The award winning design studio, based in Italy, operates on a wide range of projects,
combining local resources with international opportunities, while being constantly contaminated
by Italian style, the country’s diversity and stimulating complexity.
Thanks to the contamination of the diverse Design Disciplines,
studio AMeBE creates custom projects, bringing innovation and novelty through
tailored solutions with a side-by-side methodology with clients.
Italy is the country that holds the largest artistic and cultural heritage in the world.
Combining qualities such as familiarity with Italian style and design, curiosity, freedom and sensibility of thought and techniques, the studio is able to deliver custom-fit innovative solutions for any design need.
Studio AMeBE is an Italian Independent Design studio, founded in 2008 by Alessandra Mantovani and Eleonora Barbareschi. The studio deals with Design, alternating the realization of more conventional projects, consultancies and education, with the experimentation of new expressions that take form through different mediums. Combining qualities such as familiarity with Italian style and design, curiosity, freedom and sensibility of thought and techniques, the studio is able to deliver custom-fit innovative solutions for any design need.Above solving existing problems through products, systems or experiences (physical or virtual), Studio AMeBE’s intent is to “birth” ideas capable of generating question while constantly seeking to create projects that gladden humans’ lives.
The award winning design studio, operates on a wide range of projects, combining local resources as a response to international opportunities. The studio, based in Italy, continually breathes the country’s “diversity”, its stimulating complexity, the richness of its variety and inestimable creative potential, becoming carrier of that Italian style that makes the difference in terms of innovation, originality and quality.
The name AMeBE, in addition to being the acronym of the founders initials (A+M & B+E) , the name is inspired by the ameba, the fascinating organism characterized by its continuous evolutions. The term Ameba, or rather Amoeba, is derived from Ancient Greek and means “change, transformation.
“We can’t stop giving birth to projects capable of stimulating questions, thinking and provocation. Through our pojects we express the need and desire to stimulate the sphere of feelings and emotions, while bringing irony and a strong positive critical perspective on the edge of fun.”
Alessandra Mantovani was born in Brianza (Italy) in 1983 and Eleonora Barbareschi was born in Tradate (Italy) in 1984. In 2005 they both graduated from ISTITUTO EUROPEO DI DESIGN in Milano, Italy, obtaining a diploma in Industrial Design. After the work experience at WAJSKOL STUDIO Nyc and FROG DESIGN NYC, a Master’s Degree in Design and Technology at PARSONS SCHOOL OF DESIGN in New York City, Alessandra and Eleonora decided to move back to Italy, where after extensive studio and freelance work, in 2008 they consolidate their design collaboration that had started in college, under the name “AMeBE”.
“Alessandra is intrigued by intelligent provocations and subdued motivations. She is curious about every form of living, fascinated by everything that is complex and hard to read. She loves simple answers to complex questions, the challenge of hidden and undeclared creativity, and every form of design that challenges”.
“Eleonora is fascinated by the intersection and relationship between the tangible and the virtual of contemporary living. By experimenting with new technologies, materials, forms and visual languages, she constantly researches new mediums of unconventional expressions, that find answer to her questioning of space and time”.
Educators for DOMUS ACADEMY at the “Master in Business Design”, Milan (Italy); auto-production of the one-of-a-kind design lamps “Ceppetto”; collaboration with designer GAETANO PESCE (NYC); partecipation to the editorial project by OTTAGONO “Le Ricette dei Designer”, Milan (Italy); partecipated to “Milan 2010: Creative Materials” by MATERIAL CONNEXION, Milan, (Italy); worked as professor-assistants to designer MARTI GUIXE at the Food Design Course, SCUOLA POLITECNICA DI DESIGN, Milan (Italy); self-production of the 100% MADE IN ITALY product “FINGER-DIP“, Milano (Italy).
Above solving existing problems through products, systems or experiences
(physical or virtual), Studio AMeBE’s intent is to “birth” ideas
capable of generating question while constantly seeking to create projects
that gladden humans’ lives.
Studio AMeBE has shown some of their projects at TRIENNALE MUSEUM (Italy), INSTITUTE of CONTEMPORARY ARTS LONDON (UK), MUSEO DI ARTE CONTEMPORANEA DI LISSONE (Italy), ARTETECO GALLERY (Benevento, IT), VIGO MARITIME MUSEUM (Spain), 22nd DESIGN BIENNALE INTERIEUR 2010 in Kortrijk, (Belgium), MISAEL Art Gallery (Milan); PALAZZO VALLEMANI di Assisi, (Italy), MUSEO BODONI in Parma (Italy).
