From outer Space
CV 2013-

Via Angiolo Maffucci, 26
20158 — Milano

T +39 328 3381893   T +39 342 3583736

From outer Space is the design initiative under which Anna Paola Buonanno and Piergiorgio Italiano sign their collaborative practice.
FOS produces spaces, set designs and installations through an understanding of contemporary social, economic and aesthetic issues and the valorization of the context; other activities include art direction, online publications and book design.

FOS investigates the role of design in the “Era of crisis” through research, assignments and partecipatory practices, such as workshops and collective self-initiated projects. The studio process is intended to bring design to its essential meaning, as an antidote to today’s material and formal excesses.

  • An archive of futures, Triennale di Milano 2017
  • Dire Mangiare Progettare, Spazio MIL 2017
  • Fahrenheit 39 art book fair, Ravenna 2017
  • Writing – design on your desk, Milano 2017
  • On domesticity #1, Fabbrica del Vapore, Milano 2016
  • Fahrenheit 39 art book fair, Ravenna 2016
  • VIR Viafarini-in-residence, Milano 2015
  • Mestieri Domani, Palazzo Scola, Trevico (AV) 2015
  • The Book Society #02, Peep-Hole, Milano 2015
  • Design Resistente, Spazio MIL 2015
  • Fahrenheit 39 art book fair, Ravenna 2015
  • Beyond environment, WUHO gallery, Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles 2014
  • Beyond Memorialisation, Nordic Embassies - Felleshus, Berlin 2014
  • LOWaste Expo, Wunderkammer, Ferrara 2014
  • 2013, Maak youw theater! ‘s-Hertogenbosch 2013

  • Dire Mangiare Progettare, Scuola San Mauro, Lissone 2017
  • Basic design (3 exercises), DOCVA Viafarini, Milano 2016
  • Architettura per la campagna, Solofra (AV) 2014

Anna Paola Buonanno graduated with honors in Architettura degli Interni at La Sapienza, Roma.
In 2012 she obtained a Master's Degree in Interior Design at Politecnico di Milano.

She was assistant curator of Angela Rui during Operae 2015, an independent design festival in Turin.
Currently she is teaching assistant at Scuola di Architettura & Design at Politecnico di Milano and consulting design editor for Icon Design, Mondadori Editore.

Piergiorgio Italiano studied Design in Firenze, Milano and Göteborg, and Typography at CFP Bauer, Milano. He graduated with honors at Università degli studi di Firenze, in 2007, and at Politecnico di Milano, in 2010.

He was selected by SVID (Swedish Industrial Design Foundation) to take part in Sommardesignkontoret program. In Milano he worked at Francesco Librizzi Studio and Nunzio Gabriele Sciveres.
He has been teaching assistant at NABA – Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano.

From outer Space
Via Angiolo Maffucci, 26
20158 — Milano IT

T +39 328 3381893   T +39 342 3583736




Fahreneit 39 – VI ed. catalogue
Curated by Ass.Cult. Stradivari, text by Emilio Macchia and others
April 2016


Recoded City: Co-creating Urban Futures
Lucy Bullivant, Thomas Ermacora
November 2015 - Routledge
ISBN 978-11-38819-80-1

Design Resistente 14 Aprile - 1 Maggio 2015
Curated by Archivio Giovanni Sacchi with the collaboration of Filippo Marrone and Francesco Palvarini
May 2015 - Glifo Associati Editore
ISBN 978-88-909237-1-5

Fahreneit 39 – V ed. catalogue
Curated by Ass.Cult. Stradivari, text by Emilio Macchia and others
April 2015


Architettura e campagna, seminario a Solofra
In Il Mattino. Text by Antonella Russoniello
5 september 2014

REcall Dow catalogue
Curated by REcall consortium with text by Gennaro Postiglione and others
June 2014
ISBN 978-88-95194-41-7

LOWaste for action catalogue
Curated by Gaspare Caliri and Ludovica Niero in collaboration with Comune di Ferrara
1st April 2014


ADI design index 2013
Curated and edited by Maria Cristina Tommasini in collaboration with Triennale di Milano
September 2013 - Corraini edizioni
ISBN 978-88-7570-422-7

Maak youw theater. De Bossche binnenstad als decor voor het ontwerp van jouw tijdelijke podiu
Curated by Bosch Architectuur Initiatief
June 2013


