The beauty of Italian design was again displayed in Georgia. The Italian Embassy in Georgia and the Desk of the Italian Trade Agency (ITA) hosted the traditional, annual event related to the promotion of Italian design and Architecture in Tbilisi on May 30-31. Through a wide engagement of the respective scientific, academic and business communities, including prestigious universities and architectural studios, a rich “menu” of initiatives was offered to the Georgian public, creating an immersive experience in the beauty of Italian design.
As part of the event, H.E. the Ambassador of Italy in Georgia, Mr. Enrico Valvo and H.E. the Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia, Mr. Irakli Karseladze co-inaugurated three exhibitions, which will remain available for the visitors of the Museum of Modern Art Zurab Tsereteli – MOMA of Tbilisi until 3 June, 2022.
The one prepared in collaboration with the Italian National Council of Architects, Planners, Landscapers and Conservatives (CNAPPC) revolves around the main theme of the initiative: “Re@Generation: Design and new technologies for a sustainable future”.
The iconic magazine “Domus”, through its Georgian edition – the first to be activated and the only one active across Eastern Europe and Eurasia – will build on such key theme with an exhibition structured around an evocative question: “Can History and The Future Cohabit?”.
To complete the exhibitions program, the original projects by Georgian young designers awarded by the Italian Embassy and the Istituto Europeo di Design – IED, within the creativity contest (titled “When Italian Design meets Georgian Creativity”) were announced and included in the exhibition spaces.
Istituto Europeo di Design – IED made available to the winner a scholarship in one of its Italian facilities, plus a free of charge “Smart Creativity” online course for the second place, while the Embassy delivered a surprise prize to the winner of a “Jury Prize”.
“I am extremely glad to inaugurate the Italian Design Days in Georgia, organized by the Embassy in collaboration with Tbilisi’s Desk of the Italian Trade Agency (ITA). This is indeed becoming a tradition, which we are proud to move forward and make ever more substantial, year after year. My gratitude goes to the large team of public and private partners, both from the Italian and Georgian sides – including prestigious universities and architectural studios – that we managed to gather. They made it possible to offer, building on the success of last year’s event, quite a rich menu of initiatives. First, let me just emphasize a general point: through exhibitions and the strong engagement of the respective scientific, academic and business communities, the main goal of this initiative is to provide the Georgian public with an immersive experience in the beauty of Italian design and shedding light on cooperation between Italy and Georgia in such field.
“I take this opportunity to thank the Istituto Europeo di Design – IED, which pledged to make available to the winner of the first prize a full scholarship in one of its Italian facilities, plus a free of charge “Smart Creativity” online course for the second place. The Embassy will award to the winner of the “Jury Prize” a 100% made in Italy kit of coffee making and service, with quite a unique design. I will proceed now to announce the names of the winners: Ms. Ani PERIASHVILI is awarded with the first prize, while Ms. Nino DAPKVIASHVILI will be awarded with the second prize and Ms. Tika SHELIA with the “Jury Prize”. To all of you, I wish to express my warmest congratulations for being able, in spite of your very young age, to show such an accomplished understanding of design in several fields, from interior to fashion. This is our symbolic, although significant, award for the creativity of Georgian young generations, as well as their ability to compete according to the highest European standards, which has huge potential to further grow in the next years. We are glad to be such a close partner of yours on this path,” H.E. Ambassador Enrico Valvo thus addressed the winners and other participants of the event.
Many renowned actors in the field of architecture and design, including representatives of companies, scholars, experts and professional associations, participated in the main workshop on May 31. Among these: the University of Florence, Architecture and Poli.design Specializing Master (founded by Politecnico di Milano), the Municipal Development Fund (MDF) of Georgia, the Academy of Fine Arts and Tbilisi’s Center of Architecture, Design and Creative Industries, in addition to IED and the editorial team of Domus – Georgia.