In the current international scenario, how can one ensure that design responds to the technological development needs of our societies and the lighting demands of our homes, public spaces and cities in a sustainable manner, without setting aside art and beauty? This was the theme of the round table “Light and Energy: Habitat and City”, which was held in the Auditorium of Disseny Hub Barcelona (DHUB) as part of Italian Design Day, the 2023 edition of which was dedicated to “Enlightening Quality”.
The event, which was attended by over 120 people, was organised by the Consulate General of Italy in Barcelona with the collaboration of the European Institute of Design (IED) in Barcelona and the Barcelona Design Museum with the aim of promoting Italian design in the world. The debate was attended by Marcello Arosio, Artistic Director of AreaOdeon and the Kernel Festival, Juan Garrigosa, B2G Director of Endesa X, Maria Güell Ordis, lighting designer, founder of La Invisible Studio and Artistic Director of the LLUMBCN festival, and Maurici Ginés, lighting designer and founder of Artec Studi. The meeting was moderated by Michela Mezzavilla, architect, lighting designer, co-founder of MMAS, lecturer at IED Barcelona and 2023 Design Ambassador in Barcelona.
The event was introduced by Jose Luis de Vicente, Director of the Barcelona Design Museum, Emanuele Manzitti, Consul General of Italy in Barcelona, and Andrea Marchesi, Director of IED Barcelona. In his speech, the Consul General recalled that “design is a privileged field of collaboration between Italy and Spain, as well as an area where the two countries play a leading international role in combating climate change, protecting the environment and promoting sustainable development.”