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29 set 2014 Dear students, eyes are watching you!

Dear students, eyes are watching you!

Opening of the 24th SID Year of Study: the report of the event

PADOVA.  The new Scuola Italiana Design Year of Study officially opened on September 25. During this event, several personalities spoke and we collected the most meaningful words.

President an Director speaking

The 2014/2015 Year of Study will be the first full year for the new President of Parco Scientifico e Tecnologico Galileo, Francesca Gambarotto, and the new General Director, Emiliano Fabris.

They both directed their words to the students: «You’re here to build and shape you skills to create» the President said. Then, she analyzed SID summer activities: «SID didn’t spend much time on holiday: we organized 2 important workshops, in Rovinj and in Nida, that demonstrate our approach to the European and international range.»

General Director Fabris greeted the Study Plan and the Master’s students too: «You’re here to learn the profession of a designer, so don’t forget there are eyes watching you: they’re looking for the best ideas and the best talents.»

Lineabeta: a first door for young designers

A rich participation of designers and managers, starting from the moderator Andrea Maragno.
Each of them represented a different working reality, but they all participated in the creative labs by Lineabeta.

Sonia Tasca and Enrico Capitanio introduced Lineabeta with its history and guidelines: «Lineabeta wants to crate products with an accurate design concept and great accessibility. Lineabeta Lab hosts every year design graduates for developing projects and product concepts under JoeVelluto (JVLT) supervision and the entrepreneurial and productive know-how by the professionals working at Lineabeta.»

Vanni Scapin, SID graduate in 2013: «It was an excellent experience, and it was easier because of SID studies: SID makes you breathe the working environment, so the jump from the educational period in the working one is almost natural.»

3 keywords for new companies

Diego Coppiello (North East Custom): «After SID, I’ve applied the creative methods to my passion for motorcycles customization. This year we also went to Salone del Mobile with a motorbike, that is a first great result.»

There was also Giorgio Biscaro, whose CV speake for himself: he’s now Art Director at FontanaArte, but also co-founder of SomethingGood, where we can find a new and contemporary idea of production: «The time of large mass-production is over. Today quality design means highly customized products according to customers’ needs, and quick decisions for a better growth. SomethingGood produces valuable objects with SMEs.»

Lineabeta and the other companies “on the stage” have 3 common themes: product customization, according to customers’ needs; growth, both individual and in production quality; experimentation, a word close and depending by the first two.

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24 set 2014 Contests |  Become protagonist of i Saloni 2015

Contests |  Become protagonist of i Saloni 2015

Lexus Design Award leads you and you prototype to the fair

MILANO.  Organized by Lexus and Designboom, Lexus Design Award 2015 supports the future creators who can enrich the world with their projects. This year theme is “the 5 senses”, and the proposals must explorer them in pioneering ways.


Participation is open to design professionals, students and enthusiasts from any country and +18.
The categories are three: architecture, product and fashion. The project must go beyond shape and function, and become a process/solution to overcome the contemporary challenges.


The participation form must be sent up to 22.59, November 3rd, 2014. The proposals must be sent up to the same day at 23.59 (one hour later).
The name of winners will be published from April 20th, 2015.


Paola Antonelli, Aric Chen and Toyo Ito are some members of the jury. They’ll choose 4 winning prototypes which will be produced by the sponsor and will participate in the Lexus Design Award 2015 exhibit + ceremony at Salone del Mobile in Milan. The winners will receive the round-trip to Milan and accommodation for 2 nights.
Prototypes and winners will be also posted on designboom.com website.


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23 set 2014 The 6 finalist products of Innovation By Design '14

The 6 finalist products of Innovation By Design '14

Smart thermostats, DIY kits, ankle-covering boot and...

NEW YORK, USA.  The US magazine Fast Company’s Co.Design announced the shortlist of Innovation By Design award 2014. The slogan of the competition is: “a healthier, brighter, more efficient world doesn’t just happen - it happens by design”.

We looked at the “Products” category (the others are experience, health, data visualization, social good, experimental, apps, graphics, students and spaces) and so we show you the 6 products that can win the prize on October 6th.

1) Aros Smart Window Air Conditioner by Quirky and GE (photo 2)

Aros is the example of “Internet of things”, where devices communicate to each other by a cloud. With your smartphone, you can control this smart thermostat-air conditioner: it registers your budget, your position, your schedule and automatically maintains the ideal temperature helping to save cash and energy.

2) August Smart Lock by Fuseproject (photo 3)

The interaction smartphones-objects continues with this controller to open/close the house door. The device substitutes the old lock, while an app on your mobile phone substitutes the keys. The door can now automatically open if our hands are full of bags, but also you can allow your guests to come into your house when you’re away (e.g. babysitters, electricians, etc.)

3) Kano Computer Kit by MAP (photo 4)

Computer as Ikea would sell it: with just 99 dollars you can buy the components and assembly a real pc. You build Kano within 107 seconds, and it also teaches you the basic of codes.