Cambio di scena. La scenografia teatrale, architettura tra realismo e attrazione
Massimo Zammerini
November 2012 - KAPPA edizioni
ISBN 978-88-65141-71-7

Sarfatti. Luce sul design
Corriere della sera. Text by Stefano Bucci
21 settembre 2012

Gino Sarfatti. Il design della luce/Designing Light
Curated by Marco Romanelli and Sandra Severi Sarfatti
With texts by Silvana Annicchiarico, Manolo De Giorgi, Piero Gandini, Roberto Sarfatti
September 2012 - Corraini edizioni
ISBN 978-88-75703-66-0

Gino Sarfatti opere scelte 1938-1973 selected works
Curated by Marco Romanelli and Sandra Severi Sarfatti
2012 - Silvana Editoriale
ISBN 978-88-36621-74-3
Ossomagazine From outer Space: progetti, June 4th 2016 Cani Sciolti 2016: un calendario..., December 18th 2015 Nel terzo paradiso, July 14th 2015 Post-Landscape. Curated by Andrea Lerda, 2015 Architettura per la campagna. Interview by Valentina Silvestrini, January 22th 2015 Fakeinteriors. Somewhere in between, 2014 From Outer Space riporta l’architettura in campagna. Text by Edoardo Vitale, August 25th 2014 En tidevannspark i fjæra på Ekne. Text by Roger Rein, April 28th 2014 Così a Ferrara hackeriamo i rifiuti per fare la rivoluzione green dell’economia circolare. Text by Alessandra Vaccari, April 15th 2014 Rifatti gli occhi: Anna Paola Buonanno. Interview by Stella Maranesi, March 12th 2014 Fakeinteriors - A collection of daily thresholds. Text by Angelo Superti, February 12th 2014 Prosecco e Popcorn, January 13th 2014 Il design della luce, September 20th 2012



“Contemporary architecture in rural spaces”, Salerno
Curated by Gruppo Architetti Vallo di Diano
October 18th 2015

Pecha-Kucha (LOST but not least series)
Order of Architects, Planners, Landscape Architects and Conservators of the Province of Milan
Curated by Forestieri Pace Pezzani
June 18th 2015

Il Grado Zero
Lab. Restauro - School of Architecture, Politecnico di Milano
Curated by Matteo Pirola
May 26th 2015


Representing a project
Lab. Metaprogetto - School of design, Politecnico di Milano
Curated by Francesca Murialdo


Thresholds. Learn to design through the practice of cataloging
Architectural design Lab. I - School of Architecture, Politecnico di Milano
Curated by Stefano Maderna


Ways to communicate design
NABA - Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Milano

Awards / Prizes


LOST but not least open call
Promoted by Order of Architects, Planners, Landscape Architects and Conservators of the Province of Milan
Curated by Forestieri Pace Pezzani


REcall Project competition
Promoted by Politecnico di Milano with AAU-Aalborg University, NTNU-Norwegian University of Science and Technology, UNEW-Newcastle University
Research project founded by EC Culture 2007-13 Programme (n. 2012 - 0927 / 001 - 001 CU7 COOP7)
Falstad tidevannspark
First prize!

Dastu (Architectural studies and urban planning department), Politecnico di Milano
Call for assignment for a New corporate identity


Epidemic Happiness - Street Furniture Contest promoted by Desall and FARM Cultural Park
Normali meraviglie
Honorable mention


Co/A, le tue idee abitano qui competition promoted by Regione Campania and Progetto Rena
Special mention


Milano Design Camping international competition promoted by Politecnico di Milano and Triennale di Milano, with the support of ADI – Associazione per il Disegno Industriale
Barone rampante



VIR Viafarini-in-residence
Associazione Viafarini, Milano
December 2015 - March 2016



An Archive of Futures, in collaboration with Domus
Triennale di Milano
June 2017

Dire Mangiare Progettare
Spazio MIL - Sesto San Giovanni (MI)
April 2017

Fahrenheit 39 art book fair
Ricerca e design nell’editoria in Italia - Ravenna, Artificerie Almagià
April 2017

Writing – design on your desk
Frigoriferi Milanesi, Milano
February 2017


On domesticity #1
Associazione Viafarini - Fabbrica del Vapore, Milano
Curated by Simone Frangi
April 2016

Fahrenheit 39 art book fair
Ricerca e design nell’editoria in Italia - Ravenna, Artificerie Almagià
April 2016


