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Thanos Zakopoulos

Katia Meneghini

Katia Meneghini has always been passionate about calligraphy and art history, while her contemporary projects develop through relational processes and mechanisms which place emphasis on human interaction. Her approach to art is based on social research with the use of performances, installations and documentation. At the same time she is keen in investigating the possibility of a multi-disciplinary design related to different aspects of social life using the methodologies gained through her social art experiences. More info related to her specific projects can be found at: www.katiameneghini.com

Katia Meneghini

Thanos Zakopoulos

Thanos Zakopoulos is a creator of varied forms and contexts. An artist, a designer and a photographer amongst other things, he likes to bring together different disciplines and situations creating projects which balance between contemporary art & design. He has presented and participated in many exhibitions around the world and has given lectures in various occasions in Europe and China. When not in Milan -where he is based- his research trips take him to strange places sometimes as far as to infinity and beyond. A selection of his more ’personal’ projects can be seen at www.thanoszakopoulos.com

Founders

Profile

CTRLZAK is a hybrid studio that integrates diverse disciplines and forms of expressions. Founded by artists and designers Katia Meneghini and Thanos Zakopoulos, the studio’s creations are based on extensive research into humanity’s cultural history and the natural world that surrounds us in order to create a meaningful future.
Due to its’ interdisciplinary approach CTRLZAK specialises in art direction while creating artworks, objects and spaces but above all points of reflection where form follows meaning. Through the use of semiotic tools within the creative process the studio conceives projects and orchestrates situations that surpass common aesthetic values operating on a deeper cognitive level, aspiring to make people consider their actions and the planet that we live in.

The Crew

Sergio Daolio

has been in the past a hotel manager and a gallerist (Unorossodue, Milan). He was born and brought up in Milan where he still lives when he is not travelling around the world. His passion for travelling coupled with that of motorcycles has taken him to places normally unreachable by most. On the other hand his practical mind coupled with his experience on furniture restoration (a passion which has led him to two years of specialised courses on the subject) make him an expert on finding the right solutions behind most structures. On top of that his connection with the art world has provided him with an understanding of symbolisms and aesthetics very much needed in the collaborative projects that he partakes with the studio.

Thimios Apostolakis

a product designer based in Greece who’s approach in the design process comes from GST (General Systems Theory), a "holistic" way of thinking, which allows him to get feedback from several fields (from aesthetics to ergonomics and from environmental to branding issues). He has taken part in several workshops and seminars in Automotive Design, Architecture, Product Design, as well as in international exhibitions presenting concepts and products. Thimios has worked in numerous projects as a CTRLZAK member, applying his deep knowledge in CAD/CAM methods and his construction skills in the fields of design development and project management/supervision.

Nadia Vlasopoulou

is a multifarious personality with an eclectic range of interests. A non-civil engineer, with studies in interior design; she has always been passionate about art, styling, fashion, photography, metaphysics and the attr-active world of design. She currently lives in Milan, where she collaborates with the studio, while trying to figure out ways to combine her several obsessions and interests with a simple daily routine.​

Eric Folli

"You are not able to do a normal job" Eric’s father used to tell him, "Folli* your surname reflects your personality" his academic professors kept telling him”. Bla bla bla... Here he is, Eric Folli, Architect only by name: always dreaming a future in the art world but unable yet to find his distinct expression, he settles for the moment with the world of design. Ambition is his second name and life itself is his biggest interest. He believes that in order to design things it’s important to understand first the behavior of living beings and their actions -he thus loves to surround himself with people (while gradually discovering the existence of the other more numerous species of the planet). You will find his life on Netflix under the category adventure while what truly inspires him is traveling, experiences of all kinds and uncommon situations that fuel his restless soul.
*crazy in Italian

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Exhibitions
2019

Territorio Italia, collective exhibition during Porto Design Biennale, Porto-Matosinhos, PT
Quartz Installation, collective exhibition during Florence Biennale, Fortezza da Basso, Florence, IT
Alchemysts, collective exhibition curated by Valentina Guidi Ottobri, via San Marco 22, Milan, IT
Edit Napoli, collective exhibition with Pamono & JCP Universe, Complesso San Domenico Maggiore, Naples, IT
Il Festival dell’ Amore, collective exhibition, Triennale Design Museum, Milan, IT
3daysofdesign, collective exhibition with the Embassy of Italy, Fredericiagade 2, Copenhagen, DK
Notturno Piu’, collective exhibition during La Biennale di Venezia, Palazzo Cesari Marchesi, Venice, IT
Liberi Dentro, collective exhibition, curated by Giacinto Di Pietrantonio, via Manzoni 45, Milan, IT 
Thought In Milan, collective exhibition during Milan Design Week, via Candiani 26, Milan, IT
Il Dolce della Repubblica, collective exhibition during Milan Design Week, via Enrico Cosenz 44, Milan, IT

