New Graphic, top graphic design magazine in China, February 2014 issue. 13 pages about my work. A great honour and privilege for me, thanks to Cinzia Ferrara, architect, designer and researcher, and italian correspondent for the magazine.
After Milano and Madrid (2007), Istanbul (2010), Beijing and Nantou (2010), Bilbao and San Francisco (2013), the exhibit “The New Italian Design”, organized by La Triennale di Milano Design Museum under the supervision of Silvana Annicchiarico, is at present at Centro Cultural La Moneda in Santiago de Chile. From december 6th 2013 to march 30th 2014, the exhibit shows the works of 133 italian designers (among them, about 20 graphic designers), who represent the status of italian design today. I was honoured to be selected in 2007 (thanks again to Mario Piazza), and to be still among them (even if I’m now 50, and so it’s a little bit strange to talk about the “new” italian design…). And I was very happy and a slightly proud to find the name of Cagliari among the emerging spots in mediterranean design: a small gift that now I can give back to my beloved town.
During the last week of September and the first of October, I was in Marrakech (Morocco) with Roberta Morittu, a celebrate sardinian and international designer involved in studying and designing mediterranean handicrafts since many years, and some of my best students at Cagliari University (Alessandro Congiu, Claudio Rossi and Francesca Savona). Nicolò Ceccarelli, Marco Sironi and Carlo Turri of Sassari/Alghero University were with us with a group of their students and realized some fo the objects together with Cagliari collegues. We had to create also the identity for an exhibit at Dar Bellarj, one of the most charming place inside the Medina. Handicrafts of moroccan tradition were re-designed and interpreted by the students from Cagliari, Sassari/Alghero, Florence and Milan Universities and from Esav, an important local school of design. They made their project working together the moroccan artisans. The University of Sassari/Alghero also realized an amazing video which could be seen here. The Autonomous Region of Sardinia sponsorized the whole mission. We concentrated on the figure of the storks (Dar Bellarj is also known as The Stork Hospital), stylizing them in several patterns composed with figures similar to the pieces of the the moroccan mosaics, using the same colors of the place: sand, red, black, white.