Valuing materials to change production systems (and consumption). Today at 6:30 pm, at the Istituto Marangoni Design Milan, we will talk about the value of recycling: discover our guests and how to follow the live streaming

The focal points of the circular economy include recovery of discarded products and reuse of industrial scrap: a virtuous pathway in which everyday objects return to being connected with functional quality, beauty and meaning. Elements that can ensure long life, use and reuse over time, also changing their purposes. A voyage through our lives, a production system that recognizes the true value of the material with which it begins, to write a dialogue of meaning and substance with the object to which the material grants form. And, as a result, to formulate the mantra of the near future: never throw anything away.


Ylenia Tommasato - Country Sustainability Manager Ikea Italia
Maria Cristina Finucci - artist and president Garbage Patch State
Paola Navone - architetct, designer, art director, interior designer
Tiziano Guardini - Sustainable and Conscious Fashion Designer

moderator Patrizia Catalano, journalist

Watch it live here


Country Sustainability Manager IKEA Italia
A past in the role of project manager at FONDACA - Foundation for Active Citizenship and the United Nations Global Compact and over 10 years of experience in the food sector as sustainability manager for the Barilla Group in the communication and global marketing departments, Ylenia Tommasato is now Country Sustainability Manager of IKEA Italia retail. In the past she has been interested in sustainability reporting, stakeholder engagement and brand purpose with focus on Fast Moving Consumer Goods first while now on Retail and Distribution. At IKEA she is are particularly involved in business development from an environmental and social perspective, innovation and circular economy; specifically, working transversally with many departments of the organization, she develops the strategy to define the sustainability of IKEA Italy through the coordination of the 21 stores nationwide and the distribution centers in Italy.
Artist and President Garbage Patch State
Artist, architect, designer, in 2013 at UNESCO founds the Garbage Patch State, an artwork that denounces the environmental problems. She realized installations in many venues such as: Venice, during Art Biennale, 2013;Rome, MAXXI Museum,2014 ; New York, UN, 2015; Milan, Expo, 2015, Bracco Foundation; Paris, COP 21, 2015; Mozia, Sicily, 2016; Rome, Roman Forum, 2018; Milan, Fuorisalone, 2019.
architetto, designer, art director, interior designer
Born in Turin, Milanese by adoption, she is an architect, a product designer, an interior decorator and art director. Straightforward, a dreamer and eclectic: her mind and soul are a combination of flavours and colours of the South of the world together with the taste and forms of the West, rich in traditions, open and continuously in movement. All of this produces her untiring curiosity in her research for matters and materials, forms and structures. In her research for the present, the past and the future. There are many exhibitions and installations she curated all over the world. She has been working with the most important companies of the international and Italian stage of the design world. Among the numerous awards: the Elle Deco International Design Awards (2011); and in 2014 she received the prestigious appointment from Interior Design Magazine that consecrates her to the Design Hall of Fame.
Sustainable and Conscious Fashion Designer
Romano, born in 1980, after graduating in economics, he earned the title of Fashion Designer from the Koefia Academy in Rome. Following important experiences, he develops an innovative and aware approach to fashion that skilfully mixes tailoring, innovation, respect and experimentation, always attentive to the search for highly sustainable and cruelty free special materials, processes, form and contents, where ethics and aesthetics represent the essential combination. He took part in the 2012 edition of Limited / Unlimited presenting a coat of pine needles and subsequently takes part in fashion shows, exhibitions and awards in Italy and abroad, and develops collaborations with important names in the sector (Milena Canonero) bringing her work in Vietnam, America, China and the United Nations. Among the awards received for his work are the Franca Sozzani, Green Carpet Fashion Award For Best Emerging Designer and The Peta Couture Award in 2017.
Architect, professional journalist, she was responsible for the design and architecture section of the weekly IO Donna, the annex of Corriere della Sera and collaborated as a freelance for important national and international newspapers (AD France, The World of Interiors, Marie Claire Italy, Corriere della Sera). For many years he has collaborated with Interni Magazine, where he coordinates the Interni Annual attachments and the international events of the magazine (Barcelona, London, Madrid, Miami, New York). He has published volumes on the theme of living for Rizzoli Italia, Rizzoli New York, Mondadori Arte and Electa. Lives and works in Milan.