The ADI Design Index 2017, publication by the ADI Industrial Design Association which collects works selected by the Permanent Design Observatory each year, was recently presented. The 204 works chosen for 2017 will compete, together with the 2016 selection, for the Compasso d'Oro . The public can see them in two exhibitions. The first is currently underway in Milan, at the Leonardo da Vinci National Museum for Science and Technology, and the second is in Rome, from 27th October to the 8th November at the Rome Aquarium.
The team of around 150 experts at the Permanent Design Observatory had the difficult task of selecting works that could best express and interpret the complex world of international contemporary design, with objects and products that would be understandable to all users. The works chosen and divided into 13 categories in the ADI listshow a marked sensitivity towards the the themes of social responsibility and attention to materials. There are examples of accessible design, like the sailboat that can be piloted by a wheelchair user, or social design like the campaign to collect money for those in central Italy affected by the earthquake with the “Da casa nasce casa” project. In terms of materials and recycling, or rather “upcycling” there is marble created from work waste, biodegradable store dummies and waste reducing systems like the one designed to transform unsold fruit into ice cream directly in large supermarkets. The ADI Design Index 2017 shows positive trends in Italian production, with a renewed desire for innovation.
Images courtesy of Adi Design Index www.adidesignindex.com
MILAN, Leonardo da Vinci National Museum of Science and Technology
2nd cloister, via San Vittore 21
Open to the public from 10th to 17th October, 9.30 am – 5 pm
Saturday and public holidays 9.30 am - 6.30 pm
ROME, the Rome Aquarium
piazza Manfredo Fanti 47
Open to the public from 27th October to 8th November, 10 am -7 pm