Calvi & Brambilla got inspired by the book "Draw a Tree" by Bruno Munari while drawing Tibidabo collection. Munari says that the tree can branch out in various ways, dividing into two, three, multiple branches. However, growth is always at two: a trunk divides into two branches and each branch...
Fabio Calvi (right) was born in Pavia in 1969. He studied at Polytechnic Universitiy of Milan and Brunel University of West London and graduated in architecture in 1996. He was assistant of architect Gianfranco Frattini and then of the designer Ferruccio Laviani. In 2004 he opened his own studio. From 2005 to 2012 he was the art director of all exhibits, shops, and events by Flos.
Paolo Brambilla (left) was born in Lecco in 1973. He studied at Polytechnic University of Milan and at UPC of Barcelona, and graduated in architecture in 1999. In 2001 he won the Europan 6 Honorable Mention for a housing project. From 2005 to 2013 he was Junior Lecturer of Interior Design at the Polytechnic University of Milan. Since 2014 he has been member of the board of the Chamber of Architects of Milan.
In 2006 Fabio Calvi and Paolo Brambilla set up an office for design and architecture in Milan. They designed shops, fair stands and products for Arketipo, Barovier & Toso, Bialetti, Cassina, Comfort Zone, FontanaArte, Flos, Grohe, Molteni & C., Saba, Serralunga, Olivari, Tonelli, Varaschin and Zanotta.
In 2015 the exhibition at Palazzo della Permanente in Milan celebrating the 50th anniversary of FLOS is selected for Gold Medal for Italian Architecture of the Triennale di Milano. That same year, the study won the competition "LC50" for an installation dedicated to Le Corbusier in the Cassina showroom in Milan, and the Zanotta stand at Salone del Mobile is selected for the ADI Design Index 2016.