Monica Gasperini is a Milan-based architect and interior designer whose work is recognized for a minimalist elegance and hidden simplified complexity, merging timeless understated silhouettes with innovative materials.
Born in Cattolica Rimini in 1971, Gasperini graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Florence in 1999, where she had specialized in interior design. Upon graduating, Monica embarked on an impressive career, first working for the architect Remo Buti in Florence, with whom she was worked on Global Tools at the University of Florence, a decentralized experimental educational program that was proposed as an alternative to the institutional model of the university. From 2000, she worked for Aeffe S.p.A, restyling all of the fashion group’s stores across the world, including Alberta Ferretti, Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti, Jean Paul Gaultier, Narciso Rodriguez, and Rifat Ozbek. She then worked for Pollini between 2009 and 2012 in Gatteo Rimini and Milan, where she was
director of the restyling projects for all the Pollini stores worldwide.
In 2003, Gasperini founded her own studio in Riccione in 2003, before she moved to Cattolica in 2010, and eventually relocated to Milan in 2018. Her studio has completed many design projects for both commercial and residential properties around the world, including hotels, restaurants, retail spaces, villas, and lofts. One of her most inspiring projects to date was the interior design of a 90-foot sailboat, Kanap-One, created by Cantieri Soleri from a project by the engineer, Paolo Cori. The custom-designed furnishings were all rigorously made of carbon with sinuous and soft lines by Verner Panton. Combining soft natural colors in beige tones throughout with the exception of the black carbon kitchen area, the atmosphere is reminiscent of the 1960s.
The designer’s work stems from in-depth research of new technologies and materials, aiming to deliver at a contemporary elegance that combines a professional appreciation of art and fashion movements and experimentation with new materials and colors. Often accented with brushed brass lines, her furniture designs, which reflect a sophisticated refinement that references Art Deco influences, are both nostalgic and modern.
Monica’s designs and architecture have been showcased during Milan Design Weeks, a pop-up event in SoHo New York and is regularly featured in top publications around the world such as The Financial Times' How to Spend It, Marie Claire Maison Italia, Architectural Digest, and Top Decoration Word Magazine.