Conversations on Design
a project by Laboratorio AnimazioneDesign - Alghero
* illustrations by Bruno Munari
Design and reuse practices
This time our encounter will be about reuse practices. When Design starts from what's already there - transforming what has been already produced, the scrap, the waste - into a new resource.
Alghero, Complesso di Santa Chiara, Aula VII
A Milanese designer-artist who has been practicing for years a poetic self-production revolving around the idea of turning waste and production leftovers into resources, combining an experimental and crafty attitude with the careful understanding of materials and production methods.
Massimiliano trained at the Institute of Art in Monza and at the Polytechnic of Milan; he debuted in 1998 with the exhibition "Il fantasma del design" (The Ghost of Design), taking part in various competitions and exhibitions, until his successful show at Milan’s 2005 Salone Satellite.
Since then, his objects have been exhibited at major design galleries, including Moss in New York, Philip de Pury in London, Rossana Orlandi in Milan, Ottobarradieci in Bergamo.
He has designed for companies such as Cappellini, Meritalia, Molteni Imbottiti, Refin Ceramiche, Serralunga, Zerodisegno and has created special projects for Alcantara, Fendi / DesignMiami Group and Poltrona Frau.
Following the "Magma Fossile" 2009 exhibition at the Milan Triennale, his “Fossili Moderni” (Modern Fossils) have been included in Milan’s Design Museum permanent collection.
A reserved designer, far from fashions, whose projects are not only "objects", but starters for processes of ethical refoundation, active participation and social construction.
Curro studied at Barcelona's Elisava - the city where he lives - and at Central St. Martins in London.
Since 1998 he has worked as a designer of objects and installations: for his family, friends, for the city of Barcelona and the Catalan Generalitat, for some small and medium-sized companies and a few larger companies (Camper).
He has taught at Elisava and other international schools, and collaborates with the Catalan Design Association (FAD).
His objects-projects have been presented in various exhibition spaces, and have received various awards, prizes, publications (bla bla bla ... as he labels it).
a contemporary vision on graphic design
DesignDuo is back with a new appointment on June the 27 th: Jonathan Barnbrook and Isidro Ferrer will join us in Alghero for an informal conversation on contemporary visual design.
Moderated by Nicolò Ceccarelli.
Alghero, Complesso di Santa Chiara, Aula VII
An internationally acclaimed graphic designer, Jonathan Barnbrook has made his original design wit available to many high-profile figures in the arts and in music.
Collaborating with contemporary artist Damien Hirst, contributing to Bansky’s iconic Dismaland theme park with a provocative exhibit – working with David Bowie, for whom Jonathan has designed a series of memorable music record covers (until Bowie last Black Star record’s cover, which was recently awarded with a Grammy).
Among Jonathan’s work highlights is his capacity to invent visual grammars made of elementary open elements. Elements which ,once made available to the public through open collaborative platforms such as Creative Commons, have ignited chains of re-interpretations and re-developments, producing unexpected participatory processes on social networks.
More connected with book and cover design and with the combination of graphics design and photography Isidro Ferrer’s work is a contemporary re-interpretation of the designs of some of classic’s graphic history noblesse – Saul Steinberg, Milton Glaser e Jirí Trnka among many others – that, through the assembly and experimental composition of pictures, objects and different techniques, brought poster and book cover design to very high standards of visual storytelling, producing emblematic and timeless work.
Isidro literally ‘builds’ his graphic work playing with bricolage, craftsmanship and ready-made, creating visual devices of beautiful simple sophistication.
Re-thinking design, production and consumption
You can do it too; a simple formula for re-thinking on design and on production and consumption practices: to talk about the active participation in constructing objects and, while suggesting the possibility – or the need, or utopia? – of participated and shared design.
This is the theme of this third round of DesignDuo: conversations on design. Starting from (at least) two different points of view and ways of thinking.
Alghero, Complesso di Santa Chiara, piazza Santa Croce
An international design collective based in Milan, Recession Design was established in 2008, as the global economic crisis started emerging as a permanent factor.
RD revolves around the key idea of recession being an opportunity,: Through provocative actions in public events (2009 Salone del Mobile Milan, 2010 MAK Museum, Vienna) Recession Design pursues a different way to design in the current economic, social and productive scenario.
