Roberto Paoli was born in Ancona and graduated in Architecture in Florence in 1994. Among the various scales of design dealt with during his studies, he chose to devote himself to product design, and after graduating returned to the Marche, a region rich in manufacturing companies and a useful training ground for young designers. During these years he formed enduring partnerships with major brands such as Fellowes (office products in plastic), and FIAM Liv’it (curved glass furniture). From these experiences, Paoli developed his idea of design in which functional inventions and technological performance combine with the form of the object, often generated by the extreme possibilities of the material.
In 2002 he moved his office to Milan and began a long collaboration with Tucano: Paoli coordinates the whole line of bags and accessories for the firm’s notebooks, with a particular concern for materials and functional detailing. This approach, extended to other sectors, has enabled him to achieve important goals such as his short-listing for the ADI DESIGN INDEX 2009 for Freskogel (Tucano), international acclaim with the GOOD DESIGN AWARD 2009 for the Mir mirror (Fiamitalia), and the GOOD DESIGN AWARD 2010 for the Flight Linear lamp (Nemo-Cassina Lighting).
The experience acquired in the use of materials and his characteristic orientation towards "silent" technology have enabled the designer to develop numerous projects in the lighting industry for a wide range of Italian brands, such as Nemo Cassina, ARTEMIDE, Murano Due, Segno and Micron.
Roberto Paoli also works on the interior design of homes and shop, such as the branded stores for the Bilancioni clothing chain (with Studio MRarchitects) and, in 2009, the first Tucano branded store in downtown Milan.