Mario is based in Hangzhou, China, but his work is global in appeal. Mario has collaborated with local manufacturers in China, Italy and Denmark, and now joins forces with Northern to engage a wider international market. Mario is pioneering a new approach to interior design that he describes as ‘soft minimalism’. By that, Mario means that furniture can be streamlined and understated, while also soft to the touch and tactile in appearance. The stunning lounge chair he designed for Northern is all of those things, and more. Mario is currently exploring ways to make design more inclusive, and finding new applications for materials that respect the environment and appeal to society as a whole.