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Italian Design Day - Conference by Italian artist Tarshito - FREE EVENT



Italian Design Day - Conference by Italian artist Tarshito - FREE EVENT

Design in Italy permeates the fields of culture, art and philosophy to such an extent that it constitutes our society's innate pattern; its novelty combined with the solidity of the traditional handicrafts and with the unprejudiced experimentation gives origin to Italian designers’ personal style. Besides, thanks to the notion that beauty must characterize products of mass consumption, art and design coexist and flourish much to their mutual benefit.

The birth of the design culture in Italy goes back to the extraordinary talents of the Renaissance, such as Leonardo da Vinci, and it reaches the modern art schools, which have made it possible for the contemporary industrial design to develop in many fertile and diversified ways. In particular, since the second postwar period, Italian design has quickly matured to support the growth of the country and it has launched a new concept of research. In driving industrial production, Italian design has shaped the objectives of development, and generated its own distinctive national characteristics.

Different peoples close or far away from our country have developed a unique attraction for the Italian lifestyle. It very much depends on the aesthetic and technological values that are inherent to our cultural environment and that are the source of the effort to integrate art with functions.

The influence of Italian design has also been determined by the continuous evolution of themes and techniques. Authors' creativity and pressure from manufacturers contribute to define a style that keeps changing while maintaining a distinctive Italian flavor even when foreign architects and designers participate in the production of the final design item.

The making of Italian design encourages a fusion of cultures that is one of the finest outputs of globalization; it fosters not only manufacturing processes but also intercultural dialogue. The concept behind designer objects have shaped a sort of universal language that tells stories about people who have every day, in every country, the same trivial needs for lamps and chairs, pots and bicycles, and so forth. The pleasure that beautiful ordinary objects can bring into everyday’s life is the intuition of the Italian design school.

Against this background on the same day, in 100 locations around the world, 100 "ambassadors" of Italian culture, selected among the big names of Italian design (designers, entrepreneurs, journalists, critics, communicators, teachers…), will illustrate the concept of excellence.

On the occasion of the first Italian Design Day, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute and the Consulate General of Italy in Hong Kong, will host a multimedia presentation by Tarshito.


Born in 1952 in Southern Italy, Tarshito is a renowned artist, designer, performer and architect. As a frequent traveler to Asia and expert on Indian culture, he uses materials and symbols that belong to ancient traditions and cultures, although his work is committed to the present and aspires to contribute to the future. Based on a systematic contamination and integration of apparently different techniques and on a deep dialogue with different artists and traditions, his aesthetic and cultural proposal has no equal in contemporary Italian art and design.

After earning a degree in architecture in Florence (with Gianni Pettena, a prominent figure in radical architecture), Tarshito has managed many projects in Italy and abroad, involving designers and artists of fame, such as Alessandro Mendini, Mario Merz and Nanda Vigo. His works have been exhibited, amongst others, at Venice Biennale, Milano Triennale, Rome International Centre of Contemporary Art, India International Centre Art Gallery, Mumbay Artist’s Centre, Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, the Nehru Centre in London, Monaco Artemisia Art Gallery.



Date: Thursday, March 02, 2017

Time: From 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Organized by : Italian Cultural Institute / Consulate General of Italy

In collaboration with : Minor in European Studies, Department of English, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Entrance : Free


The Polytechnic University of Hong Kong, Lecture Theatre, V322, 3/F, Jockey Club Innovation Tower, Hung Hom