“The real challenge is to manage to make very simple objects, which, however, transmit malleable, emotional, and material values, and result in an aesthetic—in beauty.”
Born in Treviso, Italy in 1966, Marco Zito found his true muse in the city of Venice, where he studied architecture under Vittorio Gregotti at the IUAV University of Venice.
After graduating in 1994, Zito remained in Venice, beginning the dual paths that mingled and overlapped to bring him where he is. First, academia, as he returned to his alma mater as an instructor and lecturer. Second, industrial design, which Zito entered upon through glass blowing at Salvati & Co. glass manufacturers.
Venice, and the unique interplay between light, architecture, and water that it offers, has inspired several of Marco Zito’s designs. For instance, the way the Nasse collection, from Wonderglass, evokes fishing nets in the Venetian lagoon, or the Tua, from Foscarini, attempts to capture the setting sun reflecting between canal water and the underside of Venice’s arched bridges.
The irony central to his work is not lost on Zito; his designs are simple, fluid, and elegant—completely unlike the process that creates them. Simplicity, in design, comes only from complexity in the design process. That commitment and drive is a hallmark of Marco Zito’s designs.
Working tirelessly through the years, Marco has ascended to the position of Associate Professor of Industrial Product Design at the IUAV University of Venice, while also earning dozens of awards, both individually and through his Venice design studio, for his architecture and his lighting, furniture, and object designs.