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Design Diplomacy 2018 – Italy

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Built in 1918, the residence of the Italian Embassy in Eira was originally offered to house the potential King of Finland, Friedrich Karl. He declined, however, and Finland became a republic.

Claudio Larcher will participate in the Design Diplomacy discussion from Italy to meet his Finnish counterpart industrial designer Sebastian Jansson.

Born in Milan, Claudio Larcher graduated in architecture at the Politecnico di Milano. He moved to Barcelona and  Madrid where he conducts researches and collaborates with several Spanish architectural firms. Back in  Italy in 2002, he founds Modoloco design studio together with Flavio Mazzone, with the aim of building an open space for experimentation and research, in where different experiences have the opportunity to take form in the fields of architecture, design and visual communication.

Creativity is at the base of all the things that it does, it is a constant necessity, which pushes him to imagine and create new projects every day; since 2010 also in the field of social utility, where architecture and design can be put at the service of the communities also on an international scale. He has edited and participated in various exhibitions in Italy, Japan, Spain, France, England, and Sweden. He is the author of the books “Globetrotting designers” (by Composers) and “Design, school and solidarity” (published by Fausto Lupetti). Larcher is currently Director of the design bachelor degree at NABA in Milan, and also he has been teaching at Italian and foreign universities.

Finnish industrial designer Sebastian Jansson’s nascent vision is both contemporary and international in its expression of form, material and presentation. Through his extensive conceptual cognisance Sebastian and his team has developed projects of considerable diversity – ranging from one-off gallery pieces to highly industrial products, with both successful growth-stage companies and industrially significant brands. Series of ventures have defined Sebastian Jansson as one of the bright sparks of Finland for a generation of young designers compelled to escape the shadow of Scandinavian modernism.

Jansson studied industrial design at Aalto University, Politecnico di Milano and ENSCI-Les Ateliers. Today Jansson is based in Helsinki, and works closely integrated with the industry, directing and developing design of everyday objects. Awards include the 2014 GOOD DESIGN™ Award by Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, the Rising Star at Muoto2013 gala by Aller Media, Silver in Best of the Year 2012 awards by Grafia ry, second prize in 2010 SaloneSatellite Awards in Milan.

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The event is part of the Helsinki Design Week Design Diplomacy discussion series, which open the doors to Helsinki-based ambassadors’ residences. See the participating embassies and their schedules here.


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