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Barberini & Gunnell

The Atelier Barberini & Gunnell was founded in Ancona (Italy) by the architects and designers Francesco Barberini and Nina A. Gunnell as the result of a passion followed for a long period of time, creating objects far from the industrial reality; one-off pieces and limited editions.

The choice of the best and most precious materials, the maniacal cure for detail are the basis of their modus operandi  aiming to create timeless pieces.
Every artwork has it’s inspirational background, it’s story.

Gigantic spiders as tables which bypass the forests of enormous mangrove trees, light weighted and at the same time heavy glass Origamis, chained up tables which seem to revolt against the immobility of the four legs, freeing themselves in a movement of rings forming a chain.

Abandoning the mere functionality and rediscovering emotions; from the warm perfume of wood, losing oneself in the transparent magic of crystal glass, to the cold and sterile steel, thought by mankind for mankind, mirror polished symbol of progress.

The artworks by Barberini & Gunnell can be found in auction houses like Sotheby’s, Bonhams, Tajan and Dorotheum and are presented by Italian and International galleries. The sculptural dining-table ‘Chained Up Miami’ was presented by the Ammann Gallery during ArtBasel Design/Miami 2016.
Barberini & Gunnell also create for private clients and collectors such as the architect Peter Marino, who inserted a bench of the ‘Get Lost!’ family in his latest project, the Dior flagship store in London.

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Francesco Barberini

Italian citizen, 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 Bayer Akademie for Advertising and Marketing/Munich;
Diploma in Interior Design Academia Italiana/AI – Florence; Master in Interior Design at European Institute of Design/IED – Rome.

Worked at Fendi HQ/Store Planning Department – Rome and Christian Jakusconek Architects/Siena.