In 1996 Renato Toso, born in Murano, and Noti Massari, born in Venice, set up an industrial design and interiors studio together with their children Anna, Marco, Pio and Tito. They specialise in stand design, displays and design work for exhibitions and stores.
Clients and exhibitions
The companies they work with include: Alpi, Cattelan Italia, Estel, Henry Lloyd, Ferro Murano, Fly Line, Formica, Frighetto, Gabbianelli, Marcato, North Sailes, Rossi di Albizzate, Sis and Stilwood. They also design lighting projects for Vistosi, Artemide, Foscarini, Leucos and Venini. They took part in numerous conferences, displays and exhibitions. They were invited by the Architects' Guild to present lectures on design at the Ateneo Veneto and the Art Colleges in Venice, Castelfranco Veneto, Longarone and Treviso. Displays and exhibitions include: solo exhibitions at the Cavallino, at Palazzo Grassi and at the Querini Stampalia in Venice; group exhibitions at the Louvre Museum in Paris, at the MoMA and the Corning Glass museums in New York.
They have also been honoured with a number of awards: the first prize at the Venice Biennial, awards at the 12th edition of the Triennale in Milan and the national design competition in Trieste. They also received the first prize at the Andrea Palladio awards and they were short-listed for three times for the Compasso d'Oro award by ADI, twice for the Corning Glass Museum in New York and they were short-listed for the IIDA award (International Interior Design Association). They were given the first prize at the 2005 Young & Design competition, they were short-listed for the I.Dot award and they received the "Interzum-Kohl" award and first prize at the "IBD-Award-USA" awards.
Artists' statement: ...magical, untamed material, made of sand and fire that becomes clear as water and draws its life and shape from mankind's gestures, it has always been a passion and a challenge for the group...