Fabrizio Cocchiarella


Qualifications and Fellowships :

2015 - Present, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufacturing and Commerce

2013 - Present, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 

2011 – 2012, Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (Manchester Metropolitan University)

2004 – 2006, MA Design Products (Royal College of Art)

1999 – 2002, BA (Hons) Three Dimensional Design (Leeds Metropolitan University)

1998 – 1999, BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Kingston University)


Academic Practice:

Manchester School of Art: Senior Lecturer, BA(Hons) Interior Design (Aug 2018 – present)

Manchester School of Art: Programme Leader, BA(Hons) Three Dimensional Design (Jan 2016 – Jul 2018)

Manchester Institute for Research In Art & Design, LiFE: Living in Future Ecologies Research Group Leader (2015 - 2017)

Manchester School of Art: Senior Lecturer, BA(Hons) Interior Design (2011 – Dec 2015)

Central Saint Martins: Visiting Lecturer, MA Textiles Futures (2011)

Leeds College of Art: 2007-2008, FD 0.4 Tutor 3D Design & Crafts (2007-2008)


External Advisor:

Birmingham City University, Validation Event for the BA(Hons) Product and Furniture Design Programme, April 2017.

Birmingham City University, SHAPE (flying faculty) Transforming the Curriculum Re-Approval Event, June 2018.

East Coast College, Curriculum Development Review for BA(Hons) Designer Maker (a francise accreditation with Brighton University), March 2018.


Editorial/ Publication and Exhibition:

Paper presentation and publication at IASDR international conference, Manchester School of Art, September 2019

Radical Response exhibition (co-curator with Dr Annie Shaw) alongside the IASDR conference, 2nd-5th September 2019

Paper presentation and publication at international conference Thrill of the Dark: Heritages of Fear, Fascination and Fantasy, April 2019

Para-design: Engaging the Anomalous. A workshop week with Product Design students as part of an Erasmus + teaching exchange with Dr Ken Drinkwater at ArtEZ Institute for the Arts, Arnhem, Netherlands. 7th– 12thJanuary 2019. 

Article published in The Collective - https://www.the-collective-community.com/content-30

Presentation at the GLAD conference at Manchester School of Art, December 2018. Engaging with the City: utilising spaces outside the university as places for transformative learning through collaborative vertical studio teaching in art and design practices. Fabrizio Cocchiarella & Joe McCullagh https://glad.squarespace.com/2018-conference

Presentation on practice, Leeds Arts University. October 2018.

Article for Creative Review on the Salone del Mobile, Milan April 2018, with Joe McCullagh. https://www.creativereview.co.uk/milan-design-week-a-snapshot/

Presentation on Unit X projects with Joe McCullagh (Head of Design). Part of the 2020 Research talks at Ravensbourne University, London. March 2018.

Presentation on practice + Erasmus Teaching exchange. ArtEZ Institute for the Arts, Arnhem, Netherlands. February 2018.

Research Informed Sustainable Development Through Art and Design Pedagogic Practices, Cocchiarella, F., Vargass V., Titterington, S., Haley, D.Sustainable Development Research at Universities in the United Kingdom. World Sustainability Series, Springer 2018.

Presentation on practice + Erasmus Teaching exchange. ESAD - Institute of Lieria, Caldas des Rainha, Portugal. February 2017.

Makers to Change-Makers: A pedagogic investigation into making as a transformative tool to inspire social action, Cocchiarella, F. and Wehmeyer van den Boom, J. Paper presentation for the Workshop theme: Making Leaders (Innovation & Change) at the MakingFutures Conference at Plymouth University, September 2017.

Fruitful Futures: Imagining Pomona (Oct. 2016) Co-edited book with Dr David Haley and Valeria Vargas with Publisher Gaia Project. http://www.cornerhousepublications.org/publications/fruitful-futures/

Article in ‘Design City’, Design Manchester’s festival publication, Document 16, circulated as a supplement as part of Design Week, February 2017. http://designmcr.com/design-city-magazine-published

Students as Producers: An ‘X’ Disciplinary Client-Based Approach To Collaborative Art, Design and Media Pedagogy, iJade 34.3 (International Journal of Art and Design Education. October, 2015) NSEAD/ John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

A Place at the Table, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, 2014/15 http://pallant.org.uk/exhibitions1/past-exhibitions1/2015/place-at-the-table

Seamless the Digital in Design, Museum of Architecture and Design, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2013 http://www.mao.si/Exhibition/Seamless-The-Digital-in-Design.aspx

Escape – 2022 NQ, 2012.. www.waystoescape.org

VIEWPOINT MAGAZINE – Set design and production for editorial, 'Folk’ Issue 26, 2011

NIKETOWN – MILLINGTON ASSOCIATES: Flagship store re-launch, Regent Street, London.

