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special event > Italian Design Day 2022


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Italian Design Day is an annual celebration of Italian Design launched in 2017 by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, in collaboration and with the support of the Ministry of Culture. This year’s theme is Re-Generation. Design and new technologies for a sustainable future.

A new ecology of beauty. Italian design seeding a sustainable future

Design and beauty are in our Italian DNA, SUSTAINABILITY is in our future.

Join us for a hybrid one-hour talk focusing on the roots of Italian design as well as how top young designers and brands are redefining the idea of “Made in Italy” and presenting design as a tool for an environmentally sustainable, socially equitable, and culturally inclusive future.

The panel will include a keynote address by Prof. Paola Bertola (Politecnico di Milano | Ambassador of the Italian Design Day 2022 in Los Angeles) who will also moderate the contributions of award-winning designer and co-founder of Eligo, Alberto Nespoli, AIALA’s 2022 Committee on the Environment Chair, Miranda Gardiner, and the representatives of two Italian brands in the Melrose Design District, Robina Benson (Paola Lenti) and Moreno Vitaloni (Giorgetti).

Welcome remarks by the Consul General of Italy in Los Angeles, Silvia Chiave, the Italian Trade Commissioner, Alessandra Rainaldi, and the Director of Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles, Emanuele Amendola.


March 23 2022 | 12:00 PM PST
Zoom Live streaming from the Paola Lenti and Giorgetti Showroom in West Hollywood




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paola bertolaPaola Bertola

Professor, School of Design Politecnico di Milano

She teaches in the MSc in Products Service System and Design for the Fashion System and has also been teaching in several Polimi joint programs among which “Data-Shack” with Harvard University, and “Data-Life” with NYU. She focuses on design driven innovation as a key driver towards sustainability for Cultural and Creative Industries. Twice awarded with the ADI “Compasso d’Oro” for research (2001-2011).



robina bensonRobina Benson

Founder at Robina Benson – Design House

Known for being a Pioneer of Luxury Outdoor living, Robina Benson has cemented her name in the LA Design community since 2007. She is a successful entrepreneur with a passion for curating and developing modern luxury Design Brands to cater to the discerning and ever-evolving taste of her LA clientele.



miranda gardinerMiranda Gardiner

Vice President, HKS Inc. Assoc. AIA, LEED Fellow, Fitwel Ambassador, WELL AP

A Sustainable Design Leader in HKS’s Los Angeles office, Miranda manages sustainability practices for national and international projects and has spoken at Greenbuild Conference + Expo and CarbonPositive. She serves as the chair for AIA-LA Committee on the Environment (COTE) and on the Board of Directors for AIA-LA and San Diego Green Building Council


alberto nespoliAlberto Nespoli

Co-founder of Eligo and interior architect of EligoStudio

EligoStudio projects combine the experience of timeless techniques to the design of new contemporary spaces. Each project has its own uniqueness and brings the charm of the Italian Design. EligoStudio represents the key concept of the Italian lifestyle into design projects, such as retail, hotels, trade fairs, scenographies, restaurants and exclusive private homes.



moreno vitalonibwMoreno Vitaloni

CEO Giorgetti USA Inc

Moreno has a very successful track record of managing for more than 20 years high-end furniture brands in international and domestic markets.
His responsibilities include growing the operations of Giorgetti USA in North & South America as well as, in collaboration with his team, thoroughly presenting Giorgetti to the US design community. Working closely with the US’s A&D is the main goal of Giorgetti USA, ensuring that the Giorgetti brand name is synonymous with great design, craftsmanship, sustainability, and quality.


  • Organized by: the Consulate General of Italy, the Italian Trade Agency, and the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles
  • In collaboration with: Politecnico di Milano