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Rodolfo Bonetto

Rodolfo Bonetto

Rodolfo bonetto diseñador italiano

Biography

Rodolfo Bonetto was born in Milan in 1929, designer, teacher and one of the greatest Italian exponents in the field of industrial design.
Self-taught, a very rare feature on the Italian scene, but gifted with great talent and aesthetic taste, he abandoned his secondary education and a successful career as a jazz drummer to devote himself to the profession of designer.

His passion for motoring led him to focus on design work for major marques, winning the Compasso d'Oro in 1979 for the interior design of the 131 Supermirafiori.

He began working as a product designer in 1958, carrying out projects in various fields of industrial mass production: household appliances, car bodies, sanitary fittings, machine tools, electronics, musical instruments, televisions, suitcases, hi-fi systems, furniture, lighting.

It was the technical component that fascinated him the most, a peculiarity that distinguishes him from most Italian designers, traditionally closer to the world of furniture.

Bonetto is the only Italian designer who has never carried out architectural projects and who has always been exclusively interested in mass production.

A prolific career in which he won up to 8 Compasso d'Oro awards, the last of which was awarded in 1991, after his death, as a tribute to his 30 years of activity.

Some of his product designs are currently on display at MOMA.
Bonetto Design Center, coordinated today by his son Marco Bonetto and with more than 60 years of activity, continues to coordinate and develop projects in different industrial sectors.

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