4) Littlebits Space Kit by LittleBits and NASA (photo 5)

A game, but with solid base of science and engineering: this kit allows to build tools to explore the space (in miniature).

5) Magista Football Boots by Nike (photo 6)

Nike designed the first soccer boot that covers the ankle. Thanks to the new Flyknit technology, the player can now have major comfort and ball control with a protection of the ligaments connecting the lower leg to the foot… it’s suitable for fragile ankles!

6) Pencil by FiftyThree (photo 7)

An intuitive pencil for iPad shatehed in wood. It works as its “analogic” counterpart and the illusion to write on a real piece of paper is total: you can even shade as you angle its tip.
Pencil could be considered the mouse of tablet era or, better, their pencil.

Do you agree with the choice of Fast Co.Design for 2014?

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22 set 2014 Opening of 24th Year of Study on Thursday Sep. 25

Opening of 24th Year of Study on Thursday Sep. 25

We'll talk about 'Young Designers and New Entrepreneurship'

PADOVA.  You’re all invited to the inauguration of the 24th SID Year of Study, which is taking place at Auditorium of Liceo Artistico Modigliani in Padua on Thurday, September 25th 2014.

The event will be introduced by Francesca Gambarotto (President of Parco Scientifico e Tecnologico Galileo) and Emiliano Fabris (General Director).

The theme of the meeting is Young Designers and New Entrepreneurship, with a great “case history”: Lineabeta, the project born a couple of years ago (remember here?) linking young designers and companies. Lineabeta also reached last Salone del Mobile.
Guests: Enrico Capitanio, Giorgio Biscaro, Diego Coppiello and some SID graduates who participate in Lineabeta Lab.

You can follow live the event also on our social media Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Check the hashtag #sid1415!

What: Year of Study 2014/2015 - Opening Ceremony
Where: Auditorium Liceo Artistico “A. Modigliani” in Padua (map)
When: Thu. September 25th, 2014 at 15.00

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19 set 2014 Boby by Joe Colombo - File 47

Boby by Joe Colombo - File 47

One Hundred Years of Italian Products


Title: Boby
Year: 1970
Designer: Joe Colombo
Company: Bieffeplast

Co-ordinated furnishing: for years Boby has been popping up in the studios of many architects and designers, becoming an irreplaceable complement to the décor.

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19 set 2014 A week dedicated to wood in Cantù

A week dedicated to wood in Cantù

Mendini, De Lucchi and Citterio guests of Riva 1920 meetings

CANTÙ.  On Saturday, October 20th 2014 the Festival of Wood is starting in Cantù, a week dedicated to this material among design, culture, tradition and innovation.

During this festival there will be debates, workshops and meetings, and we suggest many of them to the young designers who want to know more about the material wood.

In particular, we suggest the events promoted by company Riva 1920, which organizes 3 meetings with Antonio Citterio, Alessandro Mendini and Michele De Lucchi.

The full program here below (click to see the pdf).

Festa del Legno 

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17 set 2014 JVLT, Castiglioni & Novembre at Vintage Festival 2014

JVLT, Castiglioni & Novembre at Vintage Festival 2014

The designers in Padua to talk about past, present and future of design

PADOVA.  Vintage Festival in Padua is a traditional fashion event in the city. For three days the historical center of Padua welcomes lovers and curious people of vintage phenomenon.

JoeVelluto, Castiglioni, Novembre

Cultural center San Gaetano in via Altinate is the heart of the festival. It offers several vintage experiences: market, exhibits, contests, events, workshops and talk shows. On Sunday, September 14th the design was the main topic of Padova Vintage Festival during a talk show with designers Andrea Maragno, Sonia Tasca (JoeVelluto Studio) and Giovanna Castiglioni, celebrated Achille’s daughter, followed by a conversation between Davide Rampello and designer Fabio Novembre on the theme of memory.

Which thread connects past and present design?

Andrea Maragno and Sonia Tasca, designers and SID lecturers, talked about their experience as professionals in constant contact with companies and students. Giovanna Castiglioni played with the curiosity of the audience and with the most iconic design by his father Achille.
Supported by pictures and products on the stage, the talk show became an entertaining and interesting ping-pong among past, present and future of design.

From Castiglioni’s evergreen objects to the more provocative JoeVelluto’s projects, passing by the exaltation of anonymous design and the criticism of the styling: there’s a strong central idea along all time industrial design, a thin but indelible idea nourished by human curiosity.

Fabio Novembre: «How design looks beyond»

Fabio Novembre talked about the theme of memory through the design language. Thanks to his blog ionoi.it, Novembre pursues his passion for research and visual short circuits by comparing present and past worlds and languages, mixing design with art, graphics, photography, music, movies, everyday life, and drawing connections, highlighting sympathies, experimenting thin provocations.

