A school made up of people.

Raffles Milano has all the right ingredients to provide a high-profile learning experience: it has the necessary background in teaching, the financial and organisational nous, the sensitivity to detect what the market wants, the ability to generate state-of-the-art ideas about how to forge bonds between education and work, ideas and business, creativity and sustainability. But above all, it has the right people to be able to do it all.


Executive Team

 

Executive Team


Carlo Forcolini

Carlo Forcolini

Scientific Director


Born in 1947, Carlo Forcolini took his diploma from the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan in 1969. From 1975 to 1979, he worked with ICF De Padova, while at the same time he started to work with Vico Magistretti, one of the great maestros of Italian design. From 1978 to 1984, he lived in London, where he was one of the founders of Alias and became Director of Artemide GB. In 1992, he founded Nemo and in 1999 Forcolini.Lab, followed in 2005 by Oylight. Over the years, he has designed for Amar, Cassina, BBB Bonacina, Luceplan, Luci Italia, Gervasoni, Joint and Pomellato. From 2001 to 2007, he served as President of ADI, Associazione per il Disegno Industriale, and in 2007 was appointed a member of the Consiglio Italiano del Design. From 2009 to 2014, he was, in order, CEO, then Vice-President and finally Academic Director of the IED Group. His designs feature in the collections of the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York, in the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris, in the Design Museum at the Milan Triennale and in the Collection of the ADI Compasso d’Oro Award. He has shown his work in exhibitions in Madrid, Los Angeles, London, Hamburg, Cologne, Tokyo, Sidney, Santiago, Moscow, Oslo, Naples, Milan, Toronto and Brussels
Pasquale Volpe

Pasquale Volpe

Head of School


Pasquale Volpe was born in Milan in 1981. After taking his diploma in Graphic Design from Milan’s Accademia di Comunicazione in 2003 and spending a period in London and Barcelona, he joined A+G Achilli Ghizzardi Associati. He has been lecturing at the Accademia di Comunicazione since 2005, in Masters Courses at NABA and IED since 2007, and at Istituto Marangoni since 2015. He has held workshops in universities in Istanbul, Monterrey, Hong Kong, Bozeman (Montana) and Lulea (Sweden). He has received 14 D&AD Awards for his teaching and he has won 3 One Show College Competitions. In 2008, he established Pvolpedesign, an independent office that employs passion, method and intelligence in the construction of visual landscape, generating projects that have won several awards, including 1 Yellow Pencil, 1 Aretè Award for Responsible Communication, 1 European Design Award and 2 inclusions in the ADI Design Index. In 2007, he created Associazione Good Design and launched Good 50×70, an international project that won him the Medal of the President of Republic from then-incumbent Giorgio Napolitano. In 2012, he launched Design in Town, a summer school for young university talents.

Course leaders

 

Course leaders


Franco Achilli

Franco Achilli

Visual designer


An architect, Franco Achilli trained with Alfred Hohenegger, Giorgio Fioravanti and Gianni Sassi, then at the New York School of Visual Arts. After acting as assistant to Emilio Fioravanti at G&R Associati, he opened his own first office in Milan in 1985 with Guglielmo Ghizzardi and Mario Piazza. In 1995, he launched A+G Achilli Ghizzardi Associati, which he still runs today, working in architecture, brand and exhibition design, and publishing graphics. His clients in a career spanning over thirty years have included industrial and commercial groups, publishers and international organisations. He has continuous experience in lecturing in design schools and teaches Visual Identity in Brands at the IULM University in Milan. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Northern Illinois University and had held courses at the University of Palermo, the Art Institute of Chicago, Milan Polytechnic, the IUAV in Venice and other universities. The acknowledgements he has received for his teaching work include ten awards from the Designer & Art Directors Club of London. He has written and edited publications about design and his work has featured in leading international magazines.
Francesco Cavalli

Francesco Cavalli

Creative director


Francesco Cavalli has accumulated more than twenty years of experience in the area of visual communication as a creative director and strategic designer. He lives and works in Milan, where he founded Leftloft together with Bruno Genovese, David Pasquali and Andrea Braccaloni while studying town planning at Milan Polytechnic. Since 1997, the office has designed more than 900 projects for clients in Italy and abroad. From corporate identity to publishing and event curating, he has worked for Moleskine, Documenta, FC Internazionale, Milan Triennale, Cassina, Colmar and Subito, among others. In 2009, he left Milan temporarily to open a subsidiary office in New York. Over the years, he has combined his professional work with promoting design culture through the Ministero della Grafica association and teaching at the Milan Polytechnic Faculty of Design and in other schools. In 2015, he created Luft, Leftloft’s research think tank, a workshop for brainstorming about the meaning and practice of contemporary design processes that organises multidisciplinary discussion events.
Gabriele Colangelo

Gabriele Colangelo

Fashion designer


Born in Milan in 1975, Gabriele Colangelo started making his first steps at a very tender age in his family atelier, which specialised in making furs, and it was from his parents that he learned about the care to be taken in creating his own collections. While he was still very young, just after completing his classical high school studies, he won a scholarship with the Italian National Chamber of Fashion as a fashion stylist. His first position designing for the Versace Women’s Jeans brand was followed by other more important ones with Versace and with Just Cavalli Woman. Step by step, Gabriele Colangelo’s interpretation of his fashion ideal of a woman gradually took shape: lyrical, discreet, refined, timelessly graceful but also open to innovation. His first capsule collection was launched in 2008 and it was in the same year that he won the Alta Moda Roma and Vogue Italia Who is Next Award. In 2015, he was appointed Creative Director with the Giada brand, which was founded in Italy by Rosanna Daolio in 2001 and has been expanding vigorously in China since 2006. In 2016, he won the IDA International Design Award for Fashion.
Denis Curti

Denis Curti

Curator and critic


Born in 1960, Denis Curti is a benchmark among critics of Italian and international photography. He has curated exhibitions dedicated to such lens masters as Helmut Newton, Henri Cartier-Bresson, David Lachapelle, Elliott Erwitt and the Italians Gianni Berengo Gardin, Franco Fontana and Ferdinando Scianna. An expert in the market and collecting, he has also curated auctions for Sotheby’s and Minerva Auction. The author of the first manual on collecting photography, he founded the Still gallery in Milan and has served for 15 years as Director of the Milan venue of Contrasto, creating a host of projects for firms and institutions. A co-founder of Milan’s Forma Foundation, he held the office of Vice-President until 2014. Over the years, he has co-ordinated publishing and advertising activities with leading international photographers, in particular with the Magnum agency. Editor of the monthly magazine Il Fotografo, he co-ordinates the Sprea Fotografia group’s publications. He is a member of the Artistic Committee at the Villa Reale in Monza, he is the director of the photography festivals of Capri and Bergamo.
Carmelo Di Bartolo

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.
Gianpietro Vigorelli

Gianpietro Vigorelli

Creative director


Class of 1951, Gianpietro Vigorelli is a benchmark for Italian advertising in recent decades. During the course of his career, he has stood at the helm of the most important and creative agencies. In 1987, he was Creative Director at Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising, where he created a series of commercials directed by Woody Allen for the Coop in 1992. In 1994 he joined to Young & Rubicam and he created commercials for Barilla, with directors such as John Landis. In 1997, he and his partner Maurizio D’Adda co-authored that year’s edition of the Italian popular San Remo music Festival. In the same year, he and two longstanding friends, Maurizio D’Adda and Riccardo Lorenzini, set up their own agency. In 2000, he was Vice-President and Creative Director of DLV-BBDO, as result of the agency’s merger with BBDO Italy. As a director, he created advertising campaigns for Danone, Philips, Pirelli, Renault, Motta, Pupa, Barilla and Tè Ati. In 2010, he retired as President of BBDO to work as a promotion consultant at world level. His first job was as a lithographer.
Cristina Ortiz

Cristina Ortiz

Fashion designer


Born in Aragon, Spain, Cristina Ortiz spent the first sixteen years of her life in Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, on a set made up of sun, sea and volcanoes: a perfect place for cultivating her creativity. After taking her diploma at the prestigious École de la chambre syndicale de la couture in Paris in 1986, she launched into a career that brought her to the top of the great international fashion houses. She served as creative director of Prada Woman until 1997, when she became the creative director for women’s ready-to-wear and accessories at Lanvin. She then followed up this experience by moving to Brioni as creative director of the women’s wear line, a position she held until 2008, when she moved to Ferragamo. Here she succeeded in the far from easy task of reviving the glamour and allure of Salvatore Ferragamo, restoring the brand’s long-established splendor while transforming it into a contemporary brand with a strong identity. Spontaneous, energetic and multicultural, she provides a voice for fashion that is elegant yet wearable, with no excess. She now continues to work with several brands, while at the same time conducting personal research focusing on launching her own line of jewellery.
Massimiliano Giornetti

Massimiliano Giornetti

Fashion designer


After graduating in Spanish language and literature, Massimiliano Giornetti studied Fashion Design at the Istituto Polimoda in Florence, attending a course associated with the London College of Fashion and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. In 1999, he worked with the designer Anton Giulio Grande in Rome, then in 2000 he joined Salvatore Ferragamo, where he worked with men’s knitwear before becoming Creative Director for menswear four years later. In 2010, he started designing the women’s prêt-à-porter collection and in the same year was appointed Creative Director for the entire brand, the first Creative Director in the Florentine brand’s history. In 2012 he took part in an unprecedented project: on the occasion of the exhibition sponsored by Ferragamo at the Louvre in Paris, Sant’Anna - Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Masterpiece, he had the opportunity to present the Resort 2013 collection in the peristyle of the museum’s Denon Wing. This was the first time that the Louvre had ever allowed its spaces to be used for a fashion event. In 2013, he won GQ magazine’s Design of the Year Award in Mexico City.

Marc Sadler

Marc Sadler

Industrial designer


A Frenchman born in Austria, Marc Sadler has lived and worked as a designer in France, the United States, Asia and Italy. One of the first graduates in Esthétique industrielle at the ENSAD in Paris, with a thesis in plastic materials, he was a pioneer of experimenting with materials and of cross-fertilisations between technologies, both issues that have become distinctive features of his work. At the beginning of the seventies, he designed the first ski boot made of 100% recyclable thermoplastic material, which was produced on an industrial scale by the Italian firm Caber (which later became Lotto). By virtue of his eclectic nature, he is now a consultant with firms operating in all areas of industry. The important awards and acknowledgements he has won over the years include four ADI Compasso d’Oro awards (1994, 2001, 2008 and 2014). The back protector he designed for Dainese features in the permanent collection at the MoMA in New York, while his Mite lamp for Foscarini can be seen in the design collection at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. He is so passionate about painting and drawing that he considers them to be his most authentic interests.

Luca Molinari

Luca Molinari

Architect and critic


Luca Molinari is a critic, curator and associate professor in History of Contemporary Architecture at the Second University of Naples. He is a member of Italy’s High Council for Cultural and Landscape Heritage. He served from 2001 to 2004 as Academic Director of the Architecture and Town Planning sections of the Milan Triennale and as a member of the academic committee. He has been serving as main curator for SpazioFMG for the Architettura gallery since 2007. A consultant for the publisher Skira’s architecture and design series since 1995, in 2010 he curated the Italian Pavilion for the XII International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale. He has lectured at the Cornell University of Architecture, Art and Planning in Rome, the Photography Foundation in Modena, the Guangzhou Academy of Arts and the University of Camerino-Ascoli. In addition to writing the column on architecture for the weekly magazine l’Espresso, he publishes regularly in numerous other magazines and newspapers.

Master advertising

 

Master advertising


Learning directly from practitioners is the best way to pick up the most advanced visions and methods at source. Unlike conventional Masters, the Raffles Milano Masters bring hands-on knowledge direct into the lecture theatre, with ten market leader agencies occupying the lectern in the course of the ten months.

