studio nucleo

© Studio Nucleo photocredit Fabio Oggero courtesy ammann gallery
Portrait by Fabio Oggero


product for the community award, , xix compasso d’oro, italy, 2001
cedit per object prize, florim, milan, italy, 2018

museum collections

triennale design museum, milan, italy
stedelijk museum, , amsterdam, netherlands


studio nucleo is a collective founded in turin, italy, in 1997 by piergiorgio robino, stefania fersini, alice carlotta occleppo and alexandra denton. nucleo stands for research, innovation, and introspection for the now eight-person studio. this interdisciplinary team is active in contemporary art, design and architecture.

studio nucleo looks to identity, history and interlacing time frames as themes for their projects. working in three-dimensional, architectonic forms, the studio’s work is typified by the tactile quality of the material and its effects on the objects. nucleo experiments with innovative materials such as fibreglass, resin or carbon fibre to discover new archetypes and merge the old with the new. as the studio explains, „we have always been interested in working with history, the lack of history, and the creation of it. aspects necessary to build a memory. we believe that through making a past of the future, we can create a curiosity of history that has not yet happened.“

iconic works by studio nucleo are part of museum collections, including the ’souvenir of the last century stool‘ at the triennale and the ‚terra chair‘ at the stedelijk museum amsterdam. furthermore, their work has been exhibited in museums and important institutions worldwide, like the design museum gent, gent, in 2021, the stedelijk museum, amsterdam, in 2020, centre d’art contemporain, genève, in 2016, the triennale design museum, milano, in 2014, mart, museum of modern and contemporary arts, rovereto, in 2013, the centre georges pompidou, paris in 2004 and the carnegie museum of art, pittsburgh, in 2004.

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