2018

Vegetal House, collective exhibition, organized by Triennale Design Museum, Mumedi Museum, Mexico, MX
Lake Como Design Fair, collective exhibition, Teatro Sociale di Como, Como, IT
The limits to growth, collective exhibition, CID (Centre d’Innovation ed Design Grand-Hornu), BEL
Sottobosco, collective exhibition during Padova Design Week, Serra Portello, Padua, IT
The New Italian Design, collective exhibition, organized by Triennale Design Museum, Tianjin Art Museum, CN
Inner_/Outer_/Kooku living spaces, collective exhibition during Art Basel, Schweizergasse 58, Switzerand, CHE
Sun Ra by Nanda Vigo, exhibition, curated by CTRLZAK for JCP Universe during Fuorisalone, via Santa Marta 10, Milano, IT
​​Playground, collective exhibition, MAC (Museo d’arte Contemporanea) di Lissone, Lissone, IT
Design is Nourishing, collective exhibition, organized by Open Design Italia, Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Prague, Prague, PRG 
Worlds Unseen, exhibition, curated by CTRLZAK for JCP Universe, Galleria Bianconi, Milano, IT
​Champs Créatifs, collective exhibition, Gallery S. Bensimon, Paris, FR
 

2017

Operae Design Fair, collective exhibition with Casa Canvas during Operae, Lingotto Turin, IT
Fire, collective exhibition, Gallery S. Bensimon, Paris, FR
Design is nourishing, collective exhibition, organized by Open Design Italia, Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Vienna, Vienna, AT
EXTINCTO, exhibition, curated by Alberto Zanchetta, MAC (Museo d’arte Contemporanea) di Lissone, Lissone, IT
White Flag, collective exhibition, curated by Silvana Annicchiarico and Giorgio Camuffo, Triennale di Milano, Milano, IT
Anime, Scultura & Design exhibition at Fuorisalone, via Hoepli 6, Milano, IT
SaloneSatellite 20 years of creativity, collective exhibition, curated by Beppe Finessi, via Procaccini 4, Milano, IT

 

2016

Ceci n’est pas une copie, collective exhibition, Centre d’innovation et design Grand-Hornu, Belgium, BE
Molda 2016, collective exhibition, Museu José Malhoa, Portugal, PT
White Flag, collective exhibition during London Design Biennale, Somerset House, London, GB
New Creatures, collective exhibition, Art & Design gallery, Shenzen, CN
Dress for coffee, collective exhibition during Vogue’s fashion night out, Palazzo Morando, Milan, IT
Gang city, collective exhibition, 15.ma Biennale di Architettura, Spazio Thetis, Venezia, IT
Design on Water, site specific installation, Luisa Via Roma, Arno river, Firenze, IT
Ten Secret Treasures, JCP exhibition at Fuorisalone, Via Solferino, Milano, IT
Secret Gates, performance at Teatro dell’Arte, Triennale di Milano, Milano, IT
Design Parade, performance with Seletti, Piazza Affari, Milano, IT
Motley, tablecloths presentation and set up for Funky Table store, Milano IT
La Gorgiera del Tempo, collective exhibition, curated by Alberto Zanchetta, MAC Lisson,e IT
Immaginario oltre la crisi, collective exhibition curated by Massimo Premuda, Palazzo Costanzi, Trieste, IT
Ceramix, installation with Funky Table at Le Bon Marchè, Paris, FR
Casa Canvas, collective exhibition curated by Laura Gabelotto, Brianza, IT

2015

Paradigms of a hybrid world, personal exhibition, Spazio Otto, Milan IT
Artefiera Bologna, participation con Galleria Caldirola, Bologna IT
Urban Hives, collective exhibition, aMAZElab-Green Island 2015, Milan IT
I am not weird, I am limited edition, collective exhibition, Secondome, Milan IT
Foodmade, collective exhibition, Expogate, Milan IT
Ti mangio con gli occhi, collective exhibition, Doubleroom, Trieste IT
The New Italian Design, collective exhibition, Gwangju Design Biennale 2015, Gwangju PRC
1:13 Sedie mai dipinte, collective exhibition, Villa reale, Monza IT
Twisting Tradition, collective exhibition, Secondome editions, Mint Gallery, London UK
Non esistono oggetti brutti, collective exhibition, curated by Thanos Zakopoulos and Alberto Zanchetta, Galleria Bianconi, Milano IT

