- Gordon Guillaumier
Maltese designer Gordon Guillaumier (1966) studied in Malta, England, Switzerland and Italy. In 1991, he graduated in Industrial Design from IED (European Institute of Design) in Milan, after which he obtained a master’s degree from the Domus Academy in Milan (with tutors Aldo Cibic and Andrea Branzi) and established several professional partnerships (Baleri Ass., Rodolfo Dordoni).
“Gordon began his career collaborating with Rodolfo Dordoni’s architectural firm, where he worked on design projects with companies such as Foscarini, Artemide and FontanaArte.”
For several years, together with Enrico Astori, Guillaumier developed product strategies for Driade for the Atlantide and Dhouse collections, also supervising the work of a group of young European designers. He held several positions in the field of design management and artistic consultancy for accessories by Dornbracht Interiors and 2Link, kitchens by Rational and Elt, outdoor furniture by Roda and, finally, designer handles by Pamar.
In 2002, he opened his own design studio in Milan, focusing on design consulting and on product and interior design.
He has designed products for international companies, including giftware and ceramics for Bosa, Pandora, Paolac and De Vecchi; furniture for Arketipo, Casamilano, Desalto, Fontana Arte, Frag, Roda, Tacchini and Varaschin; lighting for Foscarini, AV Mazzega and Oluce; accessories for Elica, handles for Pamar, and bathroom accessories for Nobili Rubinetterie and Azzurra Ceramiche.
From a stylistic point of view, his works stand out for their elegant, often minimalist design with clean and simple lines, as in the case of the Arezzo lamp for Oluce, with its “basic style”, and the Glaze wall-hung sanitary ware line for Azzurra (2011).
In the furniture sector, he stands out for his compositions made up of simple geometric shapes (the Ruler line of tables for Tacchini, 2012) and the Free Flow upholstered chairs, modular sofas designed for the contract industry.
In the field of interior design, most of his work is focused on private residential projects, such as the attractive houses built in Noto, Sicily, between 2005 and 2013.
Over the years, Gordon Guillaumier has received many awards for his products: these include the Interzum 2011 Award (Loop handle, Pamar), Wallpaper Design Award 2014 (Orson sun bed, Roda), ADI XXIV 2016 Compasso d'Oro (Brick, Roda table), ADI Design Ceramic Award 2016 (Bits & Pieces 2016 Collection), Archiproducts Design Award 2016 (Chill Out, Tacchini), Archiproducts Design Award 2018 (Lake, Desalto), NYCxDESIGN Awards 2019 (Laze, Roda), and NYCxDESIGN Awards 2019 (Shades, Ceramiche Piemme).
Guillaumier has lectured at leading design schools, including the Polytechnic University of Milan in 2006 and, as a visiting professor, the Abadir Design Academy in Catania.
His works have been published in prestigious specialist magazines (Domus, Abitare, Interni, AD, Modo and Wallpaper). He also regularly participates in leading design and furniture fairs and has designed exhibitions for Roda (Salone del Mobile, Milan, 2009-2010 and 2012-2013, with Rodolfo Dordoni), Pamar (Palazzo Crivelli, Milan, 2008-2012, once again with Dordoni), Mondadori-Interni (Salone del Mobile, Milan, 2013) and Ceramiche Piemme (Fuori Salone, Milan, 2016-2018).
His latest works include the Neyõ bed and the collection of Raku upholstered chairs for Alf DaFré, presented at the 2019 Salone del Mobile in Milan, as well as the Babi dining chair and small padded easy chair for Lema Mobili; the Pillow lantern and Laze lounge chairs, including rocking chairs, for Roda (2019); and the collection of Kazimir sideboards, with a wooden structure, designed for Desalto (2019). Gordon Guillaumier has also designed packaging for wine producing companies and carpet patterns (Crosshatch collection for Sahrai, 2018)
He is now Art Director for Desalto and Roda (together with Rodolfo Dordoni and Gabriella Zecca).
Gordon Guillaumier selected works and projects
- Lanterna Pillow, poltrone da esterno e dondoli Laze - Roda, 2019
- Letto attrezzato Neyõ e sedute imbottite Raku - Alf DaFré, 2019
- Madia Kazimir - Desalto, 2019
- Sedia e poltroncina pranzo imbottita Babi - Lema, 2019
- Poltrona Fantino - Lema, 2018
- Tappeti Crosshatch - Sahrai, 2018
- Residenza privata Bochini, Noto (Italia), 2013
- Tavolo Anapo - Driade, 2014
- Residenza privata Cappello, Noto (Italia), 2013
- Tavoli Ruler - Tacchini, 2012
- Lampada Arezzo - Oluce, 2011
- Sanitari Linea Glaze - Azzurra, 2011
- Tavolo Spinnaker - Roda, 2010
- Tavoli Cage - Tacchini, 2010
- Divano Malta - Arketipo, 2010
- Sedute imbottite componibili Free Flow - Moroso, 2010
- Mensola Twig - Pamar, 2009
- Seduta Lyo - Frag, 2009
- Residenza privata Eloro, Noto (Italia), 2008
- Miscelatore Likid - Nobili Rubinetti, 2008
- Sedute Marea - Arketipo, 2008
- Tavolo Desalto - Iblea, 2007
- Sedia Jaipur - Varaschin, 2007
- Residenza privata Muro, Noto (Italia), 2005
- Tavolini Cernobbio - Minotti, 2005
- Tagliere Pane e salame - Bosa, 2004
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