M&C Saatchi
Project

M&C Saatchi

Advertising agency

mcsaatchi-milano.com

M&C Saatchi’s Italian office opened in Milan in 2010 as an entrepreneurial start-up of five professionals with consolidated experience. Carlo Noseda, Managing Partner, Vincenzo Gasbarro and Luca Scotto di Carlo, both Creative Partners, Silvio Meazza, Interactive Partner, and Jonathan Grundy, who together decided to create a “silo-free space” for creativity. M&C Saatchi Worldwide is a network unlike any other: its 24 agencies in 17 different countries together form a continuously-expanding network that was first established by 1995 by the brothers Maurice and Charles Saatchi, when they left Saatchi & Saatchi, the agency they first set up in 1970. M&C Saatchi immediately took the form of an international network with offices in UK, United States and Australia. Ever since the very beginning, the driving force has been the strategy of simplicity, both in the campaigns it has conceived for many of the world’s leading brands, whose hallmark is their originality and ability to hit the target, and in the network’s organisational structure, designed to be agile and devoid of bureaucratic bottlenecks.
DLVBBDO
Project

DLVBBDO

Advertising agency

dlvbbdo.com

In 1997, three leading names in Italian advertising, Maurizio D’Adda, Riccardo Lorenzini and Gianpietro Vigorelli, decided to pool their resources to create an agency, laying the foundations for an adventure that still continues to this day. When their agency merged with BBDO Italy in 2000, the result was DLV BBDO, bringing on board a strong international spirit and a host of new talents. The way that this agency sees things, being contemporary implies being aware about change before it happens, so not just constantly chasing after it once it has taken place. DLV BBDO formula envisages generating strategic and creative work to underpin the positioning of client brands, employing contents that are always conceived from the very beginning in terms of a multi-platform and multi-device mindset. DLV BBDO has two locations, one in Milan and the other in Rome, where it can draw on the skills of a team of more than 100 professionals. The agency’s passion for a job well done has not changed a bit since 1997, as its website recites: “We are an agency capable of generating ideas as a team. A team made of people, talents and big hearts.”
Ogilvy & Mather Italy
Project

Ogilvy & Mather Italy

Advertising agency

ogilvy.it

Ogilvy & Mather Italy is the Italian agency of Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide (Group), one of the world’s leading communication networks, with more than 500 offices in 130 countries. First established in Italy in 1962, the agency operates through a series of highly specialised structures: Ogilvy & Mather Advertising covers branding and advertising; OgilvyOne is responsible for digital and customer engagement; Soho Square looks after Continuous Commerce and digital consulting; Ogilvy DeLuxe covers fashion, luxury and lifestyle; Social@Ogilvy looks after social media marketing and communication; Neo@Ogilvy is the place for digital media; Geometry Global covers brand activation; Ogilvy Healthworld is responsible for communication in the area of health and fitness; H&O covers creative production and implementation marketing; Ogilvy Change is responsible for behavioural sciences, and Aida Partners Ogilvy PR is the public relations office. All these different fields of expertise cohabit and interact to meet contemporary challenges. The group was named Network of the Year at the Cannes Lions from 2012 to 2016 and EFFIE Global Index Network of the Year in 2012, 2013 and 2016.
GREY
Project

GREY

Advertising agency

grey.com

The Grey Global Group is a global advertising and marketing agency based in New York with 432 offices in 154 cities in 96 countries, belonging to the communication holding group WWP. Inside this structure, independent business units deal with advertising, direct marketing, public relations, brand development, customer relationship management and interactive marketing. With its proud slogan “Famously Effective Since 1917”, Grey is capable of opening up new horizons for its clients’ brands through any kind of platform, creating lasting relationships with consumers and giving the brands a real life of their own outside the confines of paid spaces. Grey works with about one in five of all Fortune 500 firms and was named Adweek’s Global Agency of the Year in 2013 and Advertising Age’s Agency of the Year in 2014. Grey United, the group’s Italian branch, was established in 2014 when 1861 United merged with Grey Italy and immediately achieved a market positioning as a strong agency with clear ideas, projected towards the future and with clients of the calibre of Sky, Vodafone, Findus, Amplifon and Galbusera.
TBWA
Project

TBWA

Advertising agency

tbwa.it

TBWA\Italia is part of the TBWA\Worldwide network, one of the world’s top ten communication networks and owner of the Disruption® method, whose purpose is to develop business ideas that break with past conventions, a tool for change that doubles as both a working methodology and a philosophy of life. The TBWA\ network includes Auditoire, BEING, Digital Arts Network (DAN), eg+ Worldwide, the Integer® group, TBWA\Media Arts Lab and TBWA\WorldHealth, as well as local and independent TBWA\, with 323 offices in 97 countries and more than 11,100 employees worldwide. TBWA\ has had a presence in Italy since 1971 and now has offices in Milan and Rome, employing more than 100 professionals who work together, sharing their objectives, offices and creative direction, although they all have their own individual and specific areas of expertise. The two Italian agencies cover the areas of interactive digital advertising, events, promotions, retail marketing, co-marketing, print production, video production and the web. The Milan agency has its own in-house daycare that is also open to other children living locally.
Havas
Project

Havas

Advertising agency

havas.com

Havas is one of the world’s largest global communication groups. Established in Paris in 1835, it employs more than 20,000 people in over 100 countries worldwide. The group is committed to being the best in the world at forging significant links between people and brands by using creativity, media and innovation. Havas is also the most integrated group in its field, since it has implemented its Together Strategy, creative teams and media that operate in shared spaces, the Havas Villages, that are designed to increase synergies and creativity to benefit clients and agencies themselves. Havas is organised in two divisions: Havas Creative Group and Havas Media Group. Havas Creative Group includes the Havas Worldwide Network, present in 75 countries, the Arnold micro-network, present in 9 countries, and numerous top agencies, including BETC and the Fullsix Group. The Havas Media Group encompasses three major brands: Havas Media, Arena Media and Fullsix Media, which operate in synergy with Havas Sports & Entertainment, the most extensive network of experts in sports, music and entertainment.
J. Walter Thompson Italy
Project

J. Walter Thompson Italy

Advertising agency

jwt.com

This is the Italian branch of J. Walter Thompson (part of the WPP holding company), which was established in the United States in 1864. It is headquartered in New York and has 200 offices and 12,000 employees in 90 countries worldwide. The two offices in Milan and Rome employ 180 advertising professionals. The arrival of Enrico Dorizza (Chairman & chief creative officer) and Sergio Rodriguez (CEO & chief creative officer) in 2011 coincided with an influx of new talent and the acquisition of some prestigious clients, including Aperol, Averna, Campari, Crodino, Barilla, Forevermark, Indesit, Lamborghini, Mulino Bianco, San Carlo, Vespa, Vodafone and Whirpool. But the most important development in the last six years was the organic evolution of digital applications. Starting from the areas closer to communications (web design, social networking and branded content), the agency gradually embarked on increasingly complex digital solutions (online platforms, e-commerce, apps etc.), working with complete freedom of thought and independence, with the intention not only of anticipating the future, but of creating it.
Alkemy Digital Enabler
Project

Alkemy Digital Enabler

Advertising agency

alkemy.com

Using the digital_enabler® method, Alkemy is capable of accompanying firms through the rapid transformations that are triggered by digital ecosystems, with the declared aim of making a substantial contribution to business growth. Alkemy helps firms evolve, bringing them up to par with technologies and new forms of consumer behaviour, while at the same time ensuring a correct integration between digital areas and traditional processes. Alkemy has gathered together the best skills now available on the market, adding the business of excellence to the leading areas of digital technology: advisory, e-commerce, creativity & brand strategy, content, social, UX & design, digital transformation, media & performance and technology. The management team combines traditional skills in marketing, communication, strategy and transformation processes with the know-how specific to the digital scene. With its subsidiaries SeoLab, BizUp and Alkemy Tech, Alkemy now numbers nearly 300 professionals with a turnover of 40 million.

Master architecture

 

Master architecture


Learning directly from practitioners is the best way to pick up the most advanced visions and methods at source. Unlike conventional Masters, the Raffles Milano Masters bring hands-on knowledge direct into the lecture theatre, with ten market leader architecture offices occupying the lectern in the course of the ten months.

Alterstudio Partners
Project

Alterstudio Partners

Architectural studio

alterstudiopartners.com

Alterstudio Partners is an architectural office established in Milan in 1996 that works in design on a variety of scales, from building and interior architecture to urban planning and landscape design, with a major focus on public spaces, libraries and cultural venues. The office has worked on more than 300 projects on behalf of clients in both the public and the private sectors, as well as taking part in numerous competitions at home and abroad, winning several awards and acknowledgements. Alterstudio Partners was founded by Giorgio Faccincani, Marco Muscogiuri and Matteo Schubert, who were joined by Micaela Bordin in 2007. In addition to its professional activities, the office also works on cultural and research projects and events. Since the academic and teaching activities conducted by the partners in universities are not subject to the restrictions and contingencies that come with professional practice, yet are always firmly rooted in the real world, they offer  a chance to develop hypotheses, ideas, models and projects with the potential to become operative proposals and viable designs.
Francesco Librizzi studio
Project

Francesco Librizzi studio

Architectural studio

francescolibrizzi.com

Francesco Librizzi established his own architecture, interior architecture and exhibition design studio in Milan in 2005. He designed the Italian Pavilion at the XII Venice Architecture Biennale in 2010 and the Bahrain Pavilion for the 2012 Biennale. His work on the essential characteristics of space is at the root of the projects he has conducted for the Milan Triennale, such as the exhibitions Gino Sarfatti: il design della luce (2012), Munari, percorsi a mezz’aria for the TDM6 (2013) and the installation D1 for the exhibition Rooms. Novel Living Concepts (2016). The work he has done in recent years, such as the G House, a cover project for issue N° 538 of Abitare Magazine, has been published in Domus, Abitare, Lotus, Wallpaper and Dezeen. The awards and acknowledgements he has won include the Prix Émile Hermès (2008), an Honourable Mention at the ADI Compasso d’Oro (2014), the AZ Awards 2015 for Best Residential Interior and the 2015 Archmarathon Award for Private Housing. Since 2008, he has been partnering with universities and academies of design in Italy and abroad: he is currently a Guest Professor at the University of Genoa Faculty of Architecture.
ma0
Project

ma0

Architectural studio

mao.it

ma0 is an architectural design and research office established in Rome in 1996 by Ketty Di Tardo, Alberto Iacovoni and Luca La Torre. In the vision espoused by ma0, architecture is an interdisciplinary medium that is connected to its location, while designing implies operating in the area that occupies the ground between theory and practice, constantly picking up and learning from the feedback that derives from job assignments, competitions entered and lectures and seminars attended. As a result, every project becomes an opportunity to explore the relations between architecture’s form and its social function, which is an open, interactive, process-based tool. Projects completed by the office include the construction of a new library at the Scuola Lombardi in Bari, the Maria Grazia Cutuli School in Herat (Afghanistan), the restructuring of Piazza Risorgimento and the public gardens in Via Matarrese in Bari, and a square with an underground car park in Macomer, in Sardinia. ma0’s projects have won international awards and have been shown in such exhibitions as the Venice Architecture Biennale, Manifesta 3, Archilab Orleans and the first Beijing Architecture Biennale.
Gambardellarchitetti
Project

Gambardellarchitetti

Architectural studio

gambardellarchitetti.com

Gambardell aarchitetti is an architecture office and workshop established in Naples in 1987 that works on design and project management on a variety of scales, from interiors to complexes with an urban scale and scope. The partners Cherubino Gambardella and Simona Ottieri are assisted by several young members of staff. The office has more than a hundred completed projects to its credit, from interiors to entire buildings, from neighbourhoods to urban plans, from infrastructures to temporary exhibition designs and from retail spaces to architecture for education and workplaces. The many awards and acknowledgements won by the office include its ranking as a finalist in the 2003, 2006 and 2009 editions of the Gold Medal for Italian Architecture at the Milan Triennale. The office has shown its work on several occasions in the International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale (in the 2000, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014 editions) and its designs have also been shown in several museums and foundations in Europe, the Americas and Asia and published in the top international architecture magazines.
ecosistema urbano
Project

ecosistema urbano

Architectural studio

econewsweb.it

Ecosistema urbano is an office of architects and town planners established in Madrid in 2000 by Belinda Tato and José Luis Vallejo to work in the areas of town planning, architecture, engineering and sociology, adopting the urban social design approach, which can be described as designing places, spaces and dynamics that enable people to organise themselves, to interact within the community and to relate to the environment. This approach has been applied in Norway, Denmark, Spain, Italy, France and China and is the inspiration that drives projects currently underway in Ecuador and Paraguay. In parallel, the office has also directly managed a digital platform for developing social networks and has created online channels dealing with sustainable urban creativity. Since it was established, the office has won more than 30 international architecture and design awards. The founding partners have lectured and held seminars in some of the most prestigious schools and universities all over the world and have been professors at the Harvard Graduate School of Design since 2010.
Topotek 1
Project