Appeared in 70+ media articles including The Times, BBC Sport, CNN, The Telegraph, The

Evening Standard, Yahoo News, Match of the Day, MTV, The Daily Mirror, ITN. November 2010

YSH LONDON - 'GRAPHICOBJECT’ - Designers of the Month' July 2009

LSN GLOBAL - Design Brief for The Future Laboratory, 'Prohibition Culture' Sept 2009

Viewpoint Magazine - Illustration production, 'The Female Web' Issue 23, 2008

Viewpoint Magazine - Set Production, 'Form Follows Function' Issue 23, 2008

FRAME Magazine - furniture & kinetic mannequins, 'Crystal Palace- Warp Factor 8' Issue 54

Master of Fear - performance, Wormhole Saloon IV, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, 08/06

UU-MK1 - project performance lecture, UCLA, Los Angeles, 02/06

Mancho - sound for interactive piece by Mariel Brown, Royal College of Art, London, 06/05

Tactile Nature - exhibition of work, Kenny Schachter Rove Gallery, London, 09/05

Weapon Against Violence - December 2005 interim show, Royal College of Art, London

Salone Satellite - exhibition of work, Milan, Italy, April 2003

Art 4d - article on selected work, June 2003

Solutions Prescribed - 24hr design solutions, exhibition, Viaduct, Farringdon, London 2002

Glasgow Television - project featured, November 2002

Elle Decoration - featured projects, October 2002

Blueprint - featured projects, September 2002

Evening Standard, Yorkshire Post and Daily Mail - report on Guerrilla Tate project, September 2002


Professional Practice:

GRAPHICOBJECT, 2007 – PRESENT: (Co-founder and partner)


FULLCIRCLE: Developing visual concepts and seasonal campaigns. Bespoke lighting, furniture, window displays, photo shoots - set design and styling.

FUSION BY DESIGN / PIZZA EXPRESS: Site-specific artworks. York, Jersey, Middlesbrough, Northallerton, Stratford and Birmingham x2. Design, production and installation.

FUSION BY DESIGN / THE CASTLE: Site-specific artwork, Wakefield.

THE BROOK GREEN: Interior illustration project, Hammersmith, London.

MMU – CAPITOL THEATRE: Consultation and design development for the new Theatre School Theatre Bar.

AB ROGERS DESIGN / EMPEROR MOTH: Mount Street, Mayfair. Window displays, bespoke furniture and kinetic mannequins for concept store interior designed by Ab Rogers.

FOREIGN OFFICE ARCHITECTS: Architectural models.


MILLINGTON ASSOCIATES, 10/2010 – 02/2011:

Designer / Project Manager;

NIKETOWN: VM project management, artefact and retail / brand experiences, bespoke furniture,

interactive installations.


campaign prototypes, brand experience, prop and digital manufacture worldwide.



Freelance Manufacturing/ Production Consultant;

Project prototype - project management and development, digital manufacture and specialist finishes.


DAVID GILL GALLERIES, 04/2008 – 10/2009:

Senior Designer/ Production Manager;

Specialising in the production of high-end design-art furniture pieces from one-off to edition sized manufacture. Product development, industrial manufacture and specialist finishes consultancy, developing projects for Interior, furniture and product design. Responsibilities included liaising with designers, manufacturers and clients. Also the responsibilities of commissioning, art direction, global manufacturer sourcing, budget control, team leadership and the transportation and handling of art-works globally.

Projects include edition pieces and special commissions by;

ZAHA HADID: Dune Formations. (Collection of 18 furniture pieces including lighting).

MATTIA BONETTI: Past and present collections, private commissions.

FREDRIKSON STALLARD: Private commissions and gallery pieces.

FRANCIS SULTANA: Bespoke interior design commissions and edition pieces.

NIGEL COATES: Gallery edition pieces.

REINIER BOSCH: Gallery edition pieces.

ETTORE SOTTSASS: Super Boxes, in collaboration with POLTRONOVA, Italy.


AB ROGERS DESIGN (formerly KRD), 2000 - 2007:

Designer/ model and prototype maker/ project manager/ filmmaker;


TATE MODERN: The Learning Zone.

THE BRITISH COUNCIL: Touring exhibition ‘Love and Money’, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Seoul.

VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM: ‘Hearwear’ exhibition. (with RNIB, Blueprint and Wolff Olins)

SCIENCE MUSEUM: The MacRobert Award, London.

FULLCIRCLE: Kinetic Installation, Mission Gallery, London.



COMME DES GARCON: Rue du Faubourg, new concept store, Paris.

COMME DES GARCON: Concession within SELFRIDGES, London.

EDRA: New show space within SELFRIDGES, London.

MILLER HARRIS: Window Displays & Concession in SEFRIDGES, London.


MICHELE GUILLON: Flagship Store Interior & Window Displays, Sloane Square, London.

TOPSHOP: ‘TUCK SHOP’, Oxford Circus, London.

AL OSTURA: New fashion concept store, Sahab Tower, Kuwait City.

FULLCIRCLE: Flagship Store and Window Displays, Covent Garden, London.

FULLCIRCLE: Concession Interior, SELFRIDGES, London.



GREENWICH VILLAGE: Branding of Concession in SELFRIDGES, London.

OZO CAR: Luxury Taxi Service, New York.



Design/ Editorial/ VM/ Film/ Artwork/ Architectural/ Installation;

SKY 1: THORNE - SCAREDYCAT, Art Department.



FABRICA. Design Team, Treviso, Italy. Design briefs - Summer Project.

MAX FRASER: Exhibition design at Designers Block, and Selfridges window as part of UNDU.

MAKE LTD: Exhibition design, window displays, installations, furniture.