Born in Faenza in 1968, Marco Merendi graduated in architecture in 1996
from the Faculty of Architecture of Florence with a thesis on industrial
design in cooperation with Minardi Formula 1 team.
After graduating , he moved for a period to Amsterdam where he joined
the firm ‘LITE Daglicht / Kunstlicht adviezen’: he worked on the realization
of luminous objects and lighting design for big spaces.
Before moving to Milan, he designed the interiors of the trucks for
Minardi Formula 1 and Team Honda Gresini: inspired by the passion
for the world of motorsport, he learned and experimented with new
materials and technologies.
He then cooperated with Studio Cerri & Associati and with Ivana Porfiri
studio, where Marco works on the interior design of yacht, art galleries,
exhibitions and private houses. He was design consultant in Artemide,
focusing on design and R&D for new products. He lives and works in
Milan, where his research and his interests range between architecture,
design and communication. These are the key words of his work: passion,
experimentation and magic. He teaches at the Scuola Politecnica di Design
(SPD) in Milan and his works have been published in several international
magazines such as Modo, Case da Abitare, Interni, Elle Decor, Casabella.
He designs for many renowed companies like Lavazza, Gruppo Pentole
Agnelli, FontanaArte, Viabizzuno (the “Bamboo” lamp won the ‘Design
Plus’ 2002 award), davide groppi, Buzzi & Buzzi, Dovetusai, MDF Italia,
Terra Moretti – Contadi Castaldi, Riflessi, Danese Milano, Nito and Rapsel
(the “Amarcord” series of faucets was selected for the XXIII Compasso
d’Oro ADI award), Rossana Orlandi and Kundalini.
The first project for Agape was developed in collaboration with Diego Vencato.
They met at Artemide where Marco was in charge for the art direction and
Diego was the head of Special Project Development section. They work
individually and together they carry out the research work that, as in
this case, can sometimes give birth to shared projects.