The 2016 edition of the DesignTalks, the public lecture series promoted every year by SPD, brings together voices from different professional fields and covers a wide rage of contemporary subjects, from type to exhibit design applied to the urban scale, from the evolution of magazine design to the emerging post-serial design on-demand platforms. The programme features stories, ideas and insights from Ricardo Salas, Luisa Milani, Walter Molteni, Marco Zanardi, Francesco Scullica, Marco Piva, Claude Marzotto, Maia Sambonet, Andrea Trimarchi, Simone Farresin, Hans Wolbers Fabio Parasecoli. The complete programme offers a showcase of of the latest topics and research trends from different disciplines offering an up to date perspective on the creative and evolution of the professional scene.
The new edition of DesignTalks will start in spring 2018. The programme will be available at the beginning of the year.
The meetings scheduled for Design Talks 2016
Thursday, June 29
Moderator: Ali Filippini
Matteo Cibic is undoubtedly one of the new talents of Italian design and has proved able to make his way on the international scene. His particular approach to design work can bring together very distant fields: from fashion to furniture, from special retail installations to site-specific projects, conceived for many different brands. Always driven by the curiosity for craftsmanship and materials, both traditional and contemporary ones, over time Matteo Cibic has succeeded in developing designs with a funny twist, a highly personal and nonchalant attitude that emphasises their communication and branding values.
Tuesday, June 6
Moderator: Federico De Cesare Viola
By means of research, innovation and entrepreneurial approach, the three-Michelin-star chef, one of the best 50 in the world, has created a personal language and a complex system where high-cuisine, diffused catering formats, superior training and products for domestic consumption coexist.
Romito’s entrepreneurial instinct and gastronomic sensitivity are inseparable. Dishes that are now instantly associated with the chef himself, such as the Absolute onion, Parmesan and toasted saffron, Pigeon and pistachio, Savoy cabbage and potatoes, demonstrate how through an unremitting quest, Romito may travel along the path of essentiality, balance and taste. In a few years he has managed to create a strong and personal culinary language, completely free from obvious references.
“My cuisine is often said to be simple. It really is, in the sense that it lacks all sorts of complications, and yet it implies a remarkable complexity. Complexity in cuisine may represent an advantage, complication never does “. (Niko Romito, “10 Lessons of Cuisine”, Giunti Editore).
Wednesday, May 31
Introduced by: Ali Filippini
From a one-off to large production: Francesco Faccin exploits design as an opportunity for getting into many human adventures, always different. His exploration starts off with extremely refined, small projects and then embraces solutions for the mass-market. As his work encompasses attention to both the industry and the artisanal production, he comes across different design areas: social, educational, research and experimentation with materials. His approach, based on a deep knowledge of handcrafted processes and on the mastery of the drawing techniques, is the key to understand all of his investigation as a designer.
Tuesday, May 30
Moderator: Antonello Fusetti
For some people food is just fuel, something to eat to survive but in many contexts the meaning of nutrition has dramatically evolved and food triggers rituals and activities with a cultural and social value. Katja Gruijters embraces this perspective as her work always centres on man and human environment. She prompts people to explore food as a part of the cultural heritage of a country or a social, religious group with their origin, behaviours and languages. Her research, developed in collaboration with chefs, scientists and filmmakers, aims at increasing the awareness of key issues connected with food. In her view, health is just a part of the equation and it is as important as other topics: biodiversity and sustainability, waste reduction, the relation between nature and technology, the identity of food and its design.
Thursday, May 25
Moderator: Antonello Fusetti
Food and cinema. As many movies talk about food, Fabio Parasecoli analysed the American and Italian recent production starting from the Nineties and assessed in an impartial way the ideas they reflect about a set of crucial and culturally sensitive themes such as ideological pluralism, ethnic and racial acceptance, gender equality, and class flexibility. Parasecoli’s research provides an original take on this topic: in the kitchen, around the table, and in the dining room, unexpectedly films often use cooking and eating to suggest a conservative vision of society and citizenship, reworking and reinforcing ingrained ideas of power.
Fabio Parasecoli is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of Food Studies at the New School in New York City. After covering Middle and Far Eastern political issues, he wrote for years for Gambero Rosso, Italy’s authoritative food and wine magazine, as the U.S. correspondent for. Then, he decided to take up a career as researcher, exploring the intersections among food, media, and politics, particularly in popular culture.
