Meet the Artisans: Giacomo Moor
The Milanese Giacomo Moor has always had a passion for wood. While attaining his degree at the Politecnico University in Milan, he attended a carpentry workshop, where he learned the trade.
Tell us about your products and what makes them special.
I wouldn’t call my products “special”. I would say that they are recognizable because my style has solidified now. They have in common my will to go beyond things: trying techniques I don’t know, or a specific manufacturing process, or working with unexpected sizes.
Could you describe the stages of the production process?
We have an open dialogue with our clients on every stage of the production, from the designing to the manufacturing and the assembling of each piece. My work is aimed to three types of customers: private clients, collectors and architects; large businesses; design galleries. Each category has different products with various schedules and manufacturing processes. For private clients usually the schedule is very tight and the communication between designing team and manufacturing team must be flawless. The products made for large businesses are different because they are the result of a constant exchange of opinion and dialogue. The pieces created for galleries are one-of-a-kind collection pieces that need an incubation period and often the collaboration with external artisans specialized in a specific technique.
Tell us about the history of your company.
My company started almost by chance. While studying at Politecnico University, I was working in a workshop and, after I graduated, I decided to work on my own. Initially I would design pieces made by local artisans for friends and friends of friends. And things grew from there: our first workshop, our first piece of machinery, the first artisan who worked for us. Things changed when I realized that I could have a designing lab and a workshop all in one. So, we moved into a larger space and we do everything here.
Who are the key people in your company?
I recently worked on two pieces for the historic Italian design firm Acerbis, and because of that I started a dialogue with its director, Enrico Acerbis. Another important person who has influenced my professional development was Alberto Bianchi Albrici, the director of Memphis Post Design, the first person who really believed in me and offered me the chance to design their collections two years in a row: Attraverso and Metropolis. Another key person, more recently, has been Emanuele Bonomi, director of ProjectB, for which I have designed and manufactured the collection Palafitte, presented in New York in 2015.
How do your surroundings influence your work?
I often say that my work is connected in all its aspects to the area where I work because I don’t only design, I also make what I design. When it comes to research, the influences come from all over the world: I follow designers from South America and China and I find inspirations in international blogs and websites. But when it comes to manufacturing, I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else but the edges of Brianza where I spend half the week between tiny, small, medium and large companies linked to design. My style, my esthetic, and what I try to express are the result of the materials, the techniques and the quality of supplies I find around me.