Franco and Matteo Origoni


Since 1400 the lagoon of Venice has been dotted with big posts which rise from the water in groups of three to mark the sections of the canals that are navigable even at low tide. Unlike the more famous thin poles used as mooring posts for gondolas, these markers or briccole, as they are called locally, accompany travellers throughout their journey, inwards or outwards, helping them reach their destination rather than run aground. This strange tripod that seems to walk on the water marks a limit, indicates a line to follow beyond which it is inadvisable to venture... The same, if you think about it, can perhaps be said of a much more mundane object, the stool. Set in a line one next to the other opposite the bar in any city and usually situated near the entrance, they show the traveller where the dry area starts...or, if you prefer, they help the unlucky person escape misfortune by indicating the exit...


Franco and Matteo Origoni


The study Origoni Steiner Associated Architects, which includes Anna Steiner, Franco and Matteo Origoni, founded in Milan in 1976, is active in the publishing and graphics field and is dedicated to the architectural design of productions and furnishing products.

The study has edited and designed exhibitions, in Italy and abroad, for public and private clients, including many Italian municipalities and regions such as, fair agencies international class museums, and numerous companies including Caimi Brevetti, Snam, La Rinascente, Moschino, GC Group Cabassi, Pininfarina, Fiat, Ferrari and many others. It has also signed furnishing products and interior design projects and has laid out and edited books of artistic and scientific character for many publishing houses.

The study also received several awards, including two "Honor Mention Golden Compass" awards for the design of the exhibitions "Renzo Piano Building Workshop, The visible Cities", and "Roberto Sambonet". It was recently selected among the finalists of the "2015 Italian Architecture Gold Medal" award for the project Academy of Panino Giusto.

Franco Origoni was born in Milan in 1945 where he founded with Anna Steiner the study of graphics and architecture Origoni Steiner Associated Architects.

He was responsible for the Design Collection of the XVI Triennale and a board member of the Graphic Studies Center and the Jury Prize Felice Feliciano on the quality of the book.

He is the author of articles, essays and books, and has collaborated with Il Sole 24 ore, insert culture.

He is a member of ADI, Association for Industrial Design, and is an editor of numerous design exhibitions and on italian production in Italy and abroad.

He collaborates with Renzo Piano Building Workshop in the design of the study exhibitions and is the advisor of the Renzo Piano Foundation.

Matteo Aldo Origoni, was born in 1978, graduated in 2003 in architecture at the Technology  Institute of Milan. In 2007 he obtained the title of "European Official Master" in Theory and Practice of Architecture at the Faculty of Barcelona PFC.

Between 2004 and 2011 he worked as an architect in several studies in Italy and abroad. In the same years he also worked with Origoni Steiner on the production of some exhibitions in Italy, USA, China and Japan, and carried out architectural works and furnishing products in collaboration with other young architects.

In 2013 he was reported by the "Lombardy Regional Council Of Architectural Orders" among the best Italian architects "under 40" for the private home "Ribelles", made in Spain.


Wood and finishes
Metal and finishes
RAL 3020 Traffic red
RAL 9005 Jet black
RAL 8019 Grey brown
RAL 7037 Dusty grey
RAL 7035 Light grey
RAL 9016 Traffic white
RAL 9010 Pure white
RAL 1013 Oyster white
RAL 9002 Grey white
RAL 9001 Cream white
Natural iron, oiled

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Natural Living

Each purchaser that buys a Riva 1920 product will receive as a gift a small plant, upon request, to return the favour to nature that originally produced the wood used for the production of the piece of furniture purchased.


Picture is for presentation purposes only, therefore it could be not perfectly representative.
Packaging in wooden crate has been replaced with packaging in recycled carton for a lower impact on the environment.

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