A graduate and adjunct professor at RISD, Rhode Island School of Design, Valentini is best known for her material innovations and signature textiles. In 2001 she launched at the ICFF, International Contemporary Furniture Fair, NYC, a children's foam furniture collection inspired by her own children's desire to touch.
The COOSH Egg Chair, a single ball of foam designed to brake open into a chair and ottoman won her a place in a future furniture competition hosted by Interior Design Magazine. Her cohesive body of work using industrial foams also awarded her a spot as a recipient of one of the top 80 American Designers chosen by the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt in 2003 Triennial "Inside Design Now."
Valentini's approach to discovering innovative manufacturing of industrial textiles into functional yet sensual objects is inspired by her desire to bring to the surface a new way of seeing and connecting to the natural and built environment. Design inspired by nature and the innate desire to touch, to protect and to connect with oneself is physically imbedded in every surface tactile texture.
To experience her innovatively custom fabrics is to connect with always evolving manufacturing processes through fusing and repurposing industrial materials through a balance of human sensibility and sensuality to substance and sustainability. Her textiles convey these processes by melding these diverse worlds to experience the connection between our needs, our desires and natures' way of protection.
From sculptural walls to furniture, lighting and personal accessories, she brings to light a tactile sensibility through texture. Valentini and her team continue to experiment, discover and produce, with a sense of touch, sculptural high performance textiles into everyday objects
Valentini's signature textiles are represented by material libraries worldwide and are considered one of the most innovative sustainable fabrics being uniquely produced in the USA today. They touch us with surface textures that are shaped from protective surfaces that exist in our everyday surroundings.