Isola Design Awards
After the success of the first edition, we are ready for Isola Design Awards 2022.
Designers will be able to apply by submitting their projects for the categories in competitions that will be evaluated and rewarded by the public, sponsors and an international jury.
These were the 22 members of the international jury for the 2021 Awards, chosen for their outstanding knowledge of the design industry.
We will reveal the 2022 jury within November 30.
Product designer and artist, Elena Salmistraro lives and works in Milan. Graduated from Polytechnic University of Milan in 2008, together with architect Angelo Stoli she founded her own studio in 2009, where she has been working on architectural and design projects ever since.
She works as a product designer and artist/illustrator for leading companies in the international creative industry, including Apple, Disney, Ikea, Vitra, Moooi, Alessi, Huawei, Lavazza, Nike, Bosa, Seletti, De Castelli, CC tapis, Timberland, Replay, LuisaViaRoma, Yoox, Cedit and others. Besides, she collaborates with prestigious Art and Design Galleries, such as Rossana Orlandi, Antonio Colombo Gallery, Dilmos, Camp Design Gallery, SecondoMe, My Own Gallery, andSubalterno1.
“My creations are the result of a combination of art and design; utmost care for details, painstaking search for the harmony of shapes, and poetic style characterize my projects. One of my work’s priorities is the search for the expressive language of objects, which may fascinate people by evoking emotions.”
Ana Milena Palacios and Christophe Penasse
Founders of MasquespacioRead bio
Masquespacio is an award winning creative consultancy created in 2010 by Ana Milena Hernández Palacios and Christophe Penasse. Combining the 2 disciplines of their founders, interior design and marketing, the Spanish design agency creates custom-made branding and interior projects through a unique approach that results in fresh and innovative concepts. In 2020 they won the EDIDA 2020 ‘Young Talent Award’ by Elle Decoration Spain and in 2019 they have been awarded ‘Interior Designers of The Year’ by the Spanish edition of The New York Times’ T Magazine. Previously they also have been awarded with the ‘Massimo Dutti New Values’ award by Architectural Digest Spain and the ‘Wave of the Future’ award by Hospitality Design USA, next to a continued international recognition by media specialized in design, fashion and lifestyle trends. They have worked on projects in several countries like Norway, USA, France, Portugal, Germany, and Spain.
Actually they are working on several hotel and restaurant projects in Spain, Saudi Arabia, Colombia, Singapore, and Cambodia.
Sara Ricciardi is a multifaceted designer who lives in Milan. She designs products for companies, unique pieces for galleries, performative actions, interiors, and installations.
She leads numerous workshops and university courses on Social and Relational Design.
Born in Benevento among stories of witches and peacock feathers, she is a great collector of bizarre objects – for her, “Form follows poetry”.
Founder of PATASPAZIO, a studio for art direction and consultancy.
Julia Haney Montañez
Founder of The Design ReleaseRead bio
Julia Montanez is a writer, curator, designer, and co-founder of the tech-based platform, The Design Release — the ultimate source for discovering global design events, news, and industry jobs. For the past seven years, she has been the Editor-at-Large for the Architectural Digest Design Show, focusing on the popular Made section, dedicated to emerging designers.
Architect & Founder of Lai StudioRead bio
Architect and designer, Maurizio Lai began his career designing for television, entertainment and fashion, to rapidly extend his activity to the residential, commercial and contract sectors, both in Italy and abroad.
He studied in Venice and Milan, where he established his own Studio, conceived as a multidisciplinary environment that develops continuous synergies between architecture and design, determining the creative imprint and the intense emotional impact of the works.
Original interpreter of a contemporary aesthetic, his work is defined by an instinctive approach, naturally reflected in his creations, where lighting has consistently played a fundamental role, anticipating times and trends. Hospitality and Retail represent the scene of an expressive research, which manifests itself in the built as a visual impact and creation of experience, delicately moving into private residential design.
Widely recognized for the quality of his output, his style has been described as one of the most interesting on the contemporary Italian scene.
