his Ecodesign Collection, showcasing products for contemporary living that are innovatively designed for versatility and longevity.
Caporaso’s works have been exhibited in major international trade fairs, exhibitions (XIII Biennale di Architettura in Venice,Triennale di Milano, Museum of Fine Arts in Rio de Janeiro), specialised fairs, as well as used for ‘eco-friendly environments’ and television sets.
In 2011, his iconic More Light and X2Chair cardboard products were displayed at “Art and Design: live and think in paper and cardboard” by Paolo Biscottini held at the Diocesan Museum of Milan.
Some items of the Ecodesign Collection were displayed at the exhibition "Ecology, environment, intelligence: creativity in respect of Creation" promoted by the Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea in collaboration with the John Paul II Foundation for Youth of the Pontifical Council for the Laity and the Vatican Museums, which will be held from July 9 to October 13, 2013 at the Museum of Fine Arts in Rio de Janeiro.
In 2013 and 2014 Giorgio Caporaso held solo exhibitions in his native Italy, achieving industry acclaim for both innovation and design. He has won many prestigious awards, including and his projects have been published in several international architectural and design books and magazines.