Francesco Rota, interior and product designer, was born in 1966 in Milan, where he lives and works.
After graduating in industrial design at the Art Center College of Design in La Tour de Peilz (Switzerland), he opened his own studio in 1998 working with projects in different fields of design: products, furniture, lighting, showrooms, offices, private homes and exhibitions.
Many are his international collaborations: Alchemy, Arketipo, Bals Tokyo, Barilla, Fiat, Frag, John Richmond, Knoll International, KME Italy Lapalma, Lema, Living Divani, L'Oreal Paris, Malo, Martini & Rossi, Mercedes Benz, Moroso, Paola Lenti, Oluce, Takano Co.Ltd, Versus.
He was awarded two Honorable Mentions for the Compasso d'Oro for products "Linea" and "Island" which are part of the Historical Collection of the Compasso d'Oro ADI.
His work has been shown in exhibitions and events made by Italian and international institutions such as St. Etienne Biennale du Design, Hannover Messe, Milan Triennale, Venaria Reale, Moss_New York, Material Connection_New York, Biennial Architettura_Venezia, Royal Academy of Arts_Londra, The Merchandise Mart_Chicago, Miami Design Distrisct, Biltmore Fashion Park_Phoenix, Bellerive Museum_Zurich.
Since May 2004 he has been teaching at the European Institute of Design in the Master Research Study Program for Industrial Design, in collaboration with Magis.
From 2013 he is art director of Lapalma.