The Turin design scene of the past century was always different from the one in Milan. Meanwhile Milan was about new technologies and real product design, design pieces from Turin came in limited series and had a more intuitive, arty and artisanal vibe.

The work of Piergiorgio Robino, founder of Nucleo studio, links to the tradition of such Turin decorators and designers.


Nucleo works primarily with the haptic and visual qualities of materials including steel, wood and resin. Its series Wood Fossil encapsulates vintage wooden objects in resin cubes.

All the projects by Nucleo are produced in its small workshop where young designers and craftsmen work with all kinds of techniques from chemical treatment to polishing and cutting.

Piergiorgio Robino founded his studio in Turin in 1997 to work collaboratively on interdisciplinary projects that bring together contemporary art, design and architecture. Today, Robino keeps himself busy with his own production of furniture solitaires, mostly cast in resin and acrylic.

His studio and workshop are in a lively and multicultural Aurora borough of Turin, which reflects the charged design of his monumental objects. All members of the team are working hard in the two-storey workshop and studio. Robino’s pieces follow the tradition of expensive crafty objects difficult to produce. His studio doubles as a manufacture producing all of his limited-edition works playing with unusual materials, hybrid typologies and organic geometry.

Nucleo has produced pieces mostly for galleries such as Cologne-based Gabriele Ammann Gallery and presented them during prestigious collectible design events including Design Miami and Design Miami/Basel.

Its designers work mostly with the amorphous materials and structural shapes. The Wood Fossil furniture collection uses already existing objects such as old furniture and scrap wooden pieces coated in layers of resin. The result presents a symbolic time capsules to keep old objects frozen in time and space. The similar formal appearance is shared with previous collections including Petroglyph with the rhythmical compositions of scrap wood, Presenze with the pixelated structures in different materials or Primitive with the cubist-like forms.

Interview & text: Adam Štěch
Text edit: Helena Kardová
Photo: Matěj Činčera