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Sustainable Interior Design: one of the main themes of The Youth Design Day 2018

Within the numerous design projects we have collected for The Youth Design Day in Japan 2018 edition, there are some which can be categorized under the theme of “Sustainable Interior Design”. But how can Interior Design be sustainable?

Sustainable interior design creates interior spaces using design principles such as functionality, accessibility, and aesthetics and expands the focus to include environmental considerations.

For example, sustainable design projects are influenced by such factors as planning efficient use of space, choosing materials with low environmental impacts, and reducing energy consumption, pollution, and waste.

Sustainable interior design aim is that to balance aesthetics and functionality with choices that reduce the environmental impact of their designs.

From a sustainability perspective, it’s very important to pick materials and products with the lowest environmental impact. Organic materials (e.g. wood, wool, natural stone) seem the obvious choice, but we mustn’t forget that natural resources need to be treated responsibly. Choose materials that are quickly renewable (such as fast-growing bamboo), and are extracted in an environmentally responsible way.

The environmental impact of materials and products must be evaluated throughout their entire life cycle — from extraction, production, transportation and processing, all the way to how they are discarded after use.

Interior designers have a lot of power in their hands when it comes to waste reduction, and at the same time, a big responsibility to act sustainably. The planet’s precious resources are limited, so the mentality of discarding products as soon as they go out of style and replacing them with those that are currently trendy is no longer justifiable.

Fortunately, the world of design is becoming increasingly aware of the need for sustainable thinking and is experiencing a growing interest in sustainable trends, such as recycling, upcycling and repurposing. Instead of discarding ‘’old-fashioned’’ objects while they are still functional, designers can (and should) come up with creative ways to give them a new life.


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Broken Nature: The XXII Triennale di Milano Statement

Let’s speak about Broken Nature, theme which animates the XII Triennale di Milano and that is the concept from which The Youth Design Day originates.

Broken Nature is also the theme from which it develops the bond between design and sustainability that guide The Youth Design Day 2018 edition.

Broken Nature celebrates design’s ability to offer powerful insight into the key issues of our age, moving beyond pious deference and inconclusive anxiety.

Paola Antonelli, curator of the XXII Triennale di Milano exhibition

The statement Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival” seeks to start a reflection on the role design has on the research for a new balance between Man and Nature.

That balance which is composed of complex and numerous connections that we have damaged as the time goes by, particularly when we talk about natural environmental resources.

They are connections that must be recovered; in this, design can be a fundamental element not only to provide creativity but also to develop strategies in order to reconsider our relationship with nature.

We have heard in the last decades, in all fields of design, terms like “organic”, “green”, “eco-friendly”, “sustainable”. But the goal Broken Nature exhitibion has gave itself is that designers can give these adjectives meaning and ability to act , encouraging new behaviors.


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LET’S DISCOVER NEW YOUTH DESIGN DAY IN JAPAN PARTICIPANTS!

Let’s go on discovering some of the other names that will participate to the Youth Design Day 2018 in Japan. Today’s artists are both Italian and deeply sustainability driven in the projects they will introduce to us.

They are Sara Vignoli and Alessio De Stefano.

 

Sara

Sara Vignoli is 31 and comes from Sardinia, Italy. She has an International II Level Master’s Degree in Architecture.

These are some of the words she told us when speaking about her project:

Living and working with plants improve air quality, make people more creative, more productive, and reduce stress.  Pots and green walls are the most usual solution to bring nature in our lives, […] was born to create an innovative way to solve this problem.

 

Alessio

Alessio De Stefano is an Italian artisan ad he’s 30 years old.

Here what he told us about his project:

The idea was to build a beautiful object, with a vintage touch, meant to be useful and not only decorative.
[…] 
A natural amplifier that will never run out of energy. But also a nice item that invites everybody to play with it.


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LET’S DISCOVER THE YOUTH DESIGN DAY IN JAPAN PARTICIPANTS!

As anticipated last Friday, here are unveiled the names of the first two participants in our contest The Youth Design Day in Japan 2018:

They are Florian Van De Voorde and Vincenzo Sorrentino, two young designer who deal with subjects that are very different from each other.

We want to leave you hanging a little more, so we won’t tell you all about them. You will discover it by continuing to follow us.

 

Florian

Florian Van De Voorde is 22 years old and comes from Belgium. He studies Interior Design at the LUCA School of Arts in Ghent.

