Interview with Giovanni Pagnotta

Interview with Giovanni Pagnotta

Giovanni Pagnotta’s sleek and innovative carbon fiber furniture is constantly evolving. Drawing on his time spent at Parson’s getting a BFA in Design, and at Yale  in the MArch program, his pieces contain the clean lines and fastidious execution evident in someone well versed in architecture and design. His understanding of carbon fiber allows him to engineer each piece, utilizing the material’s inherent strength. The results are seamless, curved, and incredibly light works of usable art. Each piece is hand made one at a time in the US, taking anywhere from 40 to 75 hours from beginning to end, depending on the design. Learn more about Giovanni Pagnotta’s work, and contact for pricing: www.giovannipagnotta.com.

How did you begin working with carbon fiber, what drew you to it as a material for furniture?
I’ve always been motivated by interesting materials, and how they can influence design. As I’ve stated in the past carbon fiber is a super material, and its specific strength to weight ratios allows you to warp the rules of physics – for example, impossibly thin cross sections and super light solutions.
What fabrication issues or benefits have you come across in using this material?
Very difficult to get near perfect surface finishes.  Although I have mastered it, it was an expensive and time consuming learning curve. Once you know what your doing, you stay ahead of the problems. I’ve seen many pretenders in the world of carbon fiber, and I can confidently say I’ve yet to see someone who does it technically better than I do.
What do your clients say about the function and aesthetics of carbon fiber?
It is a process of educating clients about the material, most have never seen it or even heard of it – unless they are automotive or aviation enthusiasts. Once you show them and take them through the process, most become very excited. It’s an exotic material, and not for everyone.
What are the qualities you value most in a design?
Simplicity, functionality, honesty, beauty
Do you have future plans, or something in the works that you could share with us?

I’ve always got something in the works, here are some images of things I’ve done.