Maker Monday: Daniel Germani

Inspired largely by Bauhaus movement of the 1900s, Daniel Germani, principal and founder of Daniel Germani Designs, combines emotion and art with functionality and form. An Argentina-educated architect and interior designer, Germani found his calling while working his way through projects in Europe. Relocating to sunny Arizona, Germani founded his firm among cacti and craters but held on to his Bauhaus roots. His often-eclectic work in indoor and outdoor furniture attracted the attention of major brands, and in 2018 Germani found himself the deserving winner of top international accolades for his collaborations with stone supplier Cosentino and outdoor “Solanas” collection with Gandiablasco, a call back to the white beaches of his South American roots. Most recently, Germani’s career has taken an exciting turn, and he will join Gandiablsco as newly-appointed Creative Director. In the wake of his recent successes, Germani stopped by to bring a bit of Bauhaus to today’s Maker Monday.The Chaos Table from Daniel Germani Designs is a paperclip-like piece of art- but it also functions as a desk or table, of course. One of the most groundbreaking furniture collections of recent years was Germani’s Cosentino collaboration, aptly named Dekton Industrial, which drew from aesthetics of exotic stone and urbanism. With sharp corners and weather-worn finishes, the pieces resemble at-home museum displays.

Andrew Joseph – What modern design trend makes you cringe?
Daniel Germani – Anything with the word “trend” attached to it makes me cringe.

Andrew – Style (or design) icon?
Daniel – Le Corbusier…his design vision was way ahead of his time.

Andrew – What’s your current TV obsession?
Daniel – Versailles, season finale.

Andrew – Favorite app?
Daniel – Instagram.

Andrew – What might the design world look like in 10 years?
Daniel – More integrated with technology…maybe, even almost too interconnected (I still enjoy flipping a switch to turn on and off my lights, dammit!).

Andrew – If you had one more hour in the day what would you do with it?
Daniel – I would probably use it to keep designing.

Andrew – Best advice you’d give your teenage self?
Daniel – Don’t be afraid to be yourself…you are a rock star and the sky is the limit.

Andrew – What are some of the podcasts you listen to and why?
Daniel – Clever, by Jaime Derringer (Design Milk) and Amy Devers because they explore the more personal and intimate side of the architects, designers and artists they interview.

Andrew – Best way to take a rest/decompress?
Daniel – Taking a nap on the sofa at home with the Golden Girls in the background.

Andrew – Favorite city to recharge?
Daniel – Rome.

Andrew – Favorite scent?
Daniel – Fresias…lot and lots of them.

Andrew – Sweet or savory?
Daniel – Savory.

Andrew – A song you can listen to on repeat?
Daniel – Parole Parole, Mina.

Andrew – What’s one thing that is always in your refrigerator?
Daniel – A block of Parmigiano Reggiano. In his Arizona studio, the Argentinian artist perfects a mixed-medium chair using careful metalwork.Germani’s outdoor offerings retain his weathered-yet-new approach. A shiny chrome grill meets “rusted” slate. On the opposite end, a polished wood planter presents a touch of green.

About Daniel Germani | Daniel Germani is the Creative Director and Founder of Daniel Germani Designs, a firm that specializes in custom modern furniture, interior design and architectural renovation. After earning his architecture degree in Argentina, Daniel spent eight years in Europe working in various creative and entrepreneurial endeavors.

While his firm is based out of Phoenix, AZ, Daniel travels the world doing collaborative design work with leading global brands such as Cosentino, Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens, Riva 1920 and Gandia Blasco. ASA-D2, an outdoor kitchen designed in partnership with Dekton by Cosentino and Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens, has earned top industry accolades such as the Interior Design 2017 Best of Year (BOY) Award for Outdoor Furniture and a finalist in the 2017 NYCxDesign Awards, among others. One of his latest collaborations, a credenza-inspired bath vanity called DeKauri designed in collaboration with Dekton by Cosentino, Riva1920, Fantini and Juniper won a best of KBIS Silver Award at the 2018 Kitchen + Bath Industry Show, 2018 Architectural Digest Great Design Award, 2018 NYCXDesign Awards and the 2019 German Design Award in the bathroom category. His collaboration with Gandia Blasco, the outdoor line Solanas, was a finalist in 2018 NYCXDesign Awards and a finalist in 2018 Best of Year (BOY) for outdoor furniture.

Daniel’s design trajectory earned him the coveted Phoenix Home and Garden’s 2018 Masters of the Southwest Award. His designs have been featured in leading media outlets around the world, including Architectural Digest, ELLE Décor, LUXE Interiors + Design, Modern Luxury, Robb Report, Interior Design, Mansion Global, The LA Times, Town & Country, and more. Daniel’s global design leadership has earned him several panel engagements at top industry conferences and fairs: The Montreal World Design Summit, panels at London’s Clerkenwell Design Week, Salone del Mobile 2018 and at the 2017, Dubai’s Design Week and 2018 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS).

Daniel’s aesthetic is influenced by the Bauhaus, Oscar Neimeyer, Le Corbusier, Mies and Frank Lloyd Wright, and his philosophy is simple: good design should always be honest and inspiring.

About Andrew Joseph | Andrew Joseph’s passion for design and rich journalistic history led to the launch of his boutique PR firm in 2012. Prior to enjoying the successes of Andrew Joseph PR, Andrew honed his editorial skills at Vanity Fair and Allure. This experience, as well as the strong network of contacts developed over the years in public relations, brings a valuable edge to his new role as contributing editor. Let the musing begin.

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