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Antonio Aricò

A graduate of the Polytechnic School of Milan and Alta Scuola Politecnica, Antonio felt from an early age a strong interest and energy in finding his own language and way to define his love for design. 
Since then, Antonio has presented a number of iconic objects - Watering Kettle Can, Swing Chair, and Water Pitcher Block, and created a number of successful furniture collections like Back Home and Taste of Wood. 

Antonio also works for clients like Barilla on the development of products in ceramic, wood, or textiles, as well as on R&D projects, and is now working with various design companies such as Seletti, Alessi, and Editamateria. His work has been shown around Europe: in Germany at the DMY, in Italy during the Salone del Mobile in Milan, in Turin for the Wabi Sabi show, in Poland in the ceramic museum at Design Centrum Kielce, in France at the Maison & Objet, and in Berlin at the Designboom Mart.  He also participated in the Triennale of Milan exhibition: The New Italian Design that went around the world: San Francisco, Santiago de Chile, and Cape Town. Antonio Aricò's latest accomplishments: he was nominated for the Premio Compasso d'Oro and ADI Design Index in 2013; he received an invitation from Lidewij Edelkoort to participate at the Nomadismi exhibition in Milan in 2013; in 2014 his Water Pitcher Block and Taste of Wood, edited by Editamateria, were selected by Rossana Orlandi to be part of the Larte Design Collection in Milan as an Editamateria Collection; and more recently, in January 2015, he presented his first collaboration with Alessi: a cooperation between Antonio and Laura Polinoro for the Souvenir d'Italie collection edited by Alessi.

Birgit Lohmann 

Founded in 1999 by Birgit Lohmann and Massimo Mini, Designboom is the world's first and most popular digital architecture and design magazine. Media is the connective tissue of society, and the internet has come a long way since 1999. Back then, creating a digital publication was still primarily the business of tech-savvy nerds, but since then, online publishing has evolved from something abstract to a central element in how many of us live and work. 

Designboom aims to bring together young and professional creators from a diverse range of backgrounds. By publishing the latest news and key issues in the fields of architecture, design, technology, and art, our mission over the past 15 years has remained the same: unearthing the best projects and curating a selection of the most interesting aspects of contemporary culture... before you can find it anywhere else. Today Designboom is the most comprehensive design and architecture source, hosting an archive of over 37,000 articles of useful information and insightful interviews, studio visits, documentation of new products, reviews of exhibitions and books, and historical surveys.

Designboom's achievements include being named one of the Top 100 Design Influencers in the World by Time Magazine, one of just eight online publications to be so named; a Webby Awards nomination for Best Lifestyle Publication in 2014, and an honorable mention for Best Cultural Blog in 2013. Content featured on Designboom appears in English, Japanese, and Chinese, and in 2011 Designboom launched a Chinese-language version of its unique platform for Chinese creative industries and consumers.

Photo: Lars Kruger

Carlo Ratti

Director, MIT Senseable City Lab
Founding Partner, Carlo Ratti Associati

An architect and engineer by training, Carlo Ratti practices in Italy and teaches at MIT, where he directs the Senseable City Lab. Ratti has co-authored over 250 publications and holds several patents. His work has been exhibited in several venues worldwide, including the Venice Biennale, MoMA in New York City, and MAXXI in Rome. At the 2008 World Expo, his Digital Water Pavilion was hailed by Time Magazine as one of the Best Inventions of the Year. He has been included in Blueprint Magazine's 25 People Who Will Change the World of Design, and in Wired Magazine's Smart List 2012: 50 People Who Will Change the World. He is curator of the Future Food District at Expo Milano 2015.

