Franco Raggi

Milan, 1945
He graduated in Architecture from Milan Polytechnic in 1969 and in the same year started work for Nizzoli Associati. From 1971 to 1975 he was editor of Casabella magazine and from 1977 to 1980 editor in chief of Modo design magazine, which he headed until 1983. In 1973, he orchestrated the first critical exhibition of Italian Radical Design on behalf of the IDZ, Internationales Design Zentrum, in Berlin. Between 1975 and 1977, he was coordinating secretary for the Visual-Architecture Arts Section at the Biennale in Venice. He was manager of the “Raccolta del Design” section at the Triennale in Milan between 1979 and 1980, organising various exhibitions in the early eighties. He has designed architectures, layouts, exhibitions, books, scenery, rooms and articles for famous international design companies. He has a longstanding partnership with FontanaArte, in the early eighties, under the artistic direction of Gae Aulenti, with Daniela Puppa he designed the layouts for events starring the company. Since the late eighties he has created numerous successful projects for FontanaArte: the families Velo (1988-89), Flûte (1999) and Drum (2005). As an architect he has planned retail areas and showrooms (including FontanaArte), corporate headquarters (including the new Milan offices of Gianfranco Ferré), plus clinics and research centres.
He has taught at the Faculties of Architecture at Pescara University and at the ISIA in Florence. Since 1995 he has coordinated the Department of Architecture at the IED in Milan. In his role as author he has taken part in a large number of exhibitions and held conferences and seminars all over the world.