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Matteo Ragni
Questionnaire

24 June 2013

The designer and architect Matteo Ragni was born in Milan, the city where he lives and works. Over the years he has won several prestigious awards, such as the ADI Compasso d’oro (2001), the Wallpaper Design Award (2008) and the Premio dei Premi, the National Prize for Innovation of the Presidency of the Italian Republic (2012). The Hachette publishing house has devoted a volume in its series I Protagonisti del Design to him (2012). He combines his activity as a designer with those of teacher at several international universities, art director and entrepreneur (TobeUs).

The song you never get tired of listening to.

Perfect Day by Lou Reed.

The movie you can watch over and over again.

Mario Monicelli’s Amici miei and Amici miei atto II.

The book you fell head over heels in love with.

Everything (or almost) by Chuck Palahniuk.

The object you’re most attached to.

The ring I designed and that I’ve been wearing since the day of my marriage.

Your favorite place.

The dining table (on, under and around it).

A cult film you cannot stand.

Blake Edwards’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

A literary classic you can’t bear.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë.

The most beautiful automobile ever made.

The Fiat 500 designed by Dante Giacosa.

Three stops on a journey around the world.

Berlin, New York, Valparaiso.

A contemporary artist whose future in the history of art is assured.

Potentially any child of preschool age. To cite an established artist, Giuseppe Penone.

An architect to whom you would entrust the construction of a fantastic place.

Luigi Colani. I’ve always dreamed of living in a house like that of the Barbapapa family

A fashion designer for an epoch-making show.

No fashion designer. A poet: Pablo Neruda.

An elegant person.

“Sebastian” Uppiah, the Mauritian super of the building in which I live and where I have my studio.

An inelegant person.

Any man who plucks his eyebrows.

Who would you advise to change profession?

All designers of cabinets (myself in the first place).

A bad habit you have?

Not being able to delegate.

What would you like to overindulge in?

Buffalo-milk mozzarella and ice cream.

What can’t you do without?

Sincerity.

What would you like to be a champion of?

Kung fu.

The hotel and restaurant at the top of your personal league table.

Yotel in New York and Alice in Milan.

The greatest invention of all time.

The wheel.

The historical figure you are most grateful to.

Albert Einstein.


Emanuela Carelli

She is the one who makes Klat work, after founding it with Paolo. She has two children, is a graphic designer, loves culinary experiments and is fairly certain of one thing: that it is creativity that makes the world go round.


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