Photo: Chico De Luigi
Carlo Cracco

Carlo Cracco was born in Vicenza in 1965. He began his professional career at Gualtiero Marchesi in Milan, the first Italian restaurant to be awarded three Michelin stars. Soon afterwards he moved to France, where he learned about French cuisine under the guidance of Alain Ducasse and Lucas Carton.
Back in Italy he was appointed Chef at Enoteca Pinchiorri, Florence. During his tenure the restaurant was awarded three Michelin stars.
After gaining additional experience with Gualtiero Marchesi, Chef Cracco opened Le Clivie in Piobesi d'Alba, which was awarded a Michelin star after only one year.
In 2001, he accepted an invitation from the Stoppani family, owners of Milan's famous gourmet shop, Peck, since 1883, to open Cracco-Peck Restaurant. Since 2007, Carlo Cracco has been the sole owner of Ristorante Cracco which has been listed as one of the World's 50 Best Restaurants and awarded two Michelin stars. He is one of the three judges in the TV series MasterChef Italy and Hell's Kitchen Italy.
Carlo Cracco collaborates with several brands such as Trussardi, Singapore Airlines, signing the first and business class menus, and Trenitalia, signing the executive class menu on the train.
Today, Carlo Cracco is president of the non-profit association Maestro Martino whose aim is to contribute to the cultural promotion of Author's Cuisine. He has been nominated Ambassador for Expo 2015 by Regione Lombardia.
Gianfranco Bestetti

Gianfranco Bestetti, managing director and founder of Bestetti Associati, started his career more than twenty years ago. His professional formation took place within the architecture-design environment in Milan during the 1980s. He started his professional career in 1985 as worldwide store project manager for B&B Italia.

In 1989 he joined the family business, taking charge of the architectural branch of national and international projects.
In 1995 he started his collaboration with Boffi Kitchens as manager of the quality of marketing department. During this period he developed and consolidated the image of Boffi Kitchens for flagship stores as well as pluri-brand outlets worldwide. His early growth and development in the creative sector, as well as his ongoing familiarity with some of the most important names in the Italian fashion and design industry, led him to become a renowned professional. In 2000 he joined Studio Lissoni Associati, with which he collaborated until 2003, after which he founded his own firm with Antonella Terzoli. In recent years the studio can boast collaborations on several projects with prestigious brands, from fashion to design to architecture, including Samsung, Paola Lenti, Baxter, Poliform, MDF Italia, Sundek, Juventus, and Fiat. In 2012 he started working as art director for the Molteni & C, Dada, Citterio group. Always aware of new tendencies and style integration, Gianfranco Bestetti actively collaborates with companies that have placed their trust in his work over the years. Bestetti Associati has various worldwide architectural and visual projects.

Federico Casotto

Born in Treviso, Italy, in 1966, Federico Casotto graduated from Bologna University's Philosophy and Letters Department with a dissertation in Semiotics under Prof. Paolo Fabbri. After his two-year course in Product Design at Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) in Milan, he collaborated with various Italian design agencies while continuing in IED's Product Design Department as assistant professor and coordinator. Since 1999 he has worked with Design Group Italia, where he is now Food Design Director, managing projects for Barilla, Galbani, Hormel Foods, Panasonic, PepsiCo, and others. He currently collaborates with Scuola Politecnica di Design and the International University of Languages and Media (IULM) in their first Food Design Master's Course. His articles have been published in magazines like Food, Impakt, and Global Innovation Report.

Francesca Appiani

Francesca Appiani was born in Milan in 1966. After a receiving a degree in philosophy, she specialized in museology. Since 1997 she worked freelance on projects involving museology and continuing education for museum operators. In 1997 she began her collaboration with Alessi on the creation of the company museum, which opened in 1998. Alessi Museum's museological project is based on a dual function. It is both an operating archive that holds metadesign and product policy activities, and a design collection performing some typical museum functions: conservation and valorization of the cultural heritage of collections together with scientific research activities and promotion of cultural events. In 2001, as curator of Alessi Museum, she participated in the foundation of Museimpresa, an association that brings together company museums and archives around the importance of company culture. From 2003 to 2014 she served as vice-president of the association.