Topotek 1

Architectural studio

topotek1.de

Topotek 1 is a landscape architecture office founded in Berlin in 1966 by Martin Rein-Cano, who was joined by Lorenz Dexler in 1999. The main task that this office has given itself is that of designing open-air spaces by applying and practising an approach that incorporates a critical interpretation of reality. The office comes across as different from the norm and full of life, with a highly qualified group of landscape architects, architects and administrative staff. The office draws on this variety of experience, which covers all the phases of a project of landscape architecture. The projects tackled range right across the scale, from designing public open spaces, such as city squares, university and school campuses, public parks and sports buildings, to private courtyards and gardens. Although each one of these projects is entrusted to a project team, each led by its own project manager, the office actively encourages the various teams to interact and exchange information freely. Topotek 1 has shown its work in numerous individual and group shows, including the 10th and 11th editions of the Venice Architecture Biennale.
Miralles Tagliabue EMBT
Project

Miralles Tagliabue EMBT

Architectural studio

mirallestagliabue.com

The internationally renowned Miralles Tagliabue EMBT architectural office was established in Barcelona in 1994 by Enrico Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue. Since then, the designs for which the Miralles and Tagliabue duo have been responsible have included the new Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh, the City Hall in Utrecht, the head office of Gas Natural and their own home in the old city of Barcelona. Since Miralles’ premature death in 2000, Tagliabue has completed the more than ten projects that were already under construction and broken ground on many new ones. The studio, which has also since opened an office in Shanghai, is now working on the Fudan Business School, the Xiamen and Taichung office towers, the public spaces in Hamburg’s HafenCity, the Clichy-Montfermeil station on the Paris metro and the Central Station stop on the Naples metro. The studio’s original spirit is still very much alive: an open approach that tends to explore and experiment, combined with a high degree of conceptual thinking. The poetry of its architecture can be described as a “melting pot of ideas” where tradition and innovation come together.
Salon
Project

Salon

Architectural studio

salonarchitects.com

Salon is an office established in Istanbul in 2009 by Alper Derinbogaz to work on research and design in the areas of architecture, art, interiors and town planning. The office has a clear focus on creative, social and urban values with the potential to enrich the design experience and on collaborative practices as the best method for generating contemporary solutions. In particular, much attention is concentrated on forms of architecture that relate to technology and on the geography that acts as the backdrop for traditional perspectives of localism and of modernity. The name chosen for the office is a French term (also adopted in English) that describes a place where people come together to discuss and exchange new ideas and critical opinions. The office has worked on projects all over the world, aiming in a variety of directions: residential, institutional, civic and major urban renewal projects. In 2014, Deringobaz represented Turkey at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale, on the occasion of the Turkish Pavilion’s début, and in 2015 he won the A+Architizer Award.
Périphériques Marin+Trottin Architectes
Project

Périphériques Marin+Trottin Architectes

Architectural studio

peripheriques-architectes.com

Péreiphériques is an architecture office founded in Paris by David Trottin and Emmanuelle Marin-Trottin, who have spent more than twenty years applying an evolutionary mindset to the task of exploring the products of architectural and urban design. One significant characteristic of the office is its collective approach to creating architecture: teams pool their physical and mental resources to coax the maximum result from every project. This method is based on negotiation, on sharing ideas and on a multidisciplinary attitude. The stated intention of opening every project up to others and encouraging different human resources to gather around the table to work together can be described as anti-ego. “In every project, we strive to make an accurate analysis of what we are being asked to do, studying everything from the context to how the design will be used, so as to be able to exercise real control over its execution. Our aim is to deconstruct standard answers and offer unexpected, pertinent solutions.” The office has completed numerous architectural research projects (IN-EX projects, 36 modèles pour une maison, My home is yours/Your home is mine, USAGES Reviews) and has organised several exhibitions and events in the framework of the association French Touch.
Laboratorio Permanente
Project

Laboratorio Permanente

Architectural studio

laboratoriopermanente.com

The Laboratorio Permanente was established in Milan in 2008 by Nicola Russi and Angelica Sylos Labini. The studio, which has designed public, residential, commercial and luxury spaces in Italy and in other countries, including Russia and China, develops projects that start out from a profound understanding of local historical developments and cultural contexts to achieve an integrated blend between innovation and contemporary expression. Participating regularly in international competitions, the office received an Honourable Mention in the Architecture, Design and Future section of the Gold Medal for Italian Architecture in 2012, for its project La conquista dell’orizzonte (Conquering Horizons) about the consumption of agricultural land on the outskirts of Milan. Notable among recent projects from the office are I Bagni Misteriosi (Mysterious Baths), the project to revive the Caimi swimming pool next-door to the Parenti Theatre in Milan, and West Side Strategy – a part for the whole, a research project investigating strategies for urban renewal in Dublin for the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland and EFAP European Forum for Architectural Policies.

Master fashion menswear

 

Master fashion menswear


Learning directly from practitioners is the best way to pick up the most advanced visions and methods at source. Unlike conventional Masters, the Raffles Milano Masters bring hands-on knowledge direct into the lecture theatre, with ten market leader professionals occupying the lectern in the course of the ten months.

Michel Lund
Project

Michel Lund

Designer

michellund.Linkedin

Michel Lund was born in Copenhagen and in 1992 was the first Danish student to be accepted in the Masters of Art course at the Central Saint Martins School in London, under the wing of Louise Wilson. After completing his studies, he started working as a freelance textile designer with Balenciaga, where Josephus Thimister was creative director. In 1994, he was called over to New York to design the Ben Kahn collection of furs together with Nicolas Petrou, a project that earned him the cover of Women’s Wear Daily. In 1996, he was back in Paris, working as first assistant to Josephus Thimister, who opened his own maison in 1997 with the blessing of Vogue US, which described it as “the house of the future of haute couture”. In 2000, he moved over to Lanvin, where he worked first as creative assistant to Cristina Ortiz, then as a designer. In 2006, Cristina Ortiz brought him to Milan to design the Brioni women’s wear collection and also asked him to accompany her when she transferred to Salvatore Ferragamo in 2007, where he was subsequently appointed Head Designer for women’s wear by the new creative director Massimiliano Giornetti.
Christian Pellizzari
Project

Christian Pellizzari

Designer

christianpellizzari.it

Class of 1981, Christian Pellizzari was already aware of his vocation as a child: he knew that his destiny was to be a fashion designer. After completing high school, he moved to Florence to attend the Polimoda institute, where he took a diploma as a fashion designer with a specialisation in pattern making. Returning to Italy after a six-month internship in London, he worked with Tonello, flanking the founder in making patterns and creating samples: it was here that Christian started cultivating a real passion for outerwear. 2006 was then the year when he turned over a new leaf: he moved to Paris to work with Vionnet for a year. In 2007, he joined Jay Ahr as creative director, remaining there until 2010. In 2011, he presented his first capsule collection in a small venue in the vicinity of Colette. In 2013, he reached the finals of the competition Who is on Next?, promoted by Vogue Italia, and in 2014 was chosen by Giorgio Armani as an up-and-coming hopeful of Italian fashion to show his proposals for women’s wear in a show at the Armani Theatre. In 2015, he was a finalist in the prestigious international Woolmark Prize competition for young talents.
Andrea Diletto
Project

Andrea Diletto

Tailor

sartoriadiletto.com

Born in Germany in 1981 to Italian parents, Andrea Diletto is a leading figure in international bespoke tailoring. From 1999 to 2002, he studied at the B. Kehrer Fashion School in Stuttgart. Since he has always taken a passionate interest in bespoke tailoring, he then decided to develop on his knowledge of craft techniques, and he enrolled in 2006 enrolling in a specialisation apprenticeship with the tailor A. Caraceni in 2006. In 2011, he opened his own tailoring workshop in Milan, Sartoria Diletto, whose hallmark is a blend of tradition, craftsmanship, uniqueness, innovation and research. In 2015, he partnered with Candiani Denim to win top place on the podium at the Global Denim Awards, piecing together a haute couture project around denim and so enabling the excellence and inventiveness of Made in Italy to triumph. Flanked by one of the youngest teams of professionals in the sector, he has succeeded in building up an international reputation and ensuring that his luxury products feature in the wardrobes of all the best-known and most admired gentlemen.
Marco Panconesi
Project

Marco Panconesi

Designer

balenciaga.com

Born and raised in Florence, Marco Panconesi took his diploma in Fashion Design from the city’s Istituto Polimoda. Already passionately interested in art and craftsmanship as a child, he started working as a craftsman in the CRAAFT experimental workshop, where he learned to develop a variety of techniques used in leather goods and clothing by the most prestigious international haute couture brands. After graduating, he moved to Paris and started working as a designer with Givenchy in the jewellery department, under the guidance of Riccardo Tisci, where he completed his training in accessories design. He is currently Director of the Men’s Leather Goods and Accessories Division at Balenciaga and head jewellery designer for the women’s collection, while also working as a consultant for such fashion brands as Mulberry, which builds value on the great British tradition of craftsmanship and manufacturing. He is also a member of the Cargocollective, with which he has taken part in exhibitions in Fiesole and Florence.
Davide Dallomo
Project

Davide Dallomo

Agent

www.lagente.in

With an education in Italy and the United States, Davide Dallomo graduated in law from the University of Bologna, then moved to Milan at the beginning of the nineties, where he took his first steps in the world of creativity after a meeting with a fashion photographer. In 1994, he established Lagente, with the aim of safeguarding every aspect of creatives’ contractual interests. The office initially focused on photographers, graphic and product designers and stylists. Subsequently, it gradually moved to what is now its core business: managing fashion designers and fashion brands in Europe. Dallomo has contributed to the careers of hundreds of creatives, with pride of place taken by such names as Riccardo Tisci, whose career he has accompanied since before he became art director with Givenchy; Alessandro Dell’Acqua, served since the days of his own brand and then when he passed to N°21, and more recently Alexis Martial and Adrien Caillaudaud. Lagente now has two offices, in Milan and in Paris, a great many working clients and a project devoted entirely to young recent graduates.
Sergio Salerni
Project

Sergio Salerni

Art Director

urbanproduction.it

Sergio Salerni has an important background in making advertising videos for a variety of sectors, building on this experience to make his mark on the scene of fashion and global luxury as a director and visionary creative. He took his first steps as long ago as 1985, when he founded the video production company Videogang in Milan, which is now flanked by Urban Production, a multitasking structure that carries out events and projects worldwide related to the fashion scene in Milan, Paris and the new capitals of luxury, such as Shanghai, Beijing, Dubai, New York and Hong Kong. In the course of his career, he has directed runway shows for Versace, Valentino and Gianfranco Ferré and his reportage videos have travelled the world. What has enabled him to achieve these milestones is a unique blend of charisma, professional skills, a focus on the component of dream and imagination... and a pinch of creative folly. The New York Times once described him as “the wizard behind Versace”. He has conceived projects for many leading brands, including Dolce&Gabbana, Fendi, Salvatore Ferragamo, Diesel and CP Company, as well as several up-and-coming stylists. He is the Italian partner of the worldwide Fashion TV channel.
Cesare Maria Cunaccia
Project

Cesare Maria Cunaccia

Writer / Journalist


Born in Trento in 1962, Cesare Maria Cunaccia graduated in Architecture with a focus on history from the IUAV University in Venice, then in Literature with an artistic focus from the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, before taking a PhD at the Sorbonne in Paris, investigating mannerist culture and artistic relationships between Italy and Fontainebleau in the era of the last kings of the Valois dynasty. He has authored a substantial number of books about the Italian and European artistic and environmental heritage, the history of fashion, photography and the contemporary semantics of fashion and has curated numerous exhibitions, including the Fashion and Photography section of La Danza delle Avanguardie, at the MART in Rovereto in 2004, together with Franca Sozzani. An outstanding feature of his journalism is his longstanding work with Vogue Italia and l’Uomo Voguemagazines, both of which he served for several years as Editor-at-large, and with AD Italia as Art and Antiques Consultant. He currently contributes to Il Giornale and Giornale Stile and is Senior Editor with Lampoon. He lectures in two Masters courses in fashion and communication at the LUISS University in Rome.
Jean Marie Ardu
Project

Jean Marie Ardu

Fashion designer


Master fashion womenswear

 

Master fashion womenswear


Learning directly from practitioners is the best way to pick up the most advanced visions and methods at source. Unlike conventional Masters, the Raffles Milano Masters bring hands-on knowledge direct into the lecture theatre, with ten market leader professionals occupying the lectern in the course of the ten months.

