The new Thom Browne space in Orange Country, California is located inside the South Coast Plaza of Costa Mesa. Like all Thom Browne stores designed by Asa studio albanese, also the Californian one is inspired by the rigorous rationalism of architecture between the 1930s and 1950s, here with a particular seduction towards the office design of Luigi Moretti.
- Thom Browne New York
- 150 sqm
DIRECTOR OF THE PROJECT Flavio Albanese —
founder & partner
Flavio Albanese (1951), is founder and president of ASA studio albanese. A self-taught man whose training did not follow the more usual academic route, he began to show interest in shapes and design as a very young boy, and he gradually added many strings to his bow in all sectors of architecture and design. He has held courses at the École Polytechinique Fédérale in Lausanne and at the Art Institute in Chicago (1980), at Yale University (1983), at the University of Architecture in Delft (2005), at the University of Florida (2006), at the Fundacion Proa de Buenos Aires (2008) and frequently at the most important Italian universities. He has also held two workshops at the international summer school of the Architecture School in Venice in 2009 and 2010. He was a member of the Confindustria Vicenza committee from 1998 to 2001, the Domus Academy Scientific Committee (2004-2005) and the MIart Committee of Honour (2009 and 2010), director of the Officina del Porto di Palermo (2006-2008), vice president of the Andrea Palladio Architecture Firms International Centre (2011-2015) and president of the Fondazione Teatro Comunale Città di Vicenza (2010-2016). From 2007 to 2010 he was asked to head Domus, the prestigious international architecture, design and contemporary art magazine. In 1971 he inaugurated his first design studio in Vicenza. In 1987 his brother Franco joined the business, founding ASA studio albanese. The studio's projects were published by the most most important architecture and design magazines: the Neores project was selected for the Mies van der Rohe Foundation European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture, and ASA studio albanese took part in Venice's Architecture Biennial in 2004 and 2006. Flavio is an avid reader and bibliophile (his library, which is open to the rest of the firm, contains more than 15,000 volumes) and he is a connoisseur and collector of contemporary art.
partner, CEO & executive director
Franco Albanese (born in Vicenza in 1958) has worked in the world of architecture and design since 1976. He graduated from the Architecture School in Venice in 1986 and the year after he founded ASA studio albanese in Vicenza with his brother Flavio. Since then he has been the firm's CEO and Technical Manager, and this role has led him to playing his part in the creation, development and execution of the most important projects. As designer and operations manager he oversaw: the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Padua (1997); “Neores”, the production site and headquarters of Sinv Spa in Schio, Vicenza, (selected for the Mies van der Rohe Foundation European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture in 2003); the project for the Town Hall of the Municipality of Grumolo delle Abbadesse, Vicenza (1999); “Morimondo 17”, the industrial reconversion of the Sinv spa premises in Milan (2000); the headquarters of Margraf in Chiampo, in the province of Vicenza (2006); and the redevelopment of the “Cava di Mursia” on Pantelleria (2010). He also supervised the design of the Mestre bypass (2004), the “Rocco Forte Verdura Resort” in Sciacca, in Sicily (2005), the expansion of Pantelleria Airport (2006) and the new Rinascente in Palermo (2007). In recent years, he has increasingly concentrated on reconverting urban industrial areas, which has become a key theme of ASA studio albanese's philosophy.PROJECT ADMINISTRATOR Piero Corradin —
head of projects
Piero Corradin graduated from the Iuav Architecture School in Venice in 2002 and in the same year began working as an architect with ASA studio albanese. Some of the most important projects Piero has worked on include the urban redevelopment of a quarter in Beijing to an OMA masterplan (2007), the new branch of Banca Popolare in Marostica (2006), the new headquarters of AFV Acciaierie Beltrame in Vicenza (2007), the bid for the new Exhibition Centre in Vicenza (2008), and the international bid “Recupero della cava di Mursia” on the island of Pantelleria (2010). In 2012 he took part in the Hybrid Tower project in Mestre (Venice) and in the design for the architectural layout of Verona's trolleybus system. In 2008 he was a tutor for PreVisioni, the international workshop on the future masterplan for Vicenza; and at the 2009 and 2010 summer workshops of the Iuav Architeecture School in Venice. Since 2014 Piero has been ASA studio albanese's Head of Projects.
