Master course Raffles Milano
Building, breaking, rebuilding
Ten amazing months. Ten international designers in the lecture theatre, one every month. Ten unique chances for learning by doing, elbow-to-elbow with the best. The Raffles Milano Masters: someone has come up with them at last.
Why do some design projects that seem to have ticked all the right boxes simply fail to pass the test of the market? Does such a thing as a recipe for success even exist? The answer is no: there are no fool-proof recipes. What does exist is talent, energy and a serious approach to designing, an understanding of the complexity of the world and the ability to adapt models to suit it. Then there are tenaciousness, analysis and learning: these are the things that do exist.
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.
This Masters is designed to provide students with a methodological toolkit and skills that will enable them to design products effectively in a very broad range of industrial sectors.
Who should attend
Who should attend
The course targets graduates in design and architecture, as well as young designers, architects and practitioners who are curious and want to broaden their aesthetic horizons. They are destined to be the movers and shakers of creative designing in future, the ones who write the agenda for design in firms, in architecture and design offices, in research groups, in major global organisations and also in professional contexts and fields that we cannot even imagine today.
Students attending this course get a chance to experiment with different approaches to designing, as a function of different types of clients and stakeholders. Research-based design is extremely pro-active and favours unusual formal or constructive solutions. When design focuses on execution, the designer becomes a businessman capable of offering solutions that integrate into consolidated production practices, but also of standing out for his personality. Ground-breaking design, lastly, leaves more space for pure creativity, as long as the bases of good research and good execution are also there.
- Development of new materials and surfaces.
- Development of new aesthetics and graphics.
- New products and new models of distribution.
- New product frontiers: nomad products.
- New production frontiers: the metamorphosis of 3D printing.
For the quality and effectiveness of its didactic model, this Masters course has been endorsed by:
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.
Setsu & Shinobu Ito
King & Miranda
Alberto e Francesco 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
Mindert De Koningh
Lecturers in method
Lecturers in method
There are some kinds of practical and theoretical knowledge and abilities that cannot be learned overnight, but need tailored tutoring. You never know when you will need them, but one thing is certain: you will.
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In nearly thirty years of work, the Raffles Group has built up a substantial network of partners that participate in our three-year and Masters courses. These firms’ reputations and the quality of the relationships e have developed with them are a guarantee of a decidedly fertile meeting between education and business.
Adidas, Aigner, B&O - Bang & Olufsen, Boucheron, Brother, Bulgari, Burberry, C&A, Cartier, Chanel, Chloé, Design Business Chamber Singapore, Diesel, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Dunhill, Elle, Fendi, Fujifilm, Furniture Design Award Singapore, Giorgio Armani, H&M, Heinz, Hermes, Hogan, HP Technology, HSBC – Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, IKEA, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Kohler, Lear Corporation, Lego, Li & Fung, L'Oréal, Louis Vuitton, LVMH, Mahogany, Max Mara, MediaCorp, Metro, Michael Kors, Microsoft, Nippon Paint, Nokia, Orchard Road Business Association, Pepsi, Philips, Prada, Puma, Ralph Lauren, Redworks, Richemont, Richmond, Rolex, Saatchi & Saatchi, Saint Laurent Paris, Samsung, Shiseido, Siemens, Singapore Furniture Industries Council, Singapore Jewellers Association, Sony Pictures, Standard Chartered, Textile & Fashion Federation, Tiffany & Co., Valentino, Versace, Y&R, Yves Saint Laurent.
Every Monday evening at 6.00 p.m., Raffles Milano invites its students to meet one of the major personalities who walk the stage of design, style and design culture. Hearing the stories and ideas that influence the market and drive our mindset – straight from the horse’s mouth – is an amazing opportunity that adds substance to our academic programmes. Here is the agenda of meetings for the coming year.