Identifying good design since 1955, the Red Dot Design Award received more than 15,500 applications from 70 countries in 2013 alone. Making the competition one of the biggest and most prestigeous design awards worldwide. Today, the Red Dot Award for design concept has grown to be the largest and most recognised professional design competition for design concept and prototypes worldwide. As the industry benchmark, this competition becomes the foundation of the Red Dot Design Ranking, published by the Red Dot Institute.
Fedrigoni Top Award celebrates prestigious projects from around the world made of Fedrigoni papers using all printing technologies, both traditional and digital. The Fedrigoni Top Award was set up to respond to the need to explain what Fedrigoni papers become in their travel towards the final client, when the work of graphic artists, printers and finishers converts them into elegant paper-based artefacts such as books, packaging, tickets, games, brochures, labels…
In order to build and expand this archive, a competition was set up in 2000 involving Fedrigoni’s Italian and European sales force that, following decisions by an in-house jury, saw awards made during the annual sales force meeting.
In 2005, the Fedrigoni Top Award took on a public configuration, by directly inviting graphic arts companies and publishers to take part, with an independent Jury judging the best projects and retaining the original mechanism of the Award: keep track of the entire quality chain of printed products.
JURY: Italo Lupi, Simon Esterson, Mary Lewis, Charles Ng, Jean Jacques Schaffer
Create24 is a creative contest that takes place in a 24 hour non-stop time frame. It is dedicated to the design and development of design concept given an assigned theme, that is only revealed at the competition start. The competition intends to create a competitive platform to reflect on the impact of digital experiences in the everyday living, collective or individual, private or professional.
Movin’Up is a contest, a partnership between the General Direction for landscape, fine arts, architecture and contemporary arts – Ministry for Assets and Cultural Activities and GAI – Association of the Circuit of Young Italian Artists, addressed to young creative artists aged 18 to 35 years, professionally oriented and who have gained entrance or have been officially invited abroad by cultural authorities, festivals, public and private corporations to contests, residences, seminars, workshops or who plan to carry out artistic productions based in centers or institutions abroad.
The Parco Nazionale Appennino Lucano Val d’Agri Lagonegrese launched the International Logo Design competition for the design of the new Logo that will have to represent synthetically and originally the visual image of the Park, while interpreting the most representative elements in order to become a tool for its communication and promotion.
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The Product Design competition has existed since 1954. Its award, the Red Dot, is an internationally recognized quality seal. With over 12,000 submissions in its categories red dot award: product design, red dot award: communication design, and red dot award: design concept, the red dot design award is one of the leading and largest design competitions in the world. Since 1955, Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in Essen has selected and exhibited outstanding design quality on an annual basis.
One of Italy’s most established and iconic brands, Peroni Nastro Azzurro, in collaboration with Alessi, are collaborating with designboom to organize the Peroni Nastro Azzurro Blue Ribbon Design Awards 2009 in the UK. Peroni Nastro Azzurro has created these awards to offer you the chance to design pieces for the aperitivo occasion, which are influenced and inspired by the Peroni Nastro Azzurro brand.
Aperitivo is an authentic Italian tradition that combines delicious small plate of food with refreshing alcoholic drinks during the early evening hours as a relaxing prelude to dinner. Aperitivo is recognised as a reason for social gathering, and is a stylish and elaborate affair. Aperitivo is also a fantastic brief to design against due to the transitional nature of the occasion. It’s day to night. It’s work to play.
Alberto Alessi, creative director, Alessi
Martin Harlow, board director, Peroni Nastro Azzuro UK
Stefano Giovannoni, industrial designer, Italy
Alberto Gozzi, research consultant
Emma Moore, lifestyle director, Wallpaper* magazine
Ekow Eshun, artistic director, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
Birgit Lohmann, editor-in-chief, designboom
Design of liturgical objects for the mass celebration. The Cuneo Diocesi and S.Michele Onlus foundation launched the International Design Competition, to re-think, re-live and re-design, sacral objects.
