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Italian Design Day 2023

Italian Design Day 2023 Cities

“The quality that lights up: the energy of design for people and the environment”

The program in the United States

March 9, 2023


DETROIT – “Italy: Quality that Illuminates. The Rebel Glassblower and the Editor in Chief in Detroit”

March 8, 2023, 6:00 pm ET @ Russell Industrial Center

A celebration of International Women’s Day and Italian Design Day, by the Consulate of Italy in Detroit in collaboration with Habatat Detroit Fine Art – the oldest and largest Glass Art Gallery in the United States

Being located in the only US UNESCO City of Design, the Consulate of Italy in Detroit wants to showcase the best Italian Design that Murano has to offer and the most respected Italian design journalist, Ruben Modigliani (Editor-In-Chief of IFDM), in collaboration with the largest Glass Art Gallery in America. Our luminescent Italian Design Day 2023 evening will feature a talk, a collaboration, an Italian – Chiara Taiariol, of the Vetraie Ribelli studio (the only 100% women owned studio on Murano) – and a Detroit artist demonstrating their craft in glass blowing, with a background of techno music, for an evening of exploration that will be geared towards young professionals and creatives in Metro Detroit.

By invitation only. Special attendance requests can be made to


NEW YORK – “The quality that illuminates: the energy of design for people and the environment”

March 9, 2023, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm ET @ Italian Trade Commission (33 East 67th Street)

The event will be opened by the Italian Trade Commissioner (New York) Antonino Laspina and the Consul General of Italy in New York Fabrizio Di Michele. Italian Trade Commissioner (Miami) Carlo Angelo Bocchi will then give a presentation of Salone del Mobile-Euroluce.

Keynote speeches of Adolfo Guzzini, Arch. Enzo Eusebi, Arch. Maria Perbellini (Dean of the School of Architecture and Design, New York Institute of Technology), Arch. Alberto Fiorenzi (iMesh) and Arch. Jesse Lazar (Interim Director of the American Institute of Architects in New York) will follow.

CHICAGO – “The quality that illuminates: the energy of design for people and the environment”

March 9, 2023, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm CT @ Luminaire Showroom (301 W Superior St)

The event will be opened by the Consul General of Italy in Chicago Thomas Botzios and the Italian Trade Commissioner (Chicago) Marco Verna.

Keynote speeches of Duncan Butler (Director of Show Room Luminaire), Jen Masengarb (Executive Director of AIA Chicago), Deb Rodak (Director of Chicago Architecture Center), Francesco Rodighiero (Director of Design for All Italia), Peter Kercher (Associate Designer at Design For All Italia) and Carmine Lacava ( will follow.

NEW YORK – “VENINI – Magic of Glass Becoming Light”

March 9, 2023 @ Italian Cultural Institute (686 Park Avenue)

Two-part event:

· 10am ET: General overview and official opening of Italian Design Day in New York (only streaming);

· 6pm ET: Presentation by Silvia Damiani (in-person and live streaming).

In collaboration with Venini and Consulate General of Italy.

The Italian Cultural Institute in New York, together with the Consulate General of Italy, will celebrate the Italian Design Day with the event “VENINI – Magic of Glass Becoming Light”, an evening with Silvia Damiani, President of Venini.

The history of a company that stands for the excellence of the hand blown glass made in Murano (Venice) since 1921, presented by Silvia Damiani, President of Venini and Vice-President of the Damiani Group.

Registration: RSVP to:


10am streaming:

6pm live streaming:

CHICAGO – Design for All Chicago: principles and approach

March 9, 2023, 5:00 pm CT @ Italian Cultural Institute

In collaboration with Design for All – Italia; Design Museum of Chicago

The Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, the Consulate General of Italy in Chicago and the Design For All – Italia association, in collaboration with the Design Museum of Chicago present a workshop on the role of design in providing people with disabilities access to everyday experiences and the inherent creative and ethical challenges that professionals face as a result in the planning and creation phases.

Open to 20 design professionals in the Chicagoland area, this workshop centres on a series of theoretical and practical topics, which highlight the human diversity in today’s society according to the principles and the Design for All approach. Tools and methods for performing evaluations, needs assessments, and implementing the necessary requirements to ensure accessibility, social inclusion and equality will be presented in a brief, concise format.

This workshop has been designed to offer a practical approach. Participants will be first invited to simulate the experience of users with physical or sensory limitations. They will then be assigned to evaluate an existing product to evaluate whether or not it satisfies the criteria of accessibility. Finally, they will be asked to create a solution for the challenges noted in the preceding phase, allowing it to adopt the principles of Design For All.

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Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago:

BOSTON – “Reimagining the sustainability of design: the surprising use of silk”

March 9, 2023, 5:30 pm ET @ Tufts Joyce Cummings Center – Center for Engineering, Education and Outreach

In collaboration with SilkLab and Tufts University.

The Consulate General of Italy in Boston and Prof. Fiorenzo Omenetto, founder of SilkLab at Tufts University organize a special event dedicated to the surprising application of silk, one of the oldest organic materials in the world. Traditionally known for its textiles use, silk offers many transdisciplinary applications spanning from materials science, micro/nanotechnology, wearables, sensing, etc. SilkLab will present prototypes of accessories designed by Italian artisans that are made out of silk with the appearance and texture of leather, proving the unique opportunity this biomaterial offers for innovation and sustainability.

