Istituto Marangoni returns to Salone del Mobile 2022 with a futuristic take on virtual experiences in design and education

JUL 19, 2022 | By Shriya Goyal
“H-Salus” project by Product Design alumnus Elena Crosilla
“Exquisite Corpse” project by Product Design alumnus Riccardo Ciofi
“Re-connect” project by Interior Design alumnus Alexia Hermelin
“The next house” project by Interior Design alumnus Oyku Varol

In design culture, the pandemic outbreak marked the end of an era and the start of a new one, characterised by a blend of real and virtual experiences in design and education. 

With the expanding digital dimension, new forms of creative expressions are rapidly gaining ground. Nourishing and inspiring the city with a futuristic take and hints to the latest communication and digital tools, Istituto Marangoni returned to Salone del Mobile 2022 with Expanded Universes — a line-up of events, exceptional exhibitions and striking installations.

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“Armchair_Undivided Design” by Product Design alumnus Silvio Pompei

Channelling some of the most exciting projects created by students, alumni and the Prisma Project in collaboration with leading partner companies worldwide, it was located at the heart of the Durini Design District, Italy. 

Inaugurated by Art Director and Brand Ambassador Giulio Cappellini, ‘Explore Cappellini Multiverse’ paid a tribute to him through projects developed by interior, product and visual design students over the years. A neutral, timeless universe where real and digital worlds come together, the display expressed their creative power, permeating every sphere of contemporary design.

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“House Prototype” by Interior Design alumnus Sabina Trublova


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“The Immateriality of the Material” project by Product Design alumnus Alessandro Di Giusto

Hosted by Istituto Marangoni Milano School of Design, the six eventful days commenced with the “Expanded Beauty” exhibition that hosted the first NFT projects developed for Cappellini by members of the Prisma Project and by students of the Master’s programme in Product and Furniture Design.

Bringing new ideas to life through virtual and augmented reality, the digital exhibition ‘Layered Transparency’ showcased the virtual furniture designed by Istituto Marangoni Alumni in various iconic locations in the district through the Snapchat app.

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“Quinta” Project by Product Design alumnus Silvio Pompei

Reflecting the ‘Space and Time’ theme of Fuorisalone 2022, Istituto Marangoni’s Expanded Universes spoke of how communication, teaching and design decidedly turned towards the digital world. “Expanded Universes are the new designers that Istituto Marangoni forges as true digital leaders, capable of understanding and translating the complexity of reality for a better future”, said Barbara Toscano, School Director at Istituto Marangoni Milano.

Istituto Marangoni Milano • The School of Design’s collaboration with the Durini Design District expanded the district’s projects and communication contents by engaging students and raising awareness among professionals.

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“The Narrative Objects” project by Product Design alumnus Matteo De Luca

As a leading design school, Istituto Marangoni has upped its game every year and  showcased innovative and creative designs by passionate individuals. Istituto Marangoni Mumbai too has been crucial with progression programmes in Interior Design and Product design. Unleashing the creativity of students, it broadens its academic offerings with the addition of a new undergraduate progression course in Product Design. Offering students an opportunity to transfer to one of Istituto Marangoni’s European campuses upon completing in Mumbai, it is a stepping stone for individuals with a flair and passion for the same.