Valentina Folli is a passionate art director and strategic design consultant with an “all around design approach”, combining strategic, product and spatial design with branding and communication.
She studied Industrial Design between Milan, Cologne and Helsinki, where she achieved a Master of Arts in Furniture Design. While studying, she worked for arch. Andrea Branzi, Studio Ilkka Suppanen, Studio Arihiro Miyake, Nemo Lighting and, as a researcher, for Milan Polytechnic.
Since 2011, Valentina is head of design of NEMO, where she is responsible for the brand image, communication and curates all Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand re-editions.
In January 2015 she founded UNA.Works with Margherita Paleari and Andrea Castelli, a “virtual design studio”. With UNA she works among others for Venchi, a renewed Italian chocolate company, for Armani Dolci, and in 2015, UNA conceived and designed “LA LUCE”, Nemo’s itinerant exhibition on Le Corbusier’s and Charlotte Perriand’s lighting works.
In 2016 she became art director of Icma, a company producing “Sartorial Papers” for the luxury packaging industry, in 2017 she collaborates with Cappellini designing scenographies for the brand showrooms.
2017 Elle Decor Best of Design – Non Là lamp
2013 Wallpaper Design Award – Best Reissues for Projecteur 365, design Le Corbusier 1954 (Curator)
2011 Talent Garden: 1° Best Startup Application Lombardia
2009 Design Project scholarship by the Finnish Cultural Foundation
2007 Nemo Cassina Production Prize
2005 Best Graduated of the year, Politecnico di Milano
2010 Hyper Desk at Salone del Mobile -Satellite
2009 Hyper Desk at Roma Design Più
2009 Compact Kitchen at Alvar AAlto Museum, Jyväskylä
2008 Compact Kitchen during Helsinki Design Week
2008 Cocoon exhibition at Galleria Johan S., Helsinki
2003 Zone – Finnish Patent and Registration Office, Helsinki