Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs Maria Tripodi, who is in Qatar to attend the 5th United Nations Conference on Least Developed Countries, has inaugurated the “Italian Design Day” event in Doha, organised by the Embassy and the local ICE office in collaboration with VCUarts Qatar, one of the most interesting and innovative local universities dedicated to the arts, fashion and design.
The event, which now involves Italian Embassies, Consulates and Cultural Institutes around the world, was entirely dedicated to the mutual influences that bind Italy and Qatar through the experiences of professional designers from both countries, hence the title “Storie di design tra Italia e Qatar” (Stories of design between Italy and Qatar); indeed, the projects have been selected based on the desire for mutual understanding of Italian and Qatari culture and aesthetics. Also on the agenda was the promotion of the Salone del Mobile di Milano and Rome’s candidacy to host EXPO 2030.
“I am very pleased to be able to take part in Italian Design Day here in Qatar, which is now an important destination market for our best products. The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is well aware of the importance of design as a means to promote Italian lifestyle and industries, which is why we are also collaborating with an event of international scope such as the Salone del Mobile di Milano. The values of beauty, sustainability and the anthropocentric approach that underpin Italian design are also at the heart of our campaign for EXPO Rome 2030, which I promoted during my stay in Qatar and is currently entering its final and most intense phase.”