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Mauro Lipparini is an Italian designer whose specialty is in industrial design; he is passionate about his one-of-a-kind style of minimalism, playful yet natural, which he terms “essentialism.” He is known for the impressive interplay of pared-down forms and strong lines, juxtaposing minimalism and creative boldness. With a talent for creating functional, minimalist pieces that also resonate with color and texture, Lipparini’s designs push the limits of the imagination and come alive. His projects have included private and public residential areas, home and office furnishings, corporate firms, showrooms, retail spaces, restaurants, exhibition areas and more. His graphic design work, corporate branding and identity services have been contracted by Italvelluti Textiles and the prestigious Italian furniture house MisuraEmme, among others. Lipparini completed an architecture degree in 1980 at the University of Florence and would spend another 10 years as a professor there. His designs include modern chairs, armchairs, stools, poufs, bookcases, dining tables, side tables, coffee tables, sofas, desk chairs, sideboards, television wall systems, modular sofas, benches, console tables and beds. He uses a variety of materials in his contemporary furniture designs, including leather, cotton, steel, brass, titanium, chrome, unique woods such as smoked oak and rosewood, lacquered wood and glass. Creative materials also appear in his works, such as chairs covered with cowhide, or tables made with metal, marble and glass. Lipparini has been honored as the winner of the highly esteemed Good Design® Global Award in 2011. His other accolades include winning Young & Design Milano and the International DuPont Award. Many of Mauro Lipparini's spectacular designs have drawn industry attention; the most popular include his Peanut B Modular Sofa, which can be combined in different ways for a variety of seating arrangements, and the wood and glass Phantom Dining Table, with its unusual floating effect.