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.
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
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.
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).
Elena Brusa PasquèArchitect
History and tradition are the core values of BRUSA PASQUÈ architectural studio which always wants to achieve high innovation and sustainable projects. The success of the studio has grown from generation to generation with professional engineering and architectural competences: from the grandfather Alfredo, building inspector, born in 1983, to the father Sergio (born in 1923), engineer and the studio founder (1947-1990), to his daughters, Anna Manuela and Elena, architects and business partners since 1990. The studio follows many projects for sport structures, auditorium and theatres, restoration projects (including the Restoration of “Besana Roundabout” in Milan (2002), the previous cemetery church Cà Granda in Milan date back to XVII century, today a children’s museum, one of the most important in the city, or the Mantova conservatory, the most ancient building of Italy with a charter of 1777, situated in a Barnabite convent date back to XV century). Moreover, private residences, Italian hotels and abroad, mobility projects and pedestrian bridges, offices and community centers, hospitals and medical centers (such as the renovation of the pediatric oncology department in Varese for the day hospital hold by Ascoli Foundation).
Born in Milan, graduated in Architecture at the Politecnico di Milano with top marks in 1975, the same year she enables the profession of architect.
Member of the Order of Journalist, since 2003 is full professor in Industrial Design at the Politecnico di Milano, Department of Design. She co-founded and directed until 2003 the Degree in Interior Design; She participated in the design and chaired the Master of Science in Naval and Nautical Design, joint between the Politecnico di Milano and the University of Genoa, from its inception in 2005 to 2011.
Since its establishment in 1999 to 2015 she was Director of the Master of the Politecnico di Milano in Yacht Design, she is currently teacher. Recently retired, she has been a member of the Design School at the Politecnico di Milano, where she continues to hold the project studio for degree thesis.
From 2011 to 2019 she has been the Head of the Department of Design at the Politecnico di Milano, member of the Academic Senate of the Politecnico and part of the Scientific Commission of the University and of the Commitee for Regulation. She founded and currently directs the Series “Design International” for Franco Angeli editor in Milan. The Series published till now 22 texts on contemporary design issues.
In November 2021 she was appointed honorary professor of the Politecnico di Milano.