Archinect - FIDI NEWS 2015-03-30T20:18:43-04:00 ASSEMBLING SELF-REFLECTION Chair Provides Space For Introspection Marc DiDomenico 2014-11-26T12:20:40-05:00 >2014-11-28T12:32:49-05:00 <p><strong>FLORENCE, ITALY</strong>&mdash; Daydreaming, reading or relaxing in a cozy chair is a traditional part of life. The latest chair design, developed at the Florence Institute of Design International (FIDI), encourages its owners to indulge in this personal time. The chair&rsquo;s smooth, rounded corners give the chair a comfortable feel while the two-toned wood adds warmth, thus welcoming the transcendence that one might experience when reflecting in its seat. Yet, the heavy proportions convey a sense of purpose and identity, grounding the individual in the material present.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;It is a chair for spending time with yourself, disconnecting and reconnecting&rdquo; says designer, Juan Ochoa.&nbsp; The design&rsquo;s name,&nbsp;<em>IO Chair,&nbsp;</em>draws upon the word &ldquo;<em>Io&rdquo;&nbsp;</em>which means &ldquo;<em>I&rdquo;</em>&nbsp;in Italian and underlines the intended individual experience to be found in the piece.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Each owner is meant to have the opportunity to develop a creative connection with the<em>&nbsp;IO Chair</em>. In the six-step assembly of the chair, one sees and feels its creation. Made ...</p> DESIGN YOUR FUTURE IN FLORENCE, International Italian design school continues to grow with new degree Marc DiDomenico 2013-07-06T14:29:16-04:00 >2013-07-15T22:02:37-04:00 <p> FLORENCE, ITALY - Design students will now have the opportunity to complete a Bachelor degree in Design at one of Italy&rsquo;s leading international design schools.&nbsp; For the first time Florence Institute of Design International will be offering a three-year Bachelor of Arts in Design entirely in the English language, right in the heart of historical Florence.</p> <p> The design degree has received validation by the University of Chester in the United Kingdom to offer the BA(Hons). Enrolment for the degree opens June 20th 2013, and students can specialise in either Graphic or Interior Design. Announcing the new degree, FIDI Director Marc DiDomenico said, &ldquo;The addition of the Bachelor of Arts to FIDI makes it one of the only design schools in Italy offering a European Bachelor degree in English&rdquo; &lsquo;The philosophy of FIDI is to provide a first-class facility offering the highest level of education and resources to design students around the world,&rsquo; Arch DiDomenico said. &lsquo;The key is the diversity ...</p> ALTERNATINING COLOR CONCEPT Marc DiDomenico 2013-01-31T10:57:25-05:00 >2013-02-23T00:01:06-05:00 <p> <img alt="" src=""><br><strong>ALTERNATINING COLOR CONCEPT<br> EOS armchair retouched with an intrinsic new color pattern</strong></p> <br><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Florence, Italy-</strong> A new version of the EOS chair designed by arch. Leonardo Rossano, has been proposed with an intrinsic new color scheme. The chair produced by True Design of Padova, is named 'EOS' derived from the Greek goddess 'dawn' or morning twilight. The chair is designed for boardrooms, lounges and refined home settings.&nbsp; The EOS chair has been now retailored by young designer, Sara Arias, with a pallet of colors that express the chair's underlying structure. The new alternate version uses a multicolored fabric selection and was inspired by the chair's modular system. The chair was originally available only in solid color tones. This unique version was fabricated custom for the Florence Institute after a visit to the chair's factory.&nbsp;</p> <p> The original EOS design has been available since last year in many bright colors, characteristic of the product selection of True Design. Until now...</p> RADICAL IDEAS TRANSCENDENT; A NEW GENERATION COLLABORATION BETWEEN 60’S ITALIAN RADICALIST AND UNDERSTUDY BECOMES REALITY Marc DiDomenico 2012-07-13T04:21:06-04:00 >2012-07-15T09:53:21-04:00 <p> FLORENCE, ITALY - The Jacobsen-Binazzi Shelving Unit is a bookshelf that originated as a class project between Prof. Arch. Lapo Binazzi and his Master Student, Bethany Jacobsen, but has since transformed into a tangible, colorful design of rectangular units that can be reconfigured by the user. The project, titled Conoscenti, was selected for production by the company Genesis International of Siena who was interested in discovering young emerging designers. Made of brightly painted MDF panels, the juxtaposing primary colors accentuate the innovative qualities of this adaptable object. &ldquo;The piece became independently architectural, released from any dependency on a wall - meant instead to create or define space on its own. Open-ended cubes are suspended within the frame in a variety of volumes, which can be choreographed in a number of ways. The depths of each cube are varied to create a sculptural, multi-dimensional quality,&rdquo; comments Jacobsen. The design was first displayed as a ...</p>