istituto marangoni conquers milan design week 2021 with ‘design drops’

the DNA of istituto marangoni is deeply woven within the fabric of design and the city of milan; founded in the world capital of design in 1935, the school has trained industry-leading creatives in the fields of fashion and design for over 85 years. the latest generation of trained professionals – current students, alumni and the prisma project studio of graduates – drops a series of exhibitions, installations and collaborations, spanning the themes of sustainability and working with the renowned likes of nendo and alessi. this ‘design drops’ showcase coincides with supersalone, the 60th edition of salone del mobile from 5-10 september 2021, at the institute’s headquarters in the heart of the durini design district and at other hubs around the city.

istituto marangoni 'design drops' with alessi, nendo and more at milan design week 2021
istituto marangoni rops a series of exhibitions, installations and collaborations for milan design week 2021

in this first post-pandemic physical edition of the salone del mobile, we wanted to give voice to the study pathways and collaborations with important companies that istituto marangoni milano design gives to its students, with an eye to the territory and sustainability. the result is a hotbed of creativity that istituto marangoni milano design offers to the world of design which will populate the city of milan during the salone del mobile,‘ says massimo zanatta, school director.

istituto marangoni 'design drops' with alessi, nendo and more at milan design week 2021
the ‘enriching sustainability’ exhibition tackles the topic through designs in the aesthetic of alessi, guided by nendo

‘design drops’ with alessi, nendo, technogym and more

at istituto marangoni’s creative center in milan’s durini design district, an exhibition for alessi – under the artistic direction of nendo – proposes new designs focused on reuse before recycling. titled ‘enriching sustainability’, the work of students of the master in product & furniture design aims to not throw away the progress of reducing single-use plastic in the face of the covid-19 pandemic. products were designed based on the assumption that a thoughtful reuse needs to be supported by a strong narrative. as such, designs were created as functional and storylike tools, all in line with the alessi identity. results on show distinguish a series of hybrid objects that explore new scenarios, reconsider consumer goods, and adds values to daily routines and domestic landscapes.

istituto marangoni 'design drops' with alessi, nendo and more at milan design week 2021
designs reconsider consumer goods and adds values to daily routines as well as domestic landscapes

at the durini hub, the design school spotlights trend forecasting work related to the creative industry. the exhibition is curated by students of the three teaching areas – art, fashion and design – and the program leader of the visual design courses, elena marinoni, who opens the forecast with a talk entitled ‘1367, divining design trends’. each theme is transformed into a mystery supported by evidence and emblematic case studies to provoke discussions with visitors. the trend talk is live at the school on tuesday 7 september at 17:30 as well as via zoom.