Three-year course

Italian/English

Course leader

Carmelo Di Bartolo

Duration

3 years

Product design

The landscape of the artificial dimension

Learning by doing is the principle at the root of the three-year courses at Raffles Milano, a training experience that structures the mind, provides a solid technical foundation and unleashes a desire to broaden your life horizons.


Why?

Why?

Without design, the world would be a much poorer, more tiring place. The discipline of design can be defined as ‘pervasive intelligence’ that invites us to find new meanings and new solutions, and that educates people to generate value and values for the world around them. Design has always been a powerful driver of social and aesthetic progress and of thinking.


Course leader

course leader

Course leader

Carmelo Di Bartolo

Industrial designer

Carmelo Di Bartolo has been conducting studies and research in the area of bionics and of design since 1980. In 1982, he established CRIED, the Research Centre of the Istituto Europeo di Design school. In 1998 he left IED and founded Design Innovation, a workshop that researches processes of advanced design. He has developed projects for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the Fiat Research Centre, Ferrari GT, Argotractors, Samsung, the World Bank, Indesit, Luxottica, Electrolux and Pirelli. He is an associate professor at the University of Montreal, contract professor at the IULM University in Milan and the Suor Orsola Benincasa University in Naples and corresponding academic for Italy with the National Academy of Fine Arts in Argentina. He has worked as a contract professor at Milan Polytechnic and as Visiting Professor at the ECAL in Lausanne, the TEC in Monterrey, Campus Guadalajara and in many other international universities and research centres.


Professional opportunities

Professional opportunities

Design is an essential factor for every firm that makes the quality of its products a hallmark of its market positioning. That quality comprises the product’s conception, usability and emotional appeal, its ability to cater for the requirements of environmental sustainability, a suitable choice of materials and the product’s life cycle. And the designer is the lead actor in the process of defining the product’s main characteristics. At the end of this course, students will be able to find opportunities for work or structured professional placement in all sorts of different fields of industry, wherever innovation converges with the quality of products, services and processes.


Who should attend

Who should attend

The course is for applicants with a secondary school leaving diploma. Ideal students in this course aspire to transform their creative characteristics into the abilities to think, to conceive, to execute and to communicate projects, products and services. The course provides them with the research tools, methodologies and processes they will need to be able to govern the complexity of designing. As design is interdisciplinary by nature, the course will introduce students to the tools they need to interact with various experts in managing the process, from the product’s conception to its market commercialisation.


Curriculum

Curriculum

The first year curriculum is designed to enable students to learn the tools of basic design, perception and the human senses, familiarity with materials, history of design, design theory and representation, designing 1. The second year features a strong component of design labs, workshops, interdisciplinary labs and site visits to firms. The third year is devoted to analysing future trends and scenarios, new opportunities for design, with the city as a theatre for design. The last semester focuses on developing a design thesis in partnership with firms.


Topics

Topics

  • Basic design.
  • Art and design history.
  • Material design.
  • Researching scenarios and developing concepts.
  • Representing and communicating products and services.
  • Physical and cognitive ergonomics.
  • Perceived quality and sensations.
  • Design and sustainability.
  • Strategic marketing/product and communication.
  • Design management.

Endorsements

Endorsements

For the quality and effectiveness of its didactic model, this Three-year course has been endorsed by:


Design lecturers

Design lecturers

They are well-founded professionals, authors of projects that have made their mark, and with many years of teaching experience. They have a wide and truly international vision.
They are part of a cohesive and productive group, and they love discussing the progress of courses, the opportunities that present themselves on the run and the performance of individual students.

