A small exhibit at the Nivola Museum in Orani, Sardinia, unveils an original and intimate side of the formal research of the italian designer Michele de Lucchi.
In the home of Emilio Lussu, Italian writer and politician, a small workshop pursues the rediscovery of Sardinian traditional handmade weaving. To secure an existing knowledge, but looking forward.
Thanks to a research effort lasting a decade, English artist and designer Gavin Munro combines the production of objects with agricultural growing and pruning, offering a inspiring reflection on new ways to use resources between nature and design.
An association, a workshop and an educational project, this first ‘Refugees Company for Craft and Design’ works in Berlin for new possible forms of integration, by exploring the social and political value of doing-designing.
Cork, a material that is as difficult to work with as capable of incorporating the ideas of natural, local, organic and sustainable, is at the centre of the work of Porto’s SimpleFormsDesign studio. Where cork is back, between tradition and innovation.
Is it possible to promote local foods through a ‘sustainable approach’ towards a communication capable to encorporate design’s usefulness and ethical values?
Handwritten shopsigns in a documentary by Sabrina Melis and Michela Anedda on the work of Maltese master calligrapher Joe Farrugia.
How can we combine the process of promoting day-to-day city space’s quality and accessibility and Tactical Urbanism: an approach to local urban regeneration based on short-term, low-cost, readily replicable actions and scalable transformations?
Anonymous ingenuity in a study by Daniele Pario Perra, that has resulted in two books, one exhibit, a website and a thematic park. From North Europe to the South of the Mediterranean, for a project permanently ‘in progress’.
Two different approaches to problem solving, in a beautiful volume on the genesis of the Apollo spacesuits. An example that can remind us how expertise, sensitivity and passion are the key elements for any successful human design.
Two minutes for four micro stories narrating ways to combine creatively technology and sustainability.
Conceived and directed by Beppe Finessi, ‘Inventario’ magazine is an indispensable tool for thinking about design beyond its disciplinary’s borders, and getting some orientation in a world where ‘everything is design’.
A smart new home for a project aiming at re-evaluating the rural world, combining small-scale social innovation projects for the local community with events of international profile.
A magazine that has critically explored the fields of craftsmanship and applied arts, looking for possible intersections with the design culture.
A blog by Emilio Gil dedicated to the work of the pioneers of Spanish graphic design.
The multi-screen installation by the Alghero’s AnimazioneDesign lab brings an original interpretation of Sardinia’s artistic contemporary craft to the public of Milan’s Design Week.
Used boat sail fabric has inspired a Spanish company that re-use it for developing a line of furniture. Smart design that tastes like the sea.
Despite being mainly thought as a summer holiday paradise, Sardinia encompasses a diversified cultural landscape in which past and future overlap. Within this framework, craftmanship provides the foundation for a contemporary reflection about design.
By confronting with the rich tradition of Sardinia jewelry, a kit for auto-construction that involves a participation by the users and re-opens the dialogue with some craft’s skills otherwise isolated.
Waste and swarf: turning leftovers into key design elements, in the conceptual practice of a design approach combining experimentation with auto-production.
Milan’s Triennale sets up a new exhibit in Monza to pay homage to Pierluigi Ghianda, a great woodworker and a key figure in the scene of Italian design.
A book by Stefano Follesa re-writes a map for designing things, beyond modern’s euphoria for the uniform and the global.
An online platform to explore the potential of new ways to design, produce and distribute goods.
A new corporate identity for Sardinia. A brand new layout for the strategic positioning the Region as ‘quality of life island’.
How can we use images to convey Sardinia’s meaning, identity and quality to the Expo visitors?
A series of social network-related events have been at the heart of a strategy for igniting on-line attention and for involving virtual visitors in the project.
Expressly produced music tracks rhythmically support our films, combining traditional and contemporary sound.
An experimental film to present Sardinia as the island of longevity, starting form its inhabitant’s good way of life.
The language of cinema to describe the environmental, historical and cultural values of the island.
A graphic ‘style exercise’, the black film is both a motion-graphics product presenting the virtual and social dimension of Sardinia’s participation to the Expo, and a subtle way to play with multimedia and exhibit design.
Thought as a welcome postcard for the Expo visitors, the white film presents Sardinia through the four macro-topics selected to characterize the idea of the ‘Island of the Quality of Life’.
The exhibit was designed to communicate the island’s qualities through an evocative and emotional experience.
Guidelines for the graphic design for the Sardinian Region at the Expo, an equation between pixel and loom.
As part of the project we experimented at Expo 2015, the task of designing a family of short films has been a great opportunity to explore the potential of the contemporary language of the moving image.
A new exhibition on Charles and Ray Eames traces the main steps and projects of one of the most important and versatile design couples on the twentieth century.
A survey on the 2015 Summer School’s design workshops: Souveniring, Communication Machines, Video Mapping.
The result of an accurate fieldwork carried out in Sardinia, Morocco and Egypt, Mediterranean Crafts Archive (Archivio dei Saperi Artigianali) is an on-line resource on craftsmanship knowledge in the Mediterranean.
A beautiful illustrated book by Tibor Uhrin exploring wood as a versatile material in the history of crafts, from the work of unknown early craftsmen to contemporary design re-interpretations.
Two projects in Morocco and Palestine on local identities exploring visual design as a key to spark debate between planners, designers and local communities.
As a consequence of market’s globalization and of the delocalization of production Italy faces a process of homologation of its regional identities and the de-personalization of production activities.
Isili is a small Sardinian town home of a strong and ancient craft tradition, particularly in copperware. Today the small Marate museum keeps this tradition alive and offers to us ideas for the future.
A natural, renewable and sustainable material, cork is the outer bark of Quercus suber species which can be found growing throughout the Mediterranean basin, where it is often central to the local economy.
An invitation to rethink craftsmanship, not as as a survivor from the past, but as an active resource, looking at the very core of Italian small and medium-sized companies. To respond to the crisis, innovation is here: in our own hands.
To what extent can concrete, whose accustomed proximity to the human body is limited by a certain distance, get closer to us?
Extending the thing’s life through maintenance and re-using what has already been designed: ways to respond responsibly to the waste crisis, beyond recycling. Because either the work and the time embedded in any existing artifact are valuable resources.
Orbacè: footwear design for orbace – a wool-based traditional material – aimed at rediscovering the good in local tradition. Looking for a new way to beauty, while re-thinking on an almost forgotten material.
Glass artifacts produced in the workshops of the Venetian Murano’s glassmasters are among the most famous examples of artistic craftsmanship, celebrated by the work of brands such as Venini, and by designers as Carlo Scarpa…
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