Antonio Larosa is a designer and educator who has been featured in many publications around the world . His work has been featured in Domus, Interior Design, Interni, Fast Company, Vogue, Contract Magazine, Design Journal, Furniture Today, Java, The Daily Mail, Desert Living, Home Fashion magazine, Taiwan News, Il Giornale Promosedia, Giornale Dell’ Arredamento, CNBC, Club System International, Gente Motori, The Business Journal, Gap Casa, Die Tischlerfachrift, European Home & Garden, Taburet, Home Decor Buyer, Office Layout magazine and may others. Over the years his work has been also featured on national television shows such The Apprentice on NBC and many other US and European news channels.
“Thank you so much to all those publications that have asked me for images and interviews over the years. Now is the time to move forward quietly and diligently to serve the people in need of a lovely chair to sit down for a coffee or in need of a practical bench at the park to rest and chat with friends …It’s time for more design and less shine!”. Antonio Larosa
Created for public spaces, the GT bench design was inspired by the Palazzo Terragni located Lissone, Italy. The building (pictured below) was designed in 1938 by the master of Rationalist architecture, Giuseppe Terragni. The clean design of the bench, the selection of materials and finishes are blending together exceptionally. At first glance the bench even looks like a miniature Palazzo Terragni. Larosa named the bench GT in honor of the rationalist architect and the city of Lissone but this product is also a masterpiece of sustainability as well. The simple armrest/handle is a universal design detail added to facilitate the use of the bench for the elderly or disabled …a useful aid to sit down and get up from the seat and -at the same time- allows two elderly people to sit next to each other (something that would not be possible in a traditional bench with arms located at both ends). Structure made of solid aluminum, seat made of composite wood slats or man-made stone. Antonio Larosa designed the GT bench from recycled materials and to be completely recyclable! …but seriously, who wants to convert into reusable material such a beauty? Buy GT and keep it forever!
Happy to announce that the outdoor furniture selected for the main courtyard located on Albuquerque’s College of New Mexico campus consists mainly of the Garda and Loop collections.
The Garda modular seating system and the Loop collection were designed by Antonio Larosa for Florida-based Benchmark Contract Furniture.
Both collections, designed exclusively for public spaces, have structures made of solid aluminum that is powder-coated to specification. Seats for the modular Garda benches for the Albuquerque project were specified using composite wood-look slats.