2014
Disfunzione Mediterranea, collective exhibition, Otto Gallery, Bologna IT
The New Italian Design, The waterfront Lookout, Cape Town ZA
La magnifica forma, collective exhibition, Homi, Milan IT
RAM Workshop, collective exhibition, Studio Epsilon, Eretria GR
Tavola Periodica, creative micro-funding event, Appartamento Lago, Milan, IT
Dopo Gli Anni Zero, collective exhibition, Otto Zoo Gallery, Milan, IT

Disfunzione Mediterranea, collective exhibition, Zona Lambrate, Milan Design Week, IT
Rituale di Trasformazione, performance, Adiacenze Space, Bologna, IT

 


 

2013

The new italian design, collective exhibition by Triennale Design Museum, Centro Cultural la Moneda, Santiago del Cile, RCH
1:1 Stopover, collective exhibition by Cittadellarte, MSUM, LJUBLJANA,  SLO
The new aesthetic design, collective exhibition by Triennale Design Museum, Shanghai, PRC
(1:13), collective exhibition, Museo d’ arte contemporanea di Lissone, IT
Dab Produzioni, collective exhibition, MAXXI Museum, Roma, IT
Tavola Periodica, creative micro-funding event, Fabbrica del vapore, Milan, IT
The new italian design, collective exhibition by Triennale Design Museum, San Francisco, USA
Hybridization is the new authentication, collective exhibition by Fabrica, Ilivetomorrow gallery, Hong Kong, HK
De-sign, collective exhibition by DesignLobby, 798, Beijing, PRC
Tavola periodica, creative micro-funding event, Joy Space, Verona, IT
L’ultima cena, collective exhibition, Frigoriferi Milanesi, Milan Design Week, IT
Foodmade, collective exhibition, Zona Lambrate, Milan Design Week, IT
Design for life 3, collective exhibition, Italian Institute of Culture in Greece, Athens, GR
 

2012

Dimore & Design, personal exhibition, Palazzo Moroni, Bergamo, IT
Portraits, collective exhibition, NHOW Hotel, Milan, IT
Tavola Periodica, creative micro-funding event, Rua Confettora, Brescia, IT
Bologna Water Design, collective exhibition, Ex Ospedale Bastardini, Bologna, IT
Once upon a sponge, collective exhibition, Biennale of Santorini, GR
Aeras Tehnis, personal exhibition, Mantrotihos - Atelier Spyros Vasiliou, Eretria, GR
Padiglioneitalia, collective exhibition, Zona Lambrate, Milan Design Week, IT
Once upon a sponge, collective exhibition, TAF - The Art Foundation, Athens, GR
Memorabilia, collective exhibition,  International Design Biennial in Liège, BE
Pinóquio em: una bela arte, collective exhibition, Sesc Belenzinho, São Paulo, BR
Officina 42, collective exhibition, Design Outlet Italiano, Santhià Nord Ovest, IT
 

2011

Hybrids, collective exhibition, Kalos&Klio Showroom, Thessaloniki, GR
Cibo e dintorni, collective exhibition, Palazzo Italia, Berlin, DE
Symbiosis, collective exhibition, Biennale Jeunes Créateurs Europe Méditerranée, Thessaloniki, GR
Couplicite, collective exhibition, Maison et Objet, Paris, FR
Meet design, collective exhibition, Palazzo Bertalazone, Turin, IT
Design for life, collective exhibition, Gazi, Athens, GR
Latente, project presentation - exhibition, LEROSSE, Milan Design Week, IT
D\ZEN, project presentation, DICOCIBO, Milan Design Week, IT  
DAB III edizione, collective exhibition, Castel Sant’Elmo, Naples, IT
CeramiX Collection, project presentation, Troutbeck House, London, GB
Tavola Periodica, creative micro-funding event, The Hub Siracusa, Ortigia, IT

