I am Giovanni Pagnotta
I was born in Irpinia in the Campania region of Italy and immigrated to the United States at a young age with my father and mother. I attended
Parsons School of Design in NYC, receiving an undergraduate Bachelors of Fine Arts degree. I then studied at Yale University, earning my
Masters of Architecture degree and the prestigious Eero Saarinen scholarship for design excellence.
I consider myself more engineer and builder than designer; perhaps creator is the appropriate term. The work is driven by my love of materials,
and the materials guide the process. I work independently, with private clients on custom installations, and with notable brands such as Chanel,
Herman Miller, Tecno, and Artemide.
The iconic Prototype series was launched and exhibited at Tribeca Issey Miyake, NYC, and the thermoplastic
Mi chair has been available for purchase at the MoMA store in NYC. Objects and collections have been exhibited globally, at the Museum of
Contemporary Art in Miami, The Yale University Art Gallery, and as part of the Mood River exhibit at the Wexner Center for the Arts.
My work has been published in the New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Architectural Digest, Architectural Record, I.D. Magazine, W,
City, Dutch, Home and Garden, Metropolis, Interiors, Interior Design, Oxygen, Black+White, Flaunt, Pure, Player, Details, Dwell, and Surface.
I’ve been featured in prominent design publications such as Sourcebook of Modern Furniture by Jerry Habegger and Joseph H. Osman,
Design Now by Taschen, Chairs, 1000 Masterpieces of Modern Design, 1800 to the present day
by Charlotte and Peter Fiell, The essence of Cool by
Ger Bruens, Transmaterial by Blaine Browned, and Mood River by Jeffrey Kipnis and Annetta Massie.
I’m not an egoist, yet I think most designers are. I’m honest. I don’t play politics. I love my family. I’m obsessively committed to my work
and I’m accomplished at my craft…maybe not a egoist, but perhaps a tad irreverent.