MEET: Andrea Cingoli — Red Dot Award-winning architect and multidisciplinary designer

Hailing from Italy, designer Andrea Cingoli recently won the prestigious Red Dot Award, adding to his various achievements. His prize-winning design concepts include the Balamp bedside lamp and Qwerty keyboard-inspired sofa bed — both have intuitive designs and smart functions.

Having grown up exploring the use of innovative materials and technology, thanks to his family business of restoring ancient buildings, Andrea has a curious outlook and takes an experimental approach to his work, which ranges from spatial and furniture to product and software design.


Images of Qwerty.

What were the inspirations behind Balamp and Qwerty?

The idea for Balamp came from finding a solution when my daughter cried at night and my wife or I needed to get out of bed to give her milk. The Qwerty sofa bed is ironic, as I used to fall asleep on my keyboard, but it has a relatable, recognisable form of the everyday object, while being flexible. Also, as our spaces are getting smaller, it has a multifunctional, transformable design.

Images of Balamp.

What is your approach to design?

Apart from my personal user experience, my designs are influenced a lot by my culture. The Italian school of design focuses on exceptional aesthetics and simplicity in usability — simple shapes, and ways to use objects. I try to do this and produce objects with intuitive design, that are simple to use.

Image of Plan.

How do you integrate both form and function in your designs?

Form is really important, but in my approach, it is the last — but not the least — thing that comes into consideration. First, I look at the concept without giving it a form, to find a technical solution and give significance to the object. After putting the project aside for a few weeks, I then consider its aesthetics. The aesthetic is the most important thing, when it comes to catching your attention at just a glance, so it has to be the synthesis of all your work for it to be a beautiful solution.

Image of Din-Ink.

What else do you consider when you design?

I always try to produce designs that can be used in various environments. For example, Qwerty can be placed in a very big hall in a hotel, or in a home’s living room, and Hang-On! (flexible lighting system inspired by clothes hangers) can be used in a house, dormitory, as well as a boutique shop, while Din-Ink (dual-function pen and cutlery) can be used at home, the office or events!

Image of Hang-On!

Any advice for young aspiring designers?

Trust in yourself and never give up! Because design is one of the disciplines that will carry us into the future, and a world without design is not a very interesting one.


Find out more about Andrea Cingoli at www.concepticondesign.com