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27/10/2020 | DESIGN, PEOPLE

I FIORI DELLA MATERIA: ILARIA MARELLI

Posted by: Gisella Borioli

Eight stories, eight projects, eight womens. “I Fiori della Materia” is the collective exhibition part of “In Women’s Hands” the Superstudio’s programme which combines professional designers attentive to material and their processing. An in-depth study of their research, passion and creative power but also choices, paths and challenges they have faced in life. On show until October 29 to discover female creativity, including unconventional works and unpublished stories. Focus on Ilaria Marelli.

"Now that I think about it...'getting your hands in' as it happens in the artworks on display production, it’s perhaps a bond with my mother, which I lost at a young age, who gave me her pleasure of making little practical things (while certainly my father was the culture pleasure ideal man)".  Ilaria Marelli is an architect, designer and lecturer at Milan Polytechnic. I met her, a little more than young lady, just graduated, when she came to Superstudio with that Giulio Cappellini talent-scout, who wanted her near him for the first exhibition here. I found her, shortly after, as one of the Milano Donna award’s winners which I designed for the municipality on request by Letizia Moratti, at the time our Milan female mayor. She is now an established professional in wide areas of creativity: art direction, product design, interior and exhibit design for international companies for which she interprets the brand identity through engaging narrative paths. Twenty years after our first meeting she designs products and collections for important brands such as Foscarini, Tivoli Audio, Como Audio, Cappellini, Nemo, Fiam, Zanotta... but also designs unique pieces for international exhibitions. And from there she ranges in broader collaborations such as the art direction of some exhibition sections of Pitti Immagine, designing installations for the main international design fairs. She finds intriguing fashion like many other things and I wanted her recently in MyOwnGallery for My Fashion Week exhibition, a search for sculptural dresses with images and videos that kept, with art, the "social distance". Interested in design sociocultural aspects, she also promoted the first cohousing project in Italy, she was Lecturer in Design Innovation at Milan Polytechnic. Meanwhile, that young and lively unknown architect has earned other awards such as the Alumni Polimi Award in 2015, and the Honorable Mention at Grandesign Etico Award in 2019. But life gave her the most beautiful prize nine years ago and his name is Orlando. 

Magma and Sfoglia by Ilaria Marelli. I Fiori della Materia exhibition. Nelle Mani delle Donne. ph Francesca Piovesan
Aura by Ilaria Marelli for Slide
Branch by Ilaria Marelli for Coro
Babyonsen by Ilaria Marelli and Shuji Nakagawa for Hands on Design

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