Mestieri Domani
A research on folklore and reinterpretation of design and traditional techniques, Palazzo Scola - Trevico (AV)
8-31 August 2015

The Book Society #02
Most experimental forms of production in publishing - Peep-Hole, Milano
June 2015

Design Resistente, Spazio MIL - Milano design week 2015
April 2015

Fahrenheit 39 art book fair
Ricerca e design nell’editoria in Italia - Ravenna, Artificerie Almagià
March 2015


Primitive future office
Research department on Emancipatory Architecture for a Primitive Future World - VIR Viafarini-in-residence
September - December 2014

Beyond environment
Beyond environment proposals exhibited at WUHO gallery - Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles
September 2014

Beyond Memorialisation. Design for conflict heritage
REcall projects exhibited at Nordic Embassies - Felleshus, Berlin
April 30th - May 10th 2014

LOWaste Expo
Our projects for LOWaste program exhibited at Wunderkammer, Ferrara
April 2014


Maak youw theater!
Exhibition at the Municipal Offices of ‘s-Hertogenbosch
June - August 2013


Visioner och utveckling
Sommardesignkontoret exhibition c/o Arenum, Gislaved (SE)
August 2009


Your festival, young artists from Florence
Festival della creatività, Firenze
October 2007

La scenografia teatrale, architettura tra realismo e attrazione
Exhibition at Università degli Studi La Sapienza c/o Facoltà Valle Giulia

Projects for outdoor spaces
Outdoor design exhibition at SUN 26° International fair, Rimini


Fa la casa giusta
Exhibition at Fortezza da Basso, Firenze

From outer Space
CV 2013-

Realized projects


Cani Sciolti III, 2016; A collaborative calendar, Risograph printed on Favini Crush paper 120 g/m2 06

Some works you haven't seen yet, 2016; A book containing a selection of works made between 2013 and 2016. Risograph printed, edition of 30

Sedimenta, 2016; Proposal for the valorisation of the environmental, material and intangible heritage of the Cilento National Park / with Gisto and Fabio Cappello [competition, finalist]

Design after design after design, 2016; Proposal for the spatial identity of Signs exhibition at BASE Milano, recovering materials previously used for the XXI Triennale 15

On domesticity #1, 2016; A project with Laetitia Badaut Haussmann curated by Simone Frangi and produced by Viafarini‬ and Terzopiano [workshop]

Black mates in three, 2016; Set design for Mousse Publishing booth at MiArt 2016, Milano 14

CSKM, 2016; Proposal for Caferaǧa Spor ve Kültür Merkezı, Istanbul / with Noname studio, Raul Valvasori [competition, not retained]

An office, 2016; Interior and furniture concept, Milano 13

Ultra:fine, 2016; Proposal for a vegan bistrot at Interieur fair, Kortrijk / with Altatto [competition, not retained] 12

How to disappear completely, 2015; Visual research on a courtyard, within the VIR Viafarini-in-residence program. Risograph prints, edition of 5


Ground Zero, 2015-ongoing; Research within the VIR Viafarini-in-residence program 11

Cani Sciolti II, 2015; A collaborative calendar, Risograph printed on Favini Remake paper 120 g/m2 06

Aformal Academy, 2015; Web design and development of a platform for Aformal.Academy – RE:Learning The City, directed by Jason Hilgefort and Merve Bedir, coordinated by IRA-C and Parasite2.0

A wall, 2015, 2015; Set design and graphics for S-Scarcity, a project curated by Parasite2.0 / ph. Alice Pedroletti 10

Mestieri domani, 2015; Exhibition design about folklore and reinterpretation of design and traditional techniques 09

Royal Romanza, 2015; Book design for Delfino Sisto Legnani made in occasion of Book Machine at Peep-hole, Milano

CC, 2015; Book design for Carpet Combine project

Carpet Combine, 2015; A research on the meaning of carpet as contemporary space / with Massimo Cutini 08

MRSN, 2015; Interior renovation of the Natural Science Museum of Torino / with Forestieri Pace Pezzani [competition, not retained]

Trionfo di luce, 2015; Proposal for Santa Rosa / with Forestieri Pace Pezzani, Ludovica Niero [competition, not retained]

Tribuna politica, 2015; A research on political spaces 07


15. A snapshot of contemporary graphic design told through the work of twenty-four authors and a series of collateral events. A space, filled by superfoetations and traces of the past: traces (the existing space) and addition (the display). An imaginary grid is spread along the large room, generating two aisles, with areas of equal size assigned to each author. A precise arrangement that equates the different authors. A scenario where everyone is free to move and create a personal path. A paneling becomes the edge of the area intended for the exhibition: a "room within the room" identifies and isolates the area, enabling a direct connection with the spaces that host the events. The surface is recovered from previous exhibitions panels. The pre-existing signs on these panels remain visible. Graphic and works on show, loosely arranged on the panels, overlap the traces of past exhibitions. A series of horizontal surfaces punctuate the space. The size of each table is based on the ISO 216 international standard paper sizes, to help arranging and combinating different drawings.

