Born in Lugano, Switzerland 1952
Lives and works in Paris, France
Since the beginning of his pioneering career in the early 1970s, Mattia Bonetti has approached the distinction between art and design not as a barrier, but as a wellspring of creative dialogue. As Carol Vogel writes, "Bonetti's work captures a particularly imaginative moment at the end of the 20th and beginning of the 21st centuries when historical forms are freshly translated and familiar materials are pushed to new limits. Every design, whether it be a sofa or a simple box, combines a sense of whimsy and glamour with a distinctive intelligence and originality."
A comprehensive monograph of his work was published in 2010 by Skira/Rizzoli, featuring photography and text by Reed Krakoff and essays by Adrian Dannatt, Jacques Grange, Marie-Laure Jousset, and Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis. His work is included in numerous public collections, including the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Bonetti has had solo exhibitions at Duke & Duke in Los Angeles; Cardi Black Box Gallery in Milan; Galerie Italienne in Paris; Galerie Cat Berro in Paris; Xavier Hufkens Gallery in Brussels; David Gill Gallery in London; and Luhring Augustine Gallery in New York.