Carlo Dameno

Carlo Dameno

Designer

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From 1996 to 2000, Carlo Dameno worked with Carmelo Di Bartolo, where he supervised work with such firms as Lego Futura, Gillette, Fiat, Sunstar, Oral B, Lavazza and Bosch as project manager. In 1999, he joined Design Innovation as co-ordinator of the bionics and concept design research area, developing projects with Fiat, Piaggio, Tensoforma, Ariete and others. In 2008, he teamed up with Monica Ferrigno to establish Ildoppiosegno, a design office with a dual identity, focusing on the one hand on industrial design and on the other on research. The office has worked with such clients as Bayer, Status, United Pets, New Holland, Samsung, Piazza and iBarzaghi. He has lectured in bionics in Turin, Madrid, Milan and at the Technological Institute of Aragon, in Zaragoza. A tutor in the creativity and design workshop in the degree course in Corporate Communication at the IULM University in Milan, he is a participant in BIOMA, the international symposium in bionics and design at the University of Aveiro, in Portugal.
Enrico Pisino

Enrico Pisino

Engineer

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Enrico Pisino graduated in mechanical engineering from Turin Polytechnic, Italy’s oldest technical university. In the first years of this century, he was employed by FIAT, where he worked on research programmes, concept cars and design for production models. In particular, he focused on the interiors of the Panda, Lancia Ypsilon, Alfa Giuletta and Fiat 500L models and on implementing compressed gas systems on board the Panda, Grande Punto, Qubo, Doblò and Ducato. In 2005 and 2006, he was Production and Materials Director at the FIAT Research Centre, then from 2006 to 2008 Director of the vehicle architecture business line inside the Centre. From 2008 to 2011, was Director of the FIAT Group Interiors Unit, then in 2011 became Head of Innovation at the Chrysler Group. In 2013, he was appointed Head of Vehicle Research & Innovation at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Since 2015, he has been President of the sector of strategic research & innovation for sustainable propulsion at the EUCAR Council and since 2016 a member of the Scientific Committee at the Milan Polytechnic Foundation and President of the Transport Italy 2020 National Technology Cluster.
Matteo Ragni

Matteo Ragni

Designer

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Matteo Ragni, graduated in Architecture at the Politecnico di Milano. With Giulio Iacchetti in 2001 he was awarded with Compasso d’Oro ADI for the disposable biogradable spork “Moscardino”, which is now part of the permanent design collection at MOMA New York. He recently won the Wallpaper Design Award ’08 with Leti, a table lamp/book end produced by Danese. In 2008 he founded TobeUs: brand of wooden toy cars handcrafted in Italy, a brand that wants to be a manifesto for consumer’s awareness. With TobeUs he regularly organizes workshops and exhibitions. Recently he published with Corraini “Camparisoda: l’aperitivo veloce futurista: da Fortunato Depero a Matteo Ragni”, and “Wallpaper celebrations”. In 2012 he won the National Award for Innovation “Prize of Prizes” for the project W-eye. At the end of 2013 a celebratory exhibition about his work entitled “Matteo Ragni: Almost 20 Years of Design” was held at the “Italian Cultural Institute of Toronto”. In 2014, with Giulio Iacchetti, he won the second Compasso d’Oro ADI for the series of Montini manholes.In 2015 he gets invited with the role of representative of italian design to the Tianjin Design Week edition with a solo exhibition: Design for Better Days, a show photographically narrate by Max Rommel. 2015 is time for the Good Design Award prize awarded to the HUB system designed for Fantoni. Today, along with his activity of designer, he teaches, he works as an architect and an art director.
Duccio Mauri

Duccio Mauri

Designer

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Born in Milan in 1980, Duccio Mauri holds a degree in product design from Milan Polytechnic, the same university where he then went on to take a Masters in Design and Engineering. After completing his studies, he worked with Itsme, a start-up operating in the area of information technology, at Milan Polytechnic and in several design offices in Beijing. He now holds the positions of Chief Designer and Team Leader with BTS Design Innovation. He has accumulated significant experience in the sectors of design, manufacturing industry, luxury, fashion and consumer goods and has taken part in innovation projects for major Italian and international industrial groups working in automotive, fashion accessories and electronic and medical appliances. He is now responsible for developing methods for developing and implementing innovation, both in the area of products and of materials and in that of user-centred processes. He has deposited seven industrial patents. In 2012, he contributed to the collective book Materials drive design - Il progetto Eldomat and in 2017 to Mobility vision – Fifty years of automotive innovation 1965-2015.
Makio Hasuike

