Francesca Gattello
Zeno Franchini

Emilie Jaguin

Asia Samimi



MARGINAL is a research studio exploring the margins of design disciplines and the roles it can play in the making of societies. 

We use prototypes, installations, writings and films to investigate and document the production of objectual universes and spaces, and their implications on a planetary scale. We develop a practice in a continuous dialogue with other professions, expertises, and cultures. Within and against logics and structures of design and art, we aim to constructive dissent, experimenting interactions as forms of social practice and political awareness.



MARGINAL Studio was founded in 2014 by Zeno Franchini (MA Social Design, Design Academy Eindhoven) and Francesca Gattello (MA Product Design, Politecnico di Milano).



2019 58th International Art Exhibition | La Biennale di Venezia Venice IT
2018 Manifesta 12 | Collateral Events Palermo IT
2018 Milan Design Week | Subalterno 1 Milan IT
2017 Dutch Design Week | Onomatopee - We are the Market! Eindhoven NL
2016 La Triennale Design Museum | W. Women in Italian Design Milan IT
2016 La Panacée | Terminal P Montpellier FR
2015 Depot Basel | This is work Basel CH
2014 London Design Festival | Designjunction London UK
2014 Dutch Design Week | Fragments of Ongoing Fiction Eindhoven NL



2016 TodaysArt Festival The Hague NL
2016 ETAC | Crossborder Contemporary Art Space Girona / Montpellier ES / FR
2016 La Panacéé| Centre de culture contemporaine Montpellier FR



2018 Silver Award 3D Printing Innovation and Startup Competition Program Quanzhou CN
2018 Gold Award China International Creative Umbrella Design Competition Quanzhou CN
2017 Grand Award HCZ He Chaozong Cup Ceramics Industrial Design Competition Quanzhou CN
2016 Finalist Coal Prize Paris FR
2016 Finalist Keep an Eye Grant Eindhoven NL
2014 First Prize Scenari di Innovazione Florence IT



2019 La Triennale Design Museum | Milano Arch Week - Dis/Astro: Compared Decentralized Practices Milan IT
2019 The Institute of Unlearning | Counter-Colonial Aesthetics: Material Cultures and Migrant Narratives in Palermo Palermo IT
2019 Abadir | Marginal Studio Catania IT
2018 Fanfare Inc. | #2 Tools Palermo IT
2018 Lungomare | Difference as potential Bozen IT
2017 Made Program | Study of the Archetype and the Vernacular Siracuse IT
2017 Spazio Murat | Fictional Reality, Fictional Nature Bari IT
2017 SOU - Farm Cultural Park | Co-dividuality Favara IT
2017 ADI Sicilia | Space for a Contemporary Future Palermo IT
2014 Free University of Bozen | Faculty of Design and Art Bozen IT
2014 Politecnico di Milano | Faculty of Design Milan IT
2014 World Made Marmomacc | International Buyers Private Meeting Verona IT



2019 Made Program | Course: Clay Extrusion Siracuse IT
2018 Made Program | Course: Terraforming Siracuse IT
2018 Made Program | Workshop: Majolica Archipelago Siracuse IT
2017 SOU - Farm Cultural Park | Workshop: Urban Molds Favara IT
2017 Made Program | Workshop: Format Mentis Siracuse IT
2017 La Triennale Design Museum + Domus | Tutoring: An Archive of Futures Milan IT
2017 Made Program | Course: Study of Matter Siracuse IT
2017 Spazio Murat | Workshop: Hyper Animal Bari IT
2016 Royal College of Art + TRADERS | Tutoring: MEDIATIONS Art & Design Agency and Participation in Public Space London UK
2017 Made Program | Tutoring: Made Labs Siracuse IT



2019 Suq. Unconventional Sicily | Patrimony Hunter Barcelona ES
2018 Ciss + Cresm | Communication Design Consultacy Program Palermo IT



2015 AA Architectural Association | Visiting School Vitanje SLV
2015 Het Nieuwe Instituut | The Future of the Expo Model Rotterdam NL
2014 La Biennale di Venezia | IN Residence - Today Was Tomorrow Venice IT