Common Projects is an ongoing collaboration between artist and designer founded by Prathan Poopat and Flavio Girolami. Formerly trained in industrial and graphic design, Prathan served as art director for Visionaire/V Magazine and worked with various design and advertising agencies in New York specializing in luxury branding. Flavio Girolami ran his own creative agency in Italy and was consultant for many Italian manufacturers. Combining their talents, they formed the company in the winter of 2004. Inspired by utilitarian design and luxury products, the designers set out to create minimalist luxury design basics and accessories.