Panel – Italian Design Day 2022

On March 24th, Matteo Belfiore participated in the panel discussion “Italia, ricicliAMO Design e economia circolare” organized by the Embassy of Italy at the Italian Cultural Institute in Tokyo.

On the occasion of the Italian Design Day 2022, the Embassy of Italy in Tokyo organized a panel on the state of the circular economy in Italy, on the encounter between design and sustainability, and on the use of “waste” materials in the creation of design objects.

Italy recycles 79% of the waste produced, a result that exceeds the European average and is equivalent to a saving of 63 million tons of CO2. Italy is, therefore, a “superpower” of the circular economy.

Italian and Japanese architects and experts tell of their research path in the use of recyclable materials used in the most diverse sectors: from interior design to the automotive sector, from the world of fashion to urban planning, up to the absence of matter, totally replaced by graphic creativity.

On the occasion of the panel, was inaugurated the exhibition “Italia, ricicliAMO. Design and circular economy”, dedicated to products and materials made from the recovery of agricultural, industrial, or post-consumer waste. The exhibition was open from 24 March to 1 April 2022 at the Italian Cultural Institute in Tokyo.



Place: Italian Cultural Institute

Date: Thursday 24th March

Hours: from 6pm to 8pm

Language: Speeches in Italian, with simultaneous translation into Japanese

Free entry.



Opening speech

  • Gianluigi Benedetti, Ambassador of Italy to Tokyo.

Panel moderated by Architect Andrea Pompili

  • Architect Matteo Belfiore, “From waste to product: the Circular Economy in Italy”
  • Architect Anteo Taro Boschi Sanada, “Afterlife. Some examples of recycling and reuse in Kengo Kuma’s architecture ”
  • Architect Fabio Filippini, “Car design and sustainability: the Pininfarina Cambiano concept”
  • Architect Motoki Yoshio, “Colnago C64 NFT: 67 years of history”
  • Dr. Francesco Santi Formiconi, “Diesel – for sustainable living: the” Upcycling “project carried out in Japan”





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