Ivan Parati, born in 1975, is an all-round designer that always demonstrated interest in several creative fields spanning from visual arts to interior architecture and product design. He was introduced to arts and cultural diversity by his grandfather, a violinist and painter that travelled during his performances across the whole Middle East. Ivan is holding Master Degree from Milan’s Polytechnic in Product Design and still thinks design should have noble aims to enhance people’s life and bridge cultural gaps as a sort of universal language beyond borders.
Emanuela Corti, born in 1980, had various experiences in Italy and abroad, and being involved in several different kinds of projects shaped her multidisciplinary knowledge. Emanuela holds a Master Degree in Furniture and Textile Design from Milan Polytechnic; her studies and practice brought her to work in different fields of design, from graphic and product to interior and service design.
Ivan and Ema first met in China where they worked for the same firm and since then they share the same passion for design and creativity; few years ago the couple moved to the Emirates where they found Caravan, a design collective that engage with the artistic and cultural community. The couple is currently lecturing in Ajman University of Science & Technology in the Interior Design Department.
Their works are focusing on cultural, material and virtuous aspects of a globalized community, trying to rebuild a bridge between being, having and doing. Crossing digital-fabrication and artisanal competence Caravan’s projects are aiming at creating an effective dialogue among different cultures, traditions, and know-how.