Makio Hasuike

Designer

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Born in Tokyo in 1938, Makio Hasuike graduated in Industrial Design from the Tokyo University of the Arts in 1962, then spent one year gaining professional experience at home in Japan before moving to Italy. In 1968, he founded his own industrial design office in Milan, one of the first in Italy. In 1982, he embarked on the experimental MH Way project, with which he has launched a series of innovative products onto the market. In the course of some forty years, he has developed design projects and partnered with great Italian and foreign firms, contributing to their success with design solutions that stand out for their innovative aesthetics and contents. His designs have won several prestigious awards and acknowledgements and continue to be shown in exhibitions and museums, including the MoMA in New York. In 2016, he received the ADI Compasso d’Oro Career Award. He is a member of the Founding Committee of the Masters in Strategic Design at Milan Polytechnic.
King & Miranda

King & Miranda

Designers

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Perry King After studying industrial design in the UK, Perry King moved to Italy in 1964 to work as a consultant with Olivetti, where he subsequently became Image Design Co-ordinator. For Olivetti, he worked with Santiago Miranda to design dot matrix fonts, posters and books. In 1976, he and Miranda then established their own office King Miranda Associates. He has lectured at Milan Polytechnic, at the University of Arts and at the Royal College of Art in London. In 2000, he was named Royal Designer for Industry. Santiago Miranda Santiago Miranda studied at the Escuela de Artes Aplicadas y Oficios Artisticos in his native city of Seville before moving to Milan in 1971, where he worked as a consultant with Olivetti. Focusing on research and teaching, he has served as a member of the academic committees at the Pablo de Olavide University in Seville, as well as on many international juries. In 1989, he won the Spanish National Design Award and in 1995 the Andalusia Design Award.
Studio Ito

Studio Ito

Designers

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Established in 1997 by Setsu and Shinobu Ito, the Studio Ito works in the areas of architectural, interior, space, product, industrial and packaging design. One of the characteristics of this office is its ability to partner with international architects and designers who specialise in specific areas. Setsu Ito graduated from the University of Tsukuba and learned the profession working with Alessandro Mendini and Angelo Mangiarotti at Alchimia. Shinobu Ito graduated from the Tama Art University in Tokyo and has worked with CBS Sony. The office has won numerous international design awards, including the ADI Compasso d’Oro Award in 2011 and the IF Design Award in 2015. Many of the designs created by the office now feature in the most prestigious permanent collections, including the Triennale Design Museum in Milan and the Neue Sammlung International Design Museum in Munich Monaco. The two architects have held courses and workshops at the Polytechnic in Milan, the IUAV University in Venice, and the University of Tsukuba.
Giovanni Pelloso

Giovanni Pelloso

Historian and photography critic

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A journalist and photography critic who writes for the ViviMilanosupplement to the leading national daily newspaper Corriere della Sera, Giovanni Pelloso has worked on publishing projects with Mondadori Portfolio (he was the author of the piece dedicated to Mario De Biasi, Giorgio Lotti and Angelo Cozzi), with Hachette and with Canon Italia. A co-author of the Dizionario mondiale della fotografia (Rizzoli/Contrasto, 2002), he is a contributor to the monthly magazines NPhotography and Photo Professional and is editor in chief of the long-established magazine Il Fotografo. He has held workshops and seminars about photography at the Suor Orsola Benincasa University in Naples, the Istituto Italiano di Fotografia and the Contrasto agency. His research interests focus on the theory and practice of the sociology of consumption and of advertising. Working as a contract lecturer, he has been teaching and conducting research since 2005 at the Faculty of Communication Sciences and of Entertainment at the IULM University in Milan. He has been lecturing in photography at the LAO since 2013 and is an associate researcher at the Milan Civic Aquarium.
Davide Calluori