Let’s find out what inspired this young artist in his design and sustainability project, which will be presented in Japan. Here are his words:

“Last year – from august to october 2017 – I did my internship in Onbetaalbaar. This is a community of craftsmen (and women) who like to invite people to think about a more sustainable way about throwing away things and redefine what is thrash and what could be re- or upcycled.  During this internship I got the chance to develop my first prototypes. This formed the base on which I made these pieces.”

 

Vincenzo

Vincenzo Sorrentino is 25 years old and he’s Italian. He has a Bachelor in Design & Communication and a Master in Food Design.

Here, instead, is what inspired Vincenzo in his project on the theme of sustainable design:

“Everything started with this question: can the shape of the plate change my eating behaviours and my approach to food? My reflection and my research drove me to the conclusion that in the world different culture eat different kind of food but in the same round plate and so I experimented new shapes trying to re-create new rituals.”


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THE YOUTH DESIGN DAY IN JAPAN 2018: INCOMING NEWS!

From next Monday, you will discover the names of the designers whose projects have been selected to participate to our contest The Youth Design Day 2018 in Japan!

Their works will be officially presented during the Italia Amore Mio! festival in Nagoya.

The names, together with the projects concept, will be showed every week.

All the designers will be presented with their works through video-interviews, images, and lot of other contents.

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Open call to designers for The youth Design Day in Japan 2018

Our design idea in brief…
Our project concerns the realization of an exhibition at the “Spazio Arte” of the Italian Cultural Institute of the city of Osaka and will be officially presented during the 2018 edition of “Italia Amore Mio” in Nagoya, Japan. The exhibition refers to prototypes or projects developed by young Italian designers (age limit 35 years) towards the eco-sustainability issue.
The event is part of the fifth edition of Switch On Your Creativity powered by Asian Studies Group. In addition of being a reference to the Italian Design Day 2018, developed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it embraces an expositive reason that takes creative inspirations from the Fuorisalone 2018.
Asian Studies Group is extremely proud to say that the project has been included in two stages of Japan’s most famous road show: “Italia Amore Mio!”.

The Youth Design Day is driven by the concept of combining design and sustainability, developed in parallel to the “broken nature” statement, the theme that animates the twenty-second international exhibition at the Milan Triennale.

Our goal is to a select limited small number of young designers chosen from among the most talented in Italy (maximum 20), who can propose interior, industrial, civil or product design projects related to the concept.
We hope that our project will appeal to designers whose projectsCOVER_Design e Pianeta_no cam comhave such a content as to turn out to be internationally innovative.

What is “Italia Amore Mio!”
“Italia, Amore Mio!”, is the biggest Italian festival in Japan, now in its third edition. This year it will take place in three cities: Tokyo (21-22 April), Nagoya (21-22 July), Osaka (3-4 November). The projects selected by Asian Studies Group for The Youth Design Day will be placed within the stages of Osaka and Nagoya.
The festival consists of 6 days dedicated to the excellence of made in Italy with over 60 special guests, including Emma Marrone, and many other prominent personalities from various sectors from both Italy and Japan.
In addition to design, it will touch many fields such as music – with jazz, rock and pop live performances – talk shows conducted by Japanese celebrities, accompanied by breathtaking choreography, interactive games and competitions such as Play and Fly to Italy. For the occasion, the municipalities will be equipped with artistic installations, among which people can attend workshops dedicated to various issues and enjoy
a huge selection of Italian food and wine delicacies.

Eligibility of projects
We are looking for young talents who have a great desire to experiment, get involved and deal with what have become the essential needs of today’s world: preserving the nature in all its forms and think at the future as the mirror of our present. It is from today’s choices in terms of environment and sustainability that we will understand how to design and build the future around nature and cities.
According to our policy, are allowed any graphic representations and prototypes characterized by a strong creativity and those which develop the combination of matter-ecology in an innovative way.

We will select:
• Projects and prototypes of interior, civil, product design that have a view of sustainable production;
• Projects and processes with low energy and water use;
• Projects that generate harmful emissions savings;
• Projects related to innovative and eco-sustainable architectural solutions;
• Projects related to innovative and eco-sustainable housing solutions;
• Innovative and eco-sustainable urban furniture projects;
• Projects concerning innovation of production tools or innovative techniques for existing applications;
• Projects that come to life through the recycling and use of waste (ex novo and neo-classical materials);
• Projects that come to life thanks to the use of bio-based material;
• Projects created through the use of clean and renewable energy;
• Projects that develop an idea of packaging with biodegradable, recyclable and non-toxic materials;
• Projects born as economic and cultural support for countries with a fragile (fair trade) economy.

