|David Chipperfield received his Diploma from the Architectural Association in London and from 1978 - 84 worked at the practices of Douglas Stephen, Richard Rogers and Norman Foster. He established his own architectural practice in London in 1984 and in 1987 the office in Berlin was established. The practice currently has 130 staff and has won over 20 national and international competitions as well as many international awards and citations for design excellence, including RIBA, RFAC & AIA. David Chipperfield has taught architecture in Europe and the United States and has lectured extensively on the work of the practice. He has been Professor of Architecture in the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Stuttgart, Germany, visiting Professor of Architecture at Harvard University, USA, University of Graz, Austria, University of Naples, Italy, Royal College of Art, London, École Polytechnique, Lausanne, Switzerland, Art Institute Chicago, USA and Naples School of Architecture, Italy.
In 2001 David Chipperfield held the Mies van der Rohe Chair at the Escola Tècnica. He is currently honorary professor at the University of the Arts London and was visiting professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, USA in early 2006. In 1993 he was awarded the Andrea Palladio Prize and in 1999 the Heinrich Tessenow Gold Medal. In 2004 David Chipperfield was made an Honorary Member of the Florence Academy of Art and appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to architecture.
“Tonale” refers to giorgio morandi’s use of color tonality imbuing his daily objects with a sense of individuality. The objects are produced in a variety of materials including enameled steel, glass, earthenware, and wood, while striving for expressive purity.