Maurizio Lai was recently awarded with the RBDA as Best Lighting International and nominated at the Dezeen Awards as Best Interior Practice of the Year. His work is featured in the most authoritative publications on architecture and design.
Alongside the practice, he collaborates with prestigious training institutions, such as the Politecnico di Milano, SPD and IULM, teaching and receiving foreign delegations.
Designer & InfluencerRead bio
Camilla Bellini is an Italian professional designer and design blogger. Thanks to her experiential narrative of design she has created a community of over 100 thousand people on her digital channels. Her aesthetic taste, together with the history of Made in Italy, distinguishes and characterizes her design. She is also a trainer on digital and social media issues and author of the book “Influencer Marketing” for Hoepli. Her work has earned her numerous awards and exclusive participation in trade fairs and cultural events as a judge, ambassador, speaker, and creator.
Marco Williams Fagioli
Designer & Founder of ZupRead bio
Marco Williams Fagioli, after graduating from ISIA Urbino, founded in 2001 Zup Design where he is the Creative Director. The studio deals with strategic design and project integration. He has acquired many awards, among these; two Compassi d’Oro ADI, the Reddot Design Award, Design Plus, Germany Design Award, twice the Grandesign Etico, the Good Design Award from Chicago Athenaeum, and the Best Communicator Award Marmomacc. For many years he has been combining his profession as a designer with teaching, currently, he is a University Professor of Industrial Design at the Degree Course in Design of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of Perugia.
Founder of Berlin Design WeekRead bio
Cultural manager, curator, networking communication designer, expert of the german competence center of the cultural–and creative industry of the German Federation. Her great passion is to breathe life into different events to get products, processes, or subjects bubbling with the right presentation. Even unusual connections like design & nutrition or design & violence turned out to be eye-opening concepts
Founder of Design NetworkRead bio
Design Network – Co-founder Lorenz Kilga comes from a family of entrepreneurs who has been in the furniture and design industry for several generations. Despite his young age, he can benefit from this experience and knowledge. Without being a designer himself, Lorenz Kilga went to London, where he studied design management with a focus on strategic creative processes. There he learned the basics of
how to market good design and what you have to do to properly introduce a prototype to the market.
Afterward, Lorenz Kilga received a scholarship for the top-class New York Parsons Art & Design School, where he further deepened his knowledge. After completing a master’s degree in consumer and retail entrepreneurship at London’s UCL and practical experience in a Stockholm strategy agency, Lorenz Kilga founded the strategic design & consulting agency Design Network together with his father
Today he and his agency bring together creative and strategic minds who use innovative strategies to solve challenges in the furniture industry. As a result, Design Network empowers experts to inspire with value-conscious design. are excited to inspire with value-conscious design.
Co-Founder of GreenDesigns_Read bio
Marlene Bruch is an industrial design student from Germany and the founder of @Greendesigns_. She believes design should focus on today’s biggest challenges (environmental and social) and engage with potential users. Therefore, she aims to include sustainability into every design process as much as possible or even making it the main focus. To further her knowledge in environmental issues, and to explore how we as designers can create solutions, she started her journey with @Greendesigns_ in 2018 after a project where she studied the use cases of cork. She became part of a wonderful community, caring to solve solutions in innovative ways, becoming a better designer herself, and inspiring others to do so as well. Since then she has fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of the German, Danish, and Australian design communities.
Ana Luiza Magalhães and Marlon Chiumento
Co-Founders of SOMA_studiomilanoRead bio
She a natural communicator, passionate about design and cultural diversity. Her work experience in design and advertising and academic background, MA in Media Industries (University of Leeds), not only reflects these interests but also helped me deepen my knowledge in these fields. She has worked in advertising and design agencies in Brazil and England, and she currently lives and works in Milan, Italy.
In 2017, I moved to Milan, and inspired by the brave new world of circular design, I co-created SOMA_studiomilano to spark conversations about sustainable and circular design with those who share a genuine love for our planet and believe in the restorative power of design. At SOMA_studiomilano, we create content about sustainable and circular design and collaborate with businesses, magazines, blogs, and educational institutions.
