Faculty

Felicia Ferrone

 

Felicia Ferrone 
Clinical Associate Professor 
Faculty Lead, BDes Industrial Design
fferrone@uic.edu
fferronedesign.com

BA Architecture, Environmental Design, Miami University

Felicia Ferrone’s international namesake brand, based in Chicago and Milan, Italy, is known for delivering the unexpected through a seemingly simple gesture. Archetypes are reinvented; typologies are crossed and blended. European influences, minimalist aesthetics, mastery of proportion, and meticulously considered details are the hallmarks of fferrone. Often lighthearted and whimsical, the furniture and objects are timeless. Through close collaborations with master artisans, each piece is handcrafted allowing for innovative use of materials and production techniques, underlying another fundamental attribute to her design philosophy and approach. She also does commissioned work for clients, such as Audi, Boffi, and The Macallan among others. Clients include: Gucci, Louis Vuitton Foundation, Trussardi, Audi, Rimadesio, Bulthaup, Poliform, Molteni, Minotti, Peck, Flexform, Meridiani, Ernestomeda, Arclinea, Starbucks, and Society Limonta.

Her expansive reach is informed by her early experience as an architect in Milan, where she was first taught to “blur boundaries.” In a series of positions with some of Italy’s most notable design luminaries, Felicia developed her belief that all aspects of design are interdependent, that nothing exists in a vacuum but always in relation to the environment, objects, and systems that surround it. Her work is included in the Art Institute of Chicago’s permanent collection, and she is a recipient of a GOOD DESIGN Award and named Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago’s Creator of the Year in 2022 for contribution to the field through her design and utility patents. She was also included in Woman Made: Great Women Designs published by Phaidon, recognized as 1 of 200 women who have shaped the history of design. 

Felicia was a lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 2010–15, and is an active member of Be Original Americas. In 2017, she was a Jury Member at The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, and for Archiproducts in 2022 for Product Design. Felicia regularly lectures throughout the US speaking on topics which range from her design practice to what original design means as a designer and educator.