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New site for the XXVI ADI Compasso d'Oro

New site for the XXVI ADI Compasso d'Oro

On the eve of Milan’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile, the XXVI edition of the Compasso d’Oro award, the highest recognition of Italian design which has selected the best contemporary products since 1954, will be held at the ADI Design Museum’s new Milan home.

The award ceremony, the first to be held at the Museum, will take place on April 18th 2020 and the exhibition of the award-winning and selected products will remain open to the public for the duration of the Salone del Mobile.

The prizes will be awarded to the designers and manufacturers of the selected objects by an international jury. The same jury will also present the Targa Giovani prizes to projects developed in Italian Design schools, while the Compasso d’Oro Lifetime Achievement awards are given to Italian and international individuals and companies who have distinguished themselves for the quality of their work throughout their entire working life. These will be awarded by a special committee set up by ADI specifically for this purpose.

Following the XXVI Compasso d’Oro event the new headquarters, which will also house the offices of ADI (Association for Industrial Design) will be organised so as to be a permanent home for the objects that go to make up the Award’s Historical Collection. These number over 2,000 pieces from 1954 to today and have been entrusted to a specifically established foundation which has been recognized since 2004 by the Italian state as cultural assets of national interest. The collection will be on permanent display and will be accompanied by a programme of temporary exhibitions dedicated to historical and current design themes.

The new museum is located in the centre of one of Milan’s recently renovated areas and overlooks a new garden/square which is open to the public. The museum occupies a series of restored industrial buildings that during the last century were first used as a Milan tram depot and then as a large-scale electrical distribution system. It has an exhibition area of 2,400 square metres plus 600 square metres for services (foyer, cafeteria and bookshop), around 1,500 square metres of storage space and about 500 square metres of offices.

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