Part of the 'Territorio Italia' programme that comprises the Italian presence in the Porto Design Biennale 2019, 'Frontiere' is an opportunity to reflect on some of the most interesting expressions of contemporary and emerging design in the current Italian panorama.
Maria Milano is an architect, lecturer and curator based in Porto. She has curated several international exhibitions and seminars on architecture and design, she has written and coordinated books and documentaries on the work of different architects and designers. Architect from the Università degli Studi di Palermo (Italy, 1994), since 1996 she has been coordinator of the Interior Design course and is currently assistant professor and director of the Master’s in Interior Design programme at ESAD – College of Art and Design. Maria has been responsible for several international architecture and design exhibitions and seminars since 1997, of which the Siza Design. The Search for the Sense of Time (2015) exhibition stands out. Curator of the Portuguese Pavilion at the XXI Milan Triennial(2015). Co-author of the A Casa de Quem Faz as Casas collection (2016/17) distributed by Público newspaper, co-author and producer of the homonymous documentaries broadcast by TVI24 and director of the collection Arquitectos Portugueses (2011 and 2013), distributed by Público. Curator of the exhibition Duets – Art On Chairs (2012). She is the author of a monograph on José Gigante (QuidNovi, 2011), author of the book Paolo Deganello. As Razões do Meu Projecto Radical (QuidNovi, 2009), and designer of several building refurbishment projects. She was the curator of Italy, Guest Country for Porto Design Biennale 2019.
Lucio Magri is a lecturer and course coordinator in Product Design at ESAD – College of Art and Design, where he is also a member of the Scientific Council and of the research centre, esad–idea. Lucio studied his doctorate in Interior Architecture and Design at the Milan Polytechnic and he has taught at various faculties in Italy, Portugal and Brazil. He has directed workshops and conferences aimed at encouraging socio-cultural mediation through the promotion of public space. Since 2010, Magri has been researching the artistic/architectural work and life of Pancho Guedes.[parallel programme] 21–23.10.2019, 2 PM Workshop Giulio Vinaccia (designer) K_Alma (social carpentry) ESAD, Matosinhos 28.11.2019, 5 PM Talk With the designers showcased at the exhibition Casa do Design, Matosinhos 04.01.2020, 3 PM Guided Tour + Book Launch With the curators and the graphic designers Casa do Design, Matosinhos