After dropping out of Computer Science in 2009, I felt totally lost. Until I discovered Product Design. I immediately got attracted by this discipline, which requires a strong balance between rationality & creativity, something that has always characterized me.
Fast forward 4 years, and I graduated from Politecnico di Milano in Industrial & Product Design and started my career as a designer.
• Thesis project used for the writing of the paper “Music therapy as an interactive rehabilitation tool for people with Alzheimer’s: ergonomical issues” for AHFE 2014 in Krakow.
• Design of the kitchen “AdaptLiving” for LG Hausys and Poliform.
• AdaptLiving prototype exhibited at FuoriSalone 2014.
• Design the InfoPoint for the new Biella Hospital with Ugo Nespolo
With Product Design, I truly thought I’d found what I was supposed to do. But during the first year as a freelance designer – even though it went great – I didn’t feel that “burning desire” that you MUST have when you want to create something out of nothing. Back then, I had danced with the thought of being a photographer for several years already, and so, trusting that my newly found “designer’s eye” would give me an edge, I transitioned to photography.
AdaptLiving is an island kitchen accessible for everyone that optimizes the space of the living room; it has been developed following a user-centered design approach: we visited nursing homes and hospitals and talked with different persons, also following the principles of ergonomics. That’s how we got to the project requirements and dimensions. All this led to the final result of a kitchen really designed for people. The entire kitchen is made of HI-MACS.
Music^3 is an innovative music therapy tool, programmable and easy to use; it can reproduce sounds, songs, etc., each linked to a single button of the cube. It has been designed to be used with Alzheimer’s patients with different therapeutic needs, but it can also be used for different kinds of patients.
Sleep is essential for our life, and its quality affects several aspects of our life. AltoSilente is an ANC (Active Noise Control) machine and a bedside lamp designed for those who live in a noisy area and can’t properly sleep. The product creates a silent area near the head of the user, also creating a relaxing atmosphere with its colored diffused light.
The laboratory theme was “The Green City.” My team and I decided to explore the green inside the house or outside on the balcony. Our main goal was to sensitize people about green and re-introducing it in their houses. Veggy is a new kind of product that allows you to effectively cultivate vegetables inside your home using the hydroponic culture system. You can discover the pleasure of a new kind of gardening, decorate your living room, and eat what you harvest.
The concept for this project was to conjugate art and design inside of a hospital. Ugo Nespolo’s art objective was to create an obelisk, a point of attraction for every person who would enter the hospital. I was asked to create an easily accessible desk that could also interact with the work of art.
The “Industrial Design 2” laboratory goal was to make each team analyze an existing product, findin g out its flaws, and design a new and improved version.
My team was assigned with an electric grill from Rowenta, the KG64. We decided to improve several technical and usability aspects, while aiming to a new target: singles. Usually grilles are very big and bulky; we tried to design a tiny (but powerful) version.
• One of my mentors was Giovanna Castiglioni, the daughter of the product design legend, Achille Castiglioni.
• I served as an “unofficial interpreter” for all the Erasmus classmates that didn’t speak Italian.
• I am terrible at drawing by hand.