Davide Calluori

Digital artist

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Born in Syracuse, in Sicily in 1978, Davide Calluori graduated in Art from the DAMS school in Bologna, then moved to Milan, where he took a diploma in Graphic Design from the Accademia di Comunicazione. He started his professional career at DLV BBDO as an art director. He then developed an interest in creating and producing images for printing. He became the manager for the post-production, 3D and illustration department. At the beginning of 2016, he teamed up with Daniele Tribi and Francesco Van Straten to establish B612Studio, a structure that works with illustration, 3D, post-production and photography. The clients he has completed projects for include Yamaha, Freddy, Cam, Rolling Stone, Wall Street Institute, Che Banca!, Bayer, Telecom, Sky and Audi. His work appeared in the 2012, 2014 and 2016 editions of the 200 Best Digital Artists Worldwide Annual Award and of the 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide Annual Award published by Lürzer’s Archive.
Stefano Fabbri

Stefano Fabbri

Illustrator

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After taking his diploma in 1984 at the Arte e Messaggio Civic School of Applied Arts in Milan, Stefano Fabbri spent the period from 1986 to 1987 as assistant art director to Gino Ciccognani in the Studio Nuovi Prodotti advertising agency. In the two following years, he then pursued his career as an assistant art director further in the international agency Saatchi & Saatchi. From 1989 to 2005, he worked as a visualiser and illustrator with several leading agencies, including Saatchi & Saatchi, Verba DDB, J.W. Thompson and Bates. At present, he works regularly with several publications and publishers: the newspapers and magazines Corriere della Sera, Lo Specchio della Stampa, Auto Oggi, Le Scienze, Men’s Health, Panorama, Riders, Focus and Mente&Cervello and the publishers Feltrinelli, Stampa Alternativa, Mondadori, Besa and Helblings Languages. He has co-ordinated several illustration workshops at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. In 2005, he won the Oesterheld Award at the Romacartoon International Cartoon Festival for his graphic novel Il monile di Bengasi, whose texts were written by the author Danilo Manera.
Luisa Milani

Luisa Milani

Graphic designer

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After graduating in Communication Design from Milan Polytechnic in 2005, Luisa Milani started working in the Leftloft graphic design office, where she stayed for five years and where she also achieved the realisation that graphic design is a passion for her first and only then also a job of work. She then founded La Tigre in 2009, an office that has worked successfully both in Italy and internationally from the very start. Over the years, the clients she has had the opportunity to develop projects for include The New York Times, The Guardian, Wired, the Süddeutsche Zeitung, IBM, Zucchi, Bassetti, ENI, Il Sole 24 Ore and Mondadori. After several years as an assistant at Milan Polytechnic and running several workshops, she started teaching in Turin in 2015. In 2012, she was named among the Young Guns by the Art Directors Club of New York. In 2014, she redesigned the logo of The Independent. In 2015, she received an acknowledgement from the Type Directors Club of New York and in 2016 one of her designs was selected as a finalist by the SPD, the Society of Publication Designers.
Monica Milani

Monica Milani

Design manager

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After graduating in Architecture and taking a Masters in Interaction Design, Monica Milani continued her studies with a PhD in Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Florence. Starting work as an interaction designer with the Etnoteam Wireless Lab in Milan, she focused her research on human-computer interaction, designing an interactive kiosk and Avatar, a digital personal assistant. After a few years, she transferred to Indesit to head up a project for an innovative man-machine interface with a touch point for domestic appliances, with support from Ideo to develop open-mindedness, experimentation and the user-centred design approach. In 2012, she was appointed Head of the Design Centre, with responsibility for all aspects of appliance aesthetics and interaction. In 2014, she moved to Dyson, in England, to be responsible for introducing new user interface technologies. Here she created a memorable user experience, leading the design of the human-robot interaction of the recent Dyson 360 Eye robot.
Ester Manitto

