Mario Scairato lives and works between Milan and Paestum, his hometown. He graduated in Industrial Design at the IUAV/ Università della Repubblica di San Marino in 2011. He has been working as a product and graphic designer with Giulio Iacchetti since 2012. Since 2015, as a freelancer, he has designed for Abet Laminati, Alessi, Danese Milano, Dnd, Internoitaliano and Moleskine. He has been art director of Paestum Experience since 2016, a branding project he founded that aims to promote and communicate the city of Capaccio Paestum.



2021, ADI Museum, Milan:
Exhibition “SuperSuperfici” Abet Laminati
Edited by Giulio Iacchetti, Matteo Ragni

2020, Rossana Orlandi Gallery, Milan:
Exhibition“Fìdaty 25 Capsule Rossana Orlandi”

2019, Saatchi Gallery, London:
Exhibition “I-MADE / Italian manufacture art & design exhibition”

2019, Casa Do Design Matosinhos, Porto:
Exhibition “Porto Design Biennale 2019 / Frontiere”

2018, IED Barcellona:
Exhibition “Ferri taglienti / Designing tools for future agriculture”
Edited by Odo Fioravanti, Giulio Iacchetti

2018, Subalterno1, Milano:
Exhibition “#sendmethefuture”

2015  Design Museum Holon – 2016 La Triennale di Milano:
Exhibition “Alessi IN-possible. Before an idea is brought to life”

2015, Villa Gaeta, Moncioni Montevarchi (AR):
Exhibition “Pinetum 02, Innesti”
Edited by Bruno Boretti, Silvia Fabbroni, Laura Moretti, Guido Pellegrini  


Abet Laminati, Alessi, Bear, Club Med, Cotto Manetti, Danese Milano, Dnd, Esselunga, Il Coccio design edition, Internoitaliano, Marmi Sacco, Moleskine, Surfer’s Dens, Tobeus


Abitare, D Casa, ddn, Domus, Icon Design, Interni, Interni King Size, iOdonna, Living, 4surf Magazine



The IKI handle has a palindromic structural form: the profile in the view from above is identical to that of the frontal view, but reversed by 180 degrees. An elegant, essential form in which the clean angles generate a mutable volume that concludes with semi-circular forms and suggests the proper grip with its frontal profile. The concept of balance between opposites derived from Japanese philosophy has prompted to choose the name IKI – another palindrome – which means “simple, sophisticated, spontaneous.

Designed with Alessandro Stabile

135 x 57 mm – h 31 mm

Info Dnd website

A solid ash chair with a seat entirely hand-woven in paper cord. Buri, although inspired by the typical Italian popular chair known as “friulana” – a recurrent furnishing element in many Italian homes, restaurants and trattorias – has here gained autonomy from the archetype thanks to a more generous seat and sophisticated details that express high quality craftsmanship, such as the grafting of the crosspieces of the backrest that are harmoniously connected with the vertical elements of the chair.

Solid ash and paper cord
440 x 480 mm – h 770 mm

Photo Max Gardone

Vincent van Gogh, "The artist's bedroom in Arles", 1888

Novi is a handmade terracotta centrepiece inspired by the Pofi vase holders. Novi clearly embodies the synthesis between Italian artisan values and design. The simplified shape compared to traditional Italian ceramic pottery, as well as the use of bright plain colours for glazing, make Novi a significant presence in dining rooms and even on the most modern of tables. 

Glazed terracotta
430 x 430 mm – h 85 mm

Photo Max Gardone

Tornatore (in honour of the “Buffalo” of the Azienda Agricola Barlotti) is a mozzarella knife made by Coltelleria Berti for Paestum Experience. The flavours and aromas of the cheeses change from the edge of the shape to the centre. To cut the mozzarella and to taste it in all its flavours, you need a thin and fine steel blade to sink into the mozzarella without tearing it.

The handle, in polymethyl methacrylate, has a pleasant hold and the characteristic zoomorphic shape means that the blade does not touch the surface on which it is resting.

Steel and polymethyl methacrylate
230 x 10 mm – h 24 mm

Photo Stefania Zanetti

"Buffalo" of the Azienda Agricola Barlotti

The collection is inspired by the Doric style of Paestum: the groove becomes a decoration in dishes, bowls and a special mozzarella container. Sturdy, concrete and colourful, this family of dishes is created for the everyday home table, with in mind the atmospheres and the friendliness of southern Italy.

Designed with Alessandro Stabile

Glazed ceramic

Photo Francesca Ferrari

Ronca (roncola in the Cilento dialect).

In the Permanent Museum of Rural Life in Paestum, among the various bill-hooks on display, I was struck by a two-headed model, with its gorges mirrored and positioned at different heights. There are many possible reasons for this unique shape: having a spare blade, grabbing distant branches or those with wide stems, being able to cut on two sides. I thought that all these intelligent aspects could be the object of a contemporary design: I tried, therefore, to merge the two heads in a single body balancing it in form and proportion while maintaining the original functions.

