Since 1996, Futurdesign has presented at an international level, thematic production galleries, created by the most prestigious performers of design and interior design, art, photography, communication and architecture, responding to the requirement of Living the Future: imagining it, anticipating it and above all designing it. It is an event of great cultural importance, which will turn Bologna into a showcase of excellence in the world of art, interior design and communication. Indeed, Futurdesign editions have been attended by representatives of cultural excellence for each sector such as Emilio Ambasz, Shigeru Ban, Mario Bellini, Enrica Borghi, Diana Cabeza, Fernando and Humberto Campana, Achille Castiglioni, Loris Cecchini, Pierluigi Cerri, Michele Chiossi, Antonio D’Amico, Lucio Dalla, Michele De Lucchi, Tehmina Durrani, Roberto Fallani, Inge Feltrinelli, Elio Fiorucci, Massimiliano Fuksas, Omar Galliani, Donatella Girombelli (Genny), Giorgetto Giugiaro, Massimo Iosa Ghini, Piero Gilardi, Ottmar Kiefer, Mariuccia Mandelli (Krizia), Stefano Marzano, Alessandro Mendini, Fabrizio Plessi, Paolo Portoghesi, Paco Rabanne, Gabriele Salvatores, Denis Santachiara, Dieter e Michael Sieger, Ettore Sottsass, Francesca and Vittorio Storaro, Guillermo Trotti, Federico Uribe, Laura Villani, Sonja Vukicevic.
For the 2013 edition, with the objective of continuing to be a high-profile point of reference, with ever innovative opportunities and ideas on Living the Future, Futurdesign will house sections dedicated to designs by top architects and selected artist installations, supervised by the 6 renowned international guests who will raise the profile of the event. The first of these 6 great protagonists of the 2013 edition will be Daniel Libeskind, an artist and designer known all over the world for his innovative works that enhance the cities of three continents, America, Europe and Asia, such as the Jewish Museum of Berlin, the Imperial War Museum of Manchester, the Run Run Shaw Creative Media Center of Hong Kong, the MGM Mirage City Center of Las Vegas and the City-Life project in Milan, and who has already gone down in history with his master plan for Ground Zero in New York, which was the chosen plan for the reconstruction of the Twin Towers site in Manhattan and which will be completed in 2014.
Libeskind will be in Bologna on 27 February 2013 for a very high profile preview of Futurdesign and a keynote address which will be an influential prelude indicating the quality of the days to come. His presence will be widely publicised and highlighted, with an area dedicated to one of his installations and a zone dedicated to looking back over his background and his projects around the world. Libeskind’s presence in the 2013 edition, organised in this manner, highlights the nature of Futurdesign: an event with international appeal, which, by means of the best that the present can offer, is able to design in the best possible way the future of interior design.