Fabrizio

Buonamassa

Stigliani

Born in Naples on 21 December 1971, he soon moved to Rome where he began drawing at the age of 4.

He soon realized his deep passion for drawing while he dedicated most of his youth to it.

In 1998 he graduated at the Istituto Superiore per le Industrie Artistiche in Rome where he studied the history of industrial design, the culture of design and further developed different techniques of representation.

The same year, after a previous one-year internship for the realization of the thesis carried out with the Centro Stile Fiat, he was hired as a designer by the Turin automotive group. In that period he participated in the development of cars for the Fiat and ALFA Romeo brands.

In 2001 he left the automobile industry and decided to deep dive into the watch industry. He sent some drawings to Paolo Bulgari and, in the same year, he got hired as a designer at the Bulgari Design Center in Rome.

Between 2001 and 2009 he designed some of the most iconic products of the brand: Serpenti Tubogas starting from a blank sheet, an evolution of the iconic Bulgari Serpenti.

In 2011 he decided to transfer the Bulgari Watches Design Center from Rome to Neuchâtel, to be closer to the needs of production, further develop watchmaking and design the watch that today represents the brand’s new identity in the men’s segment; the Octo Finissimo.

Over the years he has designed cars, scooters, watches, jewellery, eyewear, accessories and many other products for different brands.

His passion for drawing is timeless and after receiving several requests, he began a small production of silkscreen printings and prints about objects that he loves.

The Technique

The technique he prefers the most is drawing with pen or marker on paper, a technique he developed during his years at the Centro Stile Fiat where they preferred fast and effective representation capable of capturing the idea in a precise but spontaneous way.

This is the aspect that fascinates him the most, for him the sketch with a ballpoint pen, fountain pen or marker is the first step of creation, it is the prototype of the idea and it requires a clear vision.

A fundamental element of this way of drawing is the stroke, the gesture, the element that identifies a sketch or a drawing.

For Fabrizio the stroke has a fundamental importance and that is why he is always looking for the ink with the best nuances, the best ballpoint pen, the softest nib and the specific paper.

Paper must have the perfect texture capable of maintaining the three-dimensionality of the stroke and absorbing a large amount of ink without bending to give the color the right brilliance.

The stroke is the distinctive element of every designer, it is his unique signature and it is an element that is cultivated and developed with years, decades of practice and attention, it is the gesture that identifies a drawing.

“the products I design are nothing more than an excuse to make another sketch…”