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Clinical Associate Professor, School of Design
Director, MDes in Industrial Design
BEnvd, Miami University
Felicia Ferrone’s work is deeply informed by her early experience as an architect in Milan, where she was first taught to “blur boundaries.” While working alongside some of Italy’s most notable designers, including Antonio Citterio and Piero Lissoni, Felicia solidified her belief in the interdependence of all aspects of design, and of the relationship of design and context: its environment and surrounding systems. In 2010, she founded fferrone, her international namesake brand. Produced in close collaboration with master artisans, ferrone’s handcrafted furniture and products continue to blur boundaries, interweaving European influences, mastery of proportion, minimalist aesthetics and meticulously considered details with lighthearted whimsy, innovative materials and production techniques. Prior to joining UIC, Felicia was a lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
A recipient of the GOOD DESIGN Award, Felicia’s work has been exhibited and published worldwide and is included in the Art Institute of Chicago’s permanent collection. She was also featured in Phaidon’s book of 200 designers from the early twentieth century to present Woman Made: Great Women Designers. In addition to her work with fferrone, Felicia has completed commissioned works for such notable clients as Boffi, The Macallan, Audi, and Volume Gallery. Her designs are regularly used in films as a device to establish future fictions such as Always Be My Maybe, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Alien: Covenant, Oblivion, Old, and Westworld. Along with being a designer and educator she is a serial entrepreneur with a company based in Chicago (founded 2010-) and a company based in Milan, Italy (founded 2018-) along with having co-founded a social network of resources for the design community, Shared-Practice.com (2010-2012).