A 100% outdoor company
Innovation, design research, technology: RODA proposes its own vision of the Italian design in the world, dictating with its collections the lines of a sophisticated and cosmopolitan style.
Over twenty years of experience and successes, outcome of the acute intuition of the founder, Roberto Pompa, the first to introduce the concept of "IN & OUT", lead to the production of very high quality outdoor furniture,
A 100% outdoor company
RODA opens a new era, conceiving a new dimension of living that goes beyond the borders of the house: indoor and outdoor mingle with a harmonic language, in a spatial and conceptual continuum. The philosophy of RODA is based on the belief that it is possible to enjoy the outsides like a true interior design project, in which colors, materials and shapes remain faithful to the value of the spontaneity of living en plein air.
RODA leads a universal project, articulate, complex and complete, supported by the timely coordination efforts of Rodolfo Dordoni and developed over the years around precise values:
the taste, sensitive and sophisticated, is the fil rouge of every project that crosses the boundary between indoors and outdoors. The outdoors are furnished with the same care of the interiors; standing in the garden, on the terrace, under a porch, is not only appropriating of an exterior room, but it becomes another expression of living. A luxury of our days: the well-being due to the time we devote to ourselves;
the mimetic design: RODA furniture is not simply positioned outside, but it is intimately linked to the external environment too, where the colors of the materials can change and shift, almost looking for a unique and unrepeatable symbiosis with nature;
the perception of a Mediterranean flavor, natural, warm, welcoming and well-balanced in the shapes, describes cozy atmospheres, always able to reinvent and change every time where colors and materials blend in a harmonic union;
the identity of unique pieces, extremely recognizable, characterized by a strong personality that makes each item different from the others, but all sons of the same design thinking at the same time;
the versatility, the ability of RODA to move with elegance between inside and outside, to adapt to to all environments, to be modular and match crosswise with any other piece of furniture, creating environments in which every choice is the total expression the personality of its inhabitant;
the quality and durability, an attentive research of the finishes and an extreme care of details, to offer great durability and comfort; the materials, carefully selected, such as solid teak, natural stones, stainless steel, woven belts that, exasperated by the weather conditions, acquire a taste authentically lived, proving our existence;
the experience, which can be translated into tradition, innovation and competence, the key words which mark the entire production of the outdoor furniture of RODA, the result of years of work and efforts.
A story of quality and design, increasingly rich and sophosticated.
RODA was founded in Gavirate (Varese) in 1990.
From 1990 to 2000, the company develops increasingly in Italy first and then in
the world with the production of outdoor furniture in teak, characterized by
quality and design.
In 2004, RODA is the first manufacturer of outdoor furniture that turns its
thoughts to collections that have the same cultural matrix of the interior, so
contiguous to the outdoors to be able to interface harmoniously with them.
This is the major turning point which led to the identification of Rodolfo Dordoni
as the proper interpreter or RODA’s projects.
From his drawings, the articulated NETWORK collection, which perfectly expresses
this thought and this new way of living, was born; this collection leads RODA to be
the pioneer of the innovative concept of “IN and OUT”, of which RODA claims full
The creative team of RODA, still leaded by Rodolfo Dordoni, is enriched during the years by the presence of another famous designer Gordon Guillaumier and of the stylist and colorist Gabriella Zecca, who helped to increase the sophisticated taste of RODA.
In 2007, RODA presents “the Catalog”, a unique book which clearly codified its innovative approach to the world of the outdoors and to the interior design, suggesting multiple scenarios in which the furniture alternate between the inside and the outside, in perfect harmony.
Subsequent works confirmed the attention to detail, where nothing is left to chance: the fabrics and the materials become an integral part of a vision that redraws the boundaries between IN and OUT, offering incredible possibilities of combination.
Excellent designers create excellent design
Architect and designer Rodolfo Dordoni was born in Milan, where he graduated in Architecture. Responsible over the years for the art direction of Artemide (glass collection), Cappellini (from 1979 to 1989), FontanaArte (furniture collection), Foscarini (lamps), Minotti (from 1997 until today) and Roda (since 2006), he designs for various companies, including: Artemide, Cappellini, Cassina, Ceramica Flaminia, Ceramiche Mutina, Dada, Dornbracht, Driade, Effegibi, Emu, Ernestomeda, Fantini, Fiam Italia, Flos, Flou, FontanaArte, Foscarini, Jab, Kartell, Kettal, knIndustrie, MDF Italia, Minotti, Molteni&C, Moroso, Olivari, Pamar, Poliform, Poltrona Frau, Roda, RB Rossana, Salvatori, Sambonet, Serralunga, Tecno, The Rug Company, Venini. The collaboration with RODA began in 2004 and marked a fundamental turning point for the company, with the creation of NETWORK collection, the first project that fully expresses the idea of the in-out furniture. Dordoni Architetti works in the field of architectural planning and interior design in the residential, commercial and exhibition areas designing projects of private houses and villas, industrial and commercial spaces overseeing the realization of showrooms, exhibition stands, restaurants, hotels.
