A leading group in the Italian architecture and engineering scenario, Lombardini22 has introduced an innovative approach to the world of Italian design and architecture: a multidisciplinary and multi- author method, based on pre-project strategic analysis and consultancy, developed by highly specialized professionals in architecture, engineering, marketing and communication. Today Lombardini22, ranked 1st in Italian architecture and design companies based on sales volume, is focused on the Office, Retail, Urban, Living, Hospitality, Education, Data Centre, ESG and Neuroscience sectors.
Gaetano Pesce is born in 1939 in La Spezia, Italy. He lives and works in New York. His work spans art, design and architecture. In a career spanning fifty years, guided by a constant drive towards innovation and experimentation, Gaetano Pesce, architect, artist and designer, has created public and private projects in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia, in the fields of architecture, town planning, interior design, and industrial and exhibition design.
Naomi Accardi is an editorial consultant & writer with 10 years experience in visual communications and brand marketing. Aside from contributing to multiple international publications, her work focuses on helping brands and platforms develop and implement a strong editorial strategy, find the right tone of voice and offer outstanding storytelling and experiences to their audience. Currently she’s the Editor-At-Large of Season Zine.
Ifeoluwa Adedeji is a Milan-based journalist and content strategist specialising in architecture, design and travel. Born in Nigeria and raised in London she's curious about cultures and history. She write for titles including The Guardian, Wallpaper, Ideal Home magazine and more.
Akgün Akdil is design editor, art director and interior stylist. She is also a fashion editor and fashion stylist. After she obtained her BA in Landscape Architecture, she started her publishing career in Country Homes magazine as a style editor. Since then she has worked for Elle Décor, House Beautiful, Home Art, Marie Claire Maison, InStyle Home, Madame Figaro, GQ, InStyle, Harper's Bazaar, Cosmopolitan magazines as a freelance journalist in Turkey. She does photo shoots, writes articles, and does interviews in these magazines.
Cecilia Alemani is an Italian curator based in New York. Currently, she is the Artistic Director of the upcoming 59th International Art Exhibition (2022) at the Venice Biennale. Since 2011, she has been the Director & Chief Curator of High Line Art, the public art program presented by the High Line in New York. In 2018, Alemani served as Artistic Director of the inaugural edition of Art Basel Cities: Buenos Aires. In 2017, she curated the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.
Chiara Alessi (1981) is engaged with material culture and design, on which she writes, teaches and, when she can, curates exhibitions. She has been publishing the following essays: Dopo gli anni Zero. Il Nuovo Design Italiano (Laterza, 2014), Design Senza Designer (Laterza, 2016), Le Caffettiere dei Miei Bisnonni (Utet, 2018) and Tante Care Cose. Gli Oggetti che ci Hanno Cambiato la Vita (Longanesi, 2021).
Born in Cuneo, she has a BA in Humanities from Parma University, where her thesis was based on the character of Medea. After a decade in classic ADV agencies, she currently is a Creative Director, a consultant for several Nonprofit Organizations and an author. She writes short stories, screenplays, reviews, travel reports and obsessive to-do lists. She coauthored the lyrics of an album with singer-songwriter Sarah Stride. Traveling has always saved her life.
Paola Antonelli is Senior Curator of Architecture & Design at The Museum of Modern Art, as well as MoMA’s founding Director of Research & Development.
Her work investigates design’s impact on everyday experience, often including overlooked objects and practices, and combining design, architecture, art, science, and technology.
Among her most recent exhibitions are the XXII Triennale di Milano Broken Nature and MoMA’s Material Ecology, on the groundbreaking work of architect Neri Oxman.
Alberto Apostoli was born in Verona in 1968, graduating in Architecture in Venice in 1993 and at the same time studying and working in various European countries. In 1997 he founded Studio Apostoli, characterized by a multifaceted professional vocation, a consequence of his personal career. In 2006 he held his first personal exhibition in the seat of the European Parliament in Brussels entitled “Architecture contaminated between Communication and Design”. In the same year he opened a studio in Guangzhou (China) and in 2007 a representative office in Casablanca.
He took his degree in Architecture from the Catholic University of Chile in 1992, becoming self-employed in 1994. Director of the Venice Architecture Biennale (2016). He spoke at TEDGlobal (2014) and was a member of the Pritzker Architecture Prize Jury (2009-2015). He became an International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects – RIBA (2010). He taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (2000-2005) and was a Visiting Professor at the IUAV University in Venice (2005). He now chairs the Pritzker Jury.
Joni Baboci is an architect, planner, knowledge-seeker and all-around urban enthusiast. He is currently the senior advisor for urban planning to the Mayor of Tirana. He has previously led the city's urban planning and development department as well as a governmental planning start-up dealing with national and regional strategic planning. Joni has executed planning, design & development projects at different scales on national and local levels. He has consulted on urbanism and planning for various cultural and multilateral institutions.
Francesca Balena Arista is an architect, a PhD in industrial design, and a member of the Italian Association of Design Historians. She teaches at the Politecnico di Milano’s School of Design, and at NABA (Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti) in Milan.
Her monograph Poltronova Backstage: Archizoom Sottsass and Superstudio. The Radical Era 1962-1972, was published by Fortino Editions Miami.
Mattia Balsamini (1987, Italy) is a photographer. He began his studies at the Brooks
Institute of California, graduating with an Honourable Mention in 2011. He worked as a studio assistant and archivist at David LaChapelle’s studio in 2010.
Born in Tokyo in 1957. Graduated from the Cooper Union. Started working for Arata Isozaki & Associates in 1982. Founded Shigeru Ban Architects in 1985. Became consultant to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in 1995. Established the NGO, Voluntary Architects' Network (VAN) in the same year to support disaster relief. Selected works include Centre Pompidou- Metz, Oita Prefecture Art Museum, Mt. Fuji World Heritage Centre, Shizuoka, Musical Complex of La Seine Musicale, and Swatch Omega Headquarters.