Raffaele Riva is a contemporary artist and furniture designer who often creates objects designed with a keen eye for a whimsical and conceptual vision.
Raffaele Riva’s creations take inspiration from his cosmopolitan background and the colors of nature, infusing every day with the beauty that is sometimes simple but always meaningful. For example, using natural shapes like circles to create unique pieces that are practical yet almost organic.
He has worked in the permanent collections of many renowned institutions such as The Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw; The Royal Academy of Arts in London; Philadelphia Museum Of Art; Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Bologna among others.
Riva has been commissioned to design the furniture for several prestigious events and spaces, including the Royal Academy, China’s Beijing Opera House, Melia Hotel Budapest, and the Walter Tower of Arts Center in Miami. He also designed a range of furniture for Nina Ricci at Louis Vuitton.
His work was featured in art magazines such as Domus Artis Magazine, Maison & Objet, and Bisotier Magazine. In 2013 his work was included in the exhibition “Nascita di una Prospettiva,” with rooms designed by internationally known designers including Alessandro Mendini, Marcel Wanders, and Paola Navone for Ramada Plaza Hotel in Milan.
Raffaele Riva work is represented by Espace Iris in the United States and Davenport’s gallery in London.
Raffaele Riva is also an established furniture designer and has participated in several international design competitions.
He studied furniture design at The Art Institute of Porto Maurizio, Italy. In 2005 he obtained his diploma as a Furniture Designer at the International School for Design & Production and subsequently studied Interior Design at Celsa Academy (Ciampino) Rome, Italy.
After his studies, Riva worked as a designer, achieving several prestigious awards, including the International Contest of Young Designers in Milan in 2004 and 2005.
and the Eurocucina International Design Award 2006. His work has been featured in several magazines and books, including “I Grandi Nomi dell’Architettura,” a catalog for an exhibition of the same name at Venice Biennale 2006. See related link for additional information.
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