Belli - Studio for Design




Riccardo Belli was born in 1992 in Maastricht, The Netherlands. He graduated with honor in product design at the MAFAD (Maastricht Academy of Art & Design). During his study he was already focusing on designing objects and furniture, combining new technologies with traditional craftsmanship in order to highlight the beauty of the shapes and draw renewed attention to small details. Whilst still a student, Belli did an internship at JOINE Office for Design, which helped to hone his feeling for materials, colours, structures and textures. Since founding his own design studio in Maastricht in 2015, he has designed products for manufacturers such as Leolux and Japth, as well as working on projects like stands and event spaces for clients as Porsche, Monsterboard, Lantmännen Unibake and Digital Realty. Most of the time in collaboration with The Hospitality Group, a live communication agency based in Amsterdam and 's Hertogenbosch. Belli, Studio for Design also supports jewelry brand Melano with the development of their jewelry collections. His design for Leolux has received  the 2013 Good Industrial Design Award. 

When designing, I want to transport and interpret a certain characteristic or character and implement them in new products. Every product has to have a certain personality. In my opinion, emotion and functionality are design aspects of equal importance. I think that designs can broaden our horizons in emotion, poetic, experimental and functional terms. Surprising designs and new implementations should lit another light on what design could be. Emotion is as much important as functionality." His design method is heavy influenced by nature. "Nature shows how innovative design can be without compromising functionality. The beauty of esthetics, combined with pure functionality." 




2015 - present          freelance projects

2015                             setting up own studio Belli, Studio for Design

2014                             second level graduation, Bachelor Product Design with Honor, Maastricht  

                                      Academy of Fine Arts and Design

2010                             first level graduation, Propaedeutics in Design Maastricht Academy of Fine  

                                       Arts and Design

2013-2014                  internship at JOINE, Office for Design | Eindhoven, Netherlands

2010                             scholengemeenschap Sophianum Gulpen VWO-diploma Profiel Economie &


2009                            internship at KBDS designers Amsterdam Karel Boonzaaijer & Dick Spierenburg  

1992                             born in Maastricht, Netherlands



2018               DDX - Embracing Exchange & Celebrating Differences | SPHINX, Maastricht

2018               ByBelli for JAPTH - Masterly, The Dutch in Milano | Milan, Italy

2017               Groeten uit Maastricht | Eiffelgebouw | Maastricht

2017               Showroom Limburg Cube Design Museum | Kerkrade, Netherlands

2017               DDX - Embracing Exchange & Celebrating Differences | Cologne, Germany

2016               Opening HQ Elisabeth Strouven Foundation | Maastricht, Netherlands

2016               Launch new Volkswagen Tiguan Decks Dealer | Turnhout, Belgium

2015-2016    Royal Showpieces II  | Paleis het Loo, Apeldoorn, Netherlands

2015               Foederer Talent Award | Parktheater, Eindhoven, Netherlands 

2015               Dutch Design Week | Eindhoven, Netherlands | FLO Restaurant 

2015               Dutch Design Week | Eindhoven, Netherlands, Designhouse 

2015               SLOW CITY, in the making | Tongeren, Belgium 

2015               Design Days Maastricht Netherlands | Decorfabriek 

2015               Milan Design Week | Ventura Lambrate, Italy | SLOW CITY 

2015               Schmuck | Munich design fair, Germany | Talente 2015 

2015               Culinair event 'Niets is wat het lijkt' | Hotel Management School Maastricht, Netherlands

2014               Dutch Design Week | Eindhoven, Netherlands | New Talents Works 

2014               Graduation Exhibition | Academy of Fine Arts & Design, Maastricht, Netherlands 

2014               Salone Del Mobile | Milan, Italy 

2014               IMM Cologne design fair | Cologne, Germany 

2013               Designhotel Maastricht | Flo Restaurant | Maastricht, Netherlands 

2013               Salone Del Mobile | Milan, Italy 

2013               IMM Cologne design fair | Cologne, Germany

2013               Salone Del Mobile | Milan, Italy

2013               HEMA Design Contest | Public Library Amsterdam, Netherlands

2012               Salone Del Mobile | Milan, Italy 

2012               Auction for Energy 4All Foundation | Beurs van Berlage Amsterdam, Netherlands 



2018              RTL Z Online Magazine Lifestyle | April

              | April

                       Corriere della Sera | April 

                       Dutch Design Daily | April

                       Eindhovens Dagblad | April

2017              Chapeau Magazine | December

                       Zuiderlucht Magazine | June

2016     | May

                       WOTH Wonderful Things Magazine | issue N2 

2015     | November

               |  September

                       ART AUREA  Magazine | August 

                       Tongeren-vandaag paper | August

              | July       

                       TALENTE Magazine SMUCK | March   

2014              Eindhovens Dagblad | December 

2013              ELLE Decoration Magazine | October

2012              Inhabitat Online Magazine | April