By invitation only. Attendance requests can be made to

DETROIT – Italy: Quality that illuminates. A celebration of the evolution of blown-glass: Murano and master-craftsmanship

March 9, 2023, 5:30 pm ET @ Toledo Museum of Art

In collaboration with the Toledo Museum of Art

The Consulate of Italy in Detroit is enthusiastic to showcase an evening of glass blowing, design and sparkle. The Toledo Museum of Art will open the Glass Pavilion afterhours just for our distinguished guest. Ruben Modigliani, one of Italy’s most respected design journalists and Editor-In-Chief of IFDM (Interior Furniture Design Magazine) will walk us through the evolution of Murano glass blowing, from its origins to the top studios of today. Master Glass Blower, Chiara Taiariol, of the Vetraie Ribelli studio (the only 100% women owned studio on Murano), will in parallel showcase her skills in the hot shop, creating a one-of-a-kind masterpiece before your very eyes. Italian Design Day 2023 is all about luminescence.

By invitation only. Special attendance requests can be made to

SAN FRANCISCO – Inside Renzo Piano Building Workshop

March 9, 2023, 6:30 pm PT @ Italian Innovation and Culture Hub INNOVIT

Organized by the Italian Cultural Institute San Francisco and the Consulate General of Italy in San Francisco in collaboration with MUSE – Factory of Projects, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, California Academy of Sciences.

A documentary by Francesca Molteni, curated by Fulvio Irace and directed by Claudio Adragna and Davide Fois.

Following the screening, panelists from the California Academy of Sciences and RPBW will join Francesca Molteni to discuss the famed architecture firm’s approach as a true Italian bottega and the way Studio Piano works in its building sites, as a proper Italian workshop and a place for research, experimentation, and collective production.

A small documentary exhibition featuring some of RPBW’s iconic buildings with images provided by RPBW will be on display.


HOUSTON – “The quality that illuminates: the energy of design for people and the environment”

March 9, 2023, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm CT @ BeDesign Houston Showroom

Adrian Duenas of Studio BeDesign will open the event, followed by the greetings from the Consul General of Italy in Houston Mauro Lorenzini and the Italian Trade Commissioner (Houston) Fabrizio Giustarini.

Keynote speeches of two exponents of the design sector will follow.


WASHINGTON – Italian Design Day – Technology and Tradition for Sustainable Architecture

March 14, 2023, 6:00 pm ET @ Embassy of Italy

In collaboration with Catholic University of America, Arch. Stefano Boeri, Vanessa Bertelli and Stefano Negri

The Italian Cultural Institute in Washington DC hosts an exhibit curated by Professor Lavinia Fici Pasquina, associate professor at the School of Architecture at Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington D.C., highlighting the work students completed during the Study Abroad Program in Rome, Italy. To complement the exhibit, the Italian Cultural Institute has invited Architect Stefano Boeri, Italian architect and urban planner to join us via video conference and illustrate the challenges of sustainable architecture and how to blend technology and traditions within urban settings. During the evening, a short video produced by Associazione del Design Industriale (ADI – Industrial Design Association) in collaboration with Studio Azzurro will be screened. The video revolves around the four foundational elements of nature: Fire, Water, Earth, and Air, and their interaction for life to exist and support long term sustainability as well as the creation of beauty. It exemplifies Italian creativity as a tool to integrate production processes from beginning to end, from the identification of raw materials to the completion of processed goods.


MIAMI – ITALIAN DESIGN DAY – Fashion is Female: Lights on Italian Design as Cultural Legacy

March 16, 2023 @ Italian Cultural Institute Miami (209 Altara Avenue, Coral Gables)

In collaboration with the Marangoni Institute of Miami, ITA Italian Trade Agency Miami, Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana and Salone del Mobile.

The Consulate General of Italy in Miami is glad to host an event on March 16, 2023 to celebrate the Italian Design Day and to welcome the new Italian Cultural Institute.

The event will be opened by H.E. Ambassador of Italy to the United States, Mariangela Zappia. The exhibit features iconic dresses of Elsa Schiaparelli, Sorelle Fontana, Fernanda Gattinoni, Mila Schon, Krizia, Lella Curiel, Laura Biagiotti and Miuccia Prada. The whole show pays tribute to eight female fashion designers who, after the Second World War played a fundamental role in establishing Italy’s cultural legacy in fashion. They contributed to the evolution of the Italian fashion industry into a major player in the ready-to-wear market.

Each garment will be paired with Flos, Foscarini, Artemide, Kartell, and Baleri Italia creations that will work as microarchitectures to interact and shine light on each dress. The exhibition will therefore present itself as a dialogue between fashion and light design and a testimony to the timeless spirit and boundary breaking force of Italian creativity, artistic sensibility and craftsmanship excellence.

By invitation only.

LOS ANGELES – “Beginning to see the light: the quality of design that illuminates”

March 16, 2023, 5:30 pm PT @ Showroom Luminaire (8840 Beverly Boulevard, West Hollywood)

In collaboration with Palomba Serafini Associates, Luminaire, American Institute of Architects (AIA)

The Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles, together with the local Italian Trade Agency office and the Italian Cultural Institute, will celebrate the Italian Design Day on March 16th at the showroom of Luminaire in West Hollywood. The initiative will consist in a presentation by the Italian Design Ambassador Roberto Palomba on the theme of quality in design as an ‘enlightening’ project, which implies an innovative and holistic vision of architecture and design. The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion with prestigious speakers from the world of design and architecture, including Anthony Morey, Vice President of Design & Strategy at Luminaire and Carlo Caccavalle, Executive Director of the AIA Los Angeles Chapter. The event will be concluded with an Italian-style aperitif, that will provide participants an occasion for networking.

By invitation only. Special attendance requests can be made to