Leila Palermo
Project

Leila Palermo

Communication Director

nextagency.it

Born in Milan, Leila Palermo accompanied her family first to the United States, then to Rome, before coming back to settle permanently in Milan, where she now lives and works. After studying humanities, she attended the Istituto Europeo di Design, focusing on graphic design and art direction. She spent a great deal of time working as a graphic designer with fashion and beauty magazines, becoming a professional journalist in 1990. Subsequently, she partnered with several agencies as a consultant, dealing with communication and image strategies for firms like Pollini, Wella and the La Perla Group. In 1995, she founded the Next Agency, a communication agency specialising in brand development, start-ups, positioning and re-launching Italian and international brands, image consultancy and above all headhunting and nurturing new talents. In recent years, she has worked on international projects with Dr Martens, Repetto, Zadig & Voltaire, Byblos and Mila Schön and has managed the strategic side of the creation of several fashion start-ups. She is assisted in her work by some of the most interesting names in Italian creativity.
Saverio Palatella
Project

Saverio Palatella

Designer

saveriopalatella.it

Saverio Palatella first launched into his career in fashion in 1980, when he started attending the international school of Fashion Design at the Ecole Berçot in Paris. In 1990, Elle France included him among the top eight New European Fashion Designers, along with Marcel Marongiu, Katharine Hamnett, John Galliano, Martin Margiela, Jean Colonna, Rifat Ozbek and Dolce & Gabbana. He is one of the knitwear experts with the biggest following in the press and among buyers, focusing on transforming knitwear from an accessory to ready-to-wear. His runway shows narrate the concept of tricot couture, a trend that has been picked up by many other creatives, while his high-end products embody the value of a timeless Made in Italy. His primacy lies in his use of extra-high quality fibres, focusing attention on every detail. In communication, he has explored far and wide to discover ways to meet the public’s emotions, partnering with artists of the theatre, of music, of art and of video art. He has also worked as a consultant with such brands as Gentry Portofino, Dupont, Shima Seiki, Malo and Lamberto Losani.
Luigi Cassiano
Project

Luigi Cassiano

Designer

luigicassiano.Linkedin

Originally from the Salento peninsula of Apulia, Luigi Cassiano attended the course in fashion design at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan, taking his diploma in 1998. Already while still a student, he started working with the fashion designer Luciano Soprani, co-ordinating knitwear development. Pursuing his interest in new techniques, he worked with Raffaella Curiel on creating new haute couture clothing. After early experience in the area of styling, he then started taking an interest in tricot. He worked with Giuliano Marelli for the Filatura Grignasco mills, while at the same time taking a Masters in Fashion Design at the Domus Academy. Contributing to developing samplers for menswear and womenswear collections for Kiton, Loewe and Givenchy, he worked with Ghioldi on developing samplers for women’s knitwear and printed knitwear on behalf of several Italian and international fashion brands and also experimented with new processes for making the clothing. He is currently responsible for developing samplers for collections and accessories at the Maglificio Scaglione mills.
Roberta Giacobbe
Project

Roberta Giacobbe

Art Director

fontanamilano1915.com

Roberta Giacobbe took her diploma in Fashion Design from the Istituto Marangoni in Milan in 1994 and in the same year joined Pia Grattarola as a studio assistant. In the next year, she moved on to work with Giancesare Conca, where she focused on style research and studies, on technical drawing and illustrations and on production. In 1998, she joined Giorgio Armani, remaining there for four years and becoming a senior designer for Emporio Armani for Men. From 2002 to 2008, she worked with Dolce & Gabbana, where she was responsible for sportswear, leather and the gym collection for the first menswear line, dealing with a series of areas: style research, graphic design, collection input and development, materials and accessories research, co-ordinating the team of designers, troubleshooting and fitting, co-ordinating fashion shows and the pre-collection stage, photo shoots, look-books, catalogues and the international press. In 2008, she was headhunted by Fontana Pelletterie as Creative Director of the Fontana Milano 1915 collection, a luxury line of travel accessories, bags, small-scale leather products and belts for men and women.
Pina Gandolfi
Project

Pina Gandolfi

Fashion & Style Editor

rollingstone.it

Fashion & style editor with Rolling Stone magazine’s Italian edition, in the course of her career Pina Gandolfi has specialised in creative research and preparation of the publication’s image, working in close contact with the marketing and editorial managers. She has partnered with many of the most important international photographers and art directors working on the fashion and cosmetics scene, sharing various magazines’ strategic decisions and editorial policies. She made her debut on the fashion scene in the eighties, when she worked with Amica, Lei, Vogue Bambini and Donna magazines as a fashion feature and cover editor. From 1990 to 1992, she was creative manager with the Barbara Falanga agency, then from 1993 to 1996 she contributed to Donna, Moda Uomo and Donna & Bambini magazines, before eventually moving to Anna (which subsequently changed its name to A), a magazine where she remained until 2011 as fashion projects manager. From 2011 to 2014, she was fashion editor with Myself magazine and since 2015 has been contributing editor for features and special articles about Italian and international fashion with Vanity Fair.  
Michela Gottardo
Project

Michela Gottardo

michelagottardo.Linkedin

Michela Gottardo took her diploma from the Carcano silk mills Technical College in Como with a specialisation in weaving, and subsequently attended a further specialisation course organised by the Como Silk Association, where she developed her skills both in the area of jacquard fabric production and printing and in aspects of marketing and sales techniques. After completing her studies, she joined the leading silk firm Mantero, where she rose to have completely independent management of customers on the clothing scene whose requirements were based on an industrial approach, such as the Max Mara Group, Aeffe, Gilmar and Bvm. She was one of the founders of the Compagnia della Seta (Company of Silk). She has worked for Isa Seta, with a special focus on high-end customers and fashion designers. She served first as Commercial Director of the clothing fabrics division at Canepa, before moving to Ostinelli Seta, where she now has the same remit. In these last two positions, she has contributed significantly to re-launching the clothing department, influencing its commercial aspects, its internal organisation and above all everything related to product development.
Alba Ornaghi
Project

Alba Ornaghi

Designer


After taking her Art school diploma in her hometown Milan, Alba Ornaghi enrolled in the city’s Istituto Marangoni to develop and evolve her creative interests, specialising in several types of product. Once her studies were complete, she took her first steps as a clothing designer, working in the areas of fashion, leatherwear, knitwear and accessories and partnering with several Italian brands. In 1986, she joined Versace, where she embarked on a twenty-year career that saw her taking care of managing the collections in the product area. She has worked with several technical colleges, training experts in fabrics as a lecturer in methodology in the framework of Masters courses in fashion excellence. At present, she works on haute couture with Armani, where she is sole responsible and co-ordinator for Privé.
Giuseppe Silvestrin
Project

Giuseppe Silvestrin

Director and Producer

silvestrin.net

With a background in visual communication and architecture (Milan Polytechnic), Giuseppe Silvestrin started his career at a very early age in the nineties, collaborating with the Ikon studio, one of Italy’s leading events producers. In that period, he worked in close contact with the directors Roberto Cacciaguerra and Giulio Cingoli. In 1995, he established Silvestrin & Associates and started working as a producer and director of fashion shows, events and exhibitions in the luxury, fashion, beauty and art sectors. He has curated projects for Gianni Versace, Etro, BMW and the Richemont Group, among others, as well as for the magazines Vogue, Uomo Vogue and Vanity Fair. More recently, he has directed and produced special events in Beijing, Shanghai, Dubai, Jeddah and Sydney. At the core of his working method is his practice of personally supervising every phase of the creative project and production, paying extreme care to every detail of the execution.

Master photography

 

Master photography


Learning directly from practitioners is the best way to pick up the most advanced visions and methods at source. Unlike conventional Masters, the Raffles Milano Masters bring hands-on knowledge direct into the lecture theatre, with ten market leader professionals occupying the lectern in the course of the ten months.

Erik Kessels
Project

Erik Kessels

Communication expert

kesselskramer.com

Class of 1966, Erik Kessels was born in the Dutch town of Roermond, near the Belgian border. He started his career working as an illustrator with Ogilvy & Mather Eindhoven and attending evening classes at the Academy of Fine Arts, then continued at the Kuipers & Schouten and the Chiat/Day agencies, the latter in London. In 1996, he and his creative partner John Kramer founded the agency KesselsKramer in Amsterdam, which now has a successful international reputation. In addition to his advertising profession, Kessels is passionate about photography, as a collector, curator, book publisher and magazine editor. His installation at the FOAM in Amsterdam made an unforgettable mark: invited to imagine an exhibition about the future of photography, he came up with the idea of materialising the horrendous flood of images that washes over us every day, showing a million images of all kinds and origins loaded onto Flickr in the course of just one day.
Ferdinando Scianna
Project

Ferdinando Scianna

Photographer

magnumphotos.com

Born in Bagheria, in Sicily, in 1943, Ferdinando Scianna enrolled in Literature and Philosophy at the University of Palermo, but did not complete his studies there. In 1963, he met Leonardo Sciascia, with whom, at the age of 21, he published the first of numerous books that they then wrote together, Feste religiose in Sicilia (Religious Festivals in Sicily), which won the Nadar Prize. He then moved to Milan, where in 1967 he started worked for the weekly magazine L’Europeo as a photoreporter, special correspondent and then regular correspondent in Paris, where he lived for ten years. Introduced by Henri Cartier-Bresson, he joined the Magnum agency in 1982. Since 1987, he has been alternating reportage with fashion and advertising photography, areas where he has gained international success. His most important books include I Siciliani (Paris, 1977), Kami (Milan, 1988), Le forme del Caos (Udine, 1988), Leonardo Sciascia (Milan, 1989), Marpessa (Milan, 1993), Altrove, reportage di moda (Milan, 1995), Viaggio a Lourdes (Milan, 1996) and Dormire, forse sognare (Udine, 1997).
Giovanni Gastel
Project

Giovanni Gastel

Photographer

giovannigastel.it

Born in Milan in 1955 to Giuseppe Gastel and his wife Ida Visconti di Modrone, Giovanni Gastel is the youngest of seven children. In the seventies, he started a long period of apprenticeship, taking wedding photos, portraits and still life shots. His first important break came in 1975, when he started working with the auction house Christie’s, but the real change came in 1981, when his future agent Carla Ghiglieri introduced him to the fashion scene and he started working with Vogue Italia, Mondo Uomo and Donna magazines. Since then, he has worked with many of the world’s most prestigious fashion publications, both in Italy and abroad, especially in Paris. From 1996 to 1998, he was President of the Italian Association of Professional Photographers, which he now serves at  as Honorary President. It was in 1997 that he achieved the pinnacle of artistic recognition, when the Milan Triennale organised a one-man show of his works curated by Germano Celant, featuring around 200 photographs, evidence of a long and prolific career. In 2002, in the framework of the event La Kore Oscar della Moda (Fashion Oscars), he was awarded the Oscar for Photography.
Reiner Opoku
Project

