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My name is Gianni Bonin, I was born in Castelfranco
After middle school I started working in a machine
shop managed by my dad. Thanks to his expertise
I picked up the fundamental techniques of machining
and tooling. In the meantime I specialized in lathing,
milling and welding at an evening trade-school
in Treviso, where, for my final exam, I won first
prize for making the most precise piece out of
the entire graduating class.
I worked in the machining industry for 12 years.
Then, feeling the urge to change, I became a self-employed
professional and on behalf of a furniture company,
was sent to the United States to assemble furniture.
This experience provided me with invaluable teachings.
I was then assigned to a technical department where
I worked in design and R&D.
Then, opportunity knocked again. So, I got involved
in the restaurant industry in Tenerife, in the
Canary islands. This spell lasted for one year,
after which I came back to Italy and got back into
the furniture industry and continued to travel
the world to places like Moscow, St. Petersburg,
Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, including
the Barcelona Olympic Games construction sites.
During this time I also set up my own machine shop
and lab where I could experiment and build a variety
of metal and wood items.
At the time I was also working for a major, local
company which also had a branch in Connecticut.
This job took me all over the States, where I assembled
furniture. It also provided me with a second opportunity
to work on a considerably large project with the
prestigious architect Frank Gehry.
By working alongside architects and other professionals,
I got the urge to go back to school and got a high-school
arts degree and lots of new experience, too.
I am very keen on art, nature, martial arts and
extreme sports, but I’m also a technology
buff, especially when it comes to motorbikes.
I do my utmost to realise the jobs I’m commissioned
and that which my creativity generates. In 2010 I produced in collaboration with a well-known engineering firm from Treviso, a stainless steel frame for the table in Carrara marble, commissioned by the famous architect Norman Foster. Photos and documentation: click on "Speciali" in the main menu.