Born in Catania in 1974, Milan-based designer Raffaele Iannello's pieces show a playful and immensely creative streak. His studio is a lab for creative design objects, home furnishings and graphic objects created for companies and consumers around the world. He's even designed a robot for moon exploration.
Here are five fun new pieces from Raffaele Iannello creative studio:
Iannello and his team recently recreated the 'legendary' Hughes/MD 500 helicopter and turned it into a clever ceiling fan complete with helipad. The piece is modeled after a 1970s era helicopter that was known for flying upside down, performing other acrobatic feats and appearing in a number of movies.
The helicopter fan is painted a shiny black with a silver base and constructed with fiberglass, an aluminum internal structure and four carbon fiber blades with a diameter of 140 cm. The ceiling fan is controlled by remote and sports a three-speed motor.
The mirrors, best-suited for children's use, show your reflection with the edition of donkey or rabbit ears. They are manufactured in Italy and tempered for safety. The mirror comes in blue or pink.
You can also download the Magic Mirror iPad app by Iannello, which takes your picture and adds on animal ears.
Here we see Iannello's playful style take a turn towards dark humor. These sleek knife holders no only help keep your knives organized but might also help you vent some frustration. Since the knife holder prototype came out in 2003, Iannello has expanded the idea in a number of creative ways. You can buy voodoo doll holders for pens, toothpicks, skewers or scissors.
Inspired by the famous Italian fairy tale of a wooden puppet brought to life. It's not just a clever take on a common bathroom tool, it's a dark retelling of the story. Iannello imagines a world in which Pinocchio's maker, Geppetto, gets mad at his creation and disassembles him to make a toilet brush.
This piece, part lamp part art exhibit, creates a frenzied airplane battle frozen in time. The planes are made from thin sheets of inox steel, laser cut, and folded like paper airplanes. The entire thing is illuminated by a halogen low tension light. Then the pieces are carefully put together by hand.