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  • Samuele Montorfano

    Styling Center Manager - CIFA S.p.A.

    Milano, Italy

I believe in industrial design as a social process. It is not just a passion or a job but a mean to improve exisisting things, a mean to know people and their needs. A deep knowledge of the creative process and a pragmatic approach are the core of my project management attitude. Continuous research and curiosity help me to keep flexible and to find innovative solutions to problems. I am team work oriented and I love following the whole life of products, working side by side with the different professional figures involved. Care and reliability complete my profile features. Professional goals | I would like to approach multidisciplinary projects and work with different background activities (scientific, industrial, hand-crafted, artistic) to improve my expertise. Main achievements | - As a freelancer, I designed the ergonomic and adjustable school furniture UP, based on D.O. Raul Guelfi and Sergio Zanfrini's scientific research. I contributed to the generation of a new market for Fami spa company; they bought the project to invest in a new entirely dedicated business division. - As a senior designer, I menaged the relaunch project for the company FTG safety shoes. The final output of our project turned out to a multi-output; - an economic ‘master’ line that reaches the end of the production chain with a 30% reduced price and such a weight as to make this footwear one of the lightest shoe in the safety world; - an intermediate ‘B’ line that, although keeping in reduced production costs, presents a remarkable aesthetic appeal, a notable family feeling between its models and maintains company colors preserving the recognition of the brand. - As a chief designer, I managed the team in the firm belief that the best design results come from the synergy of all the available skills, properly enhanced and funnelled into achieving goals.

Work Samples

  • Gilda

  • UP school furniture

  • CIFA Coguaro 4

Work History

  • Styling Center Manager

    • CIFA
    • Jan 2014 - Present (3 years 11 months)

    Responsible for all the design work completed by the Styling center team and for providing the strategic direction of the S. C. in advancing the organization to its potential.

  • Chief Designer

    • madeindreams (previously MID S.R.L. MY ITALIAN DESIGN)
    • Jan 2011 - Jan 2014 (3 years)

    - designer team management and coordination;
    - project management: from the briefing to the final output;
    - customer and supplier relationship management.

  • Senior Designer

    • Jan 2010 - Jan 2011 (1 year)

    - creation of new product scenarios by moodbards and market projections;
    - sketching development;
    - modeling and photorealistic rendering of 3D objects and environments;
    - 3D modeling and pre-engineering for the development of prototypes and molds;
    - management and coordination of junior designer;

  • Freelance Designer

    • Samuele Montorfano
    • Jan 2010 - Dec 2010 (11 months)

    I also managed two projects as a freelancer. I designed weezy, a bluetooth music receiver
    www.unplugyourmusic.com and Up school, an adjustable school furniture www.famischool.it

  • Junior Designer

    • Jan 2008 - Jan 2010 (2 years)

    - sketching development;
    - modeling and photorealistic rendering of 3D objects and environments;

  • Designer

    • RIVA 1920
    • Sep 2007 - Dec 2007 (3 months)

    - furniture design;
    - Agorà theatre development, at the design museum “Triennale di Milano”

  • Collaboration at Polytechnic of Milan

    • Polytechnic of Milan - POLIteca Design Knowledge Center -
    • Feb 2005 - Jun 2006 (1 year 4 months)

    - weekly newsletter editing;
    - research and cataloguing of new materials for design and architecture.

  • Interior Designer

    • ci.ti.effe
    • Sep 2000 - Jul 2003 (2 years 10 months)

    - design and development of stalls and showrooms.


  • Politecnico di Milano

    • Product Design Industrial Design
    • 2003 - 2007