14. A chess problem, also called a chess composition, is a puzzle set by somebody using chess pieces on a chess board, that presents the solver with a particular task to be achieved. For instance, a position might be given with the instruction that White is to move first, and checkmate Black in two moves against any possible defense. A person who creates such problems is known as a composer.
We have precise logistical and economical needs. Haste. Precise. Sober. We build a large surface without the use of tools. With three simple steps: the positioning of the trestles, the overlap of several materials, the fixing of the latter thanks to some clamps. Between the two plywood layers we use a few copies of the latest issue of Mousse magazine, so as to give strength to the composition and obtain two different exposure levels. The top is the proper display, the bottom serves as a storehouse for the extra copies. The editions on display are in perfect correspondence with those below.

13. Interior design of the new office for a production agency. A new identity: solid and precise, yet smart. A fixed team and a series of figures which, according to the current project, are added. The need to show themselves. A large backstage work.
Two big elements resolve the space.
1. Public VS Private
A wall splits the open space. The back, intimate and confused, is an archive of past works, equipments, services. The front, elegant and tidy, is a black screen that hides, and a backdrop to everyday activities.
2. Breathe in/Breathe out
In the middle of the room a large square table. The only area for activities. It can be filled or empty, based on the needs. At the center of the surface of a large circular hole allows an alternative use: to reach and use the inner side you have to climb over or go under the table.

12. A break moment in a fair: a flexible and permeable space which you can enter from anywhere. It only hints at what’s happening inside, but it never reveals itself but once entered. A fine-grained curtain marks the circular perimeter and acts as a filter. With the gesture of a hand, moving the thin threshold, you can proceed into a white bright space. Few elements are standing out: stale bread, some textured tables, a metal cylinder. This play of textures and grains refers to the rural world, which tells about a culture where redbrick ovens were shared within the community and bread was certain on any table. ultra:fine tells and pass on this tradition, not only with its spatial composition, but also through the food that is proposed within. The menu is tasted on specifically designed surfaces: they are made of a mixture of concrete, aggregates and red bricks; depending on the finishing obtained from the bricks, the surfaces are colored in shades of red and white with different results. The heart: a cylinder made out of perforated plate delimits the kitchen and, due to its texture, allows us to glimpse what is happening inside.

11. In a natural World, the survival of the species is linked to the capability to adapt oneself to environmental conditions. The ability to make mistakes, to remember hopes and dead ones, to change the landscape, made humanity remain on Planet Earth beyond our biological destiny. And learning is the specific strategy of the humankind. What if culture and skills learned so far are put into crisis? How a today’s man would live in absence of technology? Ground Zero is an ongoing research and experiments that connects man to the natural context.

10. A former industrial space. High ceilings, a string of pillars, raw concrete as flooring. A festival as an opportunity for renaissance, to elaborate a series of optimistic visions for the future characterized by a scarcity of resources. The tight sequence of architectural elements giving rhythm to the space is interrupted by a different sign. The wooden skeleton of a wall arises in a slanted way to the room, breaking off its obsessive and short pitch. A line in space defines an area and at the same time lets you see what is happening inside. An additional element that, with a set of fluorescent lights, indicates the entrance to a room whose sides have to be imagined.

09. Trevico is the highest town of "Baronia", Campania. There are still crafts of which the younger generation doesn’t even know the name. Each craftsman has its own instrument, and that object has more value and knowledge than we think. Who in the future will take their place? Can we consider the designer as new craftsman? Traditional objects are so compared with contemporary designers projects. The starting techniques are the same: sometimes the shape is developed, mechanization is added, new materials are tested or mixed with old ones. Objects in the exhibition aim to offer a parallel between folklore and reinterpretation of design; they are grouped by analogy of material or intended use, in a timeless narration without distinction between tradition and innovation. The display consists of concrete blocks, in different combinations to form podiums. Behind these a set of tools to create a visual wall. A new landscape where old and new techniques are compared.

