Presidente di Giuria ed Architetto

From ’71 to ’76 he has been editor of the magazine Casabella and from 1977 to 80 editor in chief of the magazine of Design MODO, directed then until 1983. In 1973 he collaborated with Aldo Rossi in the organization of the International Architecture Section of the Milan Triennale. In 1973 he organized and set up the first critical exhibition on Italian Radical Design for the IDZ (Internationale Design Zentrum) in Berlin. In 1975-76 he became secretary coordinator of the Visual Arts and Architecture Section of the Venice Biennale, also creating the exhibition “Europe / America” ​​Urban architectures / suburban alternatives. In 1979-80 he was responsible for the Design Collection at the Milan Triennale, creating the exhibitions “Census of design” and “The decorated house”. As an author and designer he participated in various exhibitions including: “Assenza Presenza” (Bologna 1978) “Fifty years of Italian architecture” (Milan 1979), “Provokationen” (Düsseldorf 1982), “From the spoon to the city” (Milan 1983), “A Postmodern generation” (Genoa 1983), “La neomerce” (Milan-Paris 1985). In 1983 for the XVII Triennale di Milano he curated and prepared the exhibition “Le case della Triennale”. In the XVIII Triennale of 1989 he ordered the Design Section in the exhibition “The future of the metropolis”. In 2010 he set up at the Palazzo della Ragione in Milan the photography exhibition by Giovanni Gastel “Maschere e spettri” curated by Germano Celant. In 2015 he curated and set up the exhibition of architectural drawings “A 40-year-long gallery” at the Milan Order of Architects. In 2016, for the FAI Fondo Ambiente Italiano at Villa dei Vescovi (Padua), he designed the international exhibition Glass, Arte del Vetro. In 2017 at Palazzo Madama in Turin, he designed the exhibition “Under another light”, The jewels of Gianfranco Ferrè. His On-Off lamp for Luceplan is present in the permanent collection of the MOMA of New York, while works and drawings can be found in the collections of the FRAC Museum in Orleans, the Center Pompidou in Paris and the Collection of the Milan Triennale. His personal exhibitions were held in 1982 at the AA (Architectural Association) in London, in 2005 and 2015 at the Galleria Jannone in Milan. He has designed architectures, installations, exhibitions, books, magazines, sets, environments and objects; the latter for various companies including: Fontana Arte, Cappellini, Kartell, Poltronova, Luceplan, Tendentse, Roset France, Barovier & Toso, Candle, Zeus-Noto, Artemide and Danese. From 1996 to 1998 he has coordinated the Department of Architecture at the European Institute of Design in Milan, where he taught from 1989 to 2000. Since 2001 he teaches Interior Architecture at ISIA in Florence.



After completing the university studies in the humanistic-linguistic area at IULM in Milan, Roberta Busnelli entered the world of journalism and specialized publishing in the early 90s. In 2005 she founded the publishing house Verbus Editrice in Milan, responsible for the publication of the IQD architecture and design magazine, now internationally recognized as one of the most dynamic and authoritative publications in the sector. In the last years, the publishing house has become a reference point for the publication of architectural books, such as the recent Vacua Forma by architect Beniamino Servino, and collections of architectural and interior design projects. She collaborates with the most important exponents of the architecture world, who directed the magazine’s issues within a farsighted project of shared communication, such as Alfonso Femia, Alexander S. Brodsky, Giancarlo Mazzanti and Renato Rizzi. Alongside IQD’s Editorial Director activity, in recent years she has promoted events and activities aimed at supporting the culture of the project and encouraging meetings between the various protagonists of the design and architecture scene in the world.

Sergio Nava

Sergio Nava is an Italian architect and designer. He graduated from the Politecnico di Milano, and obtained a “PG Cert in Learning and Teaching in HE” at the Manchester Metropolitan University. He gained a long-standing experience as a Professor in both Italian and international universities. He has been the Programme Leader of the Visual Design Department at Istituto Marangoni School of Design Milano, where he is currently the Director of Education.

He has been working in the design and communication field for over 20 years. In 2007 he founded the design brand Kreaton. While working at Kreaton he won several international awards, like the Red Dot Design Award 2010. In particular, among the communication awards, he won the ORO at A.D.C.I. Award 2019 with the project “Suono Positivo”. He was the founder and consultant of many innovative start-ups, such as NTT Design, Restopolis (now named TheFork and under the TripAdvisor company) and Kleemotion.

