During the Salone del Mobile.Milano Shanghai (20 – 22 November 2019), INTERNI will present the design talk The new frontiers of entrepreneurship.
The event, organised together with INTERNI China, will examine the strategic and productive directions of Italian design and the ways in which it is perceived in Asian markets, especially in China which is now the seventh biggest market for Italian furniture exports (Source: Assarredo). The protagonists of the conversation, which will take place on Thursday 21 November at 3.3 pm at the Shanghai Exhibition Center (Dome Hall – Piazza Italiana), will be Yang Dongjiang (Editor-in-chief INTERNI China and professor at the Academy Art and Design Tsinghua University) Gilda Bojardi (editor-in-chief of INTERNI), Renato Minotti (Co-CEO, Minotti), Giulia Molteni (Head of Marketing and Communication, Molteni&C|Dada), Antony Margiasso (Head of Industrial Design, Pininfarina Shanghai), Maria Porro (Head of Marketing and Communication, Porro), Eleonore Cavalli (Visionnaire Art Director), Sammy Ren and Cathy Zhang (Founders, Domus Tiandi).
Italian Design Factories, the fifth volume in the INTERNI Serie Oro, dedicated to Italian companies, will receive its first presentation in Shanghai. The book ideally develops the narrative begun in 2014 with the celebratory volume marking the magazine’s 60th anniversary, followed, in 2016, by a collectors’ edition 500 Italian Design Icons Still in Production, and in 2017 by Icon Makers and in 2018 by Icon Architects.
“In a certain sense, this volume summarises and constitutes a global overview of the themes examined earlier,” explained Gilda Bojardi, editor-in-chief of INTERNI. “In fact, it is in the factories that we find the skills and the main players of the design system. And it is in the factories, in the sense of the locations of technical and cultural production, that the magic takes place that leads to ideas taking shape and being transformed into an object that has the power to move. Our focus is on all those situations in which the great tradition of Italian craftsmanship is renewed focus in a way that can be integrated into today’s most advanced industrial processes and seize the opportunities offered by digital technologies,” Bojardi concluded.
A total of 57 companies are presented by Italian Design Factories: each of them described through their specific distinctive characteristics, linked to history, architecture technological know-how, artisanal content and research. The volume will be completed in 2020, with the presentation of a selection of design excellence which, added to the first, will take us to 100 Italian Design Factories, in other words, the best of our furniture production, as well as accessories, coverings and materials for the domestic space. In 2021, by combining the two volumes, a final volume will be published, dedicated to the most representative companies from the world of Made in Italy, a book for collectors that aims to be a valuable resource for information for Italian and foreign operators who want to know all about the world’s best manufacturing industry. For this reason, a number of international presentations have been planned to talk about Italian know-how and its ability to continuously renew itself. After Shanghai the volume will also be presented in Miami – during Design Miami for which INTERNI is a media partner – on Wednesday 4 December at the Wolsfsonian Museum whit the collaboration of Italian Consulate General, and then in Dubai during Expo 2020.
Italian Design Factories, for which an extra print has been planned, will be available in three editions (Italian/English, English/Italian and Chinese/English) and will be distributed through major design showrooms in Miami, New York, London and Milan.
With 282 pages, Italian Design Factories will be available from 28 November on newsstands together with the December issue of the magazine at the price of €10 (including the magazine).
For more information, please go to: www.internimagazine.it