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Italian Design Day 2019 in Cyprus



Italian Design Day 2019 in Cyprus


The third edition of the Italian Design Day 2019 in Cyprus took place on 20 and 21 March in collaboration with the Department of Architecture of the University of Nicosia, the largest private university in the country, and one of the most active and original art galleries in the capital, the Point Center for Contemporary Art. Conferences and workshops for university students were held by the two “ambassadors” of Italian design, architecture and art Massimo Catalani and Cristiano Luchetti. To complete these initiatives, the main importers of Italian design furniture from Cyprus have joined the Embassy's appeal, also presenting informational material on the IDD and the activities promoted in Cyprus this year.

The main event, held on March 20 at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Nicosia, was opened by the Rector, Philippos Pouyioutas, and the Ambassador of Italy in Cyprus Andrea Cavallari. Developing the theme "Design and the city of the future" chosen for the 2019 edition of the Italian Design Day, Prof. Luchetti, professor of Architecture in the United Arab Emirates, illustrated the process of realization of the Egyptian pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2018, in which it proposes models for the rearrangement of "spontaneous" urban spaces in Cairo through innovative urban planning models. Massimo Catalani, an artist trained at the University of Architecture in Rome, referring to the theme of the 22nd Milan Triennale "Broken Nature - Design takes on human survival", told how art and design can be put at the service of the protection of the sea in the attempt to reconnect the relationship between development and the environment. On March 21st, at the "Point Center for Contemporary Art", Catalani retraced the main stages of his artistic training by relating them to the Italian art and design trends of the last decades. The two Italian guests also held workshops with architecture and art students from the University of Nicosia.

In connection with the Italian Design Day 2019 and in view of the upcoming Salone del Mobile in Milan, a new showroom of the prestigious Italian furniture brand Calligaris was inaugurated in Nicosia last March 2, in the presence of the Group's CEO, Stefano Uliana, and Ambassador Cavallari. The growing diffusion of Italian furniture stores highlights the success in this country of "made in Italy" and more generally of Italian design products, which constitute a significant part of Italian exports to Cyprus, along with clothing and vehicles.

The Italian Design Day, now in its third edition, is an initiative of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation conceived as a tool to promote design as an expression of Made in Italy.