The Association of Rotational Moulders Australasia first viewed a form of the Design Exhibition at the Alliance of Rotational Moulding Organisations Conference in Berlin in 2006 and found it to be an exciting introduction to what is actually possible through the use of the moulding process. From here ARMA then worked with AISR (Italian Rotomoulding Association) and curator Riccardo Giovanetti from Studio Giovanetti Italy to develop a show that would be of interest to both the industry and designers as well as able to be shipped over to Australia. It was from here that the ARMA Rotational Design Exhibition was conceived.
The purpose of this Exhibition was to show a new way to make innovative products using rotational moulding (molding) to provide a new strategy to add value and open new markets within Australasia. It was also a powerful and visual element to promote the rotomoulding (rotomolding) culture to the world od designers media and producers. We also found that the Exhibition was an extremely good vehicle to connect the industries within different countries by working together on this project.
With the concept developed the show was then shipped to Australia to be opened in conjunction with the annual industry conference Rotomould 2008 on the Gold Coast. In 2009 it was then accepted as part of the Sydney Design Week in August and will be displayed in Auckland in September.
From here it was unsure what would happen with the show but it has been decided that the pieces will be auctioned off with the proceedings being donated to an industry charity.
Riccardo Giovanetti was born in Milan in 1967.He attended the Faculty of Architecture at the Milan Polytechnic where he graduated in Industrial Design in 1992. He began his carrer in the field of design by working as a designer for a number of new trademarks which in those years appeared in the panorama of design production: in small objects and household accessories circles between ‘93 and ‘96 he worked for Alarossa and then Atlante up until ‘98 as well as designing furniture and accessories for steel. Alongside these first experiences he was deeply involved in design research borne out among other things by a cycle of shows held in Italy and japan: “Oggetti Risorti” in 1996 in Milan “Oggetti Discreti” at the Fondazione Mudima in 1997 “Oggetti Onesti” in Milan and “Objects” at the Living Design Center in Tokyo in 1998. That year signalled the start of a new phase which saw a growing activity in the world of industrial design; testifying to this fact are collaborations with different companies in the furnishing industries such as Adele C. Cassina Pallucco Montina Felicerossi Flou Schopenhauer in Italy and Interdecor in Japan; in lighting circles with Fontana Arte Candle and Firme di Vetro in Italy; domestic appliances with Whirlpool and urban design with Recovered in Italy.He’s also working as design director for many international companies as Armstrong Forbo Takett (resilient flooring) Omnidecor (glass) Frati (recycled wood) Bayer Sheets (polymers). He’s design consulent for some of the most important european associations as ECVM European Council of Vynil Manufactures in Brussels Associazione Italiana Stampaggio Rotazionale Istituto Italiano per le Plastiche da Riciclo Replastic and Istituto Italiano Rame.
In 1997 with a group of international designers he came up with the idea of Replasticity a collection of objects for the city for Replastic whereas between ‘98 and ‘99 he designed the street furniture for the new Parco Olona for the Milan City Council.
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