Born 1986, Marco Lavit studied architecture at Ecole Speciale d’Architecture in Paris and at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Melbourne. He graduated at ESA in 2011 with a dissertation on wineries design. His sensibility towards design took shape at the studio of the architect and designer Riccardo Blumer. His time at LAN Architecture further strengthened his architectural direction, with a strong focus on design culture and attention for detail.
Marco founded his architecture and design practice, Atelier LAVIT, in 2014 together with Carlo Lavit. Since then, the practice has been active in France and Italy. Atelier LAVIT’s work originates from the dialogue with artisans and their savoir-faire, especially Made in Italy. Architecture and design often proceed in parallel, striving to reach essential forms. This approach results in an extemporal production, which does not follow trends, but rather lets the strength of raw materials speak for the designs themselves.
In 2014 Atelier LAVIT conceived Venezia, an iron and leather seat which catches the eye for the fluidity and elegance of its line. Venezia was originally designed for the Venice Architecture Biennale, but it was later exhibited all across Europe: at Great Design Gallery (Paris), at Centre Pompidou (Paris) as part of the retrospective on Le Corbusier, at Spazio Rossana Orlandi (Milan) and at Impermanent Collection (Brussels). Today, Venezia, the coffee table Reconvexo and the sofa Atem are represented exclusively by Nilufar Gallery (Milan).
In architecture, the studio has a preference for the use of wood, often applied to unusual and innovative housing structures. In 2017 Atelier LAVIT realized an exclusive tree house for the Park of Raray Castle, France, and a series of surprising, floating cabins for an hotel in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, France.
In 2018 Marco won the Rising Talents Award for Maison & Objet Paris and the AD Seven for the Future Award. He is teaching at the Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture (ESA) in Paris.