The protection of cultural heritage, which the Fondazione ADI deals with, meets the mission of the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) which for over 50 years has been transmitting the culture of Italian design around the world to generations of designers. On the occasion of the opening of the ADI Design Museum - Compasso d’Oro, the IED Group enters into a three-year partnership with the ADI Foundation as the only private higher education partner and confirms its commitment to the development of the sector and the enhancement of the project professions. The collaboration translates into a cultural exchange that will see, by IED, the development of educational and research projects having as their object the Compasso d'Oro Collection and the Career Awards and the development of meeting opportunities, workshops , events, conferences, organized within the spaces of the new museum.
The Aldo Galli Academy of Fine Arts in Como - which has been part of the IED Group since 2010 - is also involved in the field of higher artistic education for over 30 years, the only private school in Italy that issues an academic diploma second level in Restoration, recognized by MIUR and qualifying for the profession (five-year single-cycle course in Restoration). The Academy will carry out a panel of activities related to contemporary restoration ranging from the cataloging of the 3 thousand works of the Compasso d'Oro collection, to the drafting of condition reports, to the actual restoration of some artifacts. The students of the Restoration course already in July 2020 began to deal with the condition reports of the works present in the museum.
Today there are 300 objects cataloged including the iconic yellow sofa by Kartell designed by Philippe Starck, the Lola lamp by Luceplan, the Necchi sewing machine by designer Marcello Nizzioli, the Sacco armchair by Zanotta. This is a multidisciplinary activity that the Academy will continue to deal with: from October, thanks to the partnership signed, a space-laboratory will be reserved within the museum where students can carry out conservation and study activities. Museology, conservation and restoration of contemporary art, methodology for handling works of art, restoration of artefacts in processed synthetic materials, communication and enhancement of archival assets are some of the subjects that will be analyzed within the IED laboratory.
The latest contribution is found at the entrance to the museum: the video installation signed by IED Design enters history, exhibited in the foyer and preparatory to the actual collection, which accompanies the visitor on a journey of 30 years of Italian history punctuated by objects of design, before the birth of the Compasso d'Oro Award in 1954. The video was conceived and produced by Officine, a project born from the collaboration between IED and Anteo Spazio Cinema to promote the culture of cinema and training for its professions.