Talent at a Young Age
Fabio tells us that by the age of three his creativity was starting to show. His family and teachers enjoyed his creative mind that made him a natural designer. His first 10 years were worldly; he lived in Turkey, Istanbul, Ankara, Atene, Rome, and Theran. He studied at the Italian Embassy School and then returned to Italy.
An early love of many things especially sports fed his creativity. From soccer to sculpture, his childhood was full of adventures and art.
The School Years
Fabio attended a technical school and graduated with a degree in “precision mechanism systems” which might be an equivalent to a Fine Art & Design degree in America.
He continued to diversify his skills with classes at an Art Academy and worked on a project for a company that built robots for the auto assembly industry. While there in 1980 Pedrini patented the “crank shaft mandrill”, a product that is in production today and used by 80% of the world’s car makers.
Pedrini also spent time designing freelance fashions for men, women and children. He recalls seeing people wearing his designs in London, Paris and Bologna, which gave him great satisfaction, as well as supplying him with a living.
Pedrini’s circle of friends in the 80s included artists like Elio Fiorucci and Gianni Versace. Those early years designing led to a long time friendship with top furniture designer Giancarlo Piretti with whom Pedrini worked.
The Bones rack was a natural evolution of the trunk racks. Pedrini believes that consumers have the capability to perceive art in a design much better than the companies that produce the product.
He uses the Met Museum of Modern Art as an example. “There are several chairs designed in 1912 that are still in production because the consumer is still buying them and not because the company has no other chairs to sell them.”
The Bones rack was a challenge for Pedrini in that Saris (then Graber) had stiff competition. Now, thanks to the design of Bones, the competition is Saris.
Sees His Designs Walk
Pedrini’s Bologna studio features tables made with Bones racks for legs. Stylish indeed. When asked if the furniture will be for sale any time soon, Pedrini says “yes.” If you catch him at his studio (if he’s not out fishing for red tuna and swordfish), you might even get a cup of espresso. Until then, Pedrini will be smiling whenever he sees one of his racks on a car just like he did with his early fashion designs.