Ester Manitto

Designer

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After taking her diploma in advertising graphics from the Ficiap professional school in Ovada in 1987, Ester Manitto first studied and then worked as an assistant in the AG Fronzoni school and workshop in Milan, before moving on to work with the Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Vesima in 1994-1995. She has lectured in Visual Communication at the Bovisa campus of Milan Polytechnic. In 1997, she teamed up with Angelo Core to establish the Core Progetti office. In 2012, she published the book A lezione con AG Fronzoni. Dalla didattica della progettazione alla didattica di uno stile di vita (Learning from AG Fronzoni: from teaching design to teaching a lifestyle), which was selected for inclusion in the 2013 ADI Design Index. She has taken part in holding didactic workshops at the University of Genoa Department of Physics and was responsible for organising art workshops at the Doge’s Palace, also in Genoa. In addition, she has taught and lectured in the Faculty of Architecture at the Villa Croce Museum in Genoa, discussing the work and teachings of AG Fronzoni. Her interests range from teaching and pedagogy to safeguarding the environment, land art and architectural design.
Giulio Vinaccia

Giulio Vinaccia

Designer

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Born in Caracas in 1957 to Italian parents, Giulio Vinaccia moved to Italy in 1985 and spent the years from 1997 to 2012 working with his brother Valerio in the area of industrial design, while also starting to take an interest in social design in his native Colombia in 1993. From 1996 to 2002, he worked with SEBRAE, the Brazilian Support Service for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, developing a dozen projects of design for craftsmanship in several communities of Brazil. In 2004, the Spanish government commissioned him to carry out a project to study the iconography of the Camino de Santiago. He subsequently worked to flank communities in critical condition in Sweden, Canada, Afghanistan and Egypt. Since 2009, he has been working with the development programmes at the UNIDO – United Nations Industrial Development Organisation – in China, Haiti and the five Caribbean states, Pakistan, Madagascar and seven southern Mediterranean countries. In 2015, he won the World Green Design Contribution Award and in 2016, together with UNIDO, the ADI Compasso d’Oro Award, the first one every presented in the award’s history to the category of social design.
Laura Morelli

Laura Morelli

Artist

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Laura Morelli was born in 1960 and graduated from the DAMS in Bologna. After working on restoring mural paintings in the nineties, in 2005 she changed over to focus on adolescent and adult education. Meanwhile, in 2000, she had created the Innermost machines project, starting from electronic toys for infants. Since then, her interest in the mechanisms of relationships, teamwork and contemporary art has intertwined closely with the social field and direct contacts with groups of people. The foundations for her research are the design process, enhancing all aspects of resilience, respect for people, empathy, sustainability and the artist’s role as a catalyst of shared processes. She has worked with the Cattolica University of Milan, the Roma Tre University, the European Biomedical Research Foundation, the Italian Psychogeriatrics Association, the Humanitas Foundation, the Don Gnocchi Foundation Centre for Bioengineering, the Xaverian Fathers in Bangladesh, the Università dell’Immagine/Superstudio, Connecting Cultures, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and Caritas. In 2006, she founded the association Di +.
Camilla Fecchio

Camilla Fecchio

Graphic designer

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Camila Fecchio graduated in Industrial Design from Milan Polytechnic specializing in Communication Design, then took a diploma from the Alta Scuola Politecnica in 2007. She has worked in research and corporate consultancy, first spending two years at the Milan Polytechnic Department of Management Engineering, where she focused on design-led innovation, then moving to Design Innovation, the structure created in 1998 by Carmelo Di Bartolo and Maria del Pino Molina Betancor, where she co-ordinated strategic and advanced design projects. She has lectured at Milan Polytechnic for seven years and was didactic co-ordinator of DIBA, the Design Innovation Business Academy in 2010. In the same year, she started lecturing and co-ordinating the course in Creativity and Design at the Faculty of Communication, Public Relations and Advertising at Milan’s IULM University. Since 2012, she has also been doing graphic and communication design work for the web.
Luigi Ciuffreda

