Guest of the appointment is Ico Migliore, co-founder with Mara Servetto of Migliore+Servetto Architects, Milan-based practice, with offices in Seoul and Tokyo. The studio embraces a wide range of projects on different scales from architecture to urban design, from interiors to communication, collaborating with an extensive spectrum of international companies in the field of fashion and design, realizing permanent and temporary installations and exhibitions around the world. Awarded important international prizes, they alternate research and teaching activities. Ico Migliore, is actually professor at the Design Department of the Politecnico di Milano and Chair Professor at the Dongseo University in Busan, South Korea.
Our conversation starts referring to the long, important experience of both the partners, before as students at the Politecnico di Torino and then as assistants at the Politecnico di Milano, alongside Achille Castiglioni, a man with great personality internationally recognized as a master of design, focusing in particular on the critical relevance of searching and transmitting identities.
The recent intervention for The Human Safety Net Foundation, in Venice, at the Procuratie Vecchie, consisted in organizing the entire third floor, headquarters of the association, including interior, multimedia design and an interactive exhibition path, has represented a second interesting moment of our talk. Further considerations then focused on the privileged role played by light and technology in the creation of the dynamic and emotional paths of their expositions and the capability to encourage wider public participation. Dwelling on the fascinating research dedicated on the expressive use of light,”α-cromactive”, the kinetic, permanent installation, realized for Intesa Sanpaolo skyscraper in Turin, is selected as emblematic example of this investigation. “Blue Line Park” and “Waterfront Door / Into the Ocean’’, both urban renewal attempts in terms of authentic sustainability, in Busan, South Korea, respectively aspire to reconnect different urban areas and to strengthen the concept of city as a "collective home”. As conclusion, a special mention has dedicated to Ico’s passion for designing and his beautiful sketches.