IED Network

May 24, 2021


With the opening of the ADI Design Museum – Compasso d’Oro, on May 26th, the IED Group enters into a three-year partnership with Fondazione ADI as its only private partner of Higher Education and confirms its commitment to the development of design professions and related sector.

The collaboration is a cultural exchange that will see IED develop educational and research projects focusing on the Compasso d’Oro Collection and the Lifetime Achievement Awards, as well as to organize meetings, workshops, events and conventions within the walls of the new museum.

The Aldo Galli Academy of Fine Arts in Como is also a key player in this partnership. The students of the Restoration Course of Aldo Galli Academy will carry out a series of activities related to contemporary restoration, ranging from the cataloguing and issuing of related condition reports of the 3,000 works in the Compasso d’Oro collection, to the possible restoration of some artefacts.

At the Museum main entrance, a video installation signed by IED “Il design entra nella storia” (Design steps into History ) takes the visitor on a journey through 30 years of Italian history, prior to the birth of the Compasso d’Oro Award in 1954. The video, conceived and produced by Officine with the contribution of two IED alumnae: Rachele Santini, creative director and animation supervisor, and Chiara Loiacono, layout artist and character designer.

“We are particularly pleased to be able to work with an organisation that is a worldwide reference point for Italian design”, says Massimo Rosi, CEO of the IED Group, “a collaboration that reinforces our ability to disseminate and promote our values and that for three years will provide free permanent access to the Museum and its contents to our entire community around the world: students, alumni, staff and faculty.”

“We are truly honoured and proud to be able to contribute to the creation of this museum and to the care of its amazing collection, which is unique in the world,” says Emanuele Soldini, Director of IED Italia and President of the Aldo Galli Academy of Fine Arts. “Milan has long deserved a permanent exhibition of the Compasso d’Oro Collection, and we are proud that a very young generation of restorers will be able to touch, understand and care for it, and bear witness to the genius of man for many decades to come.”