08. A process that investigates the intrinsic meaning of the carpet. Carpet Combine is made using recycled and low cost carpets, through a process of reading, deconstruction and interpretation. The cut generates a freed space, reveals its complexity without missing the deeper meaning of this ancient artifact. CC01, the first prototype, was presented at Design Resistente – Spazio MIL, Sesto San Giovanni (Italy) during Milan Design Week 2015.

07. Tribuna politica is a research on the spaces hosting italian political and cultural debate, through historical changes of the media.

06. Cani Sciolti is a calendar that collects thirteen Risograph-printed posters made by thirteen authors from different disciplines, reinterpreting by their own means not only the image, but the very concept of the calendar. A story that lasts a year, illustrated by a generation that expresses its own life with humor and sagacity; a container of languages and visions that accompanies our daily life. Its goal is to collect works from different disciplines to create unique and unexpected collaborations. Cani Sciolti was initiated by From outer Space and Enrico Forestieri in 2014.

05. Architettura per la campagna is a design workshop in the south of Italy to design visionary and essential architectures in the country, restoring the balance between man and nature. Four days in the countryside to build some simple structures closely connected with nature, animals and agriculture. Architettura per la campagna 01 was attended by Flavia Andolfi, Federico Archidiacono, Edda Bracchi, Fabio Cappello, Lorenzo D’Apuzzo, Luigi De Feo, Anna Linda De Rosa, Enrico Forestieri, Walter Giovanniello, Alessandro Gnocchi, Emilio Lonardo, Liviano Marella, Matteo Nativo, Michele Pandolfelli, Eleonora Picariello, Domenico Rescigno, Rossella Siani, Federica Vita. In collaboration with Terranova agriturismo, Gaia Conserva società semplice, REAL falegnameria with the support of Ordine degli Architetti della Provincia di Avellino and Legambiente, Solofra.

04. Ritorneraj is a research about conservation and transformation, that aims to give new life to the stones coming from the italian cities affected by natural disasters. Any selected stone, among the thousands collected in the landfills, has turned into a non-functional object, a souvenir: a memory, witnesses of a dead architecture. The useless stone returns to be useful, not as a functional product, but as a symbol of hope and rebirth.

03. Three additional environments. Three rooms. A large box is imposed from above, eliminating any relationship with the gallery. A single act cuts the space in two parts (before and after). From the entrance you see a wall. Heavy, impenetrable. Then you have to get into one of three doors. Make a choice. Each door leads you to a world. Each world tells a story. The first space, dark and muffled, leads to introspection, intimacy and contemplative listening. The second space is a metallic environment that plays with views and reflections, disorientation and confusion. The third is a permeable, transient space, allowing interaction. Then you slowly back to normality. The rooms are different, but in a continuous relationship. The new landscape is ambiguous: between one world and the other, dead spaces, visual links visual links with the outside world, images overlays are created. There is no absolute truth, but only overlapping views.

02. A former industrial space with defined features. The roof trusses articulate the space in a precise and obsessive way. The exhibition of the tangible and intangible collection is entrusted to twelve micro-architectures (each one related to a thematic field of ADI – Compasso d'Oro collection) following the rhythm given by the steel trusses. The path, intentionally free, is accompanied by a series of display systems with which the visitor interacts, crosses, relates. The chronological reading of the collection is entrusted to the verticality of the micro-architectures: from the top with historical projects, until the bottom with newer ones. The twelve portals make us enter time to time in a space similar to the above, not yet identical. A totemic, multiform and simple composition in its concept: a grid, based on the geometry of the trusses, which creates endless formal possibilities, colors, references and meanings. Like a musical score.

01. Bright needs to be transformed into dark. A gallery for contemporary art, a former rectangular garage, must be divided in two areas with different purpose: an entrance to welcome and a cinema for projecting art movies. Each area will need different treatments. A cut in the middle of the room, just one action. The space is divided in two areas by large curtains, made of a material used for construction purposes, which welcome visitors at the entrance as a magic wall. This allows to create a bright entrance area thanks to the reflective wall panels, hiding another room, more intimate and dark, used for video projections.The seats for the spectators are recovered from an old cinema, with the addition of wooden supports to ensure stability. The wooden boxes used to transport works of art have been reused to create alternative areas.