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Fabrizio Cocchiarella MA(RCA) FHEA

Senior Lecturer
Interior Design

Fabrizio Cocchiarella

Fabrizio Cocchiarella is a designer, lecturer and researcher working with MA Interiors and BA(Hons) Interior Design at Manchester School of Art. Projects aim to investigate new approaches to design that contribute to innovating and shaping future scenarios for the designed environment.

Specialist expertise and experience is routed in the production and manufacture of product, furniture, artefact and installation projects. The discipline of design is viewed as an interface from which to mediate and translate critical methodologies and commercial practices.


Research Projects

Through collaboration as part of the design research group and platforms such as Unit X and UFO, research aims to explore a multi-specialist approach to develop new ‘ways of seeing’ and interpreting the encounter of everyday phenomena. Design practice aims to produce insightful, thought provoking work, creating projects that are not necessarily using the language of design norms, but rather re-inventing ways of looking at and experiencing our relationship with the physical (and metaphysical) through ‘para-design’. Details…


Fabrizio Cocchiarella is a member of the Design Research Hub.


Cocchiarella, F., Shaw, A., 2020. Radical Response Milan, Ventura Projects, Dezeen Virtual Design Festival 2020, 15/4/2020 - 30/6/2020.

Cocchiarella, F., Shaw, A., McCullagh, J., Stephens, M., Grimshaw, D., Mulhearn, E., Kettle, A., McCullough, I., McCullagh, J., Hitchen, J., Egan, K., Aubrey, K., Raven, L., Gannon, L., Biggs, L., Setterington, L., Beecroft, M., McLeish, M., Threlfall, S., 2019. Radical Response exhibition in partnership with the International Association of Design Research (IASDR) Conference, Manchester School of Art, Manchester, 2/9/2019 - 5/9/2019.

Kettle, A., 2016. A Place at the Table, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, 25th November 2014 – 18th January 2015.

Kettle, AM., Brown, V., Grimshaw, D., Egan, K., Cocchiarella, F., 2014. A Place at the Table, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, 25/11/2014 - 18/1/2015.


Cocchiarella, F., Hayward, E., 2014. 'Toosils', A collection of writing tools that propose alternative perspectives on everyday artefacts associated with practices of craft within the traditional spheres of domestic and trade contexts., Pallant House, Chichester, 19th November 2014.

Liminal Ladder

Cocchiarella, F., Hayward, E., 2013. 'Liminal Ladder', An illustrative object utilizing traditional making skills, digital processes and media, created for various exhibitions and locations., ‘Ways to Escape’ 2022nq, Manchester, as part of Future Everything Festival, March 2013. & ‘Seamless: The Digital in Design’ at the Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO) Ljubljana, Slovenia,, September - November 2013.


Pomona Encounters: Beauty SpotPomona's Beauty Spots

Cocchiarella, F. Hayward, E., 2016. 'Pomona Encounters - Pomona's Beauty Spots', Pomona Island, 26th July 2016.

Cocchiarella, F., 2006. 'Master of Fear', Whitechapel Gallery, London, August 2006.


Cocchiarella, F. Haley, D. Vargas, V., 2016. 'Fruitful Futures: Imagining Pomona', Gaia Project.

Book Chapters

Pomona Encounters

Cocchiarella, F., Vargas, V., Titterington, S., Haley, D., 2018. 'Research Informed Sustainable Development Through Art and Design Pedagogic Practices'. In Leal Filho, W. (eds.) World Sustainability Series, pp. 207-221, Springer International Publishing.

Internet Publications

Cocchiarella, F., Hayward, E., 2009. 'Prohibition Culture', LSN Global.

Journal Articles

Cocchiarella, F., Booth, P., 2015. 'Students as Producers: An 'X' Disciplinary Client-Based Approach to Collaborative Art, Design and Media Pedagogy', International Journal of Art & Design Education, 34 (3), pp. 326-335.

Conference Papers

Drinkwater, KEN., Cocchiarella, F., 2019. 'In Search of the Anomalous: Relationships between the design of interior space, darkness', The Thrill of the Dark, BIRMINGHAM, 25/4/2019 - 27/4/2019, in

Cocchiarella, F., Drinkwater, K., 2019. 'Para-design: Engaging the Anomalous, a design research workshop to investigate paranormal phenomena through a series of location based studies.', IASDR 2019, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2/9/2019 - 5/9/2019, in


Cocchiarella, F., Drinkwater, K., Dagnall, N., 2018. 'Para-design: The role of design practice in interpreting paranormal phenomena', 9/7/2018 - 10/7/2018, in FRIHSC.


McCullagh, J., Cocchiarella, F., 2018. ''Engaging with the city: utilising spaces outside the university as places for transformative learning through collaborative vertical studio teaching in art and design'', Mancheseter Met.

Cocchiarella, F., Booth, P., 2014. 'Students as Producers: An ‘X’ disciplinary approach to collaborative Art, Design and Media pedagogy', iJade: Collaborative Practices in Arts Education, Tate Liverpool, 24th & 25th October 2014.

Other Outputs

Cocchiarella, FN., Haley, D., Vargas, V., 2016. 'Fruitful Futures: Imagining Pomona'.

Opiso City: Design Lab

Cocchiarella, F. Wehmeyer van den Boom, J., 2016. 'Pomona Island Design Lab', Design Lab Project.

Unit X

Cocchiarella, F. Higgins, S, 2015. 'Mise en Scene', Collaborative project with the RNCM.