Take part: why not?
If you have all the credentials required of being an active part of a unique, multicultural experience join us. Thanks to the support of Asian Studies Group, this project will let you open doors useful for your growth both at personal and professional level.
Your creation will be presented to Japanese users in order to create opportunities for exchange, dialogue and discussion on the topic and will allow you to create a position.
Asian Studies Group offers the creation of a personalized video interview that will become an editorial product that will accompany your project in Italy and Japan. The video interviews will be shown on the official channels of Asian Studies Group and on the website of the Italian Institute of Culture of Osaka and will be a further vehicle of communication of Italianness in the world.
Hence, you will get visibility on the Asian market, considered a lover of Italian design and lifestyle.
You will be helped and supported by both national and international partners such as the City of Milan, the Municipality of Osaka, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Italian Institute of Culture of Osaka, the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Japan.
Do not hesitate to contact us for further information and to submit your project for “The Youth Design Day in Japan”!

Mail: contact@asianstudiesgroup.net
Telefono: 02 29513110 – 349 7420762

1st event – Vernissage in Osaka

24th April 2017

Press release

Switch on your Creativity was born in 2013 as the Asian Studies Group production. It is an intercultural contest on youth creativity in Milan, very close to EXPO 2015. Thanks to the involvement of prestigious technical sponsors such as Enel, JAL, Samsung and Philips during 2013/2014 and 2014/2015, Switch on your Creativity rewarded creative works developed on diverse themes but with constant appreciation of the encounter between Western and Oriental culture.
During the award ceremony of the second edition, in the presence of EXPO 2015 and of all the majoexpo-in-citta_logor institutions, the “Charter of Values ​​for Youth Creativity” was presented, a programmatic document by which an International Commission for Young Creative puts the foundation for a series of proposals in order to favor and enhance the centrality of Milan as the European Capital of Creativity. Thus, the competition becomes an accelerator of creative projects with the aim of supporting the creation, promotion and support of creative content from Europe and Asia by guiding young protagonists in matching terms with sponsors or favoring their realization of international creative projects in Milan and consolidating, through them, territorial marketing actions for the City of Milan, facilitating twinning prospects with institutions, organizations, festivals and academies.
Switch on your Creativity, now in the fourth edition, continues in the enhancement of content that keeps alive the artistic dialogue between Asian and European countries, through the exaltation of works of wisdom. Switch on your Creativity best rep
resents for Milan what we have defined #ereditàexpo, that is, a legacy of dynamism and admiration for our city that the 2015 Universal Exposition have instilled in countries and cultures around the world.
Switch on your creativity 4th edition develops along the theme “Creativity is Discovery”. The creative proposals selected and introduced in our accelerator for promotion and realization fall into the following categories

Contemporary Art
Show & Dance
Music
Short Movies
Fashion & Design
Innovation

For what concern the Contemporary Art section of the 2017 edition, Asian Studies Group has consolidated a collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute of Osaka, welcoming at its Space Art at Osaka Festival Hall the exhibition entitled “From Milan to
Osaka, a bridge of emotions in the discovery of the Ego”, by Dr. Paolo Cacciato, the scientific director of Asian Studies Group. The exhibition will last three weeks, from 27th May to 15 June. Two categories are involved: 5 postgraduates students of the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, and 9 young professionals who deal with the topic of discovery immagineas a meeting of cultures, narrative of their subjectivity, discovery of diversity in comparison with the world, desire and need to communicate their own feeling with the “World Japan”.
The participating artists for the young professional category are: Andrea Sbra Perego; Marco Randazzo, Giorgia Cavaliere; Gianluca Sità; Filippo Cristini; Elisa Vendramin, Sophie MuhAccademia-Belle-Arti-Brera_0_15lmann, Margherita Martinelli, Vittorio Asteriti;
For the young students of the Accademia di Brera will participate: Elias Bertoldo, Saeed Naderi, Yuki Aoki, Silvia Greco and Magda Chiarelli.
We thank for their collaboration and institutional support Expo in the City and the Councilor for Culture Filippo Del Corno,
with us from the first edition; The Italian Institute of Culture in Osaka in the Director of Fossati, without whose support, the event would not have taken place;
Finally, thanks to Franco Marrocco, Director of the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, for the courteous and supportive of the event.