Italian designer opens US office
The Italian attraction design firm Valerio Mazzoli Studio has opened an office in Orlando and plans eventually to shift its headquarters there permanently.
“I like Florida,” declares Mazzoli, who hopes to offer Italian design and European flair to more customers in the States.
The company is currently working on a complete overhaul at one of Italy’s oldest amusement parks, Edenlandia in Naples. Phase I will open this coming Easter, with a brand new children’s area focused around the character Benny (pictured above), created by Mazzoli’s son Davide.
Together with Edenlandia owner Cesare Falchero, who is president of the trade association Unionparchi, Valerio Mazzoli hopes eventually to roll out a chain of children’s parks, including an outlet in Orlando if the right partner can be found.
In the meantime the company is working on various other projects in Europe including designs for a theme park at Motor City, a proposed development in Verona that would also include a race track, shopping mall and education facilities. Mazzoli has also been chosen to work on the theme park component of Cocuk Eglence Parki, a multi-faceted leisure/retail project being developed by ORA Istanbul in Turkey, scheduled for completion in 2010.