Raffaello Biagetti

(Florence, Italy, 1940 – Ravenna, Italy, 2008)

Raffaello Biagetti was an eclectic and visionary figure who worked mainly as a painter. He began his figurative research in Santarcangelo di Romagna, and he devoted himself to painting until 1975. In 1968 he was entrusted with the task of managing the family furniture shop in Ravenna. With this opportunity he moved permanently to Ravenna and designed his first collection of objects, Sine loco. After this first experience, in 1973 Biagetti worked on a second collection: Terrae, a series of apparently poor terracotta objects, which then led to the Ferro e Fuoco (1989) and Mostrilli (1998) collections. In the early 1980s Biagetti founded the Museo dell’Arredo Contemporaneo (‘Museum of Contemporary Furniture’) in Ravenna. This museum project was conceived and implemented with the help of Filippo Alison, Giovanni Klaus Koenig, Giuseppe Chigiotti, and Ettore Sottsass. The collection is now on permanent display at the Museo del Design 1880-1980 in Milan.