Rolando Giovannini is a Knight of the Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana (Order of Merit of the Italian Republic). He studied in Faenza in the Technological Section of the "Ballardini" Art Institute. He obtained a degree in Geology and a diploma in Decoration at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna (he passed his examination with full marks, with a thesis in mineralogy on "Mixed chlorite-saponite interlayer" - Prof. Noris Morandi - and on the subject of "Textures" -Prof. Adriano Baccilieri). He was a pupil of Paolo Monti, with whom he took the exam of Photography at the DAMS (University of Bologna). In 1975 he qualified as a researcher for the CNR (Italian Research Council). He was a member of the Ministerial Committee in Rome which oversaw the creation of the "Michelangelo" project for art schools and is currently a member of the Working Group for the reform of Italian secondary schools specialising in art, commissioned by MIUR. He was a teacher at the ISIA in Faenza (Institute for Higher Education for the Artistic Industries – where he was also appointed Director of the Institute for two consecutive academic years) in Decorative Techniques, Pattern Design and Surface Design, then at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ravenna (Marketing) and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna (Chemical-Physical methodologies). He is today the principal of the IIS "Stoppa Compagnoni" in Lugo and principal regent of the ISA "Gaetano Ballardini" Secondary Art School in Faenza.
He was one of the artists involved in the "Nose" movement with Cesare Reggiani (1976-78) and "A Tempo e a Fuoco", a movement organised by Vittorio Fagone (1982-1985); here he made researches on ceramic and neon materials. He has worked with Bruno Munari ("Giocare con l'Arte", M.I.C., the International Ceramic Museum in Faenza 1979-82), Paola Navone (1984), Sottsass Associati (1986), Alessandro Guerriero (1992), Marta Sansoni and Marco Zanini (1995), Alessandra Alberici and Giorgio Montanari (1997-2007), Tullio Mazzotti (1999-2008), Giovanni Levanti (2000-07), Franco Laera and Vanni Pasca (2003), Dante Donegani (2004), Massimo Iosa Ghini (2005), Sergio Calatroni, Ilaria De Palma (2007), Mario Pisani (2008), Maria Rita Bentini, Alessandro Castiglioni, Veronica Dal Buono, Luigi Sansone (2009), Muky, Mara De Fanti (2010), Bertozzi & Casoni, Laura Silvagni, Fulvio Irace (2011).
A theorist of design, he has published several articles, as well as three books on the subject of design and decoration of ceramics especially aimed at schools and academies.
He founded the NeoCeramica Movement (2007) and arranged the collection of tiles from the second half of the 20 th century at the MIC in Faenza (since 1978); he organised a scientific project at the Documentation Centre and Museum (Confindustria Ceramica, Sassuolo), the Contemporary Section at the Museum of the Castello di Spezzano of Fiorano and the Design Section of MuST (Sacmi, Imola). In 2008, in Faenza, he was instrumental in establishing the MISA (the Museum of the State Art Institute). More recently he presented the work by Gillo Dorfles (the author was also present, with Claudio Cerritelli and Luigi Sansone, Milan, Palazzo Reale, 2009) and that by Enzo Mari in "Teoria ed etica del design" (Design theory and ethics) during a lecture to the students from art schools in Bologna (Cersaie 2010). He was coordinator for the attendance and participation of art schools at the event "Lezione alla rovescia" by Alessandro Mendini (Bologna, Cersaie 2011).
He has designed objects which have been manufactured in Italy and Japan. His public works include the ceramic wall decoration inside the Shin-Kobe underground railway station, Shinkansen station in Kobe, Japan.
Some of his design works are kept at the Alessi and Richard Ginori archives, at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and at the Foshan Creative Industry Park Investment & Management Ltd, Foshan, China (2009). He was invited to the second China (Shanghai) International Modern Pot Art Biennial Exhibition, Shanghai, China (2010) and to the ICMEA Symposium in Fuping, China (November 2010). He travelled to India in November 2011, to produced three objects for the Sanskriti Museum of New Delhi. He was invited by Vittorio Sgarbi and Giorgio Grasso to take part at the PADIGLIONE ITALIA within the framework of the 54th INTERNATIONAL ART EXHIBITION OF THE BIENNALE OF VENICE, for the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy (Turin, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Sala Nervi, December 17 th, 2011) curated by Vittorio Sgarbi.
He created the didactic museum "Museo didattico Stoppa-Compagnoni", at the IIS Stoppa-Compagnoni in Lugo di Romagna, where calculators, writing machines, computers and scientific instruments that were used in the past by land surveyors, are collected. The museum was inaugurated on December 23rd, 2011. A brochure is available with a description of the various works and machines on show, illustrating the use referred to the history of Design.
He was Art Director of the magazine "Tile Fashion" from 1993 to 2000 and responsible for the Art, Fashion and Design columns of the monthly magazine C.I., a Il Sole 24 ore S.p.A. publication.
