September 22, 2020

Future Product Designer Davide Zago short listed for the Rometti Prize

The eighth edition of the prize awarded by the historic Umbrian ceramics house, which has also launched an Award of Awards, has drawn to a close. A total of 3 IED students have won the prize over the years. Meanwhile, Davide will create his prototype

Despite all the precautions and “limitations” imposed by the extension of the Covid emergency, the 2020 Rometti Prize went ahead: second year IED Product Design student Davide Zago was just chosen as one of the 4 finalists for the eighth edition. The young designer, whose creation was selected from over 40 proposals submitted by academies in Milan, Rome, Perugia and Brussels, won over the jury with his design for a pair of lamps called THEATRUM, and received the opportunity to undergo an internship precisely at Rometti, a historic Umbrian house of ceramic artworks that’s been active since 1927. Here, side by side with Rometti’s master artisans, Davide will work towards the realisation of his project.
Once completed, the 4 prototypes created by the finalists will be subjected to a vote, and the top 3 will be awarded cash prizes, with the prototypes also being placed on permanent display at the Rometti Museum in Umbertide.

However, if the internship is only able to be carried out in the summer of 2021 (due to safety concerns), Rometti will also immediately announce a Prize of Prizes: a special edition dedicated to celebrating the students who won the Prize in the past, including the two IED alumni Tommaso Pardini and Marco Grimoldi (2013 Rometti Prize).

In this regard, the Umbrian manufacturer will create all the prototypes submitted for the Prize of Prizes, which will then be exhibited at the Rometti Ceramics Museum in Umbertide (Perugia) and at the Cologni foundation in Milan. The project declared the winner will be put into production and presented at the Maison & Objet exhibition in Paris.

Click here to see all the awards won by the Students of IED Milan!