He wrote many publications concerning this theme, such as Bite me!, Food in Popular Culture (2008), Cultural History of Food (2012), Al Dente: A History of Food in Italy (2014), Unequal Territories: Food, Place, and Power in the Global Market (2015) and the latest Feasting Our Eyes: Food Film, Cultural Citizenship, and Identity in the U.S.
Tuesday, May 9
The Design Talks 2017 series continues with a lecture by Hans Wolbers, founder and creative director of Lava Creative Agency. Wolbers will present «a lecture about how mistakes, failures and unexpected events make you look different at things and will bring you sometimes great success (or not…)».
From the very start in 1990 Lava is one of the leading dutch design agencies.
Wolbers started innovating design principles in editorial design and trained his staff to work as visual journalists.
After being awarded Art Director of the year in 1999 Wolbers opened up the scope of the studio towards Identity Design. He brought editorial thinking principles into Identity design thinking, and changed the approach to identity design radically. Lava is the inventor of the term Dynamic Identities. Besides design projects Wolbers regulary teaches and conduct workshops.
Lava was awarded European Design Agency of 2010, and soon after it opened an office in Beijing. In 2015 Wolbers started Lava Lab, a new initiative where research on new technologies and innovative design strategies are being developed.
Sunday, April 6
Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin
Andrea Trimarchi (1983) and Simone Farresin (1980) are Studio Formafantasma – a duo of Italian designers based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. They attended the Master’s course at the Design Academy Eindhoven, where they graduated in July 2009. Their designs have been presented and published internationally; prestigious institutions such as the MoMA and the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, among others, have acquired Formafantasma’s designs for their permanent collections. The work of Studio Formafantasma touches relevant issues such as the role of design in folk craft, the relationship between tradition and local culture, a critical approach to sustainability, and the significance of objects as cultural vectors. The studio is interested in creating a design practice that merges the Italian and the Dutch design identities, craft and industry, local necessity within the global context. On a conceptual level, their works seeks to stimulate a more critical and conscious relationship of the user with the objects.
The event, introduced by Ali Filippini and open to the public, will be held in English language with simultaneous translation in Italian.
Tuesday, March 14
Claude Marzotto and Maia Sambonet
Claude Marzotto and Maia Sambonet
By presenting a selection of their latest projects, Claude Marzotto and Maia Sambonet will focus on the underlying design process, in which work for clients appears constantly intertwined with self-initiated research, often moving to the participatory field of workshops and education.
Combining experimental image-making practices with editorial and exhibition design, òbelo’s work spans seamlessly both page and space, crossing over a range of scales and formats.
Wednesday, March 8
h.18.30 - 20:30
Marco Zanardi, Francesco Scullica and Marco Piva
Marco Zanardi, Realtà Group partner
Francesco Scullica, MID Master in Interior Design director
Marco Piva, Studio Marco Piva founder
Giorgio Tartaro, reporter and co-director of MID Master in Interior Design
Wednesday, February 22
Luisa Milani and Walter Molteni
Luisa Milani and Walter Molteni
The second lecture in the Design Talks 2017 will have as guests Luisa Milani and Walter Molteni, founders of LaTigre, a multidisciplinary creative consultancy based in Milano and founded in 2009, specializing in refined visual design solutions for small to large, local and global clients.
The visual language is simple and yet sophisticated, with a contemporary look and yet grounded the respect and love of tradition.
During the last years the studio worked for The New York Times Magazine, Wired, The Guardian, New Yorker, Il Sole 24 Ore, The Independent and many others. LaTigre has been featured in numerous magazines, books and blogs. In 2012 has been awarded with the Art Directors Club’s Young Guns. In 2016 it was mentioned by New York Type Directors Club, Society of Publication Designers and it was awarded with a gold by spanish Laus award.
Tuesday, February 14
The 2017 programme of DesignTalks will open Tuesday 14 February with a lecture by Ricardo Salas, a reputable graphic designer from Mexico, and the current Director of the School of Design at the Universidad Anáhuac México Norte in Mexico City. A former alumnus of Scuola Politecnica di Design, Salas began his design education under professors like Pino Tovaglia, Bruno Munari, Max Huber, among others, and later expanded his professional training with a postgraduate degree in graphics, animation and typography in Basel, Switzerland.
Salas returned to Mexico City in 1980 where he started a career in corporate graphic design, working for extensive international projects, including the editorial re-structuring of the National Library of Paris. He also founded his own graphic studio, in Milan, and from its inception to date, Frontespizio has curated voluminous works in graphics-from text composition, images, editorial, and three-dimensional concepts. Salas’ work has been published and showcased across many prestigious design platforms and is an active committee member at the Museum of Popular Art in Mexico City.