Interior and Showroom Design

Summer and Winter Courses - Milan

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The course introduces the Italian design industry and current trends in interior design in order to enable you to develop the necessary skills to produce layouts for high-level showrooms and shops with an essential expressive value. 

During the course, you examine and analyse Italian interior and commercial spaces. “Interior” refers to key spaces for improving everyday living: places to eat, shop, and read and other public spaces.

You will also increase coherence and fluency in expressing ideas, pursuing a narrative yet analytical approach to your work and will get a better understanding on how to structure and develop a project following the Italian methodology - brief, concept, design, communication - being able to select the right tools and apply them.

  • Start date
    July 2022
  • Duration
    3 weeks
  • Attendance
  • Language

Schedule: From Monday to Thursday during the first two weeks and from Monday to Friday during the 3rd week, on a full time basis (morning and afternoon) the course has a duration of 75 hours spread over 3 weeks

Target : The course is designed for qualified applicants, such as students who are attending the final years of University studies in Architecture, Interior Design and Industrial Design, or newly graduated, and young professionals interested in enriching their personal knowledge and understanding of the field.
Applicants need to have mastered representation technique skills such as drawing, sketching and rendering visual communication skills such as computer graphics and rendering, as well as model making and verbal communication skills. 
Applicants need to show strong motivation and the ability to work in groups.

Methodology and structure: During the course you acquire theoretical and practical awarness of Italian interiors and commercial spaces, and you take knowledge of the latest trends of Italian design.

The synergy between lectures and practical training, both of which are supported by workshops and visits to relevant showrooms, shops, and exhibitions, allow you to benefit of a 360° vision of Italian - in particular Milanese - reality and design methodology.

Site visits are an integral part of the program’s learning experience and are designed to complement what is acquired in the classroom as well as serve as an on-going orientation to the field.

  • Study Plan

    • Italian Design Contemporary Trends

      The objective of the course is to provide you with the tools for identifying, reading, and analyzing the main European trends in product, furniture, interior, fashion design, colours, materials, and finishing.


    • History and Evolution of Commercial Spaces

      During this course you will get an overview of the historical evolution of the commercial spaces. Trends and design languages from the Roman period (III century B.C.) to XXI century will be investigated. You will also become aware and focus on the role that the multisensory and psychological aspects of interior design play inside the commercial spaces.

    • Introduction to Display and Retail

      The course’s aim is to analyze and comprehend contemporary sales-point design strategy and merchandising awareness; product displaying and customer behavior.

    • Introduction to Light

      The designer’s mission is to transform the ‘light source’ into a form that communicates and enhances mood, ambiance and emotions. A brief introduction to the subject will be given through visits to Italian light showrooms and/or companies.

    • Introduction to Materials

      The aim of the course is to fine-tune your familiarity with innovative materials, their technical characteristics and their fields of application; develop ability to apply materials practically to a design model; develop independent critical ability to conduct individual research into materials in the framework of interior design projects.

    • Interior & Shop Design Workshop

      During this workshop you will apply the theoretical knowledge acquired during the course in creative group-based projects.

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.

Marta Dal Vecchio - Course Coordinator

Marta Dal Vecchio - Course Coordinator
Graduated in Interior Architecture and Computer Graphic Design at IED.  In 2001 she achieved a Master degree in E-design at the Politecnico di Milano. She started her career working with architecture studios, as well as with Futurarium - School of Art Architecture and Design. Since '97 she’s been collaborating with IED, teaching modellism and coordinating Summer Courses and Special Projects. She also translates design editorials from Italian to English and works as Net Communication Designer.  Linkedin

Gabriel Weirich

Gabriel Weirich
Graduated in Fashion Design (HAW Hamburg, Germany. His interdisciplinary consultancy studio in Milan is active in the field of design. The spectrum of the studio’s work ranges from Innovation managing, Product design, Design thinking, Trend observering and storytelling. His international clients include: WMF, Glaskoch, Ritzenhoff, Silit, Alfi, Belforte and San Patrignano. Design awards: DAAD, Marlborough Design Award, Red Dot Design Award “Best of the Best".

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.

Gisella Veronese

Gisella Veronese
Gisella Veronese is an Architect and also completed a PhD in Interior and Set Design at Politecnico di Milano, and in Industrial Design Engineering at Brunel University West London. She taught in many international design workshops and worked in architectural studios, art galleries and PR agencies. At IED Milano she teaches in the areas of interior design, design history, and trends in interior and industrial design.

Simona Marzoli

Simona Marzoli
Graduated in Interior Architecture from IED in 1997.Her studio of interior design and visual communications realise projects for private homes, bars, restaurants, clubs, stores and exhibition stands, as well as manages the corporate image for a broad range of companies. Amongst her main clients: Zanotta, Campari, Camera della Moda Italiana, Triennale di Milano, Roberto Cavalli, Agusta Westland. She is a design teacher with more than 15 years of experience in design methodology and project development.