Course features

  • Dates: 01/07/2019 - 07/07/2019
  • Duration: 5+2 days
  • Language: English
  • Available seats: 25


Editoriale Domus - Quattroruote
Via G. Mazzocchi, 1/3
20089 Rozzano (MI)
Tel: 02/82472669

For most people, Italian is synonymous with beauty and style.

A seemingly effortless easy way of living, an alchemy of design, colors, textures, materials and elements that are capable of transforming environments into a space which is a delicate balance of everlasting elegance, comfort and function.

Domus has naturally been involved with the art of living in the house. In the path of its founder Gio Ponti, who largely focused on interior architecture and significatly contributed to the definition of an Italian way to interior design, Domus offers an exclusive summer school that aims at defining the peculiaritites and characteristics of an approach that can still be found today in the Italian declination of interior design.

The course

The program formula combines theory and direct experience on field through the engagement of a selected group of stakeholders in the design industries.

In order to guarantee the best quality of teaching, a challenging global environment and networking opportunities, the course is reserved to young international architects, design professionals and visual art professionals, possessing evidence of basic qualification in the areas of interior design, product design, architecture, engineering, visual arts. Participants will be selected by Domus in co-operation with its regional partners around the world.
The intense experiential week will be a combination of:  

- frontal teaching 
- special lectures 
- case histories 
- company visits 
- workshop 
- networking opportunities 

A Domus tutor will be fully dedicated to the program.

The program can be extended with a special weekend to the 58th edition of Venice Art Biennale*
The background 

- Greetings and introduction to the program 

- Italy’s cultural legacy to interior design, speech 
The role of Domus is crucial in defining the principles of Italian interior design.  

- Manolo De Giorgi, speech 
Architect and journalist, has a deep knowledge of design and interiors, new craftsmanship and its role in defining industrial design. 

- Studiopepe, speech 
Founded in Milan, in 2006, it focuses on design and research through the use of a multidisciplinary approach and experimentation.
From the elegance of Milanese interiors to the history of furniture design  

- Piero Portaluppi and Milan, visits 
Architect Portaluppi had a strong tie with Milan. He designed many unique buildings that contributed to the city’s 20th century’s cityscape, to include: Casa Boschi Di Stefano, Casa Atellani, Villa Necchi Campiglio. 

- Villa Borsani, Varedo 
It is considered a jewel of modern architecture. Faithful to the rigorous principles of rationalism, it provides a new interpretation of déco. 

- Tecno, factory visit 
Founded by Osvaldo Borsani, the company follows in the path of traditional production that unifies technology and craftsmanship. Zanotta is the latest acquisition. Inside the plant is the wood workshop that still produces custom-made furnishings.
Factory and craftsmanship 

- Bottega Ghianda Manifatture Legno 

- Factory visit workshop 

- Ghianda showroom, Milano  

For two centuries Bottega Ghianda has been a true benchmark for artisanal manual skill. The collaboration between craftsmen and designers has allowed the creation of marvelous objects.
Turin, the artistic approach to design  

- Studio Marcante Testa, speech (TBD) 
The prominent interior design studio sets out to elegantly recombine multiple habitat values. It focuses on careful use of material and decor and on the transformation of spaces that blend tradition and refinement. 

- Studio 65 Franco Audrito, speech 
It embodies the roots of radical design, the Italian design revolution and its strong ties with pop art. 

- Casa Mollino, visit 
A powerful testimony to the life and works of one of Italy’s most influential and eccentric designers of the 20° Century… a house in which he never lived.  

- OGR – Officine Grandi Riparazioni, visit 
The former industrial plant was reopened in 2017 and is now the city’s new cultural center.
The Italian way of living  

- Enrico Finzi, speech 
Sociologist and journalist, university professor, has written and curated essays and writings on sociology, marketing and contemporary history. 

- Vudafieri Saverino Partners
The studio’s approach is based on both architectural culture and sensitivity to current trends in design, fashion, and art, dialectically and transversally leveraging experience and knowledge in these sectors.  

- Dimore Studio, speech 
The studio’s projects aim at recreating timeless, visual and emotional atmospheres, from the definition of the ensemble to the choice of furniture, objects, textures and colours.
The program can be extended with a special weekend to the 58th edition of Venice Art Biennale, titled may you live in interesting times, curated by Ralph Rugoff, currently the director of the Hayward Gallery in London. 

The special weekend (July 6-7), organized in co-operation with the European Cultural Academy, will provide a unique insight to one of the most prestigious art events in the world, and will include: 

- classes from Biennale experts 
- private tours and lectures 
- palazzo visits with curators and organisers  

It will be an exclusive, inspiring experience “behind the scenes” of one of the most anticipated art events in 2019, in one of the most wonderful cities in the world.


The study plan comprises five study paths

Embracing Italy’s classic legacy
Interior design approaches
Factories and craftsmanship
Materials and complements

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