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.
Italo RotaArchitect (Milan)
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.
Bocconian never graduated, he worked as a draftsman and designer / interior designer in one of the most important architecture studios in Milan in the mid-1980s. In 1987 he began his adventure in the world of specialized publishing working as an agent and consultant for the Editorial Staff of Milan , Publishing House of the three Italian Lighting, Compolux and Compoarredo magazines specialized in lighting, lighting components and components for furniture and furnishings. Over the years, following the evolution of light sources and the advent of new technologies, he participates in numerous refresher and training courses at Philips Lighting Academy, Osram, Guzzini. In 2004, realizing the potential of LEDs, he promoted the new “Speciale LED” section, the first to deal exhaustively with the new sources and the related development of the new luminaires. In 2007 he acquired the Editorial Staff, subsequently assuming the position of Chief Editor of the three publications. In 2013 the Company moved to the new headquarters in via Davanzati and from 2014, thanks to the collaboration with Honegger, Representatives of Messe Düsseldorf for Italy, it organized the “Italian Lighting Lounge” a group of companies during the prestigious Euroshop Fair in Dusseldorf.
Diego FlorianFSC® Italia Director
In Padua, where he currently lives, he completed his studies in Forestry and Environmental Sciences. University training ranges from forestry to international cooperation, to development and applied research in these fields, along with study and work experiences in some developing countries. Being interested in the aspects of Corporate Social Responsibility applied to the forest sector, he completes a PhD on these topics and since 2009 he collaborates with the Italian Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) in promoting the certification of responsible forest management and derived products. From 2011 till present time he coordinates and manages this office, which over the years has significantly increased its operational size and scope of activities.
Francesca LosiJournalist and communication manager TABU Spa
Francesca Losi (Lecco, 1975) graduated from “Università Cattolica” of Milan in Literature with a thesis on Utopias in Contemporary Architecture, under the supervision of Alessandro Mendini. Since 2004 she is a journalist enrolled in the Order of Lombardy. Between 2001 and 2017, as a freelancer, she took care of the press office and communication projects for many companies specialized in the production of materials and systems for architecture, ranging from contemporary architecture to restoration and protection of cultural heritage of religious interest. After many years of intense collaboration, she became Communication and Media Manager for Company Tabu, as well as Training for Architects and students of the Faculties and Schools of Design and Architecture.
Stefano RonchettiBusiness owner
Stefano Ronchetti was born in Cantù in 1964. From 1994 until present time he is Managing Director of the family company Marzorati Ronchetti, founded in 1922 and always at the forefront of stainless steel processing. Active in every continent, the company demonstrates a very eclectic nature from a technical point of view as well as dynamic in the ability to create network. A dynamism that has led to a cooperation over the years with the greatest creative talents of the international scene: from Lord Norman Foster to Ron Arad, from Antonio Citterio to Italo Rota, Peter Marino, Thomas Heatherwick and many others. Since 2016 he has been the Commercial Manager of MR Srl and since 2017 he is International Business Developer of Bond Interiors, a company based in Dubai. Between 2000 and 2004 he has been a member of Federmeccanica and from 2000 to 2008 he was Chairman of the Metalworking Group of the Unione Industriali di Como.
Ambrogio RossariADI Associazione Disegno Industriale
Born in 1943 in Salò, he got in 1966 a Diploma in Industrial Design in Venice. In 1970 he graduated with a Master in Product Design at IIT in Chicago. He began his free-lance activity in 1971 and works as designer with many firms in Italy and abroad in many fields: from table top to kitchen accessories, from lamps to bath accessories. He works also in exhibition design and graphic design. He has been curator of cultural exhibitions. Award “Design Plus” Award in 1987 and selected for “Compasso d’Oro ADI” in 1987, 1989 and 1991. He has been juror in international design competition and speaker in several international design meetings. He has been teaching design at Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan (Italy). He has been President of ADI Lombardy since 2010 and now is Past President He has been teacher of Design at Accademia di Belle Arti Cignaroli di Verona from 2013 to 2014. Member of the Scientific Commitee for the final selection of ADI Design Index 2018/2019 for Compasso d’Oro 2020
Francesco ScullicaPolitecnico di Milano-POLI.design
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.
Andrea TagliabueCEO TABU Spa
Andrea Tagliabue (Como 1972) represents the third generation in TABU and collects an entrepreneurial legacy consolidated over 90 years, born from an intuition of the founder Achille Tagliabue, his grandfather, who was the first to start the dyeing of wood in the world. Andrea interprets his role and his time with energy and confidence, opening up new paths, which will prove decisive for what has become an authentic Italian excellence. Degree in Business Economics at LIUC, and a career that begins very early while his father Enrico builds TABU as we know it today, Andrea from the 90s is the soul of the strategic opening to the world market and its consolidation especially in countries such as the USA, India and China.
