Antonia Astori was born in Melzo (Milan) in 1940. She graduated in Industrial and Visual Design at the Athenaeum of Lausanne in 1966. Since 1968 she has been working as a designer of Driade, the Italian company. Antonia Astori creates important furniture system projects and furnishing items, which are intended as “room architecture”, and she contributes to the definition of the corporate image through instalments and exhibitions. In the system projects, which are conceived as “open works” to the final definition of which the end user may contribute, she analyses formal potentials. In her instalments, realised for fair events, stores and showrooms, she highlights the expressive qualities and applications and use of products. Her activities as a designer come alongside her work as interiors architect, with projects for homes, offices, showrooms, and stores. Within this scope her collaboration with French stylists Marithé and François Girbaud was especially relevant in the design of stores in Paris and worldwide, as were the realization of the projects for the Driade offices, showroom and factory.