Architect & Founder of MAKEYOURHOMERead bio
Graduated in Architecture in 2007, at the faculty of Naples Federico II, constantly looking for new things that can excite her.
Roberta moved to Milan in 2017 where she founded Makeyourhome studio, a creative research laboratory born from the desire to propose a new way to live the experience of design, from blogging to the construction site, the new tools of the trade are online and emotional. Today the studio works on different levels, from online interior consulting to the renovation project, from art direction to styling, with a research based on the interaction between communication, design, and architecture.
The house tells not only his own style but a unique approach to life, it is with this spirit that in 2012 was born Makeyourhome, an interior design blog that will bring his profession to confront the world of digital. From a particular graft between design and storytelling was born the idea of accompanying the brand in the path that studies the new trends of living and product. A creative consultancy that goes as far as the development of a visual communication strategy and content targeted to social media for brands and design showrooms.
Fransje Gimbrère is a multidisciplinary designer and artist, born and raised in Tilburg, the textile city of The Netherlands, and graduated in 2017 from the Design Academy in Eindhoven with her ‘Standing Textile(s)’.
Her concepts and designs are a refined combination of function and fantasy. Fransje creates the remarkable, by playing with perception, identity, and visual presentation.
She challenges the way we look at things and stimulates the imagination.
Through engineering material behaviour and manipulating image and shape, she shows surprising possibilities and new interpretations that lure you in.
Her work often contains contradictory elements, a unique approach and encompasses fashion, product, and set design, art and styling.
Born in Agrigento, class 1990, Salvatore Palumbo begins his university studies in engineering and then, after 3 years of training spent between Catania and Milan, he prefers the more compositional aspect and moves the focus on space and on the human wellbeing, Starting so the university course in architecture at the University of Palermo.
At the end of his studies, he undertakes the freelance profession starting to collaborate with some architects already present in the area, and later to open “LP2-Studio” with the focus of activity main focus on architectural design and interior design for residential and commercial buildings.
“LP2 STUDIO” has headquarters and main activity in Sicily, but in recent years, also Rome, Bologna, Milan, and Brussels become new scenarios to express the basic concepts of his professional activity.
Essentiality of architecture and simplicity of forms, which have always been the founding principles of his activity, is translated into the choice of refined materials, never bright colors and linear geometric shapes: these are unmistakable traits of an architecture that enhances the memory of the territory and places at the center the well-being of man.
He is currently attending the master course in “project management” at the Sole 24 Ore business school with the aim of deepening the themes of project management at 360 degrees.
Designer & InfluencerRead bio
Wisse Trooster (1988) is a passionately curious designer from The Netherlands. Trooster works with a variety of materials and in multiple disciplines. He presented his Hands of Time clock, with a clock face made from a worn sanding disc from Design Academy Eindhoven, at gallery Rosanna Orlandi in 2017 and is amongst the Interior Design Best of Year honourees of 2018 with his sustainable cardboard 900 LED pendant and 2020 with his Circular Wall Lamp Collection.
Trooster started his design studio during his study of Industrial Design at Eindhoven University of Technology. Inspired by the production techniques he encountered, he made his first products with an industrial touch. Nowadays, in addition to designing interior products, Trooster participates in international light festivals with his fairytale-like light installation Lucciole. An installation that creates the illusion of millions of fireflies floating through the trees.
While exploring the Dutch design work field, Trooster started his online Dutch Design collection at @wisse_design. A collection that keeps himself and others up to date on the developments within the industry, and is promoting Dutch design at the same time.
Interior Designer & Founder of 725 Design StudioRead bio
Interior designer and founder of 725.design studio, author of design columns and trend-setter.
For 8 years of experience she has made projects in the USA, Ukraine, Italy, England and Azerbaijan.
During her career, Katerina appeared on the pages of many magazines as a contributor, such as L’Officiel, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Dezeen.
