Interior Design

Master Courses - Milan

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15th edition - The Master course in Interior Design pursues an innovative human-centred approach: it’s not just about designing a space, but also what it offers to users. Interior Designers must be able to manage both technical strategic sides of a project, starting from an accurate analysis, and to provide the best solutions in terms of space enhancement and service design. They are asked to create spaces that convey strong feelings, combined with the right selection of furniture, lights, materials and colours. This original and wide approach encourages several companies to ask IED Master students to work on specific projects with the aim of designing an effective and meaningful user experience. 

This international Master programme is conceived, tailored and performed completely in Milan, where the Made in Italy meshes Italian design system and where the most interesting and trendsetting events take place.

  • Start date
    January 2019
  • Duration
    1 Year
  • Attendance
    full-time
  • Language
    English

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Target - The Master course in Interior Design is aimed at graduates who have completed a degree in Architecture and Interior Design. Different backgrounds are subject to evaluation. 

Methodology and structure - The course reproduces a dynamic lab, a big design studio where students get used to follow specific guidelines, adapting their language to different briefs and working in close contact with several professionals. Theory is acquired through practice by taking part to workshops with companies and realising three main projects characterised by a growing complexity. Students learn to meet customers’ expectations and needs, helped by the fact that brands and service associations are part of the training and critical verifiers of their portfolio. Students also gain self-branding and self-promotion skills, and learn to present their project at best, handling every single detail. 
At the beginning of the course, participants with different backgrounds acquire a common cultural base and enhance their design thinking approach, focusing on methodological aspects, i.e. the use of “the roll methodology”, the steps to follow once the brief is launched, how to approach a project with a company etc. Then, specific courses are combined with 3 main projects of increasing complexity investigating the most important fields of interior design. These projects simulate real professional approach and are structured into briefing, development and presentation. The Final Project, as well as the others, is developed in partnership with a company, giving participants the possibility to experience a professional reality. The programme also includes lectures with renowned design professionals and visits to companies, showrooms, events such as Salone del Mobile, and cross-disciplinary workshops.

Professional opportunities - Interior Designer, Innovation Expert.

In the past editions, projects have been developed with: Amazon, Adidas, KartellRizoma, TVS, Jacuzzi, Best Western, Fontanot, Azzurra, Tecnargilla.

  • Study Plan

    • Methodology

      The course leads participants through the entire process of an interior design project. Students have to analyse behaviours and needs, meeting expectations and respecting customer’s identity. Students are asked to focus on the interaction between users and space, developing layouts highlight awareness towards colours, materials, finishing, light effects, offering a sensorial and emotional experience

    • Communication Lab

      The communication lab trains students to properly present their projects to the customer and the market. The lab is divided as follows: preparation and presentation of a storyboard on a complex graphic project. Definition of all tools supporting the story; presentation speech at professional level.

    • Cross-disciplinary Influences

      In order to support the language knowledge, cross-disciplinary meetings are organized in collaboration with Master courses of other IED Schools in order to provide students with a complete overview.

    • Design Elements

      This programme helps participants understanding the basic functions of analysis. Students have to accomplish several tasks: deriving precise geometric characteristics; developing a three-dimensional model for the construction of an artefact; computing a series of transformations in a three-dimensional form; representing a precise set of drawing instructions; developing an individual creative process capable of interpreting the communication between designers and users.

    • Design Language

      One of the most important objectives of this Master course is the achievement of a personal expressive language. The most awarded Designers stand out thanks to their works characterised by a univocal and personal expressive code. This lab encourages the student to search for a very different personal architectural language.

    • Emergent Technologies

      This lab explores characteristics and limits of new materials with reference to product and interior design, taking in consideration the environmental issues. It analyses sensorial features, surface finishings, emotional feedbacks and chromatic ranges of materials. Moreover, a focus is dedicated to sustainability and ecologic materials deriving from recycling.

    • Light Technologies

      The course covers the basic principles and practices of architectural lighting. Students acquire technical and expressive knowledge of light technologies, light control and the use of both artificial and natural light, realising their models under professor’s supervision, applying it to the projects. 

    • Projects

      Projects simulate a real professional situation: students receive a brief and are asked to work on it using the acquired expressive tools. The pathway follows a rational structure, i.e. preliminary research, analysis, concept’s definition. The last step is the delivery of an innovative and expressive project.
       

    • Strategy

      One of the strategic assets of the School includes the training of designers able to relate themselves to the economical system by interpreting its needs and its values as well as the customer positioning with reference to the market. New designers must be able to interpret a project brief, understanding brand’s values and sensing the market changes. They also need to interpret companies from an external point of view in order to propose new projects. 

