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Italy’s Foreign Office and the Triennale Design Museum of Milan Celebrate “Italian Design Day” on March 2, 2017
San Francisco, February 22 – A worldwide celebration of Italian design will virtually connect one hundred cities with a major initiative conceived by Italy’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Triennale Design Museum entitled “Italian Design Day.” Since the postwar period, Italian design has quickly matured to support the growth of the country while launching a new concept of research. In driving industrial production, Italian design has shaped the objectives of development and generated its own distinctive national characteristics, even when foreign architects and designers participate in the production of the final design item.
On the same day – March 2, 2017 – one hundred “ambassadors” of Italian culture (designers, entrepreneurs, journalists, critics, communicators, educators, etc.) will illustrate in one hundred different locations around the world the achievements and leadership of Italian design.
March 2nd at 6:30pm
Italian Cultural Institute (street level of Opera Plaza)
In San Francisco, the Consulate General of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute are thrilled to welcome Italian designer Giulio Iacchetti, a recipient of the prestigious Compasso d’Oro Award in 2001 and 2014.
In a conversation with art historian Marina Pugliese, Iacchetti will outline the evolution of Italian design in the postwar period, the distinct features that characterize it, and the reasons behind an undeniable success that, extending to the fields of culture, art, costume, communication, has become a global reference point for all main productivity sectors.
The event will take place on Thursday, March 2 at 6:30pm at the Italian Cultural Institute (street level of Opera Plaza) and will have the support of SF Design Week. The Institute and SF Design Week will take the opportunity to illustrate the projects that are being jointly planned for the creation of an Italian Pavillion at the June 2017 edition of the Week.
The conversation will be preceded by the screening of “Tell Me about Vico – Stefano Boeri narrates Vico Magistretti’s studiomuseum.” Vico Magistretti (1920 – 2006) was an Italian industrial designer, known as the creator of timeless objects for companies such as Cassina and Artemide. Stefano Boeri is an Italian architect and urban planner, born in Milan. Mr. Iacchetti is also scheduled to meet with design students and faculty at both the California College of the Arts and Academy of Art University.
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