Francesco Maria Messina (FMM), born in Pisa, Italy, received bachelors from École Spéciale d'Architecure in Paris, and his masters from the Confluence Institute in Lyon, France. Messina runs his design studio out of Tuscany, choosing to stay close toareas rich with traditional master craftsmen such as Volterra, home to some of the greatest stone carvers dating back thousands of years. Working closely with these artists, FMM's visual language seems to cross time barriers from the memories of past to the potential of the future.
At the core of FMM's practice is the pressing issue of global warming, shown through a creative dialogue between nature, materiality and design. Messina often works with recycled plastic in combination withl ocal organic materials, pushing to raise awareness on rising pollution levels, whilst offering a path forward to a symbiotic relationship to our planet, without sacrificing form and function.