March 23rd, 2022

Istituto Marangoni: Italian Design Metamorphosis

Italian design is usually associated with the work of past century maestros because of its iconic features and basically a scant presence of mainstream contemporary alternatives. But considering Italian design limited to a narrow time span would be short-sighted and could deliver a poor image of how Italian design has transformed along the years according to social and economic changes. In the last 20 years, the lecturer has lived these variegated transformations both from within prominent design brands and as an external independent observer, allowing him to define a link between what Italian design was and what it is now, in all its variegated forms.

Giorgio Biscaro (Vercelli, 1978) is deemed one of the most eclectic Italian designers: he got his degree at IUAV Venezia and while constantly working as a freelancer under his eponymous practice he soon started working in lighting design field with Foscarini first, then lately being appointed FontanaArte’s art and creative director; in 2012 he co-founded SomethingGood, a brand selling Italian fine handicraft items, in 2015 started a consultancy with Malaysian government to increase local design culture. Today he’s splitting his time between art direction, interior design, lecturing and consultancy for many different international companies and institutions.

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