Operæ is hailed as a meeting point and dynamic cultural laboratory featuring exhibits and debates on creativity and business – melding the aesthetic and functionality of a product with digital technology and new production techniques.

The event highlights the work of 60 exhibitors over 7000 square metres of exhibition space, with two venues for conferences and debates, and numerous creative workshops, in the Italian city of Turin.

Hundreds of new artisan products – produced in low volume, offering new ideas, using new materials and technologies – will be displayed and sold. Young designers from all over the world will host events during the three-day program.

Architect Michele De Lucchi will open Operæ with a debate on design’s short supply chain, the importance of land and the responsible use of resources.

International personalities Alvaro Catalán de Ocón and BCXSY, will host lectures and workshops on independent design.

Alvaro Catalán de Ocón will be talking about his personal approach to design and his Colombian experience leading to his PET lamp collection of lamps, made from reused plastic bottles stranded using traditional techniques.

Boaz Cohen and Sayaka Yamamoto of studio BCXSY will share their ideas for creative inspiration.

Turin-based studio Nucleo will host a collaborative project with Yellow Basket design concept store for children and publishing house Corraini, giving life to an area for children, with furniture by designers Matteo Ragni, Donata Paruccini, Giulio Iacchetti, Lorenz * Kaz Milano in collaboration with artisans from Haiti.

Supporter of Operæ, Camera di commercio of Turin, will present the first preview of their new research and production program for contemporary design – showing the development of a collection of brand-new products, by Turin-based designers and businesses.

To participate in Operæ, download your application form and send it no later than 6 September 2013.

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