He writes articles for the D’A magazine, distributed to newsstands since January 2011, and for Art and Perception (a U.S. periodical).
After graduating with honours in Law at the University of Catania in 1986, Loredana Gulino went on to pass the examination to practise law at the Court of Appeal of Catania on 24/10/1990 with full marks, and obtained a specialisation diploma issued by the school of science and technology of legislation ISLE (5th course).
During the first few years of her career she served as administrative officer in the international and community trademarks department of the Italian Patent and Trademark Office, an organisation that is part of the Ministry for Economic Development.
She subsequently headed various departments at the Ministry of Economic Development and became Head of the Italian National Point of Contact (NPC) for dissemination of the OECD Guidelines for multinational companies. In March 2006 she was appointed Vice-Director General of the General Directorate for Production Development and Competitiveness. In 2008, she was appointed Director of Department I “General Affairs and Administrative Coordination” of the Department for Competitiveness of the Ministry for Economic Development, Interim Director of the International Community Policies Department of the Directorate for Industrial Policies and coordinator of the entire international area.
She is a member of the Committee for the independence and impartiality of the Italian Plastics Institute. She is a member of the Supervisory Committee of Trend Spa in extraordinary administration pursuant to Law 270/99 and of Fioroni Spa in extraordinary administration pursuant to Law 270/99, and has served on the board of directors of the Experimental oil and fuel station in San Donato Milanese.
She holds leading positions as a board member of the National Institute of Advanced Mathematics and as a board member of the Plastic Materials Test Laboratory Foundation of Milan Polytechnic.
Loredana Gulino is a member of the Administrative Councils of the major international organisations in the field of industrial property: Office of Harmonization for the Internal Market (OHIM), European Patent Office (EPO), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV).
She is also a member of the Italian National Committee of the FAO.
She is Chairman of the Board of Appeals against the decisions of the Italian Patents and Trademarks Office and Chairman of the examining board that grants certification to practise as a consultant in the field of industrial property.
Loredana Gulino has been serving as Director General of the General Anti-Counterfeiting Directorate – Italian Patents and Trademarks Office of the Ministry of Economic Development since 1 February 2009. During her tenure, she has presided over major national and international events and conferences addressing the theme of the fight against counterfeiting, protection of intangible assets, innovation, Italian products and scientific research.
She is editor of the magazine “Direzione generale Lotta alla contraffazione-Ufficio Italiano Brevetti Marchi” published by the General Anti-Counterfeiting Directorate – Italian Patents and Trademarks Office and of all the Directorate’s publications (Rapporto sulle attività del 2010, Guida Operativa al sistema della Proprietà Industriale in Italia, Una nuova Direzione Generale per un rinnovato impegno, Brevetti - introduzione all’utilizzo per le piccole e medie imprese, Tutela della Proprietà Industriale, Marchi Disegni e Modelli - Introduzione all’utilizzo per piccole e medie imprese, Rapporto sulle attività del 2009, Rapporto sulle attività del 2010).
Claudio Gibertoni was born in Formigine (province of Modena, Italy) in 1954.
He graduated in Architecture from the I.U.A.V. University of Venice in 1979 with a dissertation entitled “Ipotesi di recupero dell’Area Manifattura Tabacchi di Modena” under the supervision of ALDO ROSSI, published in Architecture d’Aujourd’hui, April 1979.
From 1980 to 1987 he was a member of the Cooperativa Ingegneri e Architetti of Modena.
In 1988 he started up his own architecture practice.
In 2000 he founded “IdeasWorkshopinModena”, a design and consulting practice. With a range of professional figures and groups analysing complex issues, the practice has been involved in international projects such as developing and producing design objects for the European market in the Guangdong region of China and urban planning/construction projects in the Cape Verde archipelago.
In 2009 he was one of the founding members of the HOSO association for the promotion of social housing.
From 2005 to 2009 he served as Chairman of the Order of Architects, Planners, Landscape Designers and Restorers of the Province of Modena and has been reappointed to the position for the period 2009-2013.
For further documentation: www.claudiogibertoni.it
Diego Grandi lives and works in Milan, where in 2002 establishes the DGO_Diego Grandi Office, a planning firm dealing with product, interior and design consultancy.
His concern on the visual and exterior side of design leads to a research on the epidermal qualities of the materials and on the possible genre implementations and contaminations.
The research on the new codes of living, focused on observing the everyday habits and behaviours, leads his attitude on the surface and on the deep quality of two-dimensional projects.
Among the firms for which he has designed and with which collaborates, we have Abet Laminati, Casamania, DuPont, Ferrino, Guzzini, Lea Ceramiche and Skitsch.
His projects have been selected for events, awards and international exhibitions, such as the Design Museum “Quali cose siamo” at La Triennale in Milan, the Good Design Award of the Chicago Athenaeum and the ADI Design Index.