Luigi Ciuffreda

Architect

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Born in 1981, Luigi Ciuffreda studied architecture and design at the École Supérieure d’Art et de Design in Orleans and at Milan Polytechnic, where he graduated in 2006 with a specialisation in museography and exhibition design for cultural heritage. From 2005 to 2007, he worked as an expert in the subject in the Interior Design workshops at the Milan Polytechnic Faculty of Design and, from 2013 to 2017, he lectured in design and exhibition design at the Milan Academy of Communication. He now operates in a variety of permutations of the field of design: product design, retail design, interior architecture an exhibition design. His more notable recent projects include the museographical design at the Lapidary Museum of Monte Sant’Angelo and the signage for the new NAS Arena stadium in Dubai. Since 2006, he has been a consultant with Buratti Architects, where he has collaborated on projects for B&B Italia, Fontana Arte, Living Divani, Poliform, Poltrona Frau, Porro, Tecno, Lamborghini, Ducati, Husqvarna, La Perla and Gebrüder Thonet of Vienna. Along with his professional activities, he devotes some of his time to personal research into illustration and graphic design.
Roberto Montanari

Roberto Montanari

Designer

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Roberto Montanari was one of the founders of the RE:Lab, a company that has been working on human-machine interfaces (HMI) since 2005 and, in particular, on design and engineering in the fields of industry, of information technology and of consumer electronics. He is a professor of Cognitive Ergonomics, Interaction Design and ICT at the Suor Orsola Benincasa University in Naples, where he also co-ordinates the Centro Scienza Nuovo academic research centre in humanities and technology. His research covers the areas of safety, transportation and mobility, as well as the role played by smart devices that are capable of providing information considering the users, conditions and context in question. He has extensive experience in advanced research projects studying man-machine interfaces in both products and processes, which combine the human perspective with technological development. He has published more than 15 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 80 articles in conferences and has five patents to his name.
Stefano Giovannoni

Stefano Giovannoni

Designer

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Stefano Giovannoni was born in La Spezia in 1954 and graduated from the Faculty of Architecture in Florence in 1978, then lectured and conducted research at university from 1979 to 1991. In 1984 and 1985, he worked with Ettore Sottsass and Alchimia-Mendini. He has lectured in Masters courses at the Domus Academy and the Università del Progetto/Design University of Reggio Emilia and served as a professor in industrial design at the Genoa University of Architecture. He now works as an industrial and interior designer and architect, specialising in plastic products. He has designed very successful products, including the Girotondo and Mami plastic products and the Alessi bathroom for Alessi and the Bombo series for Magis (in all 300 products). In 1991, he designed the Italian pavilion for the exhibition Capitales européennes du noveau design at the Pompidou Centre in Paris. In 2015, he won the prestigious Red Dot Design Award, the latest in a long series of awards, and teamed up with a Hong Kong investor to establish Qeeboo, his own brand for producing plastic furnishings at affordable prices. His design works have won him the “Design Plus” award at the 1994, 1996, 2003, 2005 and 2009 editions of Ambiente at the Frankfurt Fair, the “100% design” award in London in 1997, the “Forum Design Hannover” award in 1999, the “ISH” award in 2003, the Chicago Athenaeum “Good Design Award” in 2010 and the “New York Interior Design 2012 Award”.
Lia Luzzatto