    • Salone del Mobile Language Experience

      IED Students gather information during the Salone del Mobile in Milan as a useful exercise in deconstruction and reconstruction of products, projects and installations exposed during Milan Design Week.

       

    • Self Promotion/Personal Branding

      A face to face confrontation with experts in personal branding provides participants with the necessary skills to present themselves properly, preparing their own portfolio and cv, and improving their online professional profile.

    • Territorial Influences

      During this course, students have the chance to both visit companies belonging to the Italian Design System - in order to get into production sites and processes and to participate to specific events - understanding communication and marketing strategies applied to the design field. 

    • Cross-disciplinary influences and workshops

      Cross-disciplinary activities gather students from different Master courses, providing them with a broader overview of design, supporting them in the acquisition of major design languages. These activities are structured in order to allow students to “think out of the box” and outline a personal pathway.

    • Final Project

      The Final Project is a complex professional task carried out in partnership with a company. Students must show the acquisition of a design thinking mindset and a flexible innovation process thought, the ability to work autonomously within a team, and to have the necessary skills to communicate in both a concrete and impactful manner.

Remarkable is that teacher who accomplishes himself what he teaches to others.
(Italian proverb)

IED faculty are professionals that daily face the market. Here you can read their bios.

Giorgio Grandi - Course coordinator

Giorgio Grandi - Course coordinator
Architect and Interior Designer, he founded GGAStudio in Milan, dealing with Interior Architecture and Interior Design (Wellness, Hospitality and Food). Contractworld Special Award 2001, the studio's firm is responsible for the project TISANA SPA_Arlate (Best Country and Best Medical SPA 2011, SPA in the World 2012): CONDE NAST Johansens' Best Luxury SPA in the world.   

Francesca Perani

Francesca Perani
Architect graduated at Polytechnic of Milan, she co-founded Spectacularch!, architecture, interior, brand, web and app design studio. She studied in Australia and Belgium and worked in London, Brisbane, Turin, Bergamo and Milan at Enzo Mari's studio. She’s currently vice president of Bergamo Chartered Architects Association.

Sakura Adaki

Sakura Adaki
After graduating at Musashino Art University in Tokyo and MA at Central Saint Martins in London, she moved to Milan in 2004 to work at Atelier Bellini and opened her studio in 2008. Her design is featured by a combination of conceptual and craftsmanship approach. Clients include: CAMPEGGI, MARTEX, ESTEL, TURA, BIKETJÄNST, AMBIENTEC, FERMOB.

Sezgin Aksu

Sezgin Aksu
Graduated in Industrial design, he studied Interior Design and Industrial Design in Stuttgart, Paris and in Milan. Specialized in Industrial/Furniture (home and office) and interior design, he collaborates with Poltrona Frau, Caimi brevetti, Slide, DePadova, Nemo, Nurus, Koleksiyon.

Valentina Giuffré

Valentina Giuffré
Business & Lifestyle Coach, communications consultant, Neuro Linguistic Programming Expert, she works with individuals and companies to define what success means to them and how to get it.

Fabio Bergamaschi

Fabio Bergamaschi
He works in the fields of Information Design, Data Journalism and Communication. Master’s Degree in Product-Service System Design at Milano Polytechnic University. Since 2013 he's been part of an international team lead by David McCandless. He is author of the infographics best-seller and related blog Information is Beautiful. He has been part of several commercial and non-commercial projects, including the design of McCandless' latest work Knowledge is Beautiful.  

Elettra Bordonaro

Elettra Bordonaro
Architect and Independent Urban Lighting Designer with a PhD at University of Architecture in Turin, she worked for lighting design studios such as Light Cibles, Speirs and Major and Metis Lighting. She is consultant on urban lighting strategy and masterplans. Teacher at Rome and Turin Universities and IED Milano, she has been Director at Lighting Academy and co-founded the Social Light Movement.

Barro de Gast

Barro de Gast
Graduated with honors in 1991 at the Design Academy, The Netherlands. In 1993 he completed a Master at Domus Academy. Since 1995 he works in his studio in Milan, designing kitchen accessories, utensils & cookware, toys, packaging design, industrial prototyping. His clients include: WMF, Silit, Auerhahn, Koziol, Alfi, Fozzils, and Chicco.

Elia Mangia

Elia Mangia
He studied Industrial Design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London and at IED Milan. From 2003 to 2006 he worked as Senior Designer in Patrick Norguet's Studio in Paris. In 2007 he established his own studio in Milan, working on industrial and interior design projects for companies such as Bosa, Cir SpA, Dilmos, Foundry, Gaggia, Ligne Roset, Nespresso, Saeco, Schiffini, Skitsch and others. Personal website

Alessandro Pierandrei

Alessandro Pierandrei
He graduated in architecture with Giancarlo de Carlo. Since 1987 he’s been working with Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers and Arup Associates. In 1997 he founded Pierandrei Associati, an architecture, interior and product design firm. Among his clients: Ferrari, Genoa Aquarium, North Sails, Sun Microsystems, TecnoSpa. He also collaborates with Ron Arad.

