Scientific committee

Created and curated by Mara Cappelletti

Mara Cappelletti is an Italian freelance journalist, author and historian. An intensive traveler and curious about different cultures, she studied languages (English, German, French) and graduated at the University of Modern Languages and Literature in Milan.
For more than thirteen years she has worked as contributing editor for Ornamenta, one of the leading jewelry and fashion jewelry magazine in Italy.
Following her passion for art and history she studied History of Jewelry and Art of Islamic countries, India, China, Korea and Japan at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London.
For De Agostini Editore she was editor and main author of the 40 booklets series Ethnic Jewelry (A Journey through the Treasures of Distant Lands) and of Orologi Fashion (40 booklets series on the History of Female Wristwatches).

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Maria Canella curator

Maria Canella graduated in italian Risorgimento history with Prof. Franco della Peruta, doctor of research in history of European society, and fellow and contract professor for Milano’s Università degli Studi history of science and historic documentation department; she regularly cooperates with the Risorgimento History, Contemporary History, Modern History, History of Ancient Italian States and Social Entretainment History chairs, and is a contract professor for the Fashion Design faculty of Milano’s Politecnico university. One of her favourite areas is the history of Milano’s and Lombardia’s territory in the XIX and XX centuries, with a special focus on functional properties such as public and residential buildings, cemeteries, correctional institutes, sports facilities and industrial complexes.

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Mariateresa Chirico curator

Born in Milan, she graduated in History of the medieval and modern art at the Catholic University, where she then achieved also the Improvement.
She performs research work in the field of the art history – especially of twentieth century -, paying particular attention to the movement of Futurism. For years she has been operating in team with Anty Pansera for the planning of exhibitions; she also collaborates to the scientific realization of catalogues, dedicating to the recovery of work of female artistis. Interested at the evolution of the decorative and applied arts and at the developments of the Italian industrial design, she studies glass production of the ‘ 900, publishing various texts on this specific topic.

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Born in Milan, she graduated in History of the critic of art at the Statale University of Milan. From 1996 to 2008 she taught “Theory and history of industrial design” at the Polytechnic of Milan and since 2001 “History of decorative arts and history of design” at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera.
In Februrary 2010 she has been nominated President of I.S.I.A. in Faenza (Italy).From the April 2010 she is been nominated in the board of FHD, Fundaciò Història del Disseney (Barcelona).She attended the constitution of the DcomeDesign Association and she has been elected President and she is member of AISD, Italian Association of Historians of design. From July 2012 is part of the board of the Foundation of the Triennale’s Museum, designated from the Public Administration of Milan.

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Alejandro Ruiz layout design

Alejandro Ruiz was born in Bahia Blanca, Argentina. Graduated in Industrial Design in 1984 at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata and in 1985 he moved to Milan, Italy where he took a Master degree at Domus Academy. Ever since he has been living a working in Milan.
He worked as a designer for Alessandro Mendini at Studio Alchimia in 1985 – 1986 and for Pierluigi Cerri at Gregotti Associatti International from 1987 until 1989, when he started working independently.
He has given design lessons at Istituto Europeo di Design, Domus Academy and at the Faculty of Architecture-Politecnico di Milano in Mantova.

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