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Marco Lavit

Marco Lavit - Ethimo

Born 1986, Marco Lavit studied architecture at Ecole Speciale d’Architecture in Paris and at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He graduated at ESA in 2011 with a dissertation on wineries sustainable design. His sensibility towards design took shape at the studio of the architect and designer Riccardo Blumer. His time at LAN Architecture further strengthened his architectural direction, with a strong focus on design culture and attention for detail.
Marco founded his architecture and design practice, Atelier LAVIT, in Paris in 2014. Since then, the practice has been active in France and Italy. Atelier LAVIT’s work originates from the dialogue with artisans and their savoir-faire, especially Made in Italy. Architecture and design often proceed in parallel, striving to reach essential forms. This approach results in an extemporal production, which does not follow trends, but rather lets the strength of raw materials speak for the designs themselves.
The studio covers a variety of projects that range from custom pieces, collectible design, limited editions pieces, industrial design, scenography, open air installations, interiors design, to houses and hotel design.


In 2014 Atelier LAVIT conceived Venezia, an iron and leather seat which catches the eye for the fluidity and elegance of its line. Venezia was originally designed for the Venice Architecture Biennale, but the work was later exhibited all across Europe: at Great Design Gallery (Paris), at Centre Pompidou (Paris) as part of the retrospective on Le Corbusier by Officine Panerai, at Spazio Rossana Orlandi (Milan) and at Impermanent Collection (Brussels), Collectible design fair (Brussels), Nomad Circle (St. Moritz), Art Basel (Basel), Salone del Mobile (Milan), Maison & Objet (Paris). Today the Venezia lounge chair, Reconvexo low table, Atem modular sofa, Danseuse floor lamp and Trio wood ceiling lamp are produced exclusively by Nilufar Gallery in Milan.

With the surprising installation ‘Hut’ during the Paris Design Week 2019, Marco started the collaboration with Ethimo outdoor in 2019.

In architecture, the studio has a preference for the use of wood, often applied to unusual and innovative housing structures in France, Italy and Spain. In 2017 Atelier LAVIT realized an exclusive tree house, Origin, for the Park of Raray Castle, France, and a series of surprising, floating cabins for an hotel in Chateauneuf-du-Pape as well as some privates suites such as Cabana in Ibiza.

TEACHING

2020   Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture Paris // Architecture Professor
2020   YAC (Young Architects Competitions) // Tree House Module // International Jury Member
2019   Sustainable architecture - Energy efficiency // University of Belgrade // Belgrade
2019   Outdoor furniture // workshop ESA + Camondo // Professor
2019   Living Forum Prague // International Jury Member
2018   SciencePo Paris // Master 1 Urbanism // Jury
2018   Volume Zero // Aquatecture Architecture Competition // Jury
2018   Ecole Studio Créa Paris // Bachelor Design Jury
2018   Ecole Spéciale d'Architecture Paris // HMONP Architecture jury
2017   ENSA Nantes-Mauritius in Port Louis // Bamboo furniture design workshop
2017   Ecole Spéciale d'Architecture Paris // HMONP Architecture jury
2015   Ecole Spéciale d'Architecture Paris // DESA Architecture  jury
2010   Ecole Spéciale d'Architecture Paris // Professor Assistant (Prof. Daniel Dendra) 
2010   Ecole Spéciale d'Architecture Paris // Professor Assistant (Prof. Marc Vaye)

TALKS 

2019   Sustainable architecture - Energy efficiency // Saee Congress, Belgrade
2019   M.E.C.I // Ordine degli Architetti di Lecco // La qualità del progetto tra estetica e funzione
2019   Paolo Catselli Paris Showroom // L’universalité du trait 
2018   Institute BIG - Center for Creative Economics in Ljubljana // Wooden Tourist Architecture
2018   DOX Center of Contemporary Art in Prague // Congress on Living, Interior Design and Architecture LIVING FORUM
2018   Design Week in Varese // Architecture and Design, universality of the gesture
2018   Embassy of Italy in Paris // Italian Design Day
2018   Maison&Objet Paris // Rising Talents: The New Stars of Italian Design
2017   ENSA Nantes-Mauritius in Port Louis // Bamboo Architecture in Mauritius 
2017   Elle Decor Grand Hotel in Milan // Art Design and Public Places
2017   Design Week in Varese // Architecture and Design
2017   Ecole Spéciale d'Architecture of Paris // HMONP talk

EXPOSITIONS / AWARDS

2020   Marco Lavit // Nilufar 25 // Nilufar gallery, Milan
2020   Nomad St Moritz // Aliante Partners
2019   Operazione Design Italia // BHV Marais + EATALY, Paris
2019   Architect’s Furniture 1960-2020 // Cité de l’architecture & du patrimoine, Paris
2019   Nilufar Gallery // Milan Design Week
2019   Atelier Jespers // #itinerance12 exposition // PAD Paris
2019   Great Design Gallery // Collectible design fair, Brussels
2018   GCP wood cabins Hotel // Archdaily Best Project 2018 (shortlisted)
2018   ORIGIN tree house Hotel // Archdaily Best Project 2018 (shortlisted)
2018   GCP wood cabins Hotel // Archilovers Best Project 2018
2018   ORIGIN tree house Hotel // Archilovers Best Project 2018
2018   AD Italia // 7 for the Future Award
2018   Nilufar Gallery // Milan Design Week
2018   Maison&Objet Paris // Rising Talent Award
2018   Embassy of Italy in Paris // Maison&Objet Rising Talent Awards
2017   Elle Decor Grand Hotel in Milan // The Open House
2017   Nilufar Gallery // Milan Design Week 
2016   Nilufar Gallery // Milan Design Week
2015   Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris // Panerai for Le Corbusier
2015   Impermanent Collection Brussels // Issue 01
2015   Spazio Rossana Orlandi // Milan Design Week
2015   Palazzo Litta // Milan Design Week
2015   Museo della Scienza e della Tecnica // Milan Design Week
2014   Great Design Gallery // Have a seat, Paris



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