Lia Luzzatto

Color consultant

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After graduating with full marks from the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan, Lia Luzzatto continued her studies, exploring the fields of fashion and specialising in hardcopy and digital chromatic communication. She now works as a colour consultant in many fields, writes books, takes part in seminars and teaches. Because of its symbolic, communicative, psychological and sensory complexity, colour is a vital resource in every visual context. Lia Luzzatto lectures in Colour Theory at the Academy of Communication and the Luxury Lab in the Academy of Luxury in Milan. Writing together with Renata Pompas, whom she met attending Luigi Veronesi’s lectures in chromatology at the Academy, she has published numerous books about colour that are constantly going through reprints for publishers including Hoepli, Il Castello and Bompiani. She is a founder member of the Italian Colour Association’s Colour Group and is a member of its Presidency Council and Scientific Committee. Previously a member of the CISST – Italian Centre for Studying the History of Fabrics – and of ADI, she is currently a member of the ECD Environmental Colour Design of Buenos Aires and of the Stockholm-based Colour Study Group.
Roberta Maddaloni

Roberta Maddaloni

Executive coach

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From 2001 to 2014, Roberta Maddaloni was a project co-ordinator in Mida. She continued her studies after her degree in psychology from the University of Parma in 2013 by completing an advanced training course in counselling at the European Academy in Florence in the next year. She has worked as a training consultant with Doctors&doula, TrasformAzione, CFA and Execo – The Human Side and she is a professional counselor accredited with the CNCP – Italian National Professional Counsellors’ Association. An expert in storytelling applied to professional contexts, she uses transactional analysis as a tool for training and her consultancy work. She designs and conducts training plans for developing the potential and definition of action plans and provides tools for triggering and implementing significant changes aimed towards achieving individual and corporate well-being. The issues she primarily works with are change as opportunity, implementing motivation, the effectiveness of relations, emotional intelligence, effective communication, negotiation, processes of orientation and the balance of skills.
Emanuele Baj Rossi

Emanuele Baj Rossi

Executive coach

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Emanuele Baj Rossi joined Cegos in 2007 as an expert consultant and has remained there ever since, now working in human resources and general management. After graduating in education and training sciences from Milan’s Università Cattolica in 2008, he went on to take a Masters in systemic neuro-linguistic programming. A trainer and executive coach, he has developed on issues of adult education and curated a programme to develop on models of leadership in multinational organisations. A certified FranklinCovey lecturer, his areas of expertise are designing and providing training courses in fields of behaviour (communication, public speaking, problem-solving and time management), management (leadership and the fundamentals of management) and the FranklinCovey method (The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People). In 2014, he was interviewed by Italy’s leading daily Corriere della Sera about how important it is for women to say “no” at work. In 2017, he published the book Obiettivi solidi in una società liquida (Solid aims in a liquid society).
Massimiliano Pappalardo

Massimiliano Pappalardo

Executive coach

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After graduating in philosophy, Massimiliano Pappalardo took a Masters in management control and started his career with Auchan, becoming a branch manager. He later directed Milan Polytechnic’s Città Studi university campus, then the campus of the San Raffaele Vita-Salute (Life and Health) University, working in close contact with Don Luigi Verzé. He has worked with the Italian singer Carmen Consoli on the lyrics of several songs, especially for her album L’eccezione (2002). A philosopher, trainer, counselor and life coach, he has written many articles on blogs and websites covering philosophy, current affairs and literature and has a long-standing partnership with the Giorgio Gaber Foundation, promoting its thinking in both universities and schools. He has founded several magazines, including Un sorso in più with Carmen Consoli. A scholar and promoter of the culture of change in business and of the focal importance of the individual in corporate organisations, he has been taking an interest in mindfulness, resonant leadership, habits and responsibility.
Gianfranco Mele

Gianfranco Mele

Executive coach

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Gianfranco Mele graduated in economics and commerce, accounting and finance from the University of Turin and has worked with Costa Crociere, Baker Tilly Consulaudit and Nexto. He is a qualified public accountant, belongs to the Turin Board of Certified Public Accountants and is a legal auditor with an office in Turin. He has worked as an expert in the subject of planning and control at the Asti campus of the University of Turin. Along with his work as a traditional tax advisor, he now also does management consultancy in the fields of corporate organisation, management control, reporting and corporate finance and financial auditing. His clients include several leading Italian firms and multinationals. Since December 2011, he has been the only certified Italian lecturer in finance with the BMW Group. He also lectures in economics, finance & control and taxation at the ISTUD Foundation, one of Italy’s most prestigious business schools. His students appreciate his ability to explain the intricacies of balance sheets and corporate management clearly and effectively.
Mindert De Koningh

