I am Pino Cazzetta aka Cazalpine an Italian-born industrial designer based in the middle west of Belgium. I love exploring vibrant concepts and crystallizing motion objects. I have also a deep passion for Italian coachbuilders. I currently share my working time between my design studio and the design school.
Since I was a child, I always liked to create stuff. Especially cars. On paper, with clay or everything I could even found in my father’s workshop. Since then I have developed a distinctive visual style and design approach.
I am curious in how things work. My obsession for details gradually developed my aesthetic sensitivity sharpening my intuition regarding both the people and the objects that are present in our daily lives.
Born in Belgium on May 5th 1972, I have been working for the industry since 18th years. In 1996 I got my MA in industrial design from ESA St. Luc - Liège in Belgium. In 1997 I got car design courses from Domus Academy–Milan in Italy.
In 1997, with my friend Juan José de San Martin, we created Nahuelpan, our Milan based amplifying brand design studio.
Focused on strategic identity and industrial design, the studio worked for Pong Yachting, Orbea, Cinelli, Columbus, Kodak and Lamborghini, as well as subcontracting for Castelli Design. Between 2004 and 2011, the studio moved to Buenos Aires in Argentina and became Qurax. With naval architect Guillermo Heinonen the studio developed his know-how. We worked for Giuliani, AW Europe-Toyota, Zanella and South American shipbuilders.
In 2007, I was invited as guest teacher at the iSD (France). I also started to work in Belgium as design expert for several governmental agencies like f.e. DGTE, House of Design, The Object Odyssey and therefore operating in strategic design.
I left Qurax studio in 2010 to work on my own identity: Cazalpine. I currently share my working time between my studio and the design school.