The competition wants the design extraordinary objects, elements and accessories that can be used, transported, utilized during those everyday activities which take place on a journey.
There is a daily nomadism that affects everyone, consisting of travelling either long or short distances.
Every day, when moving through the space separating us from the environments in which we study, work or spend our free time, we feel the need to take with us objects that represent and improve the quality of our time. Making each journey, however short, a unique experience.
The city of Carmagnola, Piedmont, the Torino district and the Associazione culturale Harambee arte Kunst – hakassociati artecontemporanea – launch the Logo Design Competition “Logo per Palazzo Lomellini” for the creation of the new Logo for the Modern Art Gallery and contemporary of the city of Carmagnola. The Logo will become symbol of the Palazzo Lomellini and will be used on all applications.
Designboom and ‘MACEF international home show’ design competition with participation open to applicants from every country in the world,
to professionals, students, and design-enthusiasts. The competition theme “dining in 2015″, at work, during travel, at home.
Romeo Gigli, fashion designer – ITALY
Toshiyuki Kita, industrial designer – JAPAN
Fulvio Pierangelini, celebrity chef – ITALY
Cristoph Radl, graphic designer – ITALY
Luca Trazzi – architect – designboom
The SpaceTime competition is an international juried exhibition for currently enrolled students working in computer graphics and digital arts. The exhibition captures the state of creative computer based student work and acts as an annual slice of the computer graphics continuum. Over time the print, interactive, and animation projects displayed in the Space-Time exhibition will continually redefine the aesthetics associated with the discipline as the technology affords new opportunities. Over that same time, older technology and aesthetics will mature and, in this way, be forever embedded in current works. As such, the past provides disciplinary standards for the present, or the building blocks for work created with newer technology. One does not replace the other; rather they represent a multidimensional continuum that moves in many directions through space and time. Thus, this exhibition embodies the multidimensionality of time and space as defined by excellent student works in computer graphics and digital arts.
AMeBE’s worldwide clients, experiences and collaborations.
The biggest satisfaction for the AMeBE is to know that while interacting with their creations, individuals are stimulated to ask themselves new questions, moved in their deepest ability to wonder and think critically.
Eleonora e Alessandra aka Studio AMeBE, are very creative and innovative designers. They are extremely professional and accurate through each and every step of a production process. AMeBE design skill is outstanding both in the interpretation and execution of food design products. Eleonora and Alessandra are also very friendly, working with them has always been a pleasure.
Studio AMeBE was able to realize the company's website while respecting deadlines and requests, demonstrating a great visual and tech capacity than professionality and passion.
Alessandra and Eleonora are true professionals and it has been a pleasure to work with them. They are extremely creative and talented designers that have brought my project to life. I strongly recommend their services; with AMeBE you are truly in safe hands!
Creativity, professionality, competence and a meticulous attention to our needs and flavored by a good dose of sympathy: this is the recipe with which the AMeBE conquered us and that we think is the base of their deserved success!!!
Working with studio AMeBE gave me the chance to discover the world of visual communication and design while showing great capacity and professionalism.
It was a great pleasure to meet the AMeBE in occasion of the Create24 2013, organized by us during the IV Digital Festival, where they were awarded first prize for the best project in the young category: great job.
With Studio AMeBE, I finally renewed my company's identity. the AMeBE were able to interpret and communicate with great aesthetic value my image. Also, great management in terms of deadlines. Thank you!
Studio AMeBE was able to transform in a beautiful and comprihensive manner a very complex association of concepts. Great merit to their ability to listen, interpret and realize client's ideas. I hope to work with them again, they deserve great success.
Testimonials and successors (unconscious?) of that apparent ironic and playful design, but that hides curiosity, intelligence and amongst all professionality. Design methodology and unsuspectable discipline, I would say almost obsessive. I'm sure that Castoglioni, Huber and Munari could have been their mentors.
The AMeBE are a wonderful design duo. Professional and creative, I am very pleased to have worked with them in the realization of my brand. Wonderful insights on both a visual and strategic level.
Ele and Ale two specials. Serious and dynamic and... on time. But also brilliant and original. Believe me... they don't have similars!
The term Ameba, or rather Amoeba, is derived from Ancient Greek
and means ”change, transformation”. Amebas are unicellular organisms defined
by their variability in form. How wonderful to be an Ameba,
wouldn’t you want to be one?
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