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The third edition of NEXT DESIGN PERSPECTIVES will be held on Thursday, October 27, at the Triennale Milano. The Altagamma event devoted to future trends in creativity and design will be curated by Beatrice Leanza, the incoming Director of mudac – Museum of Design and Applied Arts in Lausanne - from January 1, 2023.

NEXT DESIGN PERSPECTIVES embraces the creative expressions of design applied to fashion, furniture, food, automotive, yacht-building, jewellery and hospitality. The initiative is in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and ITA, the Italian Trade Agency.

The third edition got underway in October 2021 with a preview in Milan and two subsequent events, in Shanghai in November 2021 and in New York in May 2022, which picked up the same themes with the input of local speakers, with a view to extending the initiative’s international reach.

NEXT DESIGN PERSPECTIVES culminates in a conference scheduled from 9:30 am on October 27 at the Triennale Milano, which will also be streamed on

"With NEXT DESIGN PERSPECTIVES Altagamma continues to look to the future: though this is obviously a very complex period on an international scale, our companies still need to read, interpret and respond to the changes taking place in society from a fresh perspective", commented Matteo Lunelli, Chairman of Altagamma. "The world of luxury spans a host of different industries and must continue to represent a driving force for our economy. The annual NEXT DESIGN PERSPECTIVES event aims to be a workshop exploring the new trends in creativity: the true differentiator underpinning the success of our brands".

"The conference explores the role of design in the context of a new idea of planetary co-existence, showing how innovation and cross-sectorial research can lead to the development of new systems of care, social and environmental balance, thus enhancing human potential to mitigate the devastating effects of our impact on the planet and the extremism this is generating," says Beatrice Leanza, curator of NEXT DESIGN PERSPECTIVES 2021-2022. "Design in Flux, the concept chosen for this edition, pays tribute to future-driven forms of design intelligence founded on intellectual cross-pollination, exploring a world of cognition, sensation, and interconnectedness, from the molecular to the ultra-planetary scale," she adds.

The conference, which will be opened by Matteo Lunelli, Chairman of Altagamma, with Beatrice Leanza presenting the concept, has three sections devoted to the macro issues on the agenda this year. The third-panel discussion is organised in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, one of the most important international organisations set up with the aim of accelerating the transition to the circular economy.

The Program

Design and the Scientific Imagination: Natural, Human and Machine Intelligence
Lonneke Gordijn | Artist and co-founder of the DRIFT STUDIO
Quayola | Artist

Exploring the expanding web of relations between the world of scientific research and design, and how human, natural and machine intelligence inform design strategies that can create a more wholesome, resonant interconnection between humans and the world, to help us face the radical changes that characterise our era.

Collective Intelligence: New horizons in Design Collaborations
Brendan McGetrick | Creative Director, Museum of the Future, Dubai
Erez Nevi Pana | Founder of the Erez Nevi Pana studio
Alfredo Munoz | Founder of ABIBOO and FutuverseTM
Claudia Pasquero | Co-founder of ecoLogicStudio
Moderator: Aric Chen | General and Artistic Director of Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam

We take a look at the core tenets of collaboration in the world of innovations, crafting a balance between technology-driven and biophilic methodologies of creation and exploring alternative materials or bio-algorithms, showing what it now means to practice “sustainable” design. From material engineering, to building automated living scapes or regenerative solutions on a systemic scale, at a terrestrial or ultra-planetary level, these practitioners bear witness to radical collaborations across industries and forms of knowledge and storytelling, plugging us into a future-present of wonder, hope and concrete potential.

Design Thinking in Action – in collaboration with The Ellen Macarthur Foundation
Gaëlle Le Gélard | Design Manager at The Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Jon Gray | Co-founder of Ghetto Gastro
Matteo Vignoli | Founder of the Future Food Institute
Moderator: Spencer Bailey | Co-founder of The Slowdown

Here we dive into an expanded sense of building with the environment, creating strategies in which new alliances among stakeholders - creatives, companies, governments and communities - can be formed to work towards an equitable, sustainable future, for an other-than-human world. The panel discussion presented in collaboration with the pioneering Ellen MacArthur Foundation reports on case studies and stories on change in the field of food systems and food design, where sustainability and circularity have become central to action, research and development strategies, from production to education and cultural activism.

Beatrice Leanza
Curator, 3rd edition of NEXT DESIGN PERSPECTIVES

A cultural strategist, curator, and critic, Beatrice has grown into a reference figure in the contemporary design and arts fields thanks to her unique insight into the creative scene in China and the Asian regions, and a critical practice founded on social engagement, community building, and place-making applied to institutional and cultural agency. She lived in Beijing from 2002 to 2019. Beatrice is the director of mudac - the Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts in Lausanne (from January 1st, 2023). She served as executive director of maat – the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon (2019 - 2021), as creative director of Beijing Design Week (2013 – 2016), and is the co-founder of The Global School, an alternative education project dedicated to applied research in design and its social impact.

Fondazione Altagamma
Founded in 1992, Altagamma gathers Italy's top cultural and creative companies, which promote the country's excellence, distinctive identity, and lifestyle worldwide. With a uniquely transversal approach, Altagamma has 23 partners and represents 113 brands from seven different industries: fashion, design, jewelry, food, hospitality, automotive, and yacht-building, which between them boast more than 10,000 years of history. Altagamma's mission is to boost the growth and competitiveness of Italy's cultural and creative companies, thus making an effective contribution to the country’s economy. In a world market worth almost €1,000 billion, the Italian high-end sector has a turnover of € 100 billion and accounts for 6.85 per cent of the country's GDP. Around 53 per cent of its revenues come from exports. The sector employs 1,922,000 people directly and indirectly.


Beatrice Leanza




Lonneke Gordijn, Quayola, Brendan McGetrick, Erez Nevi Pana, Alfredo Munoz, Claudia Pasquero, Gaëlle Le Gélard, Jon Gray, Matteo Vignoli
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