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2nd Day of Italian Design in the World - Italian Design Day



2nd Day of Italian Design in the World - Italian Design Day

Italian Design meets Fashion and Jewellery

Lecture by Prof.ssa Alba Cappellieri, Professor of Design of Jewellery and of Fashion Accessory at the Politecnico di Milano and Director of the Museum of Jewellery in Vicenza

On the occasion of the 2nd Italian Design Day, dedicated to the relationship between design and sustainability and to the promotion of the 22nd Milan Triennale, which will be held in 2019, the Italian Cultural Institute in Sydney is pleased to host a lecture by Prof. Alba Cappellieri, professor of Design of Jewellery at the Politecnico di Milano. The evening will also see the participation or Architect Arturo Dell’Acqua Bellavitis, President of the Fondazione Museo del Design at the Milan Triennale and Professor of Industrial Design at the School of Design at the Politecnico di Milano, of which he is Head.

The first Italian Design Day was held in 2017 under the auspices of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International italian design day logoCooperation in collaboration with the Ministry of Cultural and Environmental Heritage and ITA – Italian Trade Agency. On this day 100 cities all over the world will host roundtables hosting an “Italian design ambassador” selected among the big names of Italian design, entrepreneurs, critics, academics, communicators and “Under 35” designers. These ambassadors will illustrate the history and the new tendencies of a sector whose accomplishments and planning skills have produced outstanding and unique results. The theme selected for 2018 is Design and Sustainability – “Broken Nature”.

Contemporary jewellery is pluralistic, since it is an hovering object: between several disciplines – art, fashion, industrial design, craftmanship, sociology, anthropology, religion – between conflicting times – eternity and ephemeral – but, most of all, between heterogeneous values. Tangible values on one hand, linked to the value of the materials and to the symbolic or exchange values, and, on the other, to the intangible and narrative values. Among the wearable items interacting with our lives and bodies, jewellery is one of the most reluctant and static: production techniques and materials are the same as in the past, and so are shapes and typologies. The most innovative contribution to jewellery comes from design, in terms of aesthetics and of values. The lecture will present the major jewellery contexts with a focus on the Italian fashion jewellery in terms sustainability and will highlight the role of the Italian design principles in innovating Italian jewellery, changing consumption behaviours, bridging meanings and introducing new scenarios.

alba cappellieriAlba Cappellieri is Full Professor of Design of Jewellery and of Fashion Accessory at the Politecnico di Milano, where she is the Head of the Fashion Design Degree. She is the Director of the International Master in Fashion Accessory Design and of the master in Brand and Product Management at the Milano Fashion Institute (consortium of Politecnico di Milano, Bocconi and Cattolica universities). She is a member of the Scientific Committee of Ècole Van Cleef & Arpels in Paris and of Fondazione Cologni in Milan. From 2013 to 2016 she taught Design Driven Innovation at the Stanford University. From 2014 she is the director of the Jewellery Museum in Vicenza, the only Italian museum entirely dedicated to jewellery and one of the very few in the world. She has lectured in several countries and is the author of more than 150 publications dedicated to the Italian Design and to Jewellery Design.

Arturo Dell’Acqua is president of the Triennale Design Museum in Milan and professor of bellavitisIndustrial Design at the Design Faculty of the Politecnico di Milano, where he has covered the role of Dean. He is currently President of the Milan Fashion Institute and Head of the Textile Design degree course at the Politecnico di Milano. He is one of the founders of the College of Design of the Politecnico and of the Interior Design PhD course. He is currently President of Milan Fashion Institute. He is the main promoter of the project of a Design Museum at the Milan Triennale, a project financed by the Italian Ministry for the Arts. He has held courses and seminars at several European and extra-European universities. Ha has participated in several conferences on design and is author of essays and memoirs.

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Date: Thursday, March 01, 2018

Time: From 6:00 pm To 8:30 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

In collaboration with : Politecnico di Milano - Triennale di Milano

Entrance : Free


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