Alessandro joined ASA studio albanese in January 2016, and has been working in close contact with the management team, the administrative offices and the staff as a project manager and human resources manager. He has worked on many key projects, such as Agrologic in Monselice, the new purification plant in Vicenza and the Lido Resort & Spa in Venice. Before joining the firm, he worked at Studio Altieri Spa from 1997 to 2016. He started as a project manager, working on dozens of projects and managing operations for hospitals, schools and shopping centres all over Italy, then he moved on to becoming project director for the engineering services sector in Italy, and finally since 2014, he was project manager for Studio Altieri in Muscat, Oman. He studied Civil Engineering at the University of Padua, he lives in Cologna Veneta with his wife and three children, and he plays the tenor sax in a big band jazz ensemble.DESIGN MANAGER Anna Tozzi
Anna joined the firm in 1982 after graduating from art high school. She has made her own contribution to ASA studio albanese's growth and development, helping shape its distinctive style and sensibility. An interior designer with a particular flair for design and colour, Anna has always been interested in interiors, the spatial arrangement of items, and proper and elegant proportion between tones and volumes, working on projects from their concept to their design, coordination with suppliers and relations with clients. Today she is one of the pillars of ASA studio albanese, and the point of reference for the most important interior design choices. Over time her colour palette has concentrated on soft shades, and the colour she undoubtedly uses most is beige, in all its tones. Anna loves nature, animals, baggy, warm cardigans and monographs by Liagre, both for pleasure and necessity.TEAM Francesco Tosetto —
Francesco was born in Vicenza in 1986 and graduated in Project Cultures from the IUAV University in Venice in 2016. In 2008 he began working on a collaboration that continues to this day with Carlos Campos, a lecturer in Design and Representation at the University of Buenos Aires, helping design the Argentina pavilion at the 11th Biennial of Architecture. In 2009 he helped draft The Madrid Project , an urban analysis plan by the Perez Arroyo architects' firm in Madrid. In 2011 he worked with EMBT on the design of the Italian pavilion at the 52nd Biennial of Art. Today Francesco helps teach the course Architectural and urban composition by Prof.Sara Marini, at the IUAV University in Venice. He joined ASA studio albanese in 2016, and has worked on the Hybrid Tower in Mestre and the Lido Resort in Venice projects. He is interested in contemporary art and philosophy, and is a snowboarder and basketball player. He would like to have lived in Imperial Rome and from the firm's library he'd choose OMA's S, M, L, XL.
Filippo was born in 1984 and became an architect when he graduated in Construction Architecture from the IUAV in 2010, specialising in Digital Architecture for his master's also in Venice in 2010. He joined ASA studio albanese in 2015 and he deals with 3D design and models, prototyping, rendering, and post-production of images and videos. Before arriving in Vicenza, he worked in Maastricht at SatijnPlus Architecten, in Milan for Cino Zucchi Architetti and in Rome for Fuksas Architecture. When he's not designing, Filippo is a musician and composer for the band A New Silent Corporation, with whom he has recorded two albums of post-rock instrumental music (Everything Is Exactly As It Seems, 2009; Odyssea, 2016). He plays electric guitar (for which he has a collection of pedals that he doesn't know how to use) and piano. He loves dogs and hates people who talk on trains, which perhaps explains why he would like to have been an astronaut.
- Images credits
- Brandon Shigeta
In the South Coast Plaza store the perspective enfilade of the three rooms in succession reproduces the solemn and severe proportions of the other showrooms, with vintage 1950s furniture (Paul McCobb for étagerès and bar cart, Maison Jansen for étagères and tables; Dunbar for the chairs and the sofa; Jacques Adnet for the leather chairs and the VIP room cart).
However the VIP room introduces the novelty of Lilac marble for the floors, combined with Carrara Statuario marble of the walls.