Scuola Politecnica Di Design (SPD)

Milano, Italy

Funding type: Private

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Since 1954 this school has worked with Italian design, seen it grow and develop into what we know it as today. The artist Nino di Salvatore set up SPD in 1954. As a painter and sculpturer, he has captivated and brought together artists, designers, professionals and students from across five different continents. Bruno Munari, Gio Ponti, Max Huber, Pino Tovaglia, Isao Hosoe have all taught at SPD. Guests at the school include Achille Castiglioni, Rodolfo Bonetto, Roberto Sambonet, Donald Norman and Tomato. Today, working along side our young designers, experimenting with real projects and designs, training new talent are Piero Lissoni, Stefano Giovannoni, Denis Santachiara, Andrea Branzi.


SPD has received several important recognitions like Compasso d'Oro Award, Medaglia d'oro at the 10th International Triennale Exhibition in Milan, Civic Diploma of Merit from the City of Milan. Several important designers like Stefano Giovannoni, Piero Lissoni, Denis Santachiara, Giulio Cappellini, Simone Micheli teach and make lectures in SPD.
Scuola Politecnica di Design has also collaborations with big enterprises where design and visual communication are strategic factors: Microsoft, Poltrona Frau Group, Cappellini, Ikea, Nava, Natuzzi, Heineken, Alfa Romeo, Lamborghini, Audi, Artemide and others. It is essential, for SPD, to offer a complete and very high qualified preparation to students and a direct contact with enterprises and design world.

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