Reiner Opoku

Agent and Art advisor

reiner-opoku.com

An international contemporary art curator and dealer based in Berlin, Reiner Opoku started working with artists in the early eighties, when he first realised for himself just how much potential artists have to make the world a more stimulating and innovative place. It was with this spirit that he involved David LaChapelle in his project The Avant/Garde Diaries. As a result, he has been playing a key role in the international art market at least since 1983. Over the years, he has represented several of the contemporary age’s leading avant-garde artists, such as Georg Dokopil and Martin Kippenberger, and has created projects with artists of the calibre of Julian Schnabel, Steve McCurry, Jan Fabre, Francesco Clemente, Sigmar Polke and Ilya and Emilia Kabakov. He founded and directed the St. Moritz Art Masters and was a co-founder of the Parley of the Oceans project in New York, a platform open to scientists, artists and influencers whose aim is to safeguard the oceans. Due to his activity, he has created a very extensive network of contacts, who in their turn have expanded his horizons as a curator.
Aida Muluneh
Project

Aida Muluneh

Photographer

aidamuluneh.com

Aida Muluneh was born in Ethiopia in 1974 and grew up in Yemen, the UK, Cyprus and Canada, where she moved in 1985. In 2000, she graduated from the Department of Communication at Howard University, Washington D.C., with a thesis on Cinema. After completing her studies, she worked as a photojournalist at the Washington Post and with other publications. Her series of photographs are held in the permanent collections of the National Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian Institution and of the Museum of Biblical Art. In 2007, she won the European Union Prize at the Bamako Encounters – Biennale of African Photography in Bamako, Mali, while in 2010 she won the CRAF International Award of Photography at Spilimbergo. Founder of the Addis Foto Fest festival of photography, she is an active curator and promoter of cultural projects, working in partnership with local and international institutions through the good offices of DESTA (Developing and Educating Society Through Art) for Africa, the structure she founded in Addis Ababa in 2010.
Cesare Cicardini
Project

Cesare Cicardini

Photographer

cicardini.com

Born in Milan in 1969, Cesare Cicardini was five years old when his father gave him an old Voigtlander camera and he has never stopped taking photographs since that day, although every now and then he gets the urge to shoot moving pictures as well. Since taking his diploma from the Milan School of Cinema in 1997, he has worked with the Contrasto agency, capturing for posterity the images of stars of the silver screen, of art and of creativity from all over world: his portfolio brims over with shots of people of the calibre of Quentin Tarantino, Vincent Gallo, Ben Harper, Joss Stone and Benicio del Toro. He has worked with many of the most important magazines and publishing groups, as well as leading record and music publishers. His work has been shown in several art galleries in Italy and in other countries and in 2010 he was the photographer of the Campari Calendar. He is currently busy working on several artistic projects related to portraiture. He has won several honourable mentions at the Paris Photography Awards and at the International Photography Award. In addition to his work as a photographer, he now also acts as a director for several brands in the fashion industry.
Spreafotografia
Project

Spreafotografia

Editorial board

spreafotografia.it

Spreafotografia is an operational division created in the framework of the publisher Sprea Editori to focus on disseminating the idiom of photography by creating communities of enthusiastic, well-informed authors and readers with a thirst for stories. Sprea Editori is the publishing group founded by Luca Sprea, who started out as an author and photojournalist working with the Italian state TV operator RAI and became a benchmark entrepreneur in publishing ventures specialising in leisure pursuits. Sprea Editori now has a catalogue of dozens of titles dedicated to photography, IT, videogames, history, travel, animals, rock music and gardening. The team heads up five of the group’s publications: IL FOTOGRAFO, N Photography, Photo Professional, Digital Camera and Professional Photoshop. The team’s members are Denis Curti (editor of IL FOTOGRAFO), Silvia Taietti (art director), Mauro Fabbri (marketing manager) and Alessandro Curti (communication manager).
Margaret Courtney-Clarke
Project

Margaret Courtney-Clarke

Photographer

margaret-courtney-clarke.com

Margaret Courtney-Clarke was born in Namibia in 1949 and received her education in both Namibia and South Africa, to then pursue further studies in art and photography in Italy and the United States. She has worked as a photojournalist for numerous international publications. In 1978 and 1979, she embarked on several photography field trips and campaigns, with the result that she was identified as a persona non grata (ungrateful person) for her opinions about the issue of apartheid. In the same year, she reacted to this measure by deciding to give up her citizenship. In 1980, she started working with the photographer David Goldblatt. In the period from 1979 to 1986, she completed several photography projects in Africa, making a documentary record of different kinds of refuge and investigating the art of African women. This work led to the publication of an immensely successful trilogy, Ndebele: The Art of an African Tribe, African Canvas and Imazighen. Between 1994 and 1999, she worked with the poetess Maya Angelou. In 2008, she went back to live in Namibia.
Matthias Harder
Project

Matthias Harder

Curator

helmut-newton.com

Born in Kiel in 1965, Matthias Harder was Chief curator of the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin until 2004. Before that, from 1995 to 1999, he worked as a curator at the Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (NGBK) in Berlin. In 1996 he created the Empty Rooms experimental exhibition space, which he directed until 1999. From 1999 to 2002, working as a guest curator, he organised the retrospectives of Herbert List and Stefan Moses at the Photo Museum in the Munich Municipal Museum. From 2002 to 2004, he directed the Kunstverein Glückstadt (PAK). He has also worked as a guest curator in the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein and the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin, the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg, the Kunsthalle in Kiel, the Städel Museum in Frankfurt, the Glyptothek in Munich, the La Caixa Foundation in Barcelona, the IVAM in Valencia, the Tokyo Art Museum and the Goethe-Institut. He has published several books, essays and critical pieces in catalogues and is also very active as a consultant, a member of juries, a seminar lecturer and public speaker. Harder publishes regular articles in such international publications as Potonews, Eikon, Aperture, Eyemazing and Art in America.
Lady Tarin
Project

Lady Tarin

Photographer

ladytarin.com

Born in Rimini, Lady Tarin graduated from the Bologna Academy of Fine Arts and has been working for more than ten years on photographic research into the theme of the nude and of eroticism, using the analogical technique. “Eroticism is our driving force: it is a sense of belonging. A woman who emanates eroticism is a woman who belongs to herself” is her motto. She has shown her work on the occasions of several exhibitions, including her one-woman shows Naked Steady Go at the Le Dictateur Gallery in Milan in 2011, Skin Tales at the Beattricks Gallery in Milan in 2016 and Stanze Private (Private Rooms) at the Scorza Gallery in Rimini in the same year. Her group shows include These Peanuts are Bullets at Family Business in New York in 2012, Un homme juste est quand même un homme mort at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris in 2013 and Il nuovo vocabolario della moda italiana at the Milan Triennale in 2015. In 2014, Sky Arte shot the documentary Next Girl about her work, directed by Giovanni Troilo. Her publications include Stanze private, published by Edizioni NFC, and Le Dictatuer n. 3, published by the Tate Modern in London.

Master product design

 

Master product design


Learning directly from practitioners is the best way to pick up the most advanced visions and methods at source. Unlike conventional Masters, the Raffles Milano Masters bring hands-on knowledge direct into the lecture theatre, with ten market leader design offices occupying the lectern in the course of the ten months.

Yossef Schvetz
Project

Yossef Schvetz

Designer

flextronics.com

After working in research and development in the aeronautics industry, Yossef Schvetz studied Industrial Design at the Holon School of Design in Israel. This led him to start working as a designer and theatre designer and in 1996 he was one of the co-founders of Nekuda DM, one of the leading industrial design offices in Tel Aviv. At the same time  he also lectured at the Vital & Shenkar Schools of Design, conducting his courses with an experimental methodology of user-centred ethnographic research. In 2000, he moved to Italy to attend a Masters course, which he then followed up with a long career with Flex (previously Flextronics), the world’s largest company operating in the field of services for electronic manufacturing, where he worked with such clients as Nokia, Ericsson, HP and Johnson & Johnson. In 2004, he was one of the founders of the Milan-based studio Frog Design. In 2010, he went back to Flex as Design Manager, expanding the division’s scope of activities to encompass holistic user experience and related field research, as well as innovation in the area of wearable technologies.
Makio Hasuike
Project

Makio Hasuike

Designer

makiohasuike.com

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.
Giulio Vinaccia
Project

Giulio Vinaccia

Designer

vinaccia.it

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.
Studio Ito
Project

Studio Ito

Designers

studioito.com

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.
Jozeph Forakis
Project

Jozeph Forakis

Designer

forakis.com

Jozeph Forakis is the creator of some of the most iconic product designs of the last twenty years, such as the Havana lamp for Foscarini, now in the permanent collection at the MoMA in New York, the Mouseman Pro mouse, the first to adopt a vertical ergonomic concept and a thumb button, and the Swatch Irony Scuba 200 watch. Forakis is recognised for his innovative use of materials and his interest in interactive technologies. Born to his calling, his designs reflect his family background in the arts and theatre, in particular his experience as a theatre stage and lighting designer in New York. From 1999 to 2002, he was Design Director with Motorola, leading the team that designed the V 70 mobile telephone. The Joseph Forakis studio has offices in Milan and New York and works for such international clients as Epson, Fujitsu, Haier, Kikkerland, Normann Copenhagen, LG Electronics, Magis, Samsung, Swarovski, Tecno and Yamaha Motors. In 2004 ADI, the Italian Association for Industrial Design, dedicated a one-man show to him in Rome and New York, the first it had ever organised for an individual designer.
King & Miranda
Project

King & Miranda

Designers

kingmiranda.com

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.
Stefano Giovannoni
Project

Stefano Giovannoni

Designer

stefanogiovannoni.it

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”.
Alberto e Francesco Meda
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Alberto e Francesco Meda

Designers

francescomeda.com

Alberto Meda

Class of 1945, Alberto Meda graduated in mechanical engineering from Milan Polytechnic in 1969. Starting in 1973, he worked as Technical Director at Kartell, where he was responsible for developing the Labware and Furnishing Accessories Divisions. Since 1979, he has put his name to designs for Alfa Romeo Auto, Alias, Alessi, Arabia-Finland, Colombodesign, Th.Kohl, Luceplan, Kartell, Olivetti, Vitra, Tvs and Caimi Brevetti. He has been awarded wtih five ADI Compasso d’Oro Awards: for the Luceplan lamps Lola (1989), Metropoli(1994) and Mix (2008), the Teak tablefor Alias (2011) and the Flapsoundproofing panels for Caimi Brevetti (2016). In 1999, he won the Designer of the Year Award at the Paris Furniture Fair, while in 2000 his MedaChair for Vitra won him the German Federal Prize for Product Design. This was followed in 2005 by designation as an Honorary Royal Designer for Industry by the RSA in London, then in 2007 by the INDEX: Award for the Solar Bottle. In 1994, the New York MoMA added his chairs LightLight, Soft Light and Longframe 1 for Alias and his On-Off lamp for Luceplan to its Design Collection. He has taught at the Domus Academy, the Designlabor in Bremerhaven, Milan Polytechnic and the IUAV in Venice.

Francesco Meda

Francesco Meda was born in Milan in 1984 and graduated in Industrial Design in 2006. After completing his studies, he moved to London to work first with the Sebastian Bergne studio, then with the Ross Lovegrove office. Returning to Milan in 2008, he worked with his father Alberto Meda on projects for such clients as Alias, Vitra, Alessi, Kartell and Th.Kohl. In parallel with this, he developed his own independent career in art and design with the I Vassalletti limited edition, the Schoeni Art Gallery of Hong Kong, Henraux, Luce di Carrara and Riva 1920. His Orme Cinesi collection has been shown in the Lane Crawford stores in Hong Kong and was presented by the Schoeni Art Gallery at the Hong Kong Art Fair in 2012. In 2013, he co-designed Flap, a soundproofing panel produced by Caimi Brevetti. In the same year, he launched the production of his own designs for LED lamps, marble stools, tables, benches and 3D-printed jewellery. The Bridge lamp and the Layers series of 3D-printed jewellery pieces have been included in the collection of the Triennale Design Museum. With Flap, he shared with his father Alberto Meda the 2015 German Design Award and an ADI Compasso d’Oro Award in 2016.