His works have been published in the most renowned design magazines of the world. During his career he collaborated with important brands such as Adidas, Google, Versace and FCA.

Fratelli Carpanelli

Carpanelli is a family company that from 100 years has rooted in the artistic manufacturing of wood and in high level cabinet-making.
The third generation with Giuseppe, Angelo and Daniele has taken the witness of a great historical reality enriching the “added values” always recognized in the Carpanelli style, trying to interprete the challenges of today furniture world.
Giuseppe, graduated at Politecnico of Milan in Archiecture by making his degree thesis with professor Arturo Dell’Acqua Bellavitis, coordinates the creative and project phases.
Angelo, graduated in law at Università Statale of Milan, is the sales manager of the company.
Daniele, graduated in Economics at Univesrità Bicocca of Milan with a specific degree thesis about the evolution of distribution in the furnishing sector, is the administrative responsible for the management and control phases.

Italo Rota

Born in 1953 in Milan where he graduated from the Polytechnic University of Milan. At the end of the 1980s, he moved to Paris, where he signed the renovation of the Museum of Modern Art at the Centre Pompidou (with Gae Aulenti), the new rooms of the French school at the Cour Carré at Louvre, the lighting of the Notre Dame cathedral and along the Seine and the renovation of the centre of Nantes. The Italo Rota studio handles the complexities of major international projects, from product design to the design of large urban areas.

In 2008 for EXPO in Zaragoza the studio designed the thematic pavilion “Ciudades de Agua”. In 2006, for Turin 2006 XX Olympic Winter Games, he designed Medal Plaza in Piazza Castello. 2006 was also the year of important exhibitions. “Good N.E.W.S.” at the Triennale of Milan with the  particular scenographic objects; “Fashion DNA” at Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; DARC Sculpture Pavilion (10th International Architecture Venice Biennale), the “City-Harbour” Exhibition  (10th  International Architecture Venice Biennale – Palermo) and the installation for Antiquarian Exhibition at Stupinigi (Turin). Scientific Director at NABA (Nuova accademia di Belle Arti di Milano/ New Academy of Fine Arts in Milan) and Domus Academy, Italo Rota has been awarded several prizes, including the Gold Medal to the Italian Architecture for the public spaces, the Gold Medal to the Italian Architecture for culture and leisure, the Landmark Conservancy Prize, New York and the Grand Prix de l’Urbanisme, Paris.

Italo Rota is co-designer of the Italy Pavilion at Expo 2021 Dubai.

Marcello Francone

Marcello Francone 1959. He studied graphic and photography at “Istituto d’arte” of Monza with AG Fronzoni.
After the studies he worked with Friedmann Kaltbrunner at Contact Studio, he collaborated with G&R Associati and Studio Anselmi.
In 1983 he began to work on books with the publisher Electa, where in 1985 he took on the management of the graphic design office and in 1988 he performed the position of art director.
From 1994 to 2016 he held a publishing course to the students of the third year at “Accademia di Comunicazione” in Milan.
In 1995 he started his collaboration with Skira, taking part to the relaunch of the historical Publishing Art house of which he is currently art director.
In 2005 he was Visiting professor at Design faculty at Politecnico di Milano Bovisa, where he held a workshop called “Disegnare libri che raccontano il progetto”. From 2017 he is professor of editorial graphics, Visual Design course at Raffles Milano.

Roberto Semprini

Born in Rimini in 1959, he studied architecture in Florence. In 1989 he created the Tatlin sofa by Edra, which was among the winning products of the prestigious Top Ten Award in Dusseldorf. In 2000 he moved to Rimini where he opened “RM 12 art & design”, Art Gallery and Design/Interior Architecture Studio. In 2010 he was invited by Seoul Living Design Fair (Korea) to exhibit “The Italian/Korean house”. He is currently a tenured professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna. He is “Chiara Fama” (for outstanding reputation) lecturer without tenure of the course of Outdoor Design at the Milan Polytechnic. He won the Gold A’Design Award 2017 with the project of Nemo table for the Company SCAB Design.

