Rodolfo Dordoni, Milanese architect and designer born in 1954, passed away on 1 August after a long illness, leaving his capital of design with the discretion that has always distinguished him, as evidenced by his gentle and elegant character, far from noisy deeds, which has always characterized rigorous design research far from the fashions of the moment

Born in Milan Rodolfo Dordoni has always been linked to his city where he graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of the Milan Polytechnic in 1979.

Since then, the design and products of Rudi have been inserted with elegance and discretion in the best tradition of the history of design alongside the pieces and figures of the masters of which Dordoni retraces with conviction, genial sensibility the activity of 'creative director'.

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That strategic role of a figure external to companies in the sector who, through a synergistic exchange between designer and entrepreneur, has been able, from Gio Ponti onwards, to mark the road to success for Italian design in the world.

Rodolfo has always had a close friendship since the beginning of his professional adventure with Giulio Cappellini and also Gilda Bojardi from which the < strong>collaboration with INTERNI which has always followed and documented the projects both in terms of design, architecture and interiors.

In 2014, on the occasion of the birthday dinner for the magazine's 60th anniversary, Rodolfo Dordoni oversaw the preparation of one of the six large tables dedicated to the decade 2004-2014, with various companies with which he collaborated.

It was with Cappellini, a classmate and friend from his studies, that Rodolfo Dordoni began the adventure of art director working alongside Giulio himself from 1979 to a decade.

Memorable was the presentation of the 'Mondo collection born in 1987 in collaboration with Paola Navone as art director and with Giulio Cappellini. If there have been many opportunities for collaboration with the main Italian design companies - from Foscarini to Flos, from Flou to Artemide, from Moroso to Kartell, from Driade to Molteni&C, from Poltrona Frau to Cassina, from Emu to Olivari, from Roda at Fontana Arte, just to name a few - it is above all with Minotti (twenty-five years of creative partnership celebrated in 2022), that Dordoni develops and builds over the years what Roberto and Renato Minotti have described it as "a winning formula [that has been able to] give life to one of the most brilliant eras in the history of our brand".

A formula that Dordoni refines with great skill over the years of research and work in a controlled balance between creative passion and rationality, to achieve the definition of a light and precise, gentle and subtle design sign, of which last but not least, the happy collaboration with Adam Tihany for the large cruise ship Costa Smeralda of Costa Crociera of the Carnival group .

A gesture, that of Rodolfo, not without a rigor that is never expressed aloud and keeps away from fashions, to define furnishings and objects destined to last over time, protagonists such as emerging presences in the domestic space, as well as in the workplace.

“A fundamental interpreter of Italian design”, as defined by Nicola Coropulis CEO of Poltrona Frau.

Rudi Dordoni leaves us a rich heritage of objects, furnishings and accessories, designed in almost half a century of passionate work that can basically be assumed as a composite 'self-portrait analog'.

In one of the many interviews he stated about the 'design of the sofa', a typology he developed in many variants and models that "forms are the interpretation, the materialization of the character: I am very rational, I've always been, so I have difficulty creating sinuous objects, and even when I do I use a measured, almost geometric, never organic sinuosity.

I am 'shy' by nature, I would say discreet, and I believe that my products are a demonstration of these aspects. Everyone draws, or interprets what they draw, starting from their own character, and I think this is the key to understanding the rationality of my projects".

Paraphrasing Curzio Malaparte when he described his house in Capri on the tip of Capo Masullo, that of Rudi Dordoni is basically a continuous autobiographical design, a design like me, declined on the scale of objects and spaces, always approached with the passion of the project and with the happiness of a never lost imagination.