Francisco Gomez Paz
Project

Francisco Gomez Paz

Designer

gomezpaz.com

Francisco Gomez Paz was born in Argentina in 1975. After graduating in Industrial Design from the National University of Cordoba, he moved to Milan to take a Masters in Design. In 2004, he opened his own design office, which has involved him over the years in working with clients of the calibre of Artemide, Driade, Danese, Lensvelt, Luceplan, Olivetti and Sector. The approach adopted by Gomez Paz to designing is inspired by his curiosity, his knowledge of materials and technologies and a creative process with a decisively experimental, manual and heuristic flavour. Among the important international acknowledgements his work has won him are the Good Design Award and the Red Dot Award, both in 2010. In 2007, he and Alberto Meda were together the winners of the first edition of the Index Award for their Solar Bottle, which was then chosen by the MoMA in New York for its Study Collection in the following year. In 2011, he received the Prize of Prizes for Innovation from the President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano, for his Hope lamp for manufacturer Luceplan, as well as the ADI Compasso d’Oro Award. He is actively involved in research and teaching.
Mindert De Koningh
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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.

Master visual design

 

Master visual design


Learning directly from practitioners is the best way to pick up the most advanced visions and methods at source. Unlike conventional Masters, the Raffles Milano Masters bring hands-on knowledge direct into the lecture theatre, with ten market leader graphic designers occupying the lectern in the course of the ten months.

G Design Studio
Project

G Design Studio

Visual design studio

gdesignstudio.gr

G Design was established in Athens by the designers Michalis Georgiou and Dimitris Stefanidis to work in a fieldthat encompasses a host of disciplines, from brand identity and packaging to strategic design and digital experience. The studio perceives every project as an opportunity for everybody involved in the creative process to be enriched with learning. The impression made by their design work can be summarised as the concepts of clarity, authenticity and emotive resonance. In the vision adopted by the G Design Studio, the same degree of importance is attributed to new technologies and practical skills. The aim is to produce design that is rich with meaning, capable of sparking our imagination and of producing lasting effects. Michalis Georgiou holds a diploma from the London College of Printing and is Graphic Design Pathway Leader at the Vakalo College of Art and Design, where he has lectured for more than twenty years. Dimitris Stefanidis was educated in London, Athens and the Pratt Institute in New York. He has worked with Pentagram New York and FutureBrand in London and currently lectures in Branding at the Vakalo College.
Studio FM Milano
Project

Studio FM Milano

Visual design studio

studiofmmilano.com

The Studio FM Milano was founded in 1996 by Barbara Forni and Sergio Menichelli, who were joined by Cristiano Bottino in 2000. The office specialises in graphic design, with a special focus on art direction, co-ordinated image, publishing graphics, exhibition design, signage and web design, working for both commercial clients in fashion, design, architecture, industry, the service sector and culture, and in partnership with public-sector institutions. The office has received important acknowledgements for its work, including an Honourable Mention at the ADI Compasso d’Oro in 2001 and the European Design Awards, which it won every year from 2008 to 2015. Among its clients are such names as Brioni, Bticino, Cassina, Coop Italia, the City of Milan, the City of Rome, Electrolux, Ermenegildo Zegna, Expo Milano 2015, Expo Zaragoza, Fantini Rubinetterie, the Massimo De Carlo Gallery, Gianfranco Ferré, Hachette Rusconi Editori, MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MUDEC Milan Museum of Cultures, the Cinisello Balsamo Museum of Contemporary Photography, NDIA Doha New International Airport, Poltrona Frau, Saipem and Tecno.
Landor
Project

Landor

Visual design studio

landor.com

Landor was established in 1941 by Walter Landor, who in 1964 transferred the main office on board the ferryboat Klamath in San Francisco Bay, where it soon became a magnet for creativity, attracting visits from people like Andy Warhol, Tom Wolfe, Issey Miyake and Marshall McLuhan. At that time, the agency pioneered many of the research approaches, solutions and methods that have now become standard for branding. Landor is now an agency with 29 offices in 21 countries worldwide that work to partner with top global brands, including Aeroflot, Bayer, BBC, BMP, BP, Citroën, Danone, Etihad Airways, the International Hotels Group, Procter & Gamble, the Russian Copper Company and the Tata Group. The agency offers a wide range of services, from strategy, positioning, corporate identity and brand architecture to prototyping, naming, verbal identity, environments, experiences and engagement, interactive and media design. Landor is part of the Young & Rubicam Group, which belongs to the holding company WPP, the world’s largest marketing and communication concern.
Leftloft
Project

Leftloft

Visual design studio

leftloft.com

Founded in Milan in 1997 by Andrea Bacaloni, Francesco Cavalli, Bruno Genovese and David Pasquali, Leftloft is an independent design office where ideas, people and skills are encouraged to flow together and merge to develop a broader vision of design, of culture and of communication. In 2009, Leftloft also opened an office in New York. The office operates with a design team in which each individual is specialised in several fields, from branding to web design. Leftloft has put its name to many projects in Italy and across the world, partnering with some of the most important private-sector businesses and public-sector institutions in Italy and elsewhere, such as the Inter football club, Mondadori, the Milan Triennale, dOCUMENTA (3), Cassina, Colmar, Pirelli Hangar-Bicocca, subito.it, the Istanbul Biennale, RCS Corriere della Sera, the Feltrinelli Foundation, Sinistra Italiana, the Castle of Rivoli, Expo 2015, the Venice Biennale, the European Union, GS1 Italy, Loescher and Slowear. The structure also include Luft, a think tank established to develop creative thinking and collaborative production, which operates primarily in the fields of identity, research, concept, strategy, art direction and narration
Daylight Design
Project

Daylight Design

Visual design studio

daylightdesign.com

Established in 2007 by the brothers Brett and Sven Newman, two students at the Stanford Design School, Daylight Design now has offices in San Francisco, Munich and Seoul. A major characteristic of Daylight Design is its ability to straddle the area between digital experiences, physical products and social impact, blending Design Thinking with practical design work and always putting the human being in the centre of every undertaking. In particular, the office has worked on user research and strategies, product innovation, digital platforms, brand experience and social design and has five major focal areas of operation: user experience, physical products, social impact, service design and branding. Its most recent success stories include rebranding the messaging app Wickr and support for the Korean start-up Mango Plate, while its client list includes Hyundai, Bosch, Audi, Instagram, Logitech, Belkin, UNICEF and Pearson. The partners see Daylight Design as a group of optimists who believe in their work, to which they bring the know-how of a major firm and the service mentality of a small one.
Area17
Project

Area17

Visual design studio

area17.com

Area 17 is an independent digital product agency with offices in Paris and New York and a strong creative motivation that designs, creates and grows digital products for clients of all shapes and sizes, focusing significantly on caring for every detail, from the design to the coding, and on finding simple solutions to complex challenges. George Eis, one of the partners at AREA 7, founded the agency in New York in 2003 and then opened the Paris office three years later. He started out designing and coding websites in 1994 and spent much of his career working as a creative director for digital agencies. With a background of studies in art and the theatre, he is a strenuous believer in the power of the ensemble. David Lamothe, the agency’s global director of design, drives its design principles, methodologies and processes. Influenced by the Swiss school of graphic design and passionately interested in typography, his projects are identifiable for their precision, practicality and minimalism.
Atelier Müesli
Project

Atelier Müesli

Visual design studio

ateliermuesli.com

Müesli is a graphic design office founded in Paris in 2008 by Lea Chapon and Mytill Ducomet that focuses primarily on publication design, posters and corporate design. The most important tool for Müesli is typography and, basically, everything that can be printed interests the office: exhibition signage, game design, maps, websites... The office believes that materials and textures are important and pays considerable attention to the details and processes of fabrication (as Charles Eames used to say, “The details are not details: they make the design.”). Müesli likes to think that every graphic solution can be seen like a toolbox or a game and develops most of its work in the area of culture, with such clients as contemporary art networks, national museums, cultural institutions, international art fairs, theatres, design schools, architecture offices, digital art festivals and organisations that work with design, but also private clients, from luxury brands to small cosmetics firms and wine shops.
Pentagram
Project

Pentagram

Visual design studio

pentagram.com

Pentagram was founded in 1972 in Needham Road, London, by a group of friends – Alan Fletcher, Theo Crosby, Colin Forbes, Kenneth Grange and Mervyn Kurlansky – and is now one of the world’s largest independent graphic design consultancies, led by the 21 partners, all of whom are leaders in their individual fields. With offices in London, New York, San Francisco, Berlin and Austin, Pentagram can design anything: architecture, interiors, products, identities, advertising, publications, posters, books, infographics, exhibitions, websites, and digital installations. Each client works directly with one or more of the partners, in an organisation that reflects the office’s conviction that great design cannot happen without passion, intelligence, and personal commitment, which is demonstrated by a portfolio of work that spans five decades. In 1999, Pentagram was included in the Thames and Hudson Dictionary of Graphic Design and Designers of the Twentieth Century.
Lava
Project

Lava

Visual design studio

lava.nl

For over 25 years, Lava has been exploring the boundaries of the creative field, driven by a unique approach to communication concept development. With their Lava Lab, they challenge clients - and themselves - to experiment and research new insights and new opportunities in design, storytelling and technology. Lava has offices in Amsterdam and Beijing.
Raffinerie
Project

Raffinerie

Visual design studio

raffinerie.com

With a slogan that reads “Design that counts”, Raffinerie was founded in Zürich in 2000 and is led by three creative directors: Reto Ehrbar, Christian Hass and Nenad Kovačić. The task they have given themselves is to “create smart design solutions for organisations, firms, start-ups and everyone else”, providing a comprehensive package of support and consultancy services related to graphic design that range from art direction and corporate design to publication design and illustration, based on a mindset that goes “from print to web, or wherever our ideas might take us”. Raffinerie now employs an in-house team of 15 designers, who follow every project with curiosity and dedication, from the general outline idea to the tiniest detail. In 2016, the office won a double award at the tenth edition of the European Design Awards held in Vienna: Agency of the Year and Best of Show. This was the first time in the history of the EDA that one office has come away with the two leading awards, while also winning the Best of Show for the second time.

Master visual merchandising

 

Master visual merchandising


Learning directly from practitioners is the best way to pick up the most advanced visions and methods at source. Unlike conventional Masters, the Raffles Milano Masters bring hands-on knowledge direct into the lecture theatre, with ten market leader professionals occupying the lectern in the course of the ten months.

