House of Today is a non-profit organization, committed to cultivating a sustainable design ecosystem in Lebanon, that transcends international borders. For over a decade, the organization’s overarching aim is to strengthen dialogues in the design world, expanding the reach of contemporary Lebanese designers and their creative processes, through mentoring and educating, curating collections and nurturing connections.
Massimiliano Locatelli, architect and PhD at the Columbia University in New York, works since 1993 between Milan and New York.
Ever since the beginning of his career has developed design projects in different contexts: private homes, showrooms, stores and exhibitions, along with the architectural design of new buildings. On a smaller scale he also designs furniture, including both fitted furniture for individual projects and solutions for companies. His collaboration with Tecno produces the limited-edition collection of a series of cabinets and tables and for the brand Skitsch he designs accessories for the home. His collaboration with Nina Yashar of Nilufar Gallery has given birth to very sofisticated projects.
He has won a number of competitions, including the tender issued by the Municipality of Milan for the restoration and functional redevelopment project of the monumental complex in Piazza XXV Aprile, Milan. He also took part in the Metamorph exhibition of the 9thEdition of the Venice Biennale, in the section ‘Notizie dall’interno’ (‘News from Inside’), and he was also invited to participate in the exhibition entitled ‘Il paesaggio mobile del nuovo design italiano’ (‘The Moving Landscape of the New Italian Design’) at the Triennale of Milan.
The activity of designing for customers of the fashion sector is organised as a co-ordinated image management activity: from the offices to the showrooms, from the shops to the fashion shows.
These include the Missoni showroom in Milan and the project for enlarging the headquarters, showrooms in Milan and Dusseldorf of the Vestebene Miroglio Group in Alba. For Gibo, a company of the Onward Luxury Group (manufacturers of brands such as John Galliano, Michael Kors and Hussein Chalayan), the practice designed the showrooms in Milan, Paris and New York, as well as the store Via Bus Stop in New York and the store concept of the footwear brand IRIS with stores in Milan, Paris, London, Moscow and New York. For Jil Sander he has designed stores and for Globallink, a luxury brand in Saigon, the practice designed the multibrand store Runway. He also designed the concept for MSGM, Pinko and Marella stores.
He develops store concepts and stores for the brands Philip Plein,Paul and Shark, Energie Group, Billionaire, Alcantara, Lancaster, David Yurman, La Rinascente, Missoni Sport, I Pinco Pallino, Malo, Valentino, Les Copains and Mazzini, creating outlets in Europe, the Far East and the United States.
Projects for new architectural designs include the construction of the newly-completed modern art gallery Lia Rumma in Milan, a residential building in Milan, and the new manufacturing unit of the company Onward Luxury Group, which has been presented at the 13th Venice Biennale at the Italian Pavillon.
Another important activity of the studio is the designing of private homes, which involves very different types of interior architecture – large villas, apartments and historical homes, combining renovation, restoration and new construction, including the recently finished duplex penthouse in Vietnam, town house in New York, hotel particulier in Paris and residential building in Munbai
During the last Salone del Mobile 2016 in Milan Massimiliano Locatelli presented a series of custom made table “Lake Tables” which are now exhibited at Nilufar Gallery and his new homeware project Untitled.