Mauro Afro BorellaArchitect
Borella Mauro Afro, graduated in Architecture at the Milan Polytechnic, has been carrying out professional activity in design, architecture and art since 1979 with Luca Scacchetti first, and after with Angelo Cortesi with whom he has created architectures and products in Italy and abroad. He is Professor of Design at the Milan Polytechnic and the Brera Academy where he is also coordinator of the Product Design biennium. As a Visiting Professor he holds lectures in design in European universities such as Madrid, Barcelona, Porto, Krakow, Budapest and in Master: Iulm, Ard&nt, HOOA China.
He writes articles, texts and essays on design, architecture and art and organizes or coordinates events between design and art: ArteDesignImpresa, Brera-Feralpi, Design in Villa. He has been a member of national and international juries such as : Targa Rodolfo Bonetto and V International Biennial of Interior Design in Krakow. He is an ADI member and one of his projects is selected for the Compasso d’Oro (“Golden Compass”). He has also designed with Cortesi Design the fitting-out of the ADI Design Index 2019 in Milan and Rome.
Eva Prats & Ricardo FloresArchitects (Barcelona)
Born in Buenos Aires in 1965, Ricardo Flores is the founder of Flores & Prats with Eva Prats. He studied architecture at Universidad de Buenos Aires, Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseño y Urbanismo. In Buenos Aires he collaborated with various architecture firms, such as Aslan y Ezcurra and Baudizzone – Lestard – Varas Arquitectos. with a thesis titled “Interstitial Spaces”. He collaborated with Solà Morales’s studio for the exhibition project “Alexanderpolder, New Urban Frontiers”held at the Kunsthal in Rotterdam in 1993. From 1993 to 1998 he collaborated as Design Architect at Enric Miralles’s office.He completed a PhD in architecture at ETSAB in 2016 with his thesis “Casa La Ricarda by Antonio Bonet Castellana”. Ricardo has been professor of Design Studio at the School of Architecture of the Universitat International (Esarq-UIC) since 2004 until 2012, and since 2009 he is Associate Professor of Design Studio at ETSAB – Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona.
Eva Prats was born in Barcelona in 1965. She studied architecture at the ETSAB, where she graduated in 1992. Since 1986 she collaborated with Enric Miralles. In 1993, Eva Prats participated the EUROPAN III International Housing Competition, starting her own practice in 1994. In 1998 she established Flores & Prats with Ricardo Flores. In March 2019 she completed her PhD at RMIT University with a dissertation titled “To Observe with the Client, to Draw with the Existing. Three cases of architecture dealing with the As Found”, directed by Jo Van Den Berghe, Leon van Shaik and Martyn Hook. She is Associate Professor of Design Studio at ETSAB since 2002. Since 2014 she is also Professor of Architecture and Urbanism – Industry Fellow at the RMIT – Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.
Established in 1998 by Ricardo Flores and Eva Prats, Flores & Prats combine design and constructive practice with intense academic activity. After their experience at Enric Miralles’ studio, Ricardo Flores and Eva Prats developed a career where research is always linked to the responsibility to make and build, giving importance to the possibilities of public interpretations and critical views that the built work reveals as part of this research process.
Their projects, most of which are the result of open competitions, have investigated in fields such as rehabilitation, social housing, or urban public spaces and neighbourhood participation. The office has also developed mobile or portable projects, has experimented with the use of film to document architecture, and with menus of edible architecture such as those developed for the exhibitions of its work in Barcelona and Copenhagen.
Michela CatalanoIED Milano
Michela Catalano was born in Como. Architect and designer, she graduated at Polytechnic of Milan. After a collaboration with Cappellini research and development department she founded in 2004 her own design studio. She develops products design, interior design, exhibition and communication projects. Provides advice to companies as an art director and product designer: Cappellini, Bosa Ceramiche, Duepuntosette, Tucano, Red Bull, Max & Co, Nobody & Co, Bolia, Ex.t, Fiera Milano. She also works like a set designer for TV show for important productions (Endemol Italia, Zodiak active Srl, Colorado film, Quadrio Srl). Recent experiences also encompass the area of teaching: she held lessons on the issue of design culture – Faculty of Literature and Philosophy – Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Master in management and communication in fashion, Sora (FR); tutor workshop ‘Lewineoil’ promoted by Innova, Camera di Commercio (FR) and sponsored by ADI, Slowfood; professor: workshops (with company partner: Poliform, Porro) in product design area – Design school – Bachelor of Science Degree – Product design – Polytechnic of Milan; professor Metadesign studio: Methods and process for design (application of); Methods and process for design (meta-design) – Bachelor of Science Degree – Product design in Polytechnic of Milan.
