Born in Lecce in 1966, Fabio Novembre soon moved to Milan, where he obtained his degree in architecture from the Milan Polytechnic in 1992. The following year, he went to New York, where he attended a film direction course, which was decisive for his projects throughout his career. From 2000-2003, Novembre was art director for Bisazza, a Veneto-based glass mosaic manufacturer.
From 2001, he began working with major international design brands like Cappellini and Driade. He has a long-standing collaboration with Driade, culminating first with the tremendous success of the polyethene Nemo chair (2009), whose silhouette is inspired by the face of an ancient Greek statue, and then with his selection as the company art director in 2019.
As of 2019, Fabio Novembre is also Director of Domus Academy and member of the scientific board of the new Design Museum at the Milan Triennale. He has also designed numerous projects for exhibitions, showrooms, galleries and commercial spaces. His first experience was for the Anna Molinari Blumarine shop in London, followed by the spectacular Bisazza showrooms in New York and Berlin and the Hit Gallery in Hong Kong, a concept store with metaphysical forms.
Metaphysical art has always been at the centre of Fabio Novembre's interests; in 2018, this artform inspired the Muse lamps created for Venini, the historic Murano glassworks. Muse is a limited series of just nine pieces, true luminous artistic objects in coloured opaline glass with a marble base - almost a tribute to De Chirico's mannequins. Novembre presented Trulli for Kartell at the 2018 Salone del Mobile. These centrepieces/containers in coloured and transparent plastic pay homage to his homeland, Puglia, through the symbolic forms of the region's architecture.