Vincenzo De Cotiis was born in 1958 in Gonzaga, Italy. He studied architecture at the Politecnico di Milano and founded his studio in 1997. 

His signature is the use of salvaged and reclaimed materials—with the signs of their age and wear and tear left intact—in combination with new materials. He aims for perfect imperfection, achieved through deconstruction, re-construction, and re-appropriation of salvaged textiles, metal, wood, leather, and stone. In his work, the original form of the materials is often difficult to identify, but their histories are always visible. 

Indeed, De Cotiis finds beauty in the patina of life, as seen in his architecture and interiors projects for private homes, hotels, restaurants, and retail outlets across the globe, as well as his furniture and design work. 

Under the Progetto Domestico label, De Cotiis designs and produces one off and limited-edition pieces that also incorporate recycled and reclaimed materials. Highly collectable, the work is sold through his gallery in Milan and exhibited at leading global design fairs, including Design Miami/Basel, PAD London, Dubai Design Week, and the Art Paris Art Fair.