IED Network

August 4, 2021


Representing the IED Group were nine dissertation projects created by graduates from the Italian and Spanish branches.

On the occasion of Supersalone (the special 2021 edition of the Milan Furniture Fair “Salone del Mobile” organised from 5 to 10 September), IED will participate in The Lost Graduation Show: an exhibition curated by Anniina Koivu, reserved for students who graduated from national and international design schools in 2020/21 who will have the opportunity to present their dissertation projects to the public.

The exhibition will be organised into different categories, with the aim of investigating the new languages of living and finding possible solutions to the most pressing issues that contemporary design must face. The exhibition will offer schools the opportunity to promote their students and give the public interesting insights into the continuing evolution of the sector. A jury of international experts, as well as protagonists of the design world, will evaluate the projects submitted and award the best in each category.

Representing the IED Group will be nine different projects created by students from the Italian and Spanish branches, previously selected by Anniina Koivu, which tell the story of IED’s plurality of content: Misano, the concept vehicle created by the students of the Master in Transportation Design in collaboration with Suzuki Misano; Sbun-design, a project by the students of Product Design, an innovative extruder for 3D printers capable of making the printing process sustainable by reducing CO2 emissions; Alea, Stilo and Tes are projects created by the students of Product Design who designed a collection of lamps for residential use, starred restaurants and luxury hotels in collaboration with the FontanaArte brand; Reddo – From Nature to Nature, transforms oyster shells into concrete 3D-printed structures to help those areas of the world that are most sensitive to climate change through an innovative solution; Sway, a Product Design project that consists of a measuring instrument that transforms visual information into audible information; Piota from the Aldo Galli Academy of Fine Arts in Como, which aims to find a solution to today’s widespread sedentary lifestyle; Tingle is a Product Design project that includes a therapeutic device for children with hypertonia and hypotonia, subject to tension in the muscles with difficulty in the body correct mobility. 

The exhibition will be open to visitors in the spaces of Rho – Fiera Milano and will be in a phygital version: its digital platform, currently being defined, will host all the selected works and will allow visitors to contact the young producers directly.

Moreover, thanks to the collaboration with ADI – Premio del Compasso d’Oro, the Supersalone hosts the project-installation Take Your Seat / Prendi posizione. Conviviality of the Chair / Solitudine e convivialità della sedia. All the chairs in the exhibition have been catalogued and restored by the students of the Accademia Aldo Galli in Como. The work involved four students from the Restoration Course and a recent graduate from the Academy. During the months of this work, more than 100 condition reports were produced and 16 chairs were restored. All the objects were subjected to a careful assessment of their state of preservation and were then treated with micro-suction, cleaning and small, more invasive interventions to ensure a correct interpretation on display. Accademia Aldo Galli – which has been part of the IED Group since 2010 – is a small jewel in the field of higher artistic education, with more than 30 years of history behind it, and the only private school in Italy able to issue a second-level academic diploma in restoration, recognised by the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR) and a qualification for the profession (five-year single-cycle course in restoration).
From Saturday September 4th, the Cement Design showroom (via Solferino 42) will display the projects Fauna&Flora (by Triin Villemsaar and Lea Sockeel) and Eclipse by Mai Thi Duong and Stefania Kim Gardini, developed as part of the Academic Year in Interior Design and the Semester in Italian Contemporary Design and Trends during the workshop held in collaboration with the decorative cladding brand.