Francesco Scullica

Francesco Scullica, architect and research doctor in interior architecture, is an associate professor in industrial design at the Department of Design of Politecnico di Milano. Since 2012 he has been the scientific director of the Interior Design Master of the Politecnico di Milano- POLI_design; he graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at Politecnico di Milano. From 1990 to 1999 he began to collaborate in the interior design and design courses of the furnishing products held by Prof. Arturo Dell’Acqua Bellavitis at the Politecnico di Milano, paying particular attention to interior design, product design, mobile and design in general. In particular, in relation to this educational collaboration, there are tutoring activities carried out on projects related to major Italian companies (“Bernini”, “Cassina”, “Fiat Auto”, “Techno” and “Zambon”). He has participated and participates in the activities of visiting professor in international seminars and workshops in foreign schools, including the Barcellona School of Architecture (SP) La De Montfort University in Leicester (UK), the Institute of Art Visule of Orleans (F), the Fachhoch-schule fur Gestaltung Schwabish Gmund (DE), the TEI (Technological Educational Institution) of Athens (GR) the Lantao Culture- (China), the HEAD (Haute Ecole de Design- Art) in Geneva ( CH), the Tongji University of Shanghai (China). This in relation to his role as Co-Director of the Executive Design Management Master for Innovative Environments- Politecnico di Milano and Tongji University of Shanghai, the RTU Riga Technical University and the Academy of Art and Design of Riga. His main research interests are focused in interior design, hospitality and hotel design, furniture, office, retail, sustainability in the interior design in relation to Design for All.

He has published many articles, essays, texts, conference proceedings for national and international publishers.

From the academic year 2000-01 he teaches at the School of Design of the Politecnico di Milano. His most recent consultancy activities include the role of scientific curator of the “Hybrid Lounge” exhibition at Homi, the Lifestyle fair at Fiera Milano, an exhibition on new trends in interior design finishes and materials.

Gianluca Mollura

Gianluca Mollura is CEO and Founder of Mohd (Mollura Home Design), historic company from Siculy and a point of reference among the retailers of luxury and high-end furniture . Gianluca Mollura continues the business founded by his mother in Messina over fifty years ago and develops his own business model based on an in-depth knowledge of the sector. In 2011, realizing the extent of the digital world, he created the online platform, which today reaches more than 90 Countries with a catalog of more than 40,000 products, a selection of more than 400 brands of the best international design and an exclusive service of dedicated design.

Gianluca Peluffo

Born in Savona, he has been founder and partner of 5+1AA architectural practice (1995/2017) In these years he made many important projects in Italy. In 2005 he won, along with Rudy Ricciotti the competition for the “Nuovo Palazzo del Cinema” in Venice. He developed the Master Plan whose basis would then be used to prepare the Expo in Milan in 2015. In 2008, he won the contract for the new Fiera Milano Business headquarters, built in 2010. In 2017 together with a group of architects and creatives founded GianlucaPeluffo&Partners based in Albissola Marina, Riviera Ligure on the former Lucio Fontana Atelier. He started works on the site of ‘Mount Galala‘. He finalized the State Police Bureau Headquarters in Rome In 2018 the new seat of the Port Authority System Genova Savona was inaugurated. He designed the Sokha mosque and the New Town University in Mostakbal, “Bloomsfield” Egypt.Numerous exhibitions have been dedicated to his work: in Milan, Rome, Zurich, Paris, London, Casablanca and many other sites. He has held hundreds of conferences worldwide. Since 2019 he has been professor at the Faculty of Architecture of KORE in Enna and since 2018 he has been Visiting Professor at the ENAM “Ecole National d’Architecture de Marrakech”.

Brian Sironi

Brian Sironi was born in Seregno, near Milan, in 1977. He graduated from Politecnico in Milan with a degree in Industrial Design and then he began collaborating with architects, designers and professional artisans in the design industry such as carpenters, blacksmiths, wood carvers and upholsterers. Trained in the heart of Brianza, his background is both practical and academic with a strong connection to the territory which is an integral element featured in his work as an Italian as well as cosmopolitan designer. He continued his training in the United States and, upon his return in Italy, he founded his own Studio Brian Sironi, specializing in product design, interior design and architecture. In his work, he focuses on the relationship between object and user, between shape and function of the product, favoring the search for a form at its purest, with the aim of improving everyday life, adding a little surprise in front of a detail. With the Elica lamp, manufactured by Martinelli Luce, he was awarded the “Design dello Stupore” Young & Design in 2009 and the Red Dot Design Award and the Compasso d’Oro in 2011. In 2010 he was selected for the exhibition “The New Italian Design Reloaded” at the Milan Triennale, an exhibition that travelled in various museums around the world.