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Working with food is a great chance to achieve or at least lead towards a condition of recovering for our ecosystem. This research explores the potential of urban foraging for generating social consciousness about ecological sustainability using design as a method of intervention. Engaging with several participants, the research wants to collect information about foraging, and use the outcome as a useful resource for the local community that aims to promote its self-sustenance. With the help of the community of Växjö, all the edible species available around the town were collected and arranged according to the season in which these species grow. An application for mobile phone provides all the material collected, such as the spots where these edible species can be found and the traditional recipes that use these ingredients.

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2. 3. Foraging around the urban area of Växjö

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4. 5. The app that supports the foraging experience


Participatory Design

Sustainability for urban planning In collaboration with VäxjÜ Gymnasium

With the focus on sustainability, we wanted to find a way to convert cities in a better place for citizens of the future. The possibility of using a group of teenagers gave us the opportunity to provide creative points of view that professionals may not consider when they design public spaces for future needs. On a 5-hour workshop, we considered students like political actors with the real capacity of changing the urban area where they live in. They had a chance to share their own ideas verbally and practically as well. We provided them with a see-through map of the city and some material to allow them to build their own ideal public place. The outcoming of this workshop wants to provide a tool that fills the gap between the way urban spaces are changing and the way young people imagine their cities of the future. 1. 2. Elements of the city of the future made by high school students


3. A see-through map of the city customised by a student

4. Elements of the city of the future made by high school students


5. Team work: students use the maps to discuss and draw their ideal city


Speculative Design Curating an exhibition Contemporary art practice today In collaboration with Växjö Konsthall Gallery

The content of the exhibition was the theoretical exploration of social norms on gender and sexuality. The designers developed and conducted a design process within the field of speculative design. This exhibition wanted to be an attempt to understand which can be the possible future scenarios according to a dystopian imagery. With the support of the Växjö Konsthall Gallery, we arranged this material for an exhibition. To enhance the dystopian effect, we created an austere and neutral environment where the visitors could experience the possible future of social norms related to gender and sexuality

1. The opening day: the entrance of the exhibition


2. Detail of the exhibition

3. Overall view of the exhibition

4. Overall view of the exhibition


Living the time Interior Design Exhibition space Abitare il Tempo fair GumDesign studio

For this project, I designed the interior space that Gumdesign used in “Abitare il tempo” fair. The founder of the company wanted to create a “store within a store”, and displays some of his most notable products to the public in an “apparently disordered” logic.  A “warehouse” open to the public where some of the products designed by Gumdesign are displayed in a spontaneous succession of forms and lights.

1. Reder image of the exhibition space made with Rhinocero and vRay


2. The exhibition space “Abitare il Tempo”


Maison&Object Interior design Maison&Object fair GumDesign studio

Second fair for Gumdesign during my internship, this time is Maison&Object. The central part of the exhibition hosts three work tables surrounded by shelves made of Corten. This time, Gumdesign decided to exhibit a much cleaner and tidy space that could be translated to both home and office environment. The room is enclosed by pearl grey walls and by a grey background. The ceiling echoes the industrial spaces used for laboratories, while a series of photographs connect the visitor to an iconic historical memory of products designed by De Castelli

1. The exhibition space Maison&Object


2. Reder image of the exhibition space made with Rhinocero and vRay


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Product development GumDesign Studio

Gumdesign is a product, architecture and graphic design studio. based in Viareggio, Tuscany. During a six-month internship I could work across all areas of design, including 3D modelling, prototyping, presenting and delivering of products. In a first place, I was involved in the 2D and 3D developent of a Bathtub, Dim’ora. I used Rhinoceros, AutoCAD and Photoshop

1. 2. 3. 3D modelling with Rhinoceros


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Commuter on bike Laboratory of interaction design

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technology data simplicity well-being means of transport In Italy the number of commuters is increasing, thus the traffic becomes congested and the risks increase. The bike seems to respond well to this problem, although it is not much used as a means of transport.

shared experience traffic

Through this device it is possible to adapt the work commute to the state of development of the technologies that we have, in order to involve greater workers and the users in general.

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1. Lancia connects your bike with your phone


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Lancia axonometry

Focus: rotating button

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3. axonometry 4. the function of the rotating movement 5. render pictures


6. 3D printed prototype to test the interaction with the device


Made by hand Handmade bike IUAV, University of Venice Sponsored by Columbus Workshop with Dario Pegoretti

Theory and practice were fused together to explain and experience the making of a bicycle frame. The workshop was directed by two figures of unquestionable importance, Dario Pegoretti and Antonio Colombo, president of Columbus, a historic company in the production of steel tubing. The workshop provided technical and practical support in order to build a tubular structure with cyclists functions. Particular attention was given to aesthetics and technological aspects .

1. All the tubes necessary to build a bike frame


2. 3. 4. Building the frame


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Wine decanter Hand-made decanter Made for PM restaurant

The Michelin-starred restaurant PMochVänner in Växjö, Sweden, has always had extra care for its wine service. In addition, the hand-made glassware culture has been very strong in this part of the country (Småland) for centuries. With the support of the local glass factory “Glass Factory” in Boda, I could realise a be-spoke wine decanter. The founder of the restaurant provided me with clear indication that I could influence with my design knowledge and know-how.

1. The wine decanter still attached to its blowpipe


2. Reshaping the decanter post glass casting 3. Sketches

4. Sketch


Mutant Chair Design elements to landfill Rikea in your city: awareness of recycling Contest sponsored by Rikea

The participants were called to design new elements of home furnishing from non-recyclable scrap material. Therefore, to give a second life to what would otherwise be discarded. The choice of materials fell upon three rolls, previously used for the painting of ceramic. Using the rigid shoulder of the rolls, the three cylinders are tied together with an iron wire. The side cylinders are connected through a common tie rod. The seat “Mutant” was created with the addition of few and economic elements, available in any hardware store. “Mutant” chair is also able to change its form according to various uses. The project was awarded third prize by a panel of judges and was voted second prize by the public.

1. 2. Two different uses of the same chair


3. 4. 5. Details of the chair

6. Mutant chair at the Rikea Exhibition

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