Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli
Born in 1980, he joins the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) and its creative think-tank AMO in January 2007. Associate in 2010. In charge of Prada’s creative initiatives such as stage design for fashion shows, strategic conception and development of online identity. He deals with special events and exhibitions, such as Prada Waist Down or The 24h Museum in Paris (with Francesco Vezzoli), and a variety of publications including renown AMO*Prada look-books. He has recently led the design of a new furniture collection for Knoll. Parallel to the collaboration with brands, Pestellini’s activities also include research and architecture with special focus on Italy and preservation. Since November 2009, Ippolito has been leading the transformation and strategic programmatic research for the 16th Fondaco dei Tedeschi in Venice; in 2010 He has co-curated “Cronocaos”, OMA exhibition at the XII Architectural Venice Biennale, focused on the multiple and contradictory aspects of preservation; he has lead the designs proposals for the transformation into research laboratories of 1950s Bologna Tobacco Factory and for the new Urban Campus of Bocconi University in Milan. His for work for OMA*AMO has been featured in selected magazines (A+U, L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui, MONU, GA, Flash Art, Domus), while he has been visiting professor in international institutions and schools such as Seoul SADI Institute, London Royal Academy, Politecnico di Milano, Moscow Strelka Institute for Media Architecture and Design, l’Accademie de France a Rome, KTH Stockholm, Holon Design Museum. Currently based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.