Since 1996 Futurdesign presents on an international level galleries of thematic works, made by the most prestigious interpreters of design and interior design, art, photography, communication, architecture, to respond to a need to live the future, imagining, anticipating and planning it. It is an appointment with great cultural relevance, turning Bologna into a showroom of excellence from various fields: art, interior design and communication. This is why cultural excellences from many fields have joined the show in the past, 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 and Michael Sieger, Ettore Sottsass, Francesca and Vittorio Storaro, Guillermo Trotti, Federico Uribe, Laura Villani, Sonja Vukicevic.
For the 2013 edition, with the objective to continue to be a prominent landmark with innovative inputs and ideas on how to Live the Future, Futurdesign will host new sections of the show dedicated to projects and selected artistic installations, curated by 8 famous international guests that will dignify the exhibit.
The most important of the protagonists of the 2013 edition will be Daniel Libeskind, artist and designer famous around the world for his innovative works that enrich the cities from three continents, America, Europe and Asia, such as the Jewish Museum in Berlin, the Imperial War Museum in Manchester, the Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre in Hong Kong, the MGM Mirage’s City Center in Las Vegas, the project City-Life in Milan, and, already a piece of history, his masterplan of New York’s Ground Zero, that is the project that was chosen for the rebuilding of the area where the Twin Towers once stood in Manhattan, that will be finished in 2014. Libeskind will be in Bologna from February 27, 2013, for a preview of Futurdesign and a Lectio Magistralis that will serve as a prelude to the following days. His presence will be put into evidence and widely underlined, with an area dedicated to his installation and a space to go through his story and projects all over the world. The participation of Libeskind to the 2013 edition underlines Futurdesign’s nature: and international event that uses the best that the present can offer to plan the future of interior design.
Many others will be guests of Futurdesign 2013: Andrea Branzi, architect, designer and Italian historian and theoretic of design that in 2008 received a Laurea Honoris Causa in Industrial Design at the faculty of Architecture “Ludovico Quaroni” from University of Rome “La Sapienza”; designer Marco Lodola, who paricipaed in the last two years to Biennale di Venezia with the installation Ca’ Lodola at Ca’ d’Oro over the Canal Grande. His works have also been chosen by fashion designer Vivienne Westwood as scenery for her Men’s Fashion Show during Milan’s fashion week and has participated with Citroen to build an installation in via della Spiga in Milan called “Citroen Full Electric”. He also held exhibits in London and Florence, an important solo one in Palazzo de’ Medici, and his works participated to Made in Italy in the World during the Beijing Luxury Property Showcase. As well as them there will also be Karim Rashid, important designer, industrial designer, design of fashion and furniture, lighting and art; Giulio Cappellini, architect and art director that was chosen by Time as one of the ten world trend setters in fashin and design; Guillermo Mariotto, stylist and designer.