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NABