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Manufacturing Value: inclusiveness, innovation and sustainability

Italian Design Day 2024

14 March 2024 — 5 minutes read

The theme of the eighth edition of Italian Design Day 2024, "Creating Value: inclusivity, innovation, and sustainability", aims to explore the modes of production, not only in aesthetic and functional terms but also in terms of intrinsic value.

This year marks the eighth edition of Italian Design Day, the annual event that provides a global platform through a diverse range of activities, including exhibitions, meetings, presentations, competitions, and seminars, where experts, entrepreneurs, and journalists in the field share their experiences to promote Italian design worldwide.

The event is promoted and organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture - Directorate General of Contemporary Creativity, and with the contribution of prominent institutions and organizations in the sector, including the ADI Compasso d'Oro Foundation, the Triennale di Milano, the Salone del Mobile, Federlegno Arredo, and the ICE Agency - Italian Trade & Investment Agency.

The objective of this edition is to address current challenges, highlighting the ability of Italian design to generate culture and promote relationships, both between craftsmanship and innovation and between different countries, sharing common values and commitments to address major global issues.

In this context, there are numerous initiatives involving professors and researchers from the Department of Design:

Alba Cappellieri
Conference - Made in Italy and made in Oman
March 5, 2024, 5:00 pm, National Museum of Oman, Muscat

During the conference, Professor Cappellieri interacted with local academics and designers, delving into this year's Design Day theme and sharing perspectives and ideas on the future of design.

Giampiero Bosoni
Conference - Celebration to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Italian designer Cini Boeri
March 11, 2024, 6:30 pm, Italian Cultural Institute of Paris

During the conference, Giampiero Bosoni offered a historical reflection on the role of some designers, both well-known and less-known, who have made a significant mark in Italian design culture, not only domestically but also internationally, contributing to the formation of the so-called good Italian design of the post-war period.

Giovanni Maria Conti
Conference - Italian Experience as a Model for "Made in Latin America"
March 12, 2024, 10:20 pm, in connection with the Italian Embassy in Managua, Nicaragua

The objective of the conference was to promote dialogue and examine the possibilities of collaboration between Italian and Nicaraguan professionals in the fashion and design sector, focusing on small and medium-sized enterprises and sustainable fashion production chains.

Livia Tenuta
Conference - Italian Jewellery between beauty and virtue
March 13, 2024, 2:00 pm, Academy of Fine Arts, Łódź

During the conference, Livia Tenuta placed reflections on the methods, functions, and innovations that characterize design at the center of the discussion, emphasizing how jewelry is deeply intertwined with these, representing a crossroads of values, meanings, and disciplines.

Conference and fashion show - Italian Design Talks
March 14, 2024, 6:00 pm, The Tides, Warsaw

Presentation by Livia Tenuta followed by a panel discussion with industry experts.

Conference - Making sense. The new Italian fashion show
March 18, 2024, 7:00 pm, Open Source, Krakow

The event, part of the Krakow Fashion Week program, features a fashion show dedicated to some of the most interesting and innovative Italian brands, and a conference during which Livia Tenuta will discuss the role of jewelry and accessories in Italian design and fashion.

Raffaella Mangiarotti
12 March 2024

The Professor attended the official opening of the 'Italian Room' set up at the prestigious showroom Divanidea, Bulgarian importer of Italian products.

13 March 2024, Italian Embassy, Sofia

Raffaella Mangiarotti participated in the presentation of the exhibition 'The Hundred Italian Vases', set up in the outdoor spaces of the Italian Embassy in Sofia. The exhibition emphasises Italian excellence in particular in the field of interior design, tracing the history, works and most significant aspects of the vases of Italian designers of the 20th century through exhibition panels using texts and photos.

14 March 2024, 6:00 pm, Academy of Fine Arts, Sofia

The Embassy of Italy, the IIC and the ICE Agency in Sofia, with the support of Confindustria Bulgaria and the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria organised a meeting with Prof. Mangiarotti, who shared her creations and her point of view on Italian design, with a special focus on women's perspectives in the sector.

Annalisa Dominoni and Benedetto Quaquaro
Conference - Design for innovation, sustainability and inclusion in space
March 14, 2024, 6:30 pm, Frankfurter Kunstverein Contemporary Art Gallery

During the conference, the speakers explored the meaning and implications of design for space, emphasizing the fundamental role of design as a bridge between science, technology, and aesthetics, capable of stimulating innovation through sustainable and inclusive projects in space, thus opening new horizons for reflection.

Luisa Maria Virginia Collina
March 21, 2024, 11:00 am, UBT (University for Business and Technology) Innovation Campus Library - Lipjan, Pristina, Kosovo

Silvia Deborah Ferraris
Italy Azerbaijan initiative
End of April

Francesco Scullica
May 15, 2024, Italian Embassy in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Francesco Zurlo
Traveling exhibition - Italy Geniale. Design Enables
Almaty, Kazakhstan

The traveling exhibition, curated by Francesco Zurlo and Carlo Martino, has already visited several cities, including Bangkok, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Singapore, and Tashkent, and is now arriving in Almaty. It showcases a selection of iconic Italian design objects and pays tribute to the creativity and work of Italian companies, organized into five categories: "Liveable", "Moveable", "Workable", "Relationable", and "Imaginable". The exhibition is promoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs together with the ADI Design Museum.