Bio | Works

Graduated from the School of Art Furniture in Bovolone (VR), Umberto Dattola finds in wood the material that best represents him, and since the early 2000s he has been acquiring the techniques to work it in various carpentry workshops in Lombardy and Veneto.

Umberto creates his works entirely with his own hands, from design to final realisation, furniture and furnishing accessories suspended in an intimate and a-temporal dimension.

His works are exhibited in cities all over the world: Milan, Paris, London, New York, Miami, Amstedam, Istambul, Eindoven, Feldkirch and Rome.


The Invisible Cities series is inspired by Italo Calvino’s book of the same name, according to which there is a place in the soul where an inner city is preserved, “where the ideal and aesthetic models with which we compare the places and elements we encounter on the path of our lives are elaborated and constructed”. The artist converts this idea into precious cabinet furniture consisting of several small houses supported by natural branches and externally embellished with hand-applied gold leaf and red coral knobs.