Design is an art to hand down from master to student, an exercise of memory, research, culture, interpretation, instinct, language. Designing is look ahead, look beyond, but we must jump on the shoulder of the giants to watch beyond banality. I mean, the great masters of the past whose teachings make the meaning of contemporary design more genuine and deeper.

JoeVelluto studio, Studio Museo Achille Castiglioni, Studio Novembre. Three different interpretation of Italian design, three points of view united by a common denominator: passion.

Author: Alessandro Barison
Pictures: Padova Vintage Festival on Instagram

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16 set 2014 Maison&Objet 2014, interior trends in Paris

Maison&Objet 2014, interior trends in Paris

Some tips from the French design week (September 6 to 13)

PARIS, FRANCE.  September is a month full of design weeks in some of the most important European cities. We made a little photo gallery for each of them.

  • Helsinki Design Week (September 4-14)
  • Paris Design Week (September 6-13)
  • London Design Week (September 13-21)
  • Bratislava Design Week (September 22-28)
  • Brussels Design September (September 1-30)
  • Vienna Design Week (September 26 - October 5)

A future vision of the past: is one of the main topics at Maison&Objet 2014. In fact, the fair looks for a balance of contrast of materials, colors and lines (and also between established and emerging designers).

Another common theme for the 3000 exhibitors of the autumn edition of Maison&Objet is sharing, in particular by using the digital tools.
So, let’s share with you some pictures from this year Paris Design Week.

Index of pictures:
  1. Logo
  2. Suspension Bell for Normann Copenhagen
  3. Service Tank by Tom Dixon (London)
  4. Tom Dixon at the Fair
  5. Sgabelli Sfera by Eleanor Pritchard (London)
  6. Rain Bottle installation by Nendo (Japan)
  7. 4th Dimension by 22 Design Studio (Taiwan)
  8. Small table and Howdy Owl by StokkeAustad & Andreas Engesvik (Norway)
  9. From Stringdesign stand (Sweden)
  10. Stand by Hem, new brand from Fad and One Nordic (Sweden)
  11. Credenza Pandora by Wewood (Portugal)
  12. Stand by Crash Baggage (Italy)
  13. Lunaire by Ferréol Babin for FontanaArte (Italy)
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15 set 2014 A successful New Idea Design Workshop ended

A successful New Idea Design Workshop ended

Words and results from the Lithuanian creativity lab: part 2

NIDA, LITHUANIA.  Scuola Italiana Design, with its tutors and students, has joined Nida Design Workshop for the second year. It’s the creative lab organized by Vilnius Academy of Arts following the structure of SID Rovinj Workshop.

A full speed workshop

The workshop at Nida continued at high speed and the results arose fast: not only the first hand-sketching, but also 3D models and renderings made with the PC.
The Auditorium of Nida Art Colony was a busy lab until the final Friday. There were also some visits by the resident artists who discovered our methods and provided some creative cues… there are no limits to creativity!

Discovering the fascinating landscape

The organization of New Idea Workshop 2014 (this is the official name of the course) arranged some outside moments, as the moonlight visit to the evocative sand dunes close to the center of Nida.
Moreover, at the end of the workshop the closing dinner was made in Minge, one of the picturesque vilalges on the Lithuanian cost. The location was reached by a boat, and local fishermen offered a wonderful last banquet to all the participants.

The numbers of the presentation to companies

The Dean of Vilnius Art Academy Jonas Audėjaitis, the Director of the Industrial Design Department Saulius Jarašius and other professors from MGU in Kaliningrad joined the final meeting.
The managers of the companies clapped and comment positively the presented projects, satisfied by more than 60 concepts divided in the 3 briefs.

Students and labour market got closer

Jonas Audėjaitis’ thoughts at the end of the delivery of certificates to the participants: «It’s unbelievable: our institutes met just 3 years ago, and we were already able to organize 2 editions of the workshop. These relationship among students, universities and companies is a brand new thing in Lithuania… I hope we can reach 100 editions of Nida Design Workshop!»
The partner companies are on the same wave: «We hope this could become a virtuous circle in Lithuania and beyond the boundaries.»
Finally, SID educational manager Eugenio Farina reported the satisfaction of our institute: «We are physically far away from Lithuania, actually we have many things that unite us. We’re already thinking to edition 2015.»

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12 set 2014 Valentine by P.A. King & E. Sottsass jr - File 46

Valentine by P.A. King & E. Sottsass jr - File 46

One Hundred Years of Italian Products


Title: Valentine
Year: 1969
Designer: Perry A. King ed Ettore Sottsass jr.
Company: Olivetti

A form for writing: the epitome of portable typewriter. Compact, lightweight, and of simple construction, for many the Valentine remains an irreplaceable companion.

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SID PILLS è una testata giornalistica web iscritta al n. 2299 del Registro Stampa presso il Tribunale di Padova in data 31 maggio 2012.