Andrée Chantal Tedeschi
Project

Andrée Chantal Tedeschi

Visual merchandiser

andreechantaltedeschi.Linkedin

Class of 1981, Andrée Chantal Tedeschi took a diploma as a specialist in ancient mosaic at the Sermig school of art and restoration in Turin in 2002. Working as a creative consultant and visual merchandiser, she curated 150 openings for Zara Italia in the period from 2001 to 2009, joining Zara as an area visual merchandiser and completing her career with the company as a country visual merchandiser for menswear, a role that gave her the opportunity to identify and train several young talents. In 2010, she moved over to the Coin group, where she held the position of Head visual merchandiser worldwide and co-ordinated the restyling of the OVS brand. In this position, she managed more than 500 points of sale all over the world and co-ordinated approximately 30 international location launches. Her portfolio also includes work for Pitti Moda, Moschino and See by Chloé. Since 2014, she has been a visual merchandising consultant with the Freddy group and, since 2015, a creative consultant with the Villa d’Este group. In the same year, she also started teaching at the IED in Turin. Most recently, she has focused on international projects for concept stores that choose Made in Italy all over the world.
Carlo Schlic
Project

Carlo Schlic

Visual merchandiser

carloschlic.Linkedin

Born in Cagliari in 1961, Carlo Schlich moved to Milan where he attended the Istituto Marangoni, an experience that enabled him to structure his awareness of trends and his skills in combining the colours and styles of outfits. In 1982, he was taken on as a visual merchandiser by Max Mara, where he took care of designing the interiors and window displays for boutiques in Italy and abroad. He then followed this up with a decision to focus on working as a freelance. In the course of this career, he has worked with such brands as Missoni, Alberta Ferretti, Max&Co., Trussardi, Isaia, Angelo Marani, Malo and Just Cavalli. Gradually also expanding his area of interest to sectors outside the fashion scene, he has also designed for such brands as Frank Muller, Max Factor, Chanel Bijoux, Cartier, Dom Pérignon, Hermès and D&G. He has also contributed to designing installations for trade fairs and other events in the fashion industry, including Milano Unica.
Francesco Cicali
Project

Francesco Cicali

Visual merchandiser

francescocicali.Linkedin

A designer and stylist who originally came from Noto, in Sicily, Cori Amenta holds a diploma in Fashion Design from the Istituto Marangoni in Milan. She has served as a style consultant with several firms, occupying the position of art director and collection development manager. In this role, she co-ordinates all the aspects of a collection, from the concept to the identification of fabrics and accessories and from the drawings and models to the samplers, the fashion shows and the advertising launch. Notable names among the firms with which she has worked are Versace, Calvin Klein, Ungaro and Dolce & Gabbana. She has also worked a great deal as a stylist for celebrities. In 2012, she created Coriamenta, a collection of unisex footwear 100% Made in Italy. The use of a logo featuring the wing of Hermes, the Greek god of communication, as well as the father of Hermaphrodite, stands for freedom, integration and perfection, irrespective of the ramifications of gender.
Ladislao Marcoaldi
Project

Ladislao Marcoaldi

Visual merchandiser

ladislaomarcoaldi.Linkedin

Ladisalo Marcoaldi has been working for more than 35 years in window and in-store display design, exploring and designing sales activities in shops, department stores and thematic installations. After starting his career using artistic methods to intervene in his work in the Fendi boutiques in Venice, he used the language of theatre design and magnificence when partnering with Valentino. For Missoni, he generated colourful effects to match the products, while for Agnona he focused on creating uncluttered, understated window displays. Marcoaldi has partnered with the Draganzuk boutiques in Venice, Bologna and Cortina and has also spent many years working with the multi-brand Han boutique in Cortina. He partnered with Telecom Italia on the presentation of its products in its network of points of sale, where his task was to forge a link between the client’s press and television advertising campaigns and its shop windows. With the Rondina and Nerone jewellers, with whom he still works at the moment, he has developed a complete creative partnership. He has also been working with Alessi since 2007 as senior visual display designer for trade fairs, shops and exhibitions all over the world.
Guido Ciompi
Project

Guido Ciompi

Architect

studiociompi.it

Florentine by birth, Guido Ciompi graduated in architecture in 1990 after having alternated periods of study with lengthy practical experience. He has been working in architecture, interior design, product design, communications and installations for events since 1992. His more significant projects include a long series of shops designed for Gucci and other international brands and more than a hundred private homes both in Italy and abroad. In 1994, he also started working in the field of hotel design, where he has signed off several important projects, including The Gray in Milan, the Centurion in Venice, the Pentominium in Dubai and The Plaza in Seoul. He has also designed many objects, furnishings and furniture accessories as one-off pieces. For Ciompi, the logic that informs a design must be measured against the client’s ideas and requirements, as well as against the particular characteristics of the context where it takes place. In his designs, he treats vegetation as an essential element, both indoors and outdoors, and often suggests some unusual, innovative solutions.
Igor Ronchese
Project

Igor Ronchese

Set designer

tekset.it

Igor Ronchese was born in Venice in 1970 and graduated with honours from the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. Towards the mid-eighties, he started working with a firm doing restoration and conservation on stonework, specialising in antique Venetian and Etruscan wall claddings. In this period, he partnered with some of Italy’s most important architects, including Lorenzo Mongiardino, Gae Aulenti and Renzo Piano, working both on historical edifices and on new builds. In 1992, he founded Tekset, the firm he still manages today, which designs and runs concerts, live shows and conventions. In 1994, he started designing stage sets, productions, music videos and tours for Italy’s most important music festivals and artists. He worked as a set designer and co-producer for the film Fame chimica (2003). He has designed and run conventions for such firms as Fiat, Coca Cola, Seat, Henkel, Sony, Samsung, Telecom, France Telecom, Glaxo, Conad, Fastweb and Mondadori and has designed and executed scenes and furniture accessories for the Turin Winter Olympics in 2006, Nike, MTV, Radio DJ, the Wind Music Festival and the Verona Arena.
Stefania Vasques
Project

Stefania Vasques

Architect, designer & stylist

stefaniavasques.it

A native of Catania, Stefania Vasques moved to Milan, where she works as an architect, designer and stylist. Here she has created Vasques Studio, which operates across a very broad spectrum of disciplines, from interior architecture to creative and art direction, from concept styling to theatre design, from installations to exhibitions, from publishing to photo shoots and from advertising campaigns to product design. Her design approach rests on twin pillars: on the one hand a free, Utopian vision and on the other continuous research into new materials. As a designer, she has worked with such firms as Ichendorf, L’abitare, Corrado Corradi, Diamantini & Domeniconi, Danese, Sambonet, A-tipico and Cc-tapis. In 2014, she won the Wallpaper Best Domestic Design Award. In 2016, her Terra.Cotto and Terra.Cotto Ghisa designs for Sambonet won her a mention from ADI. She belongs to the Officina Temporanea group of designers, which partners with the Artigiani Officina group of craftsmen to produce its own limited-edition pieces, practising an art-design approach. She is also a contributor to the top furniture magazines.
Roberto Palomba
Project

Roberto Palomba

Architect

palombaserafini.com

Roberto Palomba was born in Cagliari in 1963 and graduated in architecture from La Sapienza University in Rome in 1985. In 1994, he and Ludovica Serafini established the Palomba Serafini Associates office to develop projects of architecture, interior architecture, exhibition and industrial design, working all over the world. The office has won numerous prizes, including the ADI Compasso d’Oro Award, the Red Dot Award, the Design Plus Award, the Product Innovation Award and the German Design Award. The foundation of his design work is his alert observation of changes in human behaviour and the firm belief that “good designs” exist in a sort of collective subconscious: the designer’s task is to identify them, shape them and develop them. He is a strategic consultant and art director with numerous firms. In the course of his career, he has partnered with many of the great names of design, including Boffi, Cappellini, Dornbracht, Driade, Elica, Elmar, Exteta, Flaminia, Foscarini, Kos, Laufen, Lema, Plank, Poltrona Frau, Sawaya & Moroni, Samsung, Tubes, Viccarbe, Zanotta and Zucchetti. He has lectured in industrial design at Milan Polytechnic.
Riccardo Aresu
Project

Riccardo Aresu

Visual merchandiser

riccardoaresu.Linkedin

Born in Milan in 1975, Riccardo Areu started working in luxury shops at a very early age, building a career in Prada’s long-established store in Milan’s Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery. In 2002, he joined the Inditex group, where he started working as a visual merchandising co-ordinator with the Zara Italia management. He spent five years co-ordinating the visual merchandising of all the group’s menswear points of sale in Italy, taking care of new store launches and staff training. His next career move came in 2007, when he joined the visual team at Ermenegildo Zegna. In this period, he travelled a great deal in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. In 2010, he became world visual merchandising co-ordinator for Loropiana and a product consultant for all the points of sale in franchising. These days, he is visual merchandising manager with Malo, a brand that works in retail, franchising and wholesale, where he designs new props for displaying products and creates the visual merchandising book and the seasonal windows book.
Stefano Roveda
Project

Stefano Roveda

Artist

studioazzurro.com

At the age of thirteen, Stefano Roveda had already started taking and developing photographs. He started working in industrial photography just a few years later and then moved on to the cinema. In Milan, he specialised in analogical video, film editing, special effects and installations for live TV broadcasts. In 1985, he started using the first computers for rendering, producing 3D animation and programming in basic, c and c shell. In the early nineties, he established Pigreco and developed immersive virtual reality systems, the first interactive theatre pieces and “Natural Interfaces” that enable spectators to dialogue with IT hardware by touching objects, moving in space and using the voice. In 1995, he merged his company with the Studio Azzurro, innovating his language with interactive hardware, filming techniques and special effects. He has partnered on designing exhibitions, museums and large-format installations displayed in a variety of institutions and galleries located all over the world, collecting several international awards. He currently works in the Internet of Things, visual archives and participatory systems.

Three-year course fashion design

 

Three-year course fashion design


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.

Venuccia De Russi

Venuccia De Russi

Pattern-maker

Saverio Palatella

Saverio Palatella

Designer

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Saverio Palatella first launched into his career in fashion in 1980, when he started attending the international school of Fashion Design at the Ecole Berçot in Paris. In 1990, Elle France included him among the top eight New European Fashion Designers, along with Marcel Marongiu, Katharine Hamnett, John Galliano, Martin Margiela, Jean Colonna, Rifat Ozbek and Dolce & Gabbana. He is one of the knitwear experts with the biggest following in the press and among buyers, focusing on transforming knitwear from an accessory to ready-to-wear. His runway shows narrate the concept of tricot couture, a trend that has been picked up by many other creatives, while his high-end products embody the value of a timeless Made in Italy. His primacy lies in his use of extra-high quality fibres, focusing attention on every detail. In communication, he has explored far and wide to discover ways to meet the public’s emotions, partnering with artists of the theatre, of music, of art and of video art. He has also worked as a consultant with such brands as Gentry Portofino, Dupont, Shima Seiki, Malo and Lamberto Losani.
Michel Lund

Michel Lund

Designer

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Michel Lund was born in Copenhagen and in 1992 was the first Danish student to be accepted in the Masters of Art course at the Central Saint Martins School in London, under the wing of Louise Wilson. After completing his studies, he started working as a freelance textile designer with Balenciaga, where Josephus Thimister was creative director. In 1994, he was called over to New York to design the Ben Kahn collection of furs together with Nicolas Petrou, a project that earned him the cover of Women’s Wear Daily. In 1996, he was back in Paris, working as first assistant to Josephus Thimister, who opened his own maison in 1997 with the blessing of Vogue US, which described it as “the house of the future of haute couture”. In 2000, he moved over to Lanvin, where he worked first as creative assistant to Cristina Ortiz, then as a designer. In 2006, Cristina Ortiz brought him to Milan to design the Brioni women’s wear collection and also asked him to accompany her when she transferred to Salvatore Ferragamo in 2007, where he was subsequently appointed Head Designer for women’s wear by the new creative director Massimiliano Giornetti.
Pina Gandolfi

Pina Gandolfi

Fashion & Style Editor

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Fashion & style editor with Rolling Stone magazine’s Italian edition, in the course of her career Pina Gandolfi has specialised in creative research and preparation of the publication’s image, working in close contact with the marketing and editorial managers. She has partnered with many of the most important international photographers and art directors working on the fashion and cosmetics scene, sharing various magazines’ strategic decisions and editorial policies. She made her debut on the fashion scene in the eighties, when she worked with Amica, Lei, Vogue Bambini and Donna magazines as a fashion feature and cover editor. From 1990 to 1992, she was creative manager with the Barbara Falanga agency, then from 1993 to 1996 she contributed to Donna, Moda Uomo and Donna & Bambini magazines, before eventually moving to Anna (which subsequently changed its name to A), a magazine where she remained until 2011 as fashion projects manager. From 2011 to 2014, she was fashion editor with Myself magazine and since 2015 has been contributing editor for features and special articles about Italian and international fashion with Vanity Fair.
Andrea Diletto

