12 March 2023
Design Stories Between Italy and Qatar
Marco Bruno, Simone Muscolino, Giovanni Innella, Simone Carena, Stella Colaleo and Maryam Al Suwaidi in collaboration with FROMM presented a selection of projects at Italian Design Day that are inspired by a mutual understanding of Italian and Qatari culture
The 2023 edition of Italian Design Day event took place at VCUarts Qatar’s Atrium on March 9. The event was opened by H.E. Maria Tripodi, Italian Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs, and Amir Berbić, the Dean of VCUarts Qatar.
Italian Design Day is the annual celebration of Italian design abroad, promoted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, the Italian Trade Agency and the Italian Association of Industrial Design.
It was co-organized by the Embassy of Italy in Doha and VCUarts Qatar with the support of the Italian Trade Agency Office in Doha, whose contribution was also directed at promoting the upcoming “Salone del Mobile di Milano” – Milan Design Week, which will be held from April 18 to 23.
This year’s edition was entirely dedicated to the influences that link Italy and Qatar through the experiences of professional designers from both countries, hence the title "Design Stories Between Italy and Qatar".
Marco Bruno, Simone Muscolino, Giovanni Innella, Simone Carena, Stella Colaleo and Maryam Al Suwaidi in collaboration with FROMM presented a selection of projects that are inspired by a mutual understanding of Italian and Qatari culture.
H.E. Undersecretary Tripodi stated “I am particularly glad to have the opportunity to take part in the Italian Design Day in Doha, which is nowadays one important recipient of our best products. As Ministry of Foreign Affairs we are well aware of the importance of design as a means to promote Italian lifestyle and industries, and that is why we partner with an international event as the Milan’s Salone del Mobile. The values of beauty, sustainability and human-centered approach that are at the basis of our design are also at the core of our campaign for EXPO Rome 2030, which is now entering in his final and most intensive stage”.
“Every year, Italian Design Day reminds us of the beauty and elegance of objects that respond to our needs, offer solutions and provide inspiration” affirmed Ambassador Paolo Toschi. “This year’s event is even more special because it is opened by a high-level political guest like Undersecretary Tripodi. It shows us how different cultures can influence each other to create new esthetics and ideas. This is particularly visible in Doha today, a city which has grown to become one of the world’s design and arts capitals. Research and academic collaborations are crucial to these developments and our partner VCUarts Qatar represents a standard of excellence”.
Amir Berbić, Dean of VCUarts Qatar said, “Today we are celebrating the legacy of Italian design which has transcended borders, culture and time. Italian design has captivated the world and we are fortunate here at VCUarts Qatar to have a collective of Italian artists and designers on our faculty to bring this fusion of Italian and Qatar design to life through their research, stories and their work.”
Marco Bruno presenting his design
Amir Berbić, Dean of VCUarts Qatar
H.E. Maria Tripodi, Italian Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs