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Design Today a round table with Alberto Alessi and Laura Polinoro

February 11th 2019
3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

@ Domus Academy Room 00
Via C. Darwin 20, Milan

On February 11th Domus Academy will host the round table “Design Today” with the participation of Alberto Alessi and Laura Polinoro.

Moderated by Emmanuel Calderon – Domus Academy Design Cluster Head and Marta Alves – Domus Academy Design Cluster Academic Assistant, the two international guests will reflect on the brand identity of Alessi and on how contemporary challenges such as mobility, connectivity and sustainability influence our perception and desire of objects.

During the talk speakers will also debate on the new idea of home, the story of CSA – Centro Studi Alessi, how a designer and a company can be sustainable and on Alessi’s strategy and vision of design today. The round-table will be held at Domus Academy at 3 pm and will be open to public.

Alberto Alessi is president of Alessi S.p.A. The eldest son of Carlo Alessi, he belongs to the third generation of the Alessi family, and officially joined the company in 1970, the day after he graduated in Law. He initially was in charge of the commercial area, the development of new products and the communication. Since 1970 Alberto has started collaborating with architects and designers from all over the world further enhancing the company’s reputation of working with key names in the field of international design.

Laura Polinoro studied at the DAMS of Bologna where she graduated in Arts and Communication. After graduation, she was employed as a researcher at the Domus Academy in Milan. In 1989 Alberto Alessi and Alessandro Mendini, struck by the topics covered in her thesis, decided to involve her in drafting a book of which she would become both curator and author: “Officina Alessi: Alberto Alessi and Alessandro Mendini – 10 years of Design”. In 1990, Laura became art director of the Centro Studi Alessi (CSA, Alessi Study Centre), a place for experimentation involving professionals from various disciplines and young designers. In the early 2000s, she drew her experience at the CSA to a close, but maintained her association with the company, first as Laura Polinoro Workshop, which later became LPWK Design Studio.


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