Fabrizio Pierandrei

Fabrizio Pierandrei
He graduated in Architecture in Genoa and began his career with Renzo Piano working on many international projects. In1997 he co-founded Pierandrei Associati. His activity includes architecture, interior, product and service design, with a clear vision on social innovation. Major clients are Ferrari-Maserati, North Sails, Acquario di Genova, Tecno and Sedus.

Gaia Rancati

Gaia Rancati
She is Business Development Manager at Multisearch AG, the world biggest company specialized in Mystery Shopping for Fashion and Luxury Retail, working for brands such as Louis Vuitton, Ermenegildo Zegna, Bruno Cucinelli, Pinko, Marella, Diesel, Sephora, Fashion District. Previously, she also worked as Store Manager as Block Buster and La Rinascente Milano. Then she became Sales Director for Louis Vuitton, RTW and Shoes area.  

Diana Larisa Rosioru

Diana Larisa Rosioru
She graduated in Industrial Design, completing her studies with a Masters in Interior Design in 2012 at IED. Specialized in project communication, she’s currently working as Interior Designer and lecturing “Communication Lab” in the Master. She’s transmitting her competencies in project methodology and communication to IED students.

Manuela Sacco

Manuela Sacco
She has over 20 years’ experience as Market Research Director, working in Italy and abroad for several multinational companies, such as Coats Patons, Levi’s, Gillette Group. Pioneer in the use of specific methodologies for the study of in-store consumer’s behaviours. At Envirosell she led research projects for international customers such as Adidas, CocaCola, Coin, Dior, Ikea, Nike, Oviesse, Philip Morris, Selfridges, and Starbucks.

Elena Sacco Braiotta

Elena Sacco Braiotta
She has been working for more than 16 years in Milan, Paris, London and Geneva for important branding and communication international agencies like Publicis Group, Young&Rubicam Group, Landor, Wunderman. She is called “The Queen of Branding” putting her signature on international branding projects for companies such as P&G, Marazzi Group, Azimut Yachts, Jacuzzi, Barilla, Giorgio Armani, Natuzzi, Atkinsons, Well amongst others. She founded the MarComm consultancy department of Studio Sacco in Milan in 2009 and is currently the Director of Communication School in IED Milano.

Paolo Spotti

Paolo Spotti
He works as Lighting Designer both for urban and theater projects. In all his activities as lighting designer, teacher, product development designer, his work is always a synthesis of technology with an artistic purpose. For Ferrara-Palladino e Associati is Team Leader of important lighting realization like Milan Garibaldi train station, Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana exhibition pole with architect Tadao Ando. He’s author of Lighting with LED.

Diletta Toniolo

Diletta Toniolo
Degree in Political Sciences at Universita’ degli Studi di Milano, specialized in English language at Columbia University of New York, she has always developed her passion for design, that she’s teaching through history courses and research labs on contemporary trends. With an intense journalistic activity, she collaborates with Box International Trade, Domus, Bravacasa, Arketipo, il Mattino, Corriere della Sera, Sky Alice, 24 Ore Television, Radio 24 and managed exhibitions and events.

Marco Vicinanza

Marco Vicinanza
Marco Vicinanza holds an Architecture Degree from Politecnico Milan. He gained extensive experience collaborating with diverse architecture firms before opening his own studio in Milan. Marco has designed for offices and public spaces as well as restoration and renovation projects for residential spaces. In addition he also designs custom-made furniture.

Gabriel Weirich

Gabriel Weirich
Gabriel Weirich graduated in fashion at the Polytechnic of Hamburg in 1991.He took his master in design at the Domus Academy in Milan 1992. From 1993 to 1997 he worked with Correggiari, Zegna e Galante as a style and research consultant in the home collection section. In 1998 he founded his own studio for industrial design and trend reasearch. Since then he is working for several companies like: WMF, Leonardo, Ritzenhoff, San Patrignano Design, Felissimo, Bassetti, Schönhuber and Image.

Gian Paolo Armana

Gian Paolo Armana
Political Science Degree and Master in Entrepreneurial Organization, he spent the first part of his career covering a wide range of executive management positions in international companies such as La Rinascente Group, IBM and Nestlè. After a professional experience in new York, he has the focused his activity in supporting the strategic and operational development of small and middle Italian enterprises in the global market, especially food, cosmetics and retail sectors.

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