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Growing up in northern VA, I drew everything; spaceships, telephones, pelicans, people and cars. In high school, I learned printmaking with litho stones, and etching. Cycling became my thing and I earned money as a bike messenger in Washington DC cruising all over downtown. I loved to get new technology for my bike and realized that I could combine drawing and technology into industrial design. At art school I studied industrial design with a focus on furniture. I learned welding and machining while interning at a furniture company in Germany where I did a workshop at the Vitra design museum with Ron Arad, and along with a fellow student, created a metal replica of one of his chairs that Ron used in one of his exhibitions.
To learn German, I moved to Cologne and worked for a product design firm. There I learned my passion for presentation design. I left the firm to create a cd of Ron Arad’s Portfolio. I showed final in Milan during the furniture fair to many design celebrities. Ingo Maurer, who showed in the same space as Ron, also wanted a digital portfolio, so I began working for the Munich lighting designer creating media presenting industrial design. I then worked for GR2 agency doing automotive work for BMW and Smart.
In Munich, I joined Sapient, an American consulting agency and worked on a tablet device interface. Work was getting busy in the LA office, so I moved to Los Angeles to work on the Nissan site. LA has been a great experience with the most amazing food, art, sunny weather and creative work around.
pictured: Lino showing his presentation to Achille Castiglioni and Ron Arad in Milan