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Italian Design: A Success Story

Monday, February 26, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CST)

Italian Design: A Success Story

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On the Occasion of the Italian Design Day 2018,

The Consulate General of Italy in Chicago

The Italian Cultural Institute in Chicago


The Illinois Institute of Technology

are pleased to present

Italian Design: A Success Story

a lecture by Rodrigo Rodriquez


Opening Remarks

Michelangelo Sabatino, Dean, College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology

Giuseppe Finocchiaro, Consul General of Italy in Chicago

Alberta Lai, Director, Italian Cultural Institute in Chicago



Rodrigo Rodriquez, Board Member of "Fondazione Triennale di Milano", entrepreneur, and recipient of the ADI Compasso d'Oro in 2016


Closing Remarks

Marco Saladini, Italian Trade Commissioner, ITA

A reception will follow

“Giornata del Design Italiano nel Mondo - Italian Design Day 2018” Italian design was born in the workshops of Renaissance artists, whose diverse skills brought to life innovative products with a high aesthetic content. Ever since then, research in the field of industrial design has grown and developed through a constant interaction between design schools and art movements, combining Italy's remarkable craftsmanship tradition with technological innovation.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has placed design at the very core of its promotional strategy known as "Vivere ALL’Italiana”, which seeks to promote Italy’s cultural and production system through an integrated action combining culture, economy, Italian language and scientific research.

The 2017 Italian Design Day was a very successful event, involving up to 20,000 design experts in over 100 cities across the world. In 2018, the theme of the Italian Design Day is the relation between design and sustainability, the latter being seen from an economic, social and environmental point of view. The aim is to investigate what the contribution of design could be on nature and the human being.

This initiative is presented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in cooperation with the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activites and Tourism, “Fondazione la Triennale di Milano”, ICE-Italian Trade Agency, “Salone del Mobile”, “Associazione per il Disegno Industriale”, “Fondazione Compasso d’Oro” and “Fondazione Altagamma.” In addition, more than fifty players, including associations, federations, universities and design schools will participate. 

Italian Design Day will be celebrated in over 100 cities across the world by Ambassadors of Italian culture - architects, designers, entrepreneurs, journalists, critics, communicators, and educators.

Rodrigo Rodriquez receceived a Degree in Law at the Università of Roma in 1960 and a Master in Business Administration at IPSOA (connected with the Harvard Business School) in Torino in 1961.

From 1965 to 1968, he served as Manager of the Department of Organizational Structure and Job Evaluation at 3M Minnesota Italia s.p.a. In 1969 he entered the furniture industry, as Deputy Managing Director at C&B Italia, a position he held until 1972; from 1973 to 1980 he served as Managing Director of Cassina, Italy, and continued in the same company, as Vice Chairman of the Board and President, until 1991. In this capacity he guided Cassina to become a leader in the design furniture industry, developing its internationalization. In so doing, he also served as a Director for Atelier International USA and Cassina Japan, both Cassina’ subsidiaries. In 1973 he promoted the creation of Marcatré, which, as a Chairman, he brought to a co-leading position in the design office furniture market, until the voluntary liquidation in 1996.

Currently he serves as:

•Chairman, Forza Projects Ltd, design contract furniture, London
•Chairman, Material Connexion Italia Srl
•Member, Board of Directors, Antares Iluninacion S.A., FLOS Group
•Member, Collegio dei Probiviri (Arbitration Board), Confindustria, Roma
•Chairman, SIEXPO, Sustainability and Innovation for EXPO 2015
•Member, Board of Directors, Fondazione ADI per il Design Italiano
•Member, Jury for the Quality Seal Design for All
•Member, Jury International Prize Dedalo Minosse for Commissioning an Architectural work
•Member of the Board of "Fondazione Triennale Design Museum"

For more details about his curriculum, please click here.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

A complimentary shuttle will provide transportation for guests attending this lecture. The shuttle will be stationed across the street from the Italian Cultural Institute, near the South entrance of the Hotel InterContinental, on Illinois Street. It will depart at 5pm and will bring guests back to this same location upon the conclusion of the event.   Guests interested in taking the shuttle are kindly asked to reserve a seat by sending an email to

Parking is available on the IIT Campus starting at 4:00 p.m. in all general campus spaces. Guests must display a parking pass on their dashboards to avoid being cited. To access the parking pass, please click here.



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Illinois Institute of Technology
College of Architecture, S.R. Crown Hall
3360 S State Street
Chicago, IL

Monday, February 26, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CST)

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