Gordon Guillaumier was born in Malta and educated in Switzerland, England and Italy. He graduated in industrial design at the IED, Milan (1988-91) and later at the Domus Academy, Milan (1992) for his masters in industrial design. In 2002 he set up his own design studio in Milan, working on product design, design consulting and interior design. As consultant and art director, he collaborated with: Driade (Atlantide and DHouse collections), bathroom accessories for Dornbracht Interiors, kitchens for Rational, furniture for Fiam’s Liv’it collection, and more recently art direction for Roda outdoor furniture, Pamar furniture handles and accessories and Ceramiche Piemme tiles. As product designer, Gordon has worked for internationally renowned companies; ceramics and tableware for Bosa, Paola C and De Vecchi, furniture for Arketipo, CasaMilano, Ceramiche Piemme, Desalto, DeSede, Driade, FontanaArte, Frag, Matteo Grassi, Montina, Minotti, Moroso, Lema, Roda, Tacchini, Gebrüder Thonet Vienna and Varaschin, lighting for Foscarini, AV Mazzega and OLuce appliances for Elica, handles for Pamar, bathroom accessories for Nobili Rubinetterie, Azzurra Ceramiche, Kronos Ceramiche and Ceramiche Piemme. His design studio has developed interior design commissions for private residential and contract projects, as well as exhibition designs for company clients at trade fairs or exhibitions; ”Pro-gettare”Abitare II Tempo, Verona (1999), Molteni Villa Torlonia (2002); Pamar, Palazzo Crivelli (2006/2013); Roda, Salone del Mobile Milano (2006/2016); Mondadori/Interni (2011/2013), Ceramiche Piemme (2016/2017). Gordon has been invited to lecture at the faculty of industrial design at the Politecnico di Milano, Malta Design Week and Marangoni school of design. His work is regularly featured in the international design press and has received recognition for his design works; ADI design index (2007, 2011), Interzum Award (2011), Wallpaper Design Award (2014). Premio Compasso D’Oro XXIV (2016), ADI Ceramic Design Award (2016), Archiproduct Award (2016).
Maria Gabriella Zecca
Starting from the 80s, Maria Gabriella coordinates the brand image and the aesthetics for many famous companies in furniture and textile sectors. She anticipates new trends for design projects and fabrics collections, contextualizing and matching them with the objects and the places of the real life. She is also an ‘artistic-creative consultant’ in the furniture industry and of the upholstery fabric industry, regarding the digital printing and the jacquard technique. The collaboration with RODA began in 2004. As part of the artistic direction team, Maria Gabriella Zecca offers her consultancy and styling for photo shoots, catalogues and booths, especially taking care of the textile projects, from the creation to the colouring of the fabric. She has been worked or she is still cooperating with: Arve, Ceccotti, De Sede, Driade, Fiorucci, Flou, Flos, Grigioperla, Lamm, Lema, Matteo Grassi, Minotti, Mimmina, Paola C, Para, Pierantonio Bonacina, RDQ, Roda, Rossana, Sambonet, Turkeys, Viganò, Zucchi.
Antonino Sciortino is a craftsman-artist, with an eclectic soul, able to reinterpret an old job in a completely new way and to transform it in art, play, pure creativity. The works of Antonino are inspired by opportunities and external incitements: they are made in one go and then worked again to satisfy his creative imagination. Sciortino also creates design objects or pieces of furniture for commission of companies and individuals who see and fall in love of the items he realizes. His works are versatile, adaptable, useful for more functions and locations. Sciortino makes possible the recovery of that rich heritage of knowledge related to the artisan work where the inspiration and Italian creativity give their best, allowing the spread of the excellence and the creativity of our country, around the world.
Adam D. Tihany
Widely regarded as the world’s preeminent hospitality designer, Adam D. Tihany has created innovative hotel and dining interiors at some of the most iconic properties around the globe, including The Beverly Hills Hotel, The Breakers Palm Beach, Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice, Four Seasons Dubai DIFC and The Oberoi New Delhi. He was one of the first designers to collaborate with internationally acclaimed chefs such as Thomas Keller, Heston Blumenthal, Daniel Boulud and Wolfgang Puck to create signature restaurant interiors. Tihany has become a leading name in the cruise industry, creating innovative design concepts for Holland America Line and ultra-luxury Seabourn vessels. He is currently serving as Creative Director to Italy’s Costa Cruises and the iconic British cruise line Cunard.
As a leading expert, Tihany frequently lectures at universities and conferences around the world. He has published several books on his work and his latest monograph is Tihany: Iconic Hotel and Restaurant Interiors (Rizzoli, 2014).