Andrea Diletto

Tailor

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Born in Germany in 1981 to Italian parents, Andrea Diletto is a leading figure in international bespoke tailoring. From 1999 to 2002, he studied at the B. Kehrer Fashion School in Stuttgart. Since he has always taken a passionate interest in bespoke tailoring, he then decided to develop on his knowledge of craft techniques, and he enrolled in 2006 enrolling in a specialisation apprenticeship with the tailor A. Caraceni in 2006. In 2011, he opened his own tailoring workshop in Milan, Sartoria Diletto, whose hallmark is a blend of tradition, craftsmanship, uniqueness, innovation and research. In 2015, he partnered with Candiani Denim to win top place on the podium at the Global Denim Awards, piecing together a haute couture project around denim and so enabling the excellence and inventiveness of Made in Italy to triumph. Flanked by one of the youngest teams of professionals in the sector, he has succeeded in building up an international reputation and ensuring that his luxury products feature in the wardrobes of all the best-known and most admired gentlemen.
Sergio Salerni

Sergio Salerni

Art Director

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Sergio Salerni has an important background in making advertising videos for a variety of sectors, building on this experience to make his mark on the scene of fashion and global luxury as a director and visionary creative. He took his first steps as long ago as 1985, when he founded the video production company Videogang in Milan, which is now flanked by Urban Production, a multitasking structure that carries out events and projects worldwide related to the fashion scene in Milan, Paris and the new capitals of luxury, such as Shanghai, Beijing, Dubai, New York and Hong Kong. In the course of his career, he has directed runway shows for Versace, Valentino and Gianfranco Ferré and his reportage videos have travelled the world. What has enabled him to achieve these milestones is a unique blend of charisma, professional skills, a focus on the component of dream and imagination… and a pinch of creative folly. The New York Times once described him as “the wizard behind Versace”. He has conceived projects for many leading brands, including Dolce&Gabbana, Fendi, Salvatore Ferragamo, Diesel and CP Company, as well as several up-and-coming stylists. He is the Italian partner of the worldwide Fashion TV channel.
Maria Candida Gentile

Maria Candida Gentile

Mâitre parfumeur

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Maria Candida Gentile graduated in Pharmacy from the University of Florence in 1982, then took a diploma in perfumery from the High School of Perfumery in Grasse, in Provence, in 2001, studying in the ASFO laboratory in Grasse with Carol André. In 2002, she worked in the Aveda Research and Development Department and in 2003 became a Mâitre parfumeur, the first Italian from her school to win this accolade. She started creating perfumes in 2005 and in 2009 created her own line of six perfumes (it now numbers eighteen) using natural raw materials. In the same year, Michael Edwards included her line in the perfume bible Fragrances of the World. In 2010, the neuroscientist Luca Turin described her as the only nose with the ability to create perfumes with her heart, as the great French perfumiers used to do in the forties and fifties of the last century, comparing her to Jean Guerlain. In 2013, her perfume Lady Day won the Fifi Award in New York. In 2016, she received a nomination from UCLA in Los Angeles for her perfume Elephant and Roses.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cesare Maria Cunaccia

Cesare Maria Cunaccia

Writer / Journalist


Born in Trento in 1962, Cesare Maria Cunaccia graduated in Architecture with a focus on history from the IUAV University in Venice, then in Literature with an artistic focus from the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, before taking a PhD at the Sorbonne in Paris, investigating mannerist culture and artistic relationships between Italy and Fontainebleau in the era of the last kings of the Valois dynasty. He has authored a substantial number of books about the Italian and European artistic and environmental heritage, the history of fashion, photography and the contemporary semantics of fashion and has curated numerous exhibitions, including the Fashion and Photography section of La Danza delle Avanguardie, at the MART in Rovereto in 2004, together with Franca Sozzani. An outstanding feature of his journalism is his longstanding work with Vogue Italia and l’Uomo Voguemagazines, both of which he served for several years as Editor-at-large, and with AD Italia as Art and Antiques Consultant. He currently contributes to Il Giornale and Giornale Stile and is Senior Editor with Lampoon. He lectures in two Masters courses in fashion and communication at the LUISS University in Rome.
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).
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Fashion designer


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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”.
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).

Three-year course visual design

 

Three-year course visual design


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.

Luca Barcellona

Luca Barcellona

Graphic designer and calligrapher

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A graphic designer and calligrapher, Luca Barcellona uses lettering as the main component of his creations, whose aim is to induce the manual dimension of an art as age-old as handwriting to cohabit with the languages and tools available in the digital age. In 2003, he teamed up with Rae Martini and Marco Klefisch to found the collective Rebel Ink. In 2009, he worked with the calligrapher Klaus Peter Schaffel for the National Museum in Zurich to create a faithful reproduction of a large-scale globe whose original dated back to 1569, practising his calligraphy with original materials (goose quills and natural inks). The brands that have commissioned lettering from him include Carhartt, Nike, Mondadori, Zoo York, Dolce & Gabbana, Sony BMG, Seat, Volvo, Universal and Eni. He teaches calligraphy at the Italian Calligraphy Association and holds workshops in several European cities. In 2010, he produced his own clothing line, the Luca Barcellona Gold Series. More recently, he brought out his first monographic book, Take Your Pleasure Seriously, with the publisher Lazy Dog Press, where he is also a partner.
Lucio Lazzara

Lucio Lazzara

Designer

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Lucio Lazzara was born in Milan, where he graduated in Architecture from Milan Polytechnic after spending several years studying at the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture in Helsinki. After a period of experimentation in the field of graphic design and communication, in 2000 he founded the Zetalab design office, where he is still an active partner today. He has taken an interest in many different facets of design work, ranging from brand design and publishing graphics to exhibition and interaction design and photography. Underlying his method is his trust in knowledge and analysis as the foundation-stones of creativity. His clients have included esterni, Mondadori, Rizzoli, Mediaset, Internazionale, Smemoranda and the Milan Triennale and he has designed communications, spaces and events for Moleskine. He has lectured at Milan Polytechnic. He is one of the founder members of the Ministero della Grafica, a very lively cultural association whose aim is to nurture and strengthen design culture.
Marcello Francone

Marcello Francone

Art Director

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Class of 1959, Marcello Francone studied graphic design and photography at the Monza State Institute of Art under AG Fronzoni. From Fronzoni, he acquired a very strong design approach that induced him to “investigate the substance of things, not to linger on the surface and to remove elements rather than to add them”. After his studies, he worked with Friedemann Kaltbrunner in the Contact Studio and partnered with G&R Associati and with the Anselmi Studio. In 1983, he started acquiring experience in publishing with Electa, where he was made responsible for the graphic design office in 1985 and became art director in 1988. In 1994, he started holding a course in publishing graphics for the third-year students at the Milan Academy of Communication. In 1995, he joined Skira, taking part in reviving the venerable art publisher’s fortunes, where he currently holds the position of art director. In 2005, he was Visiting Professor at the Milan Polytechnic Faculty of Design.
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.
Armando Milani

Armando Milani

Graphic designer

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Born in Milan in 1940, Armando Milani is a leading figure on the Italian graphic and design scene. After studying at the Scuola Umanitaria under Albe Steiner, he started working with Antonio Boggeri and Giulio Confalonieri, before opening his own office in Milan in 1970. In 1977, he moved to New York, where he spent the next two years working with Massimo Vignelli, before opening his own office in that city, too, in 1979. He specialises in branding and corporate identity systems, logo, publishing, posters and websites. Since 1983 a member of the AGI Alliance Graphique Internationale, the association that brings together the world’s most authoritative graphic designers, he was elected to serve as its President in 2016. In 2004, he won an ADI Compasso d’Oro Award for a poster for the Promosedia event. In the same year, the United Nations published a poster of his promoting world peace, following it up in 2008 with the Human Design Collection. He has held courses in prestigious schools and universities in New York, Kansas City, Santo Domingo, Acapulco, Beijing, Lima, Karachi, Perugia, Milan, Naples, Santander, Brescia and Istanbul.
Matteo Balocco

Matteo Balocco

UX & Web designer

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After graduating in Humanities Technology in 1998, Matteo Balocco started working with Domino Interactive in Turin as a front-end specialist. In 2004, he won two Interactive Key Awards for the best front-end development with the websites for the Turin Book Fair and NoMartiniNoParty. He later worked on project management and designing interfaces for the web agency Bluestudio. In 2011, he started working with Simplicissimus Book Farm on creating a set of typographic rules for e-books and wrote a digital typography manual for Apogeo. In 2013, he was one of the people behind the conception and organization of Kerning, the first international conference held in Italy dedicated to typography for the web, and became a member of the digital products thematic committee of experts for the ADI Design Index. At the same time, he also started working with Reply and Bitmama as a user experience designer on financial technology projects. In 2015, he launched Hangar, a format for workshops in good digital communication practices, and in 2016 he became Product Manager with TOK.tv, an American digital services company.
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.
Corrado Musmeci

Corrado Musmeci

Print expert

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Born in 1982, Corrado Musmeci graduated in Business Economics with a specialisation in Corporate Organisation, then worked on commercial and communication management with Fontegrafica, the family firm established by his father, of which he is now sole administrator. Fontegrafica has carved itself a distinctive niche on the printing scene and is now considered to be an international benchmark for typographic research and high-quality production. It has achieved this by accumulating specific experience in executing projects for the luxury, fashion and design sectors. Corrado Musmeci is very active in professional printing circles: he is a member of the Board of Directors of the ITS Rizzoli Institute and Vice-President of the Milan Industrial Graphics Union and has lectured in university Masters courses in Milan. He never passes up an opportunity to support and promote the culture of printed communication, partnering with institutions, schools, influencers and brands.
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.
Chiara Grandesso

Chiara Grandesso

Graphic designer

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After taking her diploma at the Accademia di Comunicazione in Milan, Chiara Grandesso went on to take a Masters in Communication in Art & Design at the Royal College of Art in London. She then won a scholarship to continue pursuing her research at the Kyoto City University of Arts in Japan. Once back in Europe, she won the Parallel Prize and was subsequently invited by Philippe Starck to start working with him in his Paris office. Although she maintained a partnership with the office upon returning to Italy after this experience, she also started doing graphic design work on her own initiative. She has received acknowledgments from both the ADCI and the Padua municipal council Culture Department.
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.
Andrea Braccaloni

Andrea Braccaloni

Graphic designer

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Andrea Braccaloni studied at the Milan Polytechnic Faculty of Architecture, where he also met his future partners. In 1997, with Francesco Cavalli, Bruno Genovese and David Pasquali, he founded the Leftloft design and communication agency, in which he works as design director, type designer and expert in communication strategy and analysis. The more significant projects he has worked on closely include designing the proprietary typeface for the newspaper Corriere della Sera, the signage and typography for Milan’s San Siro stadium, rebranding Moleskine, rebranding Oscar Mondadori and subito.it, art direction and communication for the Inter FC football club and various publishing products, such as the daily sports newspaper Dieci, the newspaper Manifesto and the magazines Panorama First, ICON, Focus and Sette del Corriere della Sera. He is a professional member of Aiap, the BEDA Register, ATypl and TDC. Since 2001, in addition to his professional work he has also been teaching at Milan Polytechnic, the CFP Bauer and the IED in Milan.
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.
Angelo Ferrara

Angelo Ferrara

Corporate branding Creative director

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After spending a considerable amount of time building up useful experience in branding with Wolff Olins in London, where he spent 15 years and more, Angelo Ferrara took over responsibility for strategic and creative management in the Corporate Branding area at Robilant Associates, where he became a partner in 2012. He has a rare talent for crystallising design and strategy, which has led him to develop and manage branding projects for such clients as Alitalia, FCA, Italcementi Group, Ferrari Trento, Expo 2015, Mondadori, Indesit, Ariston, Edison, Luxottica, SunGlass Hut and Shiseido. He represented Italy at Mediterranean European Design 1994 with a brand documentary promoting tourism on the Portuguese island of Madeira and won the Best Promotional Video Awards for four years running. He has worked with several universities and schools, including the IED in Milan, the ISCTE Business School in Lisbon and the British Higher School of Art & Design in Moscow. Now heading up the Corporate Social Responsibility activities at Robilant Associates, he is also responsible for the pro-bono projects that the partnership runs every year as an integral part of its activities.
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).