Mindert De Koningh

Pattern-maker


Mindert De Koningh was born in Haarlem, in the Netherlands, in 1958 and started working as a model maker after completing his studies. Working side by side with young Dutch designers sharpened his interest in everything related to industrial design, in due course leading to his decision to move to Milan in 1990. Meanwhile, in 1997, he founded Zooi and opened a workshop in via Savona. He attended both on teaching activities and on the production of prototypes for the students reading for Masters degrees in Industrial Design and in Fashion Design, his path crossing with those of many of the great names that animated the Milan design and art scenes. His work can be classified under two major headings: prototyping and building models and mock-ups for designers, firms and agencies working in all sorts of different industrial sectors; and consultancy and technical support services for artists in executing their works.
Giuseppe Ardrizzo

Giuseppe Ardrizzo

Epistemologist


After working in the publishing industry for a series of different publishers, Giuseppe Ardrizzo started teaching as a lecturer in the Theory of Knowledge. He was responsible for scientific research at the Majise CIES School of Advanced Studies in the University of Calabria until 2009. He has lectured and held seminars in the universities of Bergamo, Forlì, Chieti, Palermo, Potenza, and Urbino. A member of the New York Academy of Science and of several national scientific committees, he contributed to the publication of Ragioni di confinePrecorsi dell’innovazione (Il Mulino, 2002), Governare l’innovazione (Rubbettino, 2003) and L’esilio del tempo (Meltemi, 2003) and has authored numerous essays, including Perspective and Metrics of Time, in Claudio Rossi, Tempos in Science and Nature, Annals of the N. Y. Academy of Science, 1999, New Epistemologies in a Changing Media Environment, in Pier Cesare Rivoltella (ed.) Digital Literacy (New York, 2008), Innovare lo sguardo, in News IH (Siena, 2008) and Appunti per il Terzo millennio (Retecamere, 2012).

Firms

In nearly thirty years of work, the Raffles Group has built up a substantial network of partners that participate in our three-year and Masters courses. These firms’ reputations and the quality of the relationships e have developed with them are a guarantee of a decidedly fertile meeting between education and business.

Adidas, Aigner, B&O - Bang & Olufsen, Boucheron, Brother, Bulgari, Burberry, C&A, Cartier, Chanel, Chloé, Design Business Chamber Singapore, Diesel, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Dunhill, Elle, Fendi, Fujifilm, Furniture Design Award Singapore, Giorgio Armani, H&M, Heinz, Hermes, Hogan, HP Technology, HSBC – Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, IKEA, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Kohler, Lear Corporation, Lego, Li & Fung, L'Oréal, Louis Vuitton, LVMH, Mahogany, Max Mara, MediaCorp, Metro, Michael Kors, Microsoft, Nippon Paint, Nokia, Orchard Road Business Association, Pepsi, Philips, Prada, Puma, Ralph Lauren, Redworks, Richemont, Richmond, Rolex, Saatchi & Saatchi, Saint Laurent Paris, Samsung, Shiseido, Siemens, Singapore Furniture Industries Council, Singapore Jewellers Association, Sony Pictures, Standard Chartered, Textile & Fashion Federation, Tiffany & Co., Valentino, Versace, Y&R, Yves Saint Laurent.


Monday Talks

Monday talk

Every Monday evening at 6.00 p.m., Raffles Milano invites its students to meet one of the major personalities who walk the stage of design, style and design culture. Hearing the stories and ideas that influence the market and drive our mindset – straight from the horse’s mouth – is an amazing opportunity that adds substance to our academic programmes. Here is the agenda of meetings for the coming year.