Gabriele Schiavon was born in Padua in 1973. As a child he wanted to be a painter and musician, but life took a different turn and he ended up studying architecture in Venice (1992-1997). He first heard the word design at Fabrica, where he joined in 1998 on a scholarship and where he later worked as tutor and project manager. It was there that he met Gerard Sanmartí. In the summer of 2001, on an island in the Pacific, wearing swimming trunks and flip-flops, they decided to start Lagranja Design.