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A series of meetings to explore design with International Guests
22 November 2021

Istituto Marangoni Milano • The School of Design is back with IMdesignTalks every Thursday at 5:30pm, an extracurricular project that offers students the opportunity to listen to and interact with internationally renowned designers.

While last year’s meetings featured the likes of Bethan Laura Wood, Lucy Hardcastle, Joerg Zuber and Mario Cucinella, this year’s line-up of events will feature Elisa Ossino • Co-founder and Creative Director of Elisa Ossino Studio, Elena Salmistraro • Founder and Creative Director of Elena Salmistraro Design Studio, Luca Nichetto • Multidisciplinary Designer at Nichetto Studio, German Silva • Founder and CEO of PINK LAB, Francesco Bernabei • CEO and Creative Founder of MONOGRID and Carlo Colombo • Architect and CEO and Founder Project Design of Studio A++..

Guests will be invited to discuss the key theme of this academic year: “Expanded Universe”. This title indicates the progressive integration of virtual and real experiences, with a growing prevalence of the former over the latter. Each designer with their expertise and career will discuss with the students, bringing new ideas into the intellectual debate within the Design School.

The Expanded Universe theme was explored to incorporate the nuances of the subjects analysed for each of the three departments – Interior, Product and Visual Design. For Interior Design, the accelerated transition towards virtual experiences has translated into Inner Worlds, indicating the transformation of the house into a multifunctional space, where interiors become real worlds, individual universes containing personal narratives of life. For Product Design, on the other hand, it has meant the contemporary trend of design to go beyond the real-virtual opposition in favour of a mix of solidity and virtuality, capable of generating new forms of meaning for products and furnishings, namely Post-real Design. Finally, Mesmerising Metaverse is the concept that gives voice to Expanded Universe for the Visual Design Department, indicating a virtually shared collective space bringing together virtually enhanced physical reality and physically persistent virtual spaces.

For Istituto Marangoni Milano Design, the IMdesignTalks are an opportunity to give visibility and recognition to the School as an innovation incubator and research hub. This series of meetings offers Istituto Marangoni students the opportunity to experiment with new ideas and go beyond a mere academic experience to have a 360-degree learning experience. To make sure you don’t miss the upcoming events, you can download the calendar at the following link and follow Istituto Marangoni Milano • The School of Design on Instagram for more information.


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