Architect and designer Italo Rota (1953) began his career with Gregotti Associati and on the editorial staff of “Lotus international” magazine in the seventies. After graduating from Politecnico di Milano he moved to Paris to work on the interiors of the Musée d’Orsay. In France, in addition to several exhibition installations, he also worked on a number of prestigious renovation projects: the Modern Art Museum at Centre Pompidou (with Gae Aulenti); the new halls of the French School at Cour Carrée in the Louvre; reorganisation of the city centre of Nantes. His lighting project for Notre Dame Cathedral is also worthy of note (1991-2000). He returned to Italy in the mid-nineties and opened a new studio in Milan, working on projects ranging from masterplans to product design. His production includes the promenade of the Foro Italico in Palermo (Gold Medal in Italian Architecture for Public Spaces in 2006) and the Museo del Novecento in Palazzo dell’Arengario, in Piazza Duomo in Milan (2010). In the latter project, the famous square in Milan was enriched “with a practical Museum Island through integration with the historic museum in Palazzo Reale”. He had an intense partnership with Roberto Cavalli: in addition to numerous boutiques and clubs all over the world (Miami, Mosca, Delhi), Rota also designed the famous stylist’s home in Florence (2008). Rota's studio has designed a number of luxury hotels in recent years. In addition to France, where he lived for almost twenty years, Rota has built numerous projects all over the world, including Casa Italiana at Columbia University, New York (1997); a Hindu Temple in Mumbai (2009); and the Chameleon Club at the Byblos Hotel in Dubai (2011).