Founded in 2011 by Valentina Elmiger and Aurora De La Fuente, VANDA is an architecture and interior design studio, with offices in Italy and Spain, which operates worldwide in the design of shops, showrooms, restaurants, hotels and residences.
Meet VANDA’s Team
Valentina AND Aurora
VANDA offers multiple customized solutions, from concept to realization; from architecture to interior design; from product design to prototyping; from the coordinated image to digital communication, for a convincing and always innovative result.
Valentina ElmigerArchitect and Photographer
Valentina Elmiger is an Architect, Retail Designer and Creative Director based in Italy, working in Europe, Asia and the United States. After graduating in Architecture and Society at the Politecnico di Milano, Valentina worked for two years in the Piuarch studio in Milan, immediately getting involved in Retail design and Architecture projects for big brands and international investors. In 2008 she moved to London for a year where she worked on photography for a number of architecture magazines, including Compasses. In 2010 he founded the studio Nomade Architettura in Milan, focusing on Interior Design and Architectural Design. In 2013, together with Aurora De La Fuente, he founded VANDA, a multidisciplinary studio in constant evolution, where different professional figures meet to explore new and stimulating fields. The VANDA studio works in the fields of Retail Design, Commercial Fitout, Residential Interior design and in the creation of Total Concepts for companies and entrepreneurs, following the process of new business development, from Branding to final realisation. Since 2022 Valentina has been in charge of Art Direction for large real estate development projects, collaborating with International Investment Funds. Valentina's passion for her work is the ingredient that leads her to consider what she does as her greatest hobby and her interdisciplinarity the means to offer always different projects where the search for harmony and beauty are the driving force and the goal of each realisation. Since 2023 Valentina, together with Marcel Mauer founders Antonio Pisano and Lorenzo Baldini, founded the new brand CIRCO specialising in Retail Design, Circular Economy, Events and Product Design. Valentina is passionate about art, music and spiritual evolution. A DJ and yoga teacher, Valentina believes that beauty and the pursuit of harmony can contribute to increasing people's level of emotional well-being.
Aurora de la Fuente Manjón, architect and retail designer, graduated in Interior Architecture at the University of Burgos (Spain) in 2007. She worked with several Spanish studies before moving to Milan, where in 2009 she attended the master “Interior Design for Luxury living” at Istituto Marangoni. She designed several sets for fashion shows and stands for important brands in the fashion industry: Adidas, Moschino, Alexander McQueen, Dockers, See by Chloe in Italy and Europe. At the same time she also worked as a “graphic designer” for several companies in Milan. In 2010, she began a collaboration with Gucci designing and building shop-windows for showrooms all over the world, Pop ups, exhibitions, stands. This year, she started her professional partnership with Valentina Elmiger. In 2011, Aurora moved to Vigo, in the north of Spain, where she worked for four years at BIMBA Y LOLA as a store planner, window display designer and international event planner.
Ilaria graduated in Architecture in 2015 from the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Parma. Since the same year she regularly collaborates with some informative editorials for the architecture magazine "Area". After some work experience in architectural firms, she has been part of the VANDA team since November 2020.
Luca TotaroProduct Designer
Luca graduated in Industrial Product Design at Politecnico di Milano in 2018. Since 2021 he has been a member of VANDA team.