2010

OASIS, installation, Design Lab@Xenia, Athens, GR
RAM workshop, collective exhibition - workshop, Studio Epsilon, Eretria, GR
Yep - E’ CASA, collective exhibition, Cremona, IT
Open Design Italia, collective exhibition, Foro Boario, Modena, IT
CeramiX, project presentation - exhibition, LEROSSE, Milan Design Week, IT  
Extra, collective exhibition, Loft21, Milan, IT
Giovani Artisti promuovono il Trentino, collective exhibition, Galleria Civica, Trento, IT
Tavola Periodica, creative micro-funding event, Appartamento Lago, Milan, IT

2009

REMEDITATE Collection, project presentation - exhibition, SaloneSatellite, Milan Design Week, IT
REMEDITATE, installation, Festival della Creatività, Fortezza da Basso, Florence, IT
Design 2009, collective exhibition, Gazi, Athens, GR
Seven Workshop II, collective exhibition - workshop, CAPC Contemporary Art Museum, Bordeaux, FR
DAB, collective exhibition, Galleria Civica di Modena, IT
Ceci n’est pas un hotel, collective exhibition, NHOW Hotel, Milan, IT

2008

TOTEM, installation, Biennale Internazionale DesignSaint Etienne, FR
Metamorfosi Urbane, project presentation - installation, Casa della Creatività, Florence, IT
Seven Workshop, collective exhibition - workshop, CAPC Contemporary Art Museum, Bordeaux, FR
¿Qué Pasa?, permanent installation, Cultural Space of Moravia, Medellin, COL

Lectures & Workshops

​2019
Hospitality Atmospheres, round table discussion, Athens, GR
Crazy ideas that might actually work, round table discussion, Architects Talk, Athens, GR
Beyond the usual ’Experience’, panel coordination, The Architect Show, Athens, GR
Creating Worlds, workshop, Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA), Athens, GR
Form Follows meaning, conference lecture, ESO Conference, Athens, GR

​2018
​Speech 2+2, talk, Serra Portello, Padua, IT
Form Follows meaning, lecture, Yarat Centre, Baku, AZE
Form Follows meaning, talk, Istituto Marangoni, Milano, IT

​2017
Matrioška Labstore, talk, Castel Sigismondo, Rimini, IT
The future of Design & Architecture, round table discussion, Sochi Olympic park, Sochi, RU
IED square, lecture, IED, Florence, IT

​2016
CTRLZAK multidisciplinary studio, lecture, ABAVerona-Fine Arts Academy, Verona, IT
Design Methodology, lecture, NABA, Milan, IT

2015
Dal concetto al progetto, workshop, LABA Fine Art course, Brescia, IT
Transubstantia Paganus, workshop, Stockholm Design Week, TempoItaliano, Italian Cultural Center, Stockholm, SE
A pranzo col designer, lecture, Matera Design Weekend, Articolo 21, Matera, IT

2014
Incontri con i protagonisti del design a cura di Interni, Expo Gate, Milan, IT
LABA Art & Design Department, lecture, Brescia, IT
Festival of Gastronomy, Benaki Museum, Athens, GR


2013
Greek Design, conference lecture, Onassis foundation, Athens, GR
Nice to meet you, conference lecture, University of Florence, Palazzo Buonamici, Prato, IT
Politecnico di Milano Art & Design Department, lecture, Milan, IT
NABA Design Department, lecture, Milan, IT

2012
Beijing Design Week, pecha kucka presentation, Beijing, PRC
Cocreation Camp, conference lecture, Turin, IT
Dimore & Design, presentation & public discussion, Bergamo, IT

2011
Meet design, pecha kucha presentation, Turin, IT
Ciak design, round table discussion, Brescia, IT

2010
University of central Macedonia Plastic Arts Department, lecture, Florina, GR

2008
University of Art & Design Saint Étienne, workshop & lecture series | Saint Étienne, FR
University of Ioannina Plastic Arts Department, lecture, IOANNINA, GR

Companies & Collaborations
Awards

2019 Winner Leonardo da Vinci Design Award, Quartz Installation, IT
2018 Winner Best Rocks Wallpaper Design Award, Kryptal for JCP Universe, UK
2017 Winner Xenia Gastronomy Summit, Treehouse restaurant for ekies all senses resort, GR
2016 Finalist Dress for coffee Vogue Talents & Illy, IT
2016 Finalist Milano Design Awards, Ten Secret Treasures for JCP Universe, IT
2015 Finalist Young&Design Awards, Precious for Editions Milano, IT
2014 Winner Best Innovation Award, Cross(me)knot for cc-tapis, DE
2011 Winner DAB Design Award, Monumentale, IT
2010 Winner Yep Award, Remeditate, IT

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