She was also Professor for the courses Materials typology and Product design in IED Istituto Europeo di design.
Marinella FerraraPolitecnico di Milano
Architect, PhD in Design and Fine Arts, Professor of Industrial Design at the Polytechnic University of Milan at the Design Department. For the Design Department of the Polytechnic University of Milan, she focuses mainly on topics regarding the relationship between design, materials and technologies, design-driven innovation, product and furniture design. In the meantime, she coordinates the MADEC – Material Design Culture Research Centre (www.madec.polimi.it).
She works at national and international level and she is a renowned author of books and essays (published by Alinea, ListLab, Lupetti, Springer). She has been carrying out scientific activity since 1989. Since 1998 she has taught in several universities and academies in Italy and abroad with which she collaborates for the organization of conferences, design competitions, workshops and hackathons. In the last years she has been visiting professor at Universidad de Barcelona, Elisava, UEM in Madrid, IADE in Lisbon, Izmir University of Economics, Universidad de Uruguay and Zhejiang University in China. She collaborates with several design magazines, in particular since 2011 she has been the Editor-in-Chief at PAD. Pages on Arts & Design online journal (www.padjournal.org) published by AIAP, and since 2019 she has been a member of the AIS/Design steering committee, magazine of the Italian Association of Design Historians. (http://www.aisdesign.org/ser/index.php/SeR).
She is an active member of ADI, where she was a member of the Executive Council (2014-2017), and she is currently the coordinator of the Technical-Scientific Committee for continuing professional training. In the field of research and training on Material Design Culture, she’s also in the organization of project workshops in partnership with companies in the sector (including Cassina, Luceplan, Caimi Brevetti, MDF Italia) and she has participated in European research such as “MaDe: Material Designers” (Creative Europe, 2018-20) and the tender “Design for Enterprises” (EU-EASME 2015-2018).
Fernando MoscaArchitect (Milan / Argentina)
He was born in Argentina and graduated from the Catholic University of Cordoba. He became a fully registered architect in Spain and was also enrolled on the EEA list of architects enabling him to practise his profession in the European Community. From 1987 for eight years he worked with a group of architects in Milan, Carmellini e Magnoli Associati, developing projects in Italy and abroad. During this time he carried out much personal research work of his own in the world of architecture and, after having gained important, distinctive experience in the fashion, luxury hotel and residential sectors, he decided to set up his own studio.
Studio Mosca was founded in 1994 and immediately responded to customer requirements by adopting an approach centred on the conceptual development of projects, and strongly based on references to art and worldwide culture. His profile as a designer-architect thus took shape and found a strong base in the perfect balance between the rigour of near minimalist inclination and the use of highly technological, innovative materials alongside traditional ones; a formal balance in which personal use of lighting bestows an exquisitely “spatial” arrangement to any environment. Following this conceptual basis the Studio realises projects for various different architectural sectors: Residential (apartments, villas) – Commercial (clothes, shoes, accessories, glasses); Wellness and health (beauty centres, spas, dental facilities); Religious Architecture (convents, restoration work and design); Entertainment and Food (discos, pubs, restaurants, bars). Also on the list of professional activities is participation in international architecture competitions and conferences.
Daniele LauriaArchitect (Florence / San Paolo)
Daniele Lauria, born in 1971, studied in Florence and graduated as an architect in 1995. He later participated in the drafting of urban recovery plans for the city of Florence.
He opened his own studio in 1999 and ten years later he started some professional collaborations that today are the basis of a network who operates in over fifteen countries around the world.
Naturally passionate about culture, over the years he has carried out roles of artistic direction for important international events such as the Festival of Creativity. More recently he has actively participated in the events promoted by the Feltrinelli Foundation in Milan and the “Cidad3” architecture center in Sao Paulo.
He periodically writes for “Il Giornale dell’Architettura” with insights related to the urban transformations.
Over the years he has had the honor of dialoguing about architecture or actively collaborating with Renzo Piano, Leonardo Benevolo, Yona Friedman, German Samper, Kengo Kuma and, more recently, Balkrishna Doshi.