Recession Design presents objects-projects that, being thought and developed starting from DIY pre-fabricated kit, exclude complex machining offering instead elementary installation instructions, aim at reducing the distance between the designer and the user. Such Designs can be downloaded from the internet, or found in the book Design DIY, by Rizzoli.
Founded in Milan in 2003 by a group of friends engaged in an urban regeneration initiative, Controprogetto is a design and experimentation laboratory promoting projects for public spaces, furnishing and custom furniture, made of recycled materials, through a shared construction practice. Here, waste material is seen as a lively positive resource, a repository the signs written about things by time, and of stories to be rediscovered . "By working it, we have found out that under the upper layer of the wood grayed by time wood wood remains protected, and that the history engraved in the material is what makes it unique is and not a defect - recall the members of the group - but elements of nature" .
This is an open invitation by the controprogetto team to understanding, touching, playing with things, to look for "new uses, directions, and combinations in every bit of matter”. With no fear or getting your hands dirty.
(At least) two ways to the business: today, in Italy.
Our second appointment will offer (at least) two different perspectives on how to be a designer today, in Italy
Matteo Ragni and Lorenzo Palmieri will share with us their vision and professional experience
Alghero, Complesso di Santa Chiara, piazza Santa Croce
Matteo Ragni. After graduating in Architecture at the Politecnico di Milano, in 2001 Matteo Ragni was awarded (with Giulio Iacchetti) the Compasso d’Oro for the disposable biogradable spork “Moscardino”, now part of the permanent design collection at NY MOMA.
He won the Wallpaper Design Award ’08 with Leti, a table lamp/book, (Danese). In 2008 he founded TobeUs: wooden toy cars brand. Recently he published for italian design publisher Corraini) a book on Camparisoda and “Wallpaper celebrations”.
In 2012 with W-eye he won the National Award for Innovation “Prize of Prizes”. In 2013 the Italian Cultural Institute of Toronto hosted an exhibition about his work entitled “Matteo Ragni: Almost 20 Years of Design”. Matteo Ragni combines his activity as an industrial designer with architecture, art direction, and teaching.
Lorenzo Palmeri, architect, industrial designer, art director, and lecturer. Also musician and music producer. Early work experience include figures such as Bruno Munari and Isao Hosoe.
He has designed houses, guitars, lamps, tables…as a consultant he has taken care of art directing companies as well as of designing chocolate pralines. Among his clients: Milanosoundesign (with Giulio Iacchetti); Invicta, Lefel; DesignRe (with Giovanni Pelloso); Arthemagroup; Stone italiana. From 1997 he lectures in international universities. He haspresented his work in important design exhibitions and has won numerous international prizes, such as ADI Design Index and Good Design Award.
Lorenzo writes music for theatrical performances, films and specific events. After his 2009 first pop album “preparativi per la pioggia”, he about to release a new album.
Reflections on craftsmanship and anonymous design
Il ciclo DesignDuo parte il 16 Aprile 2014, con l’incontro: Design senza Designers: riflessioni su artigianato e design anonimo con Alberto Bassi e Roberta Morittu
modera Nicolò Ceccarelli
Alghero, Asilo Sella, Lungomare Garibaldi
Alberto Bassi is Associate professor of design at IUAV Venice and directs the design course of study of the University of S. Marino/IUAV.
A Design historian and critic, he is part of the editorial board of “Casabella”. Among his many books on Design: Design anonimo in Italia. Oggetti comuni e progetto incognito, Electa, Milano 2007; a study on anonymous design in Italy.
A designer with a background on traditional craftsmanship, Roberta’s work is mainly focused on research on traditional weaving and natural basketry.
Co-founder of design firm Imago Mundi she has curated many events on Sardinian and Mediterranean craftsmanship, including Domo - XIX Biennale dell’Artigiananto Sardo-that was awarded a Compasso d’Oro. From 2013 she teaches at the Alghero School of Design.
The Alghero Architecture Design and Planning Department continues its path in Design education in Sardinia.
To strengthen this effort with ideas, contacts, and cultural insights, we have organized a series of seminars on some key issues on design and about our vision: re-thinking local knowledge as a major asset and using design as the vehicle to combine tradition with innovation.
This idea lead to DesignDuo, a series of sessions based on the format of open conversations. Any DesignDuo session will bring to Alghero two design experts to start a conversation on a specific theme, approach, design direction. Starting form (at least) two ways of thinking and of seeing things..
For those who couldn't make it, here are some short interviews with our guest speakers.