Architect and winner of Milano Design Award 2016
Graduated in architecture from Politecnico di Milano in 2001, he started to work, during his students’ years, for Studio Albini Helg Piva. In 2000 he founded Milan-based studio AR.CH.IT, focused on different themes to urban, architectural and exhibit design as well as artistic direction.
The studio has recently completed the project Le Cavallerizze (stables) for the Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci in Milan and The Shit Museum in Castelbosco (PC); current projects include new pavilions for The Museum of Science in Milan, a Museum for Bitossi Ceramic company in Tuscany, the masterplan for the “Polo del Contemporaneo” in Bari.
Giorgio Di Salvo
Born in Milan in 1981, Giorgio di Salvo has always cultivated since his teenage years his passion for hip-hop culture and graphic design. Self-taught at rst, he improved his skills thanks to a scholarship at the European Insitute of Design (IED). Giorgio approached the fashion industry in the early 2000s by joining the communi- cation and product teams of King Kong, Milanese store and hangout. In 2005 Gior- gio’s rst collection was launched: VNGRD, of which he was founder and creative director. The brand quickly grew thanks to important collaborations with Sfanu Rockers NYC, Actual Pain, Stussy and Fuct in the US, Slam Jam and Super in Italy, False in Singapore.
Alongside his work for VNGRD, Giorgio also collaborated as freelance consultant with Italian and American companies such as Superga, Nike, Ecko, 55DSL, Kanye West’s Pastelle, Diesel and Carhatt as well as independent magazine such as Vice Magazine, Fantom and Hunter.
From 2000 to 2011 Giorgio was art director for the communication agency Inde- pendent Ideas and the magazine STUDIO, designer for the clothing brand UPPER- CUT c/o Iuter and nally art director for Marcelo Burlon County of Milan.
Parallel to his professional career, Giorgio has never neglected his work as an artist, in a continuous dialogue with the world of design and graphics. Two of his latest projects were exhibited at Museo del Novecento and the Swiss Institute in Milan.
Co-founder and Executive Editor at Cool Hunting
Evan Orensten is the co-founder and Executive Editor of Cool Hunting, a fourteen year old digital publication highlighting creativity and innovation in design, technology, architecture, style, culture, food + drink and travel. He also manages Cool Hunting Omakase, a holiday gifting service, Cool Hunting Editions (limited editions, product collaborations and travel experiences), and Cool Hunting Studios, which provides creative and strategic services for media and consulting partnerships. Evan is a serial entrepreneur in digital media with more than twenty five years of experience.
Editor-in-Chief at Apartamento Magazine
Marco Velardi (Novara, 1982) is a Berlin based creative consultant, and partner in Apartamento, a biannual everyday life interiors magazine, for which he covers the role of Editor-in-Chief. Over the years he has worked with Zurich based art publisher Nieves Books and freelanced for several magazines such as New York Times T Magazine, Art Review, AD, 032c, Icon Design and GQ Italia.
From 2008 until 2016 he was the founder and partner of the Milan based creative agency, SM ASSOCIATI, for which he has covered the role of Creative Director in several projects, including: the redesign in 2010 of Casamica, Corriere della Sera’s design magazine; the relaunch of La Cucina Italiana, Italy’s long-standing food magazine, in 2011, and the worldwide launch of “Bankrupt!” the latest album of French music band Phoenix in 2013.
From 2011 until 2014 he has been working as in-house Creative Director for Italian furniture company De Padova, while he has also helped brand and develop design ventures such as Discipline, Wrong for Hay, Diesel Living and Bitossi Home. Most recently, in April 2014, he co-curated the exhibition “Source Material” together with Jasper Morrison and Jonathan Olivares, which toured to the Vitra Design Museum in fall 2014.
Currently he advises companies such as Vitra, Nike, Mondadori, Phaidon, Schiffini and Knoll on creative and strategic matters
Olimpia Zagnoli lives in Milan in a house with kaleidoscopic floors.
Her style is characterized by soft shapes and chameleonic colors that she uses to create
bold illustrations, odd music videos and curious objects.
Her client list includes, among others, The New York Times, The New Yorker, La Repubblica, Taschen, TIME, Google, Marie Claire, New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, Monocle, Vanity Fair, Clinique, Air France, Yale University, The Guardian.