The Italian design trio CMP have left Milano for Como in order to get some perspective and creative distance from the chaotic design capital of the world.

The Italian design trio CMP have left Milano for Como in order to get some perspective and creative distance from the chaotic design capital of the world. They are now situated in the shadow of the Alps and with Giuseppe Terragni’s famous Casa del Fascio – a landmark of European modern architec- ture – almost next door. Michele Cazzaniga, Simone Mandelli and Antonio Pagliarulo were all in the same class at il Politec- nico in Milan during their studies, which ranged from food design to graphic art through fashion and industrial design. After working for a range of companies in the Italian design industry, they have been amply recognised with a number of prizes, including the ADI Design Index, the German Design Award and the Red Dot award. They are keen to use dialogue as a key design development concept in every assignment.


Milan might be the design capital, but the outdoor element is quite neglected. How can public spaces be improved? 

“The park bench brings people together. You can sit by yourself or chat with others. Just look at the movies by Woody Allen and you see the superpower of the outdoor bench. We can also learn about the use of public space in Latin countries where the piazza is a natural point of reference in cities both small and large.” CMP