By Roberto Casati
an eclectic creative capable of amalgamating Art, Design and craftsmanship. Born in Florence in 1952, Roberto began his career in the 70s in the prestigious Florentine company Guccio Gucci, where he gained profound experience in the organization of production and design. Thus, in the 80s he was offered the opportunity to collaborate independently with numerous fashion and cosmetic houses, including: Helena Rubinstein, Laura Biagiotti Parfum, Renato Balestra Parfum, Gabriela Sabatini, Van Cleef & Harpels Parfum, Intimo3.
Years that Roberto always remembers with extreme pleasure because they allowed him to expand his knowledge on many technical aspects and many craft realities: potters, chisellers, leather goods makers, tailors, graphic-printers, carpenters, blacksmiths, textiles and perfumers. Always following its Renaissance principle that leads to building each object “with hands and mind”.
With this vision, Roberto, has always tried to create synergistic cooperation between different craftsmen, in order to make the “crafts” collaborate with the numerous excellences of the territory and to create new fascinating artisan objects with a post-modern design.
Roberto’s works are, at the same time, a recognized invention and the design of a futuristic egg (Atargatis and Kos, for example); the first cylindrical brick to provoke its use in the field of art and furnishings (Modul’Art and Pankina); a modular egg-shaped house as a first seed of genesis (Kasauovo); triangular pyramids and sensual Renaissance perfumes dedicated to Love (Pyramid and Love in Florence); poems and graphic paintings. Always combining, with a thread of legend, the harmonious forms, sensual colors, post-modern design and craftsmanship.
Today, after many years of success, activities, projects, collaborations and ideas, Roberto has decided to collect all the work of a lifetime, in a single web channel. A virtual space in which to display all the 100% made in Italy items, conceived and created by master craftsmen, carefully selected according to the project. Among these, Ali Alabastri di Volterra (one of the oldest artisan workshops in Volterra), with which he created the luminous sculpture Pyramid – Love in Flkorence and Nuove Forme Firenze (tens of years of high ceramic), with which he created the Kos lamp.
Roberto Casati Design is now able to offer fascinating solutions of 100% Italian High Craftsmanship, excellence of the territory and post-modern design in the fields of furniture and accessories for the person.
First experiences made at the Guccio Gucci of the 70s
In the 1980s he collaborated with numerous fashion and cosmetic houses, including:
Helena Rubinstein, Laura Biagiotti Parfum, Renato Balestra Parfum, Gabriela Sabatini, Van Cleef & Harpels Parfum, Intimo3.
In the 1990s, with Lloving Srl, he created various fashion collections, presented at the Pecci Center in Prato, at the Kobe in Osaka and in Frankfurt (Germany).
In 2000 he invented the T-Serve service (Uibm patent n.0000258458).
In 2001 Minister Bassanini rewards the service and the inventors.
In 2005-2006 the Municipality of Portovenere (SP) commissioned him to study for the relaunch of the prestigious Borgo Ligure, with the project:
Portovenere, uniqueness available to humanity (Determines No. 144/2004).
Between 2000 and 2012 he collaborated with the Municipality of Prato for the development and management of various innovative services.
In 2010 he designed and built Kasauovo, the first modular egg-shaped house in the world (Uibm patent 0000273473). Kasauovo is presented at the 30th anniversary of the Giuliano Gori Collection, together with the works of Robert Morris and Alessandro Mendini. While Kasuovo-Kabinart, a small module for providing services in the cities of the future, is presented in Florence in 2016.
In 2012 he designed and manufactured the Atargatis egg-shaped armchair: Uibm patent 0000099886 and WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) DM / 081 867. The armchair was presented by the Milan Chamber of Commerce at the Expo 2015 Tables and: at the Centro Pecci, at the Civic Museum of Bratislavia, at the Civic Museum of Sofia, at Villa Medici di Artimino, at Forte dei Marmi, at Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence.
In 2014 he designed the ModulArt cylindrical bricks (Uibm patent 000281970), presented live on RAI 2 (i Fatti Vostri). The project is also developed in the context of city furniture: in 2016 ModulArt-PANKINA is used as a symbol of Florence Design (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMjh-6E7lkQ) While ModulArt-BidonArt, operates artistic created with recycled bins together with other artists and the Carlo Palli Archive was acquired from the MART collection of Rovereto.
In 2018 he wrote the book L’Ultimo Istante, in collaboration with the Liceo Artistico Petrocchi of Pistoia and numerous organizations, associations and family members (https://youtu.be/eo6nnC-z9ec). A book-project that is loudly alarmed by the deaths of the road. A social volunteering project that has been presented in over 40, including Municipalities, Schools, Galleries, Associations, Libraries throughout Italy. The project was awarded at the Biennale of all the Arts, Florence, Palazzo Vecchio Salone dei 500 and on the World Poetry Day, Rome, Cappella Orsini.
In 2019 he collaborates with Liceo Petrocchi 100%, the Centenary of the Liceo Foundation, with 3 works on the theme: look out my love window. In tribute to Aurelio Amendola and in memory of Enrico Coveri.
In 2019 he created the Pyramid project (a sculpture with lighting and perfume capsule, Uibm patent 0004668.08-01-2019) and Love in .. a series of fragrances dedicated to the most beautiful cities in the world. The first three are presented at the Ugo Guidi Museum (Love in Forte dei Marmi), at the Gaia Piccini – Pontevecchio (Love in Florence) jewelry store and in Piazza dei Priori in Volterra (Love in Volterra) https://youtu.be/ZemR- vAwV2I.
In 2019, in collaboration with the Carlo Palli Archive, he donates the polyptych Le Guerre dei Rugi (located at the main entrance) to the Santo Stefano Hospital in Prato.