Lombardini22 and Cibic Workshop taking on new challenges, together

Lombardini22 and Cibic Workshop are working in partnership, combining their strengths and taking on new challenges with a widened perspective, bringing greater skill, richness and creativity to the design process.

This is a collaboration that, whilst maintaining their individual identities, will enrich both of the studioss involved, with much to offer their clients too.

What’s it all about?

CW and Lombardini22 are two firms with diverse identities, structures and market profiles. But they do share two things – their modus operandi, and the mutual and complementary values which have always underpinned their market approach: a thirst for innovation and development, a passion for widening design perspective, delivering the highest quality work, architecture and professional relationships, adopting innovative solutions to ensure client satisfaction. Both firms also place great value on culture, art and the younger generations.

And it is on these shared values that this alliance is based – marking the beginning of a professional journey to integrate and enhance their strengths.

How will it work?

It’s all about sharing a workspace: the CW team will have its own identity space within Lombardini22. Physical and professional proximity, to encourage collaboration and mutual interweaving of knowledge and skills, incorporating different disciplines of architecture and design, integrating and expanding two distinct processes into a single, broad design journey. Lombardini22 boasts the structured organisation and high execution and delivery capacity that CW needs in order to manage projects of any size and complexity, throughout the value chain. And, in return, CW’s authorial expertise at the concept stage will enrich Lombardini22’s designs. Two firms supporting each other, to develop new business and face new challenges.

Lombardini22 is especially pleased to welcome architect-creator Aldo Cibic, whose depth of thought and personal experience will inspire and educate the firm’s up-and-coming trainee architects.

International development

CW is opening its San Francisco studio, in a region which is one of the world’s greatest drivers of innovation and change. Not only does this ensure the brand is firmly making its mark in the United States and North America, it also offers an outstanding opportunity to test the potential of the Lombardini22-CW alliance, as Aldo Cibic’s extensive network stands to generate small and large-scale collaboration opportunities for both firms.

At the same time, Lombardini22 is constantly consolidating its European growth, and the partnership with CW will for allow home-continent collaboration, too.

Structured international development is a priority for both parties, and this partnership should offer added value, a supportive, driving force in this regard.


“The future of the world is working together for the common good. Standing alone is an old concept, joining forces is the very definition of integrated and ready for success.”

Aldo Cibic, Founder of Cibic Workshop

“We always welcome and embrace change: with CW we are bringing together complementary values and diverse experiences. But this isn’t enough for success: our integration must be based on shared principles. And we have much in common with Aldo Cibic.”

Franco Guidi, Lombardini22 Partner and CEO


Lombardini22 was founded in 2007, when six specialist professionals came together from different backgrounds, united by a shared vision and mutual values of respect, esteem and client-focus. Today the Group is headed by seven shareholders, striving for design quality and solid, mutually beneficial relationships, with colleagues, clients, specialists, suppliers, allies time and time again in achieving the optimum end result, through partnership and mutual support.

Over its 10 years in business, Lombardini22 has taken a leading role in the Italian architecture and engineering scene, with a team of over 180, now Italy’s third largest design firm in terms of turnover.

The firm operates internationally through five brands: L22, dedicated to architecture and engineering, with its Urban & Building, Retail and Engineering & Sustainability business units; DEGW, a leader in workplace consultancy and interaction between physical space and business performance; FUD Brand Making Factory, specialised in Physical Branding and Communication Design; CAP DC dedicated to Data Centres and Eclettico for hospitality and residential luxury design.

Cibic Workshop

Born in Schio, Vicenza, Italy in 1955, Aldo Cibic quickly developed a self-propelled interest in the world of design. In 1977 he met Ettore Sottsass in Milan. He became a partner in Sottsass Associati, and in 1981 he was a founding member of Memphis, an artists’ collective that would mark a major design and architecture transition.

By nature an innovator, rejecter of generic labels and stylistic excess, Cibic’s approach is one of experimentation.

In the late 1980s he founded his studio, Cibic, and in 1991 he launched “Standard”, his initial self-produced collection. At the same time he became a teacher at the Domus Academy and set up research activities with various schools, introducing his ideas about “design of services”. His projects, such as “The Solid Side” (1995) and

“New Stories New Design” (2002), fostered a dynamic relationship between people and space, offering a new place design concept, based on social interaction. He continued this concept development with “Microrealities” (2004) and “Rethinking Happiness” (2010), both presented at the Venice Architecture Biennale, and both

creating contemporary narratives aimed at encouraging meeting, exchange and sharing in community life.

In 1989 he founded Cibic & Partners and, in 2010, the Cibicworkshop, both a design studio and a multidisciplinary research centre, increased its focus on alternative, sustainable project types. The aim was local enhancement and the definition of a new cultural, emotional and environmental awareness of public space. Aldo Cibic is a lecturer at the Politecnico di Milano, the Venice IUAV and the Domus Academy, and an honorary professor at the Tongji University of Shanghai.