Francesco Subioli 

Francesco Subioli holds a degree from ISIA (Higher Institute for Artistic Industries) in Rome. He is an art director and project manager in the fields of industrial, graphic, and exhibition design. He has been operating in this field for 25 years, first with the founding of Studio Random and then Studio Kromosoma. During this period he has collaborated with dozens of companies, such as Enel, Rai, Serono, and Omnitel-Vodafone, and associations like Legambiente and Caritas, and Italian ministries and public institutions. 

Subioli alternates his professional work with teaching and lecturing in public and private universities (University of Venezia-IUAV, La Sapienza University, and IED). In recent years he has been specializing in the field of food design, designing products and food formats for Monini, Airest, NTV-Eataly, Cinecittà Studios, and many small and medium enterprises. In 2007 he established the first International Master's in Food Design program at IED in Rome, and since then he has been acting as the program's coordinator. He is an executive board member of ADI (Associazione per il Disegno Industriale), in which he is responsible for the Food Design Department.

Marco Sammicheli

Marco Sammicheli (b.1979) is a design critic and curator. He teaches aesthetics at the Politecnico di Milano Design School. He graduated in science of communication from the University of Siena after a scholarship at Bauhaus-Universität in Weimar. He holds a PhD in design and technology for cultural heritage. 

Sammicheli worked in collaboration with Triennale di Milano, the Italian Institute of Culture in Copenhagen and Istanbul, and has been a visiting lecturer at the design centers of Valparaiso University and Unisinos Porto Alegre. As a curator he worked for Museo del Novecento and Galleria d'Arte Moderna in Milan, m.a.x. museo in Chiasso (CH) with several projects dedicated to Bruno Munari, Gabriele De Vecchi, Vico Magistretti, Ignazio Gardella, and Lora Lamm. He was among the contributors invited by Rem Koolhaas to the 14th International Architecture Exhibition at Biennale di Venezia, where he presented Designing the Sacred and Assisi Laboratory in the Monditalia exhibition, with a specific focus on sacred design, religious architecture, and the relationship between cities and cultural heritage. Sammicheli has written articles and essays on catalogues and books about Zaha Hadid, Gio Ponti, and Konstantin Grcic. He is a contributor to several magazines in Italy (Zero, Flash Art, Casa Vogue, La Domenica de Il Sole 24 Ore) and abroad (Port and Pulp in the UK, Octogon in Hungary). Since the spring of 2014 he has been serving as the design curator of Abitare, an international design and architecture magazine published by RCS Media Group, where he explores the uniqueness of Made in Italy.

Maria Cristina Didero

Maria Cristina Didero is an Italian freelance design curator and journalist. She has worked for more than ten years for the Vitra Design Museum, and since 2011 she has been serving as director of the Bisazza Foundation in Vicenza. She has presented curatorial projects in some of the most prestigious institutions, such as the DESTE Foundation in Athens, the Galleria d'Arte Moderna in Turin, and the Museo di Arte Contemporanea in Genoa, to name but a few. As a writer, she has published a book on Michele De Lucchi with drawings by Steven Guarnaccia, she collaborated on "1968", a book by Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari, and is a regular contributor to various international magazines, such as Domus, Vogue, AD, and L'Officiel Italia.

Massimo (Max) Bergami

Massimo Bergami is a Full Professor of Business Administration at the University of Bologna, and Dean of Bologna Business School. He works with organizational identity, motivation, leadership, creativity, and general management of the companies making up the Made in Italy brand (mechanics, tourism, food & wine). He served as an independent director in various companies and organizations (Telecom Italia Media, and previously Ducati Motor Holding, Ferretti S.p.A, Previlabor, and the University of Tuscia), as well as a senior management consultant. He founded and directed StartCup (the first business plan competition in Italy), and is a member of the Fulbright BEST program's advisory board. He is chairman of the EMBA Consortium for Global Business Innovation, and guest professor at MIRBIS (Moscow) and Nankai University Business School (Tianjin, China). He received his PhD in business administration from the University of Bologna, attended the International Teachers Program (ITP) at the Stern School of Business (New York University), and has been a visiting scholar at the Ross School of Business (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor), SDA Bocconi (Bocconi University, Milan), and the Warrington College of Business (University of Florida, Gainesville).

