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Italian Design Day : Design and Sustainability Symposium in Montréal

Italian Design Day : Design and Sustainability Symposium – March 1st, 2018 at 5pm

Amphithéâtre 1120 de la Faculté de l’aménagement de l’Université de Montréal

2940, chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine, Montréal, QC H3T 1B9

Montréal, a “UNESCO City of Design”, is among the metropolises hosting the second edition of the worldwide Italian Design Day on March 1st, 2018. Architects, designers, entrepreneurs and professionals will lead the debate on the relationship between design and sustainability, with the participation of personalities from the Italian design world.

Italy, with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, launched on March 1st, 2018 the celebration of the “Italian Design Day”. On the same day lectures and discussions, in 100 cities around the world 100 events are organized simultaneously where the most well known Italian designers will illustrate the concept of excellence.  Thanks to the organization of the Consulate General of Italy in Montréal, with the collaboration of the Italian Cultural Institute, Montréal will host the second edition of the Italian Design Day. This will be an opportunity to highlight, once again, the unique work of Italian designers and architects that combines efficiency and visual pleasure.

The history of the success of Italian design which involves artistic activity, artisanal wisdom, experimentation and industrial innovation, was born in the 50’s with the Bel Design and continues today in the recent creations that unite Italian and foreign designers in the name of Made in Italy. It is a story of men and women whose taste for the aesthetic is recognized throughout the world and whose ingenuity is still contributing to the enrichment of daily life. The theme of this edition will focus on the relationship between Design and Sustainability. Design means “project”, a word which comes from the Latin proiectare or “throw forward”. In this perspective, the project involves choices about our future, ethical as aesthetic, and the designer is called to seek and apply techniques and materials while respecting the environment and human life.

Speakers of the symposium:

  • Anik Shooner, Co-founder of Menkès Shooner Dagenais Architectes;
  • Manon Guité, Vice-Dean of Faculté de l’aménagement;
  • Marco Riccardo Rusconi, Consul General of Italy;
  • Christine Gosselin, Member of the Executive Committee of Heritage, Culture and Design, Ville de Montréal;
  • Diane Charbonneau, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Decorative Arts, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts;
  • Ginette Gadoury, Director of Intérieurs magazine;
  • Gino Gariepy, Consultant in cultural heritage, museology and museography;
  • Salvatore Amura, Director of External Relations and Public Affairs, Institut Européen de Design;
  • Yoanna Pergantis, Marketing Director Mapei Inc.;
  • Giovanni De Paoli, Professor Emeritus, Faculté de l’aménagement, Université de Montréal;
  • Luisa Maria Virginia Collina, Dean of Design, Politecnico di Milano;
  • Marva Griffin, Founder and Curator SaloneSatellite Milan;
  • Nathalie Dion, President of the Ordre des architectes du Québec;
  • Salvatore Guerrera, President Sajo Design.

The round table will be followed by a cocktail offered by Sajo Design.

Program of the event

The Italian design is distinguished worldwide for its wealth of creative factors, both material and immaterial. Creativity, originality, top-quality materials, the perfect and harmonious manufacture of each kind of product, environmentally friendly as well as workers and end-users and highest-quality packaging and advertising make Italian design famous and world renowned. In Italy, Italian design attracts creativity from every part of the world and this is why it’s a production of the Made in Italy, made of designers, art, business, education, communications, crafts etc. The younger generation in a world of creativity, thanks to the ability to continually renew itself, using any kind of innovation, both materials and manufacturing processes.

The creativity of Italian design is expressed in many manufacturing sectors: the furniture, transportation, lighting, automotive, sport, food, accessory and etc. It is the creativity that makes Italian design unique and inimitable in the world and Italy is where all the best designers would like to work and compare with the rich Italian tradition. |