Franco Mello – Leandro Agostini
FRANCO MELLO “..It all starts at the Galleria del Deposito in Genoa Boccadasse where printed serigraphs by great artists are printed but with an essential background, the Printing School. Then Celant lets me discover a different view of art. I arrive in Turin. I work in a fledgling advertising agency; working for RAI, above all RAI-3 and then Rai2; I take care of the images of important exhibitions for GAM; I publish books with Giorgio Persano and Marco Noire; and under the guidance of Piero Gilardi I begin my work for Gufram that continues to this day taking care of not only catalogues but carrying out many projects especially for children’s games that are exhibited and published around the world but are not produced. Until Cactus with Drocco, and especially the celebration of the brand at the great exhibition The Rock Furniture in Castello di Rivoli with the “mattonato” (bricked) catalogue. I win design and graphic competitions and take part in international exhibitions. I work on the packaging, I create the whole Design Dog collection and after creating with Giorgio Maffei the magazine Materiali per l’Arte (Materials for Arts), now I’m devoted to Sfioro, a jewellery collection with great artists and designers. But there are not only projects and objects .. ”
LEANDRO AGOSTINI Born April, 7th 1960 in Turin, where he currently resides. He attended the Faculty of Architecture and Design and began his professional career in 1988. Former member of the research group ACE and member of the “I love Toret”. Collector of pencils, combines the artistic activity with the design of communication systems and visual identity: – For festivals and theaters (MITO SettembreMusica, Casa Teatro Ragazzi e Giovani, Teatro Stabile di Torino); – For catalogs and art exhibitions (Castello di Rivoli, Alighiero Boetti, Mario Gabinio, Giuseppe Penone, Il Sogno a disposizione, Giorgio Ramella, Massimo Ghiotti, Le città che si chiamano Torino); – For book covers (Luciana Littizzetto, Nicola Lagioia, Francesco Abate, Gian Luca Favetto); – For CD covers and inlays (Subsonica, Bandabardò, Annalisa, Festival Tora! Tora!); – For commercials (Sanremo 2013, Finder). Co-creator of the web design and art book “Interferenze tra la città e gli uomini” e del progetto “Storie di matite” per il World Design Capital 2008.