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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 9 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