Interview with Giangi Razeto, Innovation & Design Lab Chief of F.LLI RAZETO E CASARETO S.P.A., Italy

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Giangi Razeto

As Innovation & Design Lab Chief of F.LLI RAZETO E CASARETO S.P.A., his expertise in marine hardware allows him to create innovative designs with perfect functionality.

Interview with the 2020 MUSE Design Awards Winner - Giangi Razeto

1Please give us a brief bio of yourself and your background.
I graduated in Sociology studying the club cultures in the last years of the previous millennium. During my studies, I encoded two concepts which became crucial in all of my works: the "Patchwork generation" and the "tribe of ones among many".

2What made you become/why did you choose to become a designer/artist?

When I entered my family's business, I started working in the factory. One day, I found a series of failed handles in the waste bin and turned them into a bracelet. That was my very first design (GNG Jewels), being a sculptural bracelets made out of brass recycled handles. That day, I understood that I can express myself and my art using the method that my father and grandfather did previously.

3Tell us more about your business/company, job profile, and what you do.

My company was founded by my grandfather, his brother and another firm. In 1920, they were making hardware for the big liners. Now at the 3rd generation, we specialize in marine hardware like marine locks, doors and cabinet accessories. I am in charge of the INNOVATION AD DESIGN LAB that concentrates on door handles.

4What does “design” mean to you?

Design is functionality with an eye to beauty and harmony.

5What’s your favorite kind of design and why?

I have no preferences.

6To you, what makes a “good” design?

Good design is a balance where technology, art and functionality play the biggest roles.

7Describe your design style and its main characteristics.

All of my designs are influenced by house music, where cultural contaminations merge with repetitive elements that can assert their own uniqueness and identity.

8Tell us about your design process.

If something inspires me, I just cannot stop thinking about it. I sketch, write and fill notebooks with weird ideas in a multidisciplinary way. Sometimes, I already have the name and ad of the product before having a raw shape or idea of the product.

9Do you think your country and its cultural heritage has an impact on your design process?

Absolutely yes! It is embedded in my DNA. I am also very influenced by everything surrounding me, so I try to always live in beautiful and interesting places.

10Congratulations! As the winner of the 2020 MUSE Design Awards, what does it mean to you and your company and team to receive this award distinction?

We are always happy to receive awards, but MUSE is a special one and it comes like a spark of light at the end of the tunnel. It brings joy and hope to all of us as we just returned to work after isolation due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

11Can you explain a bit about the winning work you entered into the 2020 MUSE Design Awards, and why you chose to enter this project?

OSSH is a luminous handle that lights up in critical conditions to address passengers or cruise ships to safe escape routes. Safety has become one of the most important issues for all related communities and if my design may help to save lives, then it is a good idea worthy of spreading.

12What was the biggest challenge with this project?

The biggest challenge was simulating all the different situations the handle could face, from emergency shut downs, blackouts, anti-intrusion plans and evacuation plans. This led us to developing an app to replicate what is already consolidated in every vessel.

13How has winning an Award developed your practice/career?

Winning awards inflated my already giant ego.

14What are your top three (3) favorite things about our industry?


Improving lives.

Bringing equity.

15What makes your country specifically, unique in the design industry?

The Italian art heritage is big, which is why you see Italian creativity in every Italian corporation. I like to think everybody is unique even though I hate parochialism.

16Where do you see the evolution of design industry going over the next 5-10 years?

The design industry will definitely be called to help people live safer, better and be happier with less.

17If you were a student entering this industry or an aspiring MUSE Design Awards submitter, what advice would you give them?

Have fun and enjoy your creativity.

18What resources would you recommend to someone who wants to improve their skills in the design industry?

Always discuss your ideas with other people. They can give you the best advice and help you grow.

Winning Entries

OSSH | 2020

OSSH | MUSE Design Awards

OSSH is a system of door handles which light up to be detected in critical conditions indicating emergency in general with the color of light. OSSH...
(read more at MUSE Design Awards)


Founded in 1920, the F.LLI Razeto e Casereto S.P.A is known as the ‘Rolls Royce’ of marine locks.