Massimo Mariani, architect and designer, was born in 1951 in Pistoia. He graduated in 1977 from the Faculty of Architecture in Florence, where he taught (1980-1992) as Assistant Professor of the Design course chaired by Prof. Remo Buti. In 1980, he co-founded with Alberto Casciani “Stilema”, the practice specialised in product, furniture and interior design. In 1986, along with a group of archi- tects, he founded the Bolidismo movement. Since 1980, the Mariani studio has been based in Montecatini Terme and specialising in architecture and interior design. Over the years, Mariani has gained experience in all sectors: from private houses – including that of Monsummano Terme (1989-90), Benigni House in Buggiano (1995-98), the Collector’s House in Florence (2009-10) and the Ste- fano House in Empoli (2009) – to specialised buildings such as the Benozzo Gozzoli Museum in Castelfiorentino (2009) and the Primary School and Public Library in Pon- te Buggianese (2010). Since the 90s, he has also designed a number of banks and business premises in Tuscany (Fornacette Coop Bank, Cambiano Coop Bank and Ca- bel). He recently completed the extension of the Ponte Buggianese Cemetery, the new headquarter of Pisa and Fornacette bank in Fornacette and the expansion of the ‘Fort’ in Donoratico (headquarters of the Castagneto Carducci Coop Bank), while the new headquarters of the Cambiano Castelfiorentino Coop Bank and some other office buildings in Tuscany are still under construction. Some projects have received major awards such as: “Inventing the cover of Modo”, 1979; “The most beauti- ful house in the world”, 1988; “The Dedalo Prize”, 1999; – US Award 2009; “Florence Architecture Award/‘14”. He participated in the Venice Architecture Biennal in 1985 and 2012. As far as design is concerned, he has worked with many well known brands such as Alessi-Tendent- se, Stilema, Meccani, Arredaesse, Limonta and Unitalia. In 2005, Verbavolant published Massimo Mariani Pro- jects 1980-2005; in 2015 Altralinea published Holistic Bank Design, a book about the new headquarters of the Bank of Pisa, in the same year, still for Altralinea, is published “Massimo Mariani – Works 2005-2015”. The work of Massimo Mariani moves on a hybrid line, made up of contamination and disciplinary intertwining, aimed at overcoming the limit of specialization. The stu- dio’s design philosophy can be summarized as follows: “IRONIA, COLOR, HEART, … LOVE”.