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francesco barberini
architect and designer

nina alexandra gunnell
interior architect and designer

 

The architecture + design studio Barberini & Gunnell was founded in 2009 by the professional union of Francesco Barberini and Nina Alexandra Gunnell.

Francesco Barberini, born 1978 in Cesena/Italy;
Degree in Architecture at University of Venice/IUAV;
Master in Landscaping Architecture;
Master in Interior Design at European Institute of Design/IED - Rome;
Worked at ATC S.r.l./planning and realization of injection moulds for plastics in the furniture and automotive sector, in charge of project design and development - Ancona.

Nina Alexandra Gunnell, half Austrian/half English citizen, born 1976 in Marbella/Spain;
Degree in Communications at Bayerische Akademie for Advertising and Marketing/BAW - Munich;                                                                                 Diploma in Interior Design Academia Italiana/AI - Florence;
Master in Interior Design at European Institute of Design/IED - Rome;
Worked at Christian Jakusconek Architects - Siena and Fendi HQ/Store Planning Department - Rome.

Studio Barberini & Gunnell receives assignments for renovations and interior projects in Italy and abroad.  
From several private clients emerges the request for the conception and the realization of custom made furniture, particular and unique which get the studio to specialize in product- and industrial design.
Barberini & Gunnell presently is collaborating with Tonelli Design and Doimo Idea/Gruppo Doimo.

Simultaneously the studio creates objects far from the industrial reality;
one-off pieces and limited editions.
In this particular process, free from limitations of reproducible products, the studio experiments with different materials, refined craftsmanship and the most daring and extreme technical solutions pushing to a maximum the mechanical characteristics of the materials used.

Unique pieces, partly design objects, partly sculptures come to life.
These projects sometimes stay jealously guarded in the Atelier Barberini & Gunnell as pieces of memorabilia, sometimes they are auctioned by international auction houses like Tajan, the French auction house with who the studio is collaborating assiduously.