An almost monographic issue on the interpretation of Expo 2020 Dubai, the first Universal Exposition held in a Middle Eastern Arab Emirate (in the history of such events beginning with the Great Exhibition of London in 1851). In Dubai, the city that has grown up in the desert, with and beyond oil riches, an area of 438 hectares in the southwestern zone near the new Al Maktoum airport will play host from 1 October to 31 March 2022 to Connecting Minds, Creating the Future. This is the stimulating title of an event that focuses on themes of Sustainability, Mobility and Opportunity, associated with an idea of progress capable of contributing to meet worldwide challenges, in keeping with the growth objectives of the UN Agenda 2030.
The issue analyzes 14 national pavilions – Angola, Austria, United Arab Emirates, Finland, Germany, Kuwait, Israel, Italy, United Kingdom, Russia, Holy See-Vatican City, Singapore, Spain, Sweden – selected from the 192 participating nations and gathered in the three theme districts of Expo 2020 Dubai.
We have included a special focus on the Italian pavilion, which interprets the overall title of the Expo with the slogan Beauty Connects People, translating the idea of a laboratory, a national system of research, innovation and the meeting of Natural and Artificial, in a circular, sustainable work of architecture made with experimental materials and advanced technologies. The choral result of a process of cooperation and cultural interconnection, open to dialogue and to the future.
Out in December as a Christmas present for our readers, and attached to the issue of Interni, Italian Design Factories 2021 (with a photographic reportage signed by Gianluca Vassallo), the second volume dedicated to Italian factories after the first edition of 2019, a publication that tells the world about Italian know-how and its ability to constantly renew itself. Indeed, it is in factories that the skills of all the players in the design system meet and interact. And it is in the factories, intended as a place of both technical and cultural production, that that magic takes place where an idea takes shape and turns into an object capable of moving. Our focus is on all those realities in which the Italian artisan tradition is renewed, now able to integrate with the most advanced industrial processes - increasingly respectful of the environment - and to seize the possibilities offered by digital technologies.
The protagonists are the places of know-how which, thanks to the intuitions and work of brilliant, capable and courageous entrepreneurs, have over time transformed from small artisan workshops into solid industrial companies and into real research and innovation laboratories. The goal is to map out the factories of Italian design, to take a photograph of the many and diverse realities. There are 58 companies presented in this second edition: each tells its story through its distinctive specificities related to history, architecture, technological know-how, artisan content and research in the field of furniture, accessories, coatings and materials. A publication that has the ambition of being the Who's Who of made in Italy, a valuable information tool for Italian and international operators who want to be documented on the best manufacturing industry in our country. The volume will be presented in Dubai and Miami during the year and will accompany us on Italian and international events in Cologne, Paris, Milan, New York, London, Valencia, Shanghai, and again Miami, in 2022.
Motion Design: Daniele Basilico