Giovanni Pagnotta is an Italian-born designer and architect who immigrated to the United States at a young age with his parents. Pagnotta attended Parsons School of Design in NYC, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Later, he pursued a Master of Architecture degree from Yale University, where he was awarded the prestigious Eero Saarinen scholarship for design excellence.
Pagnotta describes himself as a creator, more than a designer, engineer, or builder. He is driven by his love for materials, and he allows them to guide his creative process. Pagnotta has collaborated with private clients on custom installations and notable brands such as Chanel, Herman Miller, Tecno, and Artemide.
One of his most iconic works, the Prototype series, was exhibited at Tribeca Issey Miyake in NYC. His thermoplastic Mi chair has been available for purchase at the MoMA store in NYC. His objects and collections have been exhibited globally, including at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami, The Yale University Art Gallery, and the Wexner Center for the Arts.
Pagnotta's work has been featured in many publications, including the New York Times, Architectural Digest, and Surface. He has also been featured in design books such as Sourcebook of Modern Furniture, Design Now, Chairs: 1000 Masterpieces of Modern Design, The essence of Cool, Transmaterial, and Mood River.
Despite his accomplishments, Pagnotta does not consider himself an egoist. He values honesty and does not engage in political games. He loves his family and is passionately committed to his work. Pagnotta's irreverent nature may set him apart from other designers, but it is undoubtedly part of what makes his work so unique and captivating.