Photo: Andrew Meredith

Ron Arad

Born in Tel Aviv in 1951, educated at the Jerusalem Academy of Art and later at the Architectural Association in London, Ron Arad co-founded with Caroline Thorman the design and production studio One Off in 1981 and later, in 1989, Ron Arad Associates Architecture and Design Practice. In 2008 Ron Arad Architects was established alongside Ron Arad Associates.

From 1994 to 1999, he established the Ron Arad Studio design and production unit in Como, Italy. Ron Arad has run several design workshops for students, including at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany, Vitra Farm in France, and Ravenna in Italy. He continues to lecture on his work worldwide.

Ron Arad was awarded the Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) in recognition of his "sustained excellence in aesthetic and efficient design for industry" in 2002, and was awarded the London Design Medal in 2011. He was Professor of Design Product at the Royal College of Art in London up until 2009. In 2013 he was elected a Royal Academician by the Royal Academy of Art in London. Ron Arad's constant experimentation with the possibilities of materials such as steel, aluminum, or polyamide, and his radical re-conception of the form and structure of furniture has put him at the forefront of contemporary design.

Silvia Barbero

Silvia Barbero is a researcher at Politecnico di Torino in areas related to eco-design, and since 2005 she is Adjunct Professor of Environmental Requirements of Industrial Products in the Design and Visual Communication graduate course. She is a scientific coordinator for regional projects (like PACK, with the involvement of territorial enterprises), and a member of the team responsible for international projects (Montauban, France, and Lea Artibai in Spain).

She received her European Doctorate in production systems and industrial design from Politecnico di Torino, with an exchange with Lund University in Sweden. The importance of exchange and experience with foreign realities started with the International II Level Master's Degree in Systems Design that enabled her to visit several universities around the world, and it is still vivid. Silvia Barbero has written numerous articles for scientific journals, and is the author of several internationally distributed books, such as Ecodesign (HF Ullmann, 2009) and Systemic Energy Networks (Lulu Enterprises, 2012).

Pio & Tito Toso

Brothers Pio and Tito were born in Venice in 1973 and 1971. They graduated in architecture in 1998 from IUAV, the University Institute of Architecture of Venice.

In 1996 they founded the professional studio PIO&TITOTOSO. The studio works on building projects in different countries. In the field of industrial design they work with some of the most prestigious companies: Artemide, Foscarini, Venini, Vistosi, and Leucos, on lighting, and Alessi, Pedrali, Segis, Fratelli Guzzini, Colombo Design, Metalco, Rossi di Albizzate, Frighetto, and Fly Line on furniture. They also plan stands, exhibitions, shops, offices, and warehouses for several companies, working on the image and graphics. They won several prizes, such as Red Dot Design Award 2012, Good Design Award 2009, I.Dot Selection 2006-2007, and Young & Design 2005.
They took part in various exhibitions in Europe and the US.

Domenico Guzzini

Born in Recanati, Italy, in 1959, Domenico Guzzini graduated in economics and business in 1985 with excellent results.
He continued his higher education into 1986, receiving a Master's degree in business management from the ISTAO Business School.
He married Gian Paola Rubini in 1985 and has three children.
Boasting longstanding expertise in matters of design in its diverse expressions, Domenico has successfully applied his keen insight and refined taste in managing product innovation and all the relevant marketing tools.

His insight is matched by a deep knowledge of market trends and technical and production-related issues, owing to his previous corporate experience as R&D division coordinator. Domenico is currently chairman and marketing director of Fratellli Guzzini. His former positions include: board member of ADI (Industrial Design Association), and coordinator of ADI's department for the Marche, Abruzzo, and Molise regions. He also holds the following positions: board member and vice-president of FIMAG S.p.A., the holding company of the Guzzini Group, chairman of Fratelli Guzzini USA Inc., and board member of Joy Fragrances s.r.l .and Biocookup s.r.l.

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