Have published about 30 interviews while working as an editor for “Dom Interier” magazine. Also she was interviewed about interior design trends 2021 for Ukrainian national television.
Co-Founder of Caracol AMRead bio
Giovanni Avallone is the Co-Founder and Chief Design&Engineering Officer of Caracol. He pursued his entrepreneurial career after developing an expertise and deciding to focus his professional path on the subjects of digital fabrication and additive manufacturing.
At 18 years old, after high school, Giovanni moved to Brighton, England, for a year; there he got the opportunity to get in touch with different independent Art&Design galleries where he made his first contact with the world of design. After that period he began his studies in Design at the Politecnico di Milano, Italy, during which he also went on to study Architecture at CEU San Pablo Madrid, in Spain, for his Exchange program. Subsequently, living the experimental environment of some Milano’s Fab Labs, Giovanni specialized in Digital Fabrication and AM production processes.
Thanks to the skills he acquired by applying his knowledge to a variety of industrial sectors and supported by his ability to approach projects with a pioneering approach, he often worked closely with universities and research centers on innovative design solutions.
In 2015 Giovanni founded Caracol Studio, which later in 2018 evolved into Caracol AM. Thanks to his deep knowledge in avant-garde design tools, cutting-edge 3D printing technologies, and high-performance materials, he currently plays a strategic role, as Chief Design&Engineering Officer at Caracol, visualizing opportunities and defining new production paths for the company’s partners.
Programme Leader at Istituto MarangoniRead bio
Programme Leader of the Visual Design department of the School of Design “ Istituto Marangoni”. Trained in strategic design, she is Head of Trend Research at Nextatlas.com. Elena is a specialist in intercepting trends that are capable of influencing contemporary social imagery and creating business opportunities.
During almost twenty years she has gained a solid experience in analyzing trends in the following areas: design & living, fashion, luxury, advertising communication, food & beverage, visual languages, new lifestyles, branding, retail & shopping experience.
Professor at Hunan UniversityRead bio
In December 1984, he graduated from the Department of Architecture of Hunan University with a master’s degree in engineering. He successively served as a lecturer, associate professor, and professor in the Department of Industrial Design of Hunan University.
Italian-British Designer, he was born in Genoa in 1973. Following a consistent experience in Antonio Citterio’s office in Milan he opens his first studio in 2006.
After a few years he’s co-founder and Design Partner of Metrica in Milan. In 2019, he’s back as an independent Industrial Designer.
He worked and collaborated with many companies in Italy and abroad, designing furniture for the residential, contract and office market.
His main objective is to merge a technical — industrial language with a more decorative one with the aim to design essential, functional and expressive objects and furniture.
In 2014 he’s been awarded with the Compasso d’Oro.
Architect & Founder of AOD GroupRead bio
The Founder and director of AOD Design company. He is an influential design expert in the high-end residential field in China. In more than ten years, he has led AOD integrated design to become an outstanding representative in China. Through the design practice of architecture, interior, product and art, he has promoted a series of works with far-reaching significance in the industry. As an outstanding leader and architect, he has profound insights into the contemporary Asian lifestyle and urban development. He advocates combining the intrinsic value of architecture with the current urbanization process in China, seeking the resonance between architectural value, urban value, and ensuring the project with lasting vitality.
He was born in 1972 and graduated in Architecture from the Polytechnic of Milan.
He deals with furniture and product design and has collaborated with several companies including Caimi Brevetti, Campeggi, Cappellini, Ceramica Flaminia, Da a, IB Rubinetti, Illy Caffè, Lavazza, Luce di Carrara, Montina, Nodus, Ikea.
The Triennale Design Museum has dedicated to him the personal exhibition “Ma Dove Sono Finiti gli Inventori? Lorenzo Damiani” curated by Marco Romanelli and “Prova a Prendermi”, curated by Silvana Annicchiarico.
The Fondazione Achille Castiglioni hosted the monographic exhibition: “Lorenzo Damiani: Senza Stile”, curated by Giovanna Castiglioni.