Foto Max Rommel

The design of the new Moleskine Smart Pen was conceived with the aim of merging the dual soul of the pen, digital and analogue. An analogue writing experience, but also a digital one, because every stroke of the pen is captured in real time and immediately transferred to your device and to endless apps and services connected through the “Moleskine Notes” app. This dual functionality is highlighted and enhanced by the unique oblique shape of the tip.

Designed with Alessandro Stabile

Extruded aluminium and injection plastic
12 x 14,5 mm – h 160 mm

Made of white Carrara marble, this is an unusual and surprising seat: marble is rarely used for this type of chair, which is unexpectedly comfortable and welcoming. Rounded corners and soft shapes characterise Snob to lighten it from the formal point of view, while the armrests are an ingenious detail to facilitate movement.

Snob is the result of a research project on the theme of the marble seat, created for Marmi Sacco. An artistic direction that involved me in first person: I invited Alessandro Stabile and Studio Sovrappensiero to try their hand at the subject and the chairs were exhibited during Design Week 2018 in the Officina 22 space, in the Brera Design District.

Carrara marble
550 x 550 mm – h 750 mm

Photo Francesca Ferrari

The tangible and natural extension of Paestum Experience was to create a collection of souvenirs for the Capaccio Paestum area.

Thanks to the help of Marina Santomauro, I was able to open a small exhibition space in the square in Paestum.

Here, we cyclically present exhibitions and events that we handle and produce: projects that are always related to the city and its cultural knowledge. It is an active, changing and proactive place, where souvenirs from the Paestum Experience collection are sold, designed by many friends, colleagues and made by local craftsmen.

I am responsible for the artistic direction, the curation and the organisation of all the exhibitions and activities that we offer at Spazio Paestum.

Photo Elena Monzo

Six interpretations for Christmas in Paestum.

Piazza Basilica in Paestum, since I opened Spazio Paestum, has become my “office”. There I meet friends, clients and people from all over the world.

I’ve always imagined an installation in this small and delightful square and through a series of strange circumstances, the Paestum merchants’ committee asked me to create an installation for Christmas 2017.

I imagined contemporary “Columns” contextualised in a classic landscape like the one in Paestum.

I involved designer friends in this project, and I value them from a professional point of view: Matteo Beraldi, Dario Gaudio, Luca Spagnolo, Studio Martinelli Venezia, Sovrappensiero Studio.

We designed six red columns, 3 m high, made of polystyrene and placed in the centre of the square for the entire Christmas period.

h 300 cm

Photo Elena Monzo

Cave and Gioi are a seat and an outdoor table made entirely in terracotta. 

The choice of a natural material such as worked clay to become terracotta together with a processing technique, that of the millennial manual production of jars – amphorae used in ancient times for the preservation of food and wine – have inspired the search “for an object that could live in symbiosis with nature, both domesticated and not, but above all one that could gain charm as it ages.

Cave: 400 x 330 mm – h 420 mm
Gioi: 700 x 700 mm – h 700 mm

Photo Max Gardone

Terracotta pot for small plants that decorate the spaces of our homes. The crafts technique of turning enhances the simple, unique details. The colored and glazed collar “frames” the plant and offers an easy grip, triggering an original contrast with the very natural look of the external terracotta. 

Terracotta smaltata
155 x 155 mm – h 10 mm

Photo Francesca Ferrari

A container of small things, Tino examines the shape and uses of the typical wicker basket. Characterised by a formal play between symmetry and asymmetry, its edge can also support tall objects.

Glazed ceramic
180 x 180 mm – h 185 mm

Photo Max Rommel

The 05 works on the shape of the lid, equipped with a circular neckline in undercuts that are impossible to obtain through traditional moulds.

The notch allows for a lanyard to pass through and hang the pen around the neck and, bending at the end, generates a thin pocket clip. 

Read more about it on Domusweb

SLS sintered nylon
13 x 16 mm – h 128 mm

Photo Fabrizia Parisi

Bluff is a Florentine terracotta floor system: the cuts in the terracotta create new grout lines, while the lines generate infinite geometries.

At a certain point, at a particular moment in my life, I felt compelled to do something for my hometown and I started this long, stimulating (and sometimes tiring) project.

Paestum Experience is a branding operation that aims at enhancing, recognising and communicating – strategically and culturally – the territory of the Municipality of Capaccio Paestum and its businesses in the tourism, agri-food and culture sectors. Paestum Experience was created as a brand to promote a territorial identity with great potential, including internationally, and it is proposed as a reference and promotion point for tourists and citizens alike.

Paestum Experience is available on a website ( that talks about and gathers together the destinations, the many cultural and sporting activities, places to stay and eat, as well as practical information about transport and events in the area.

Alu is a longboard with a crossed plywood structure, made of wood from the Alpi atelier and a polished aluminium base. This sandwich, added to the section of the gull-wing board, provides greater rigidity to the structure while remaining very thin.

Photo Francesca Ferrari

The Cab is my favourite means of transport.

Natural solid cedar wood
160 x 75 mm – h 84 mm

Photo Elena Monzo