Marco Acerbis

Giving a meaning to objects

During the career of a designer, an architect or a planner, there often tends to be a tangential point with the Salone del Mobile, “the pivot around which design and therefore the lives of designers revolves. Ever since I started designing it’s been an opportunity for proposal and verification. Rather than points of contact, you could say that there’s been a fluid continuity of contact from one year to the next.”

Everybody’s looking for certitude yet at the same time we’re on the lookout for something new. “I try to make the future both visible and, especially, possible. I don’t believe in Utopian projects, I think about the ‘here and now’, but a product must always be a vision of the future.”


Marco Acerbis imagines the near future as being “extremely unpredictable as far as supply goes, and probably a bit too much of a slave to the markets and whatever the trendy company of the time is up to. But who knows … there are entire generations of young people who look at design, who want design but can’t afford it … we might even manage to make it democratic.”

Design that’s affordable to all, yet design with strong links between designer and entrepreneur: “You can’t make design out of monologues. Dialogue is at the root of design and without dialogue nothing interesting can be created.”


Human contact, a crucial ingredient in professional life. “I sincerely believe, useful as it may be, that you don’t need to have a design degree, it’s more important to be able to read the reality of man’s relationships with his environment in order to give meaning to new objects.”
When Vertigo (FontanaArte 2005) was presented at the Salone del Mobile, “I remember that it left everybody spellbound and I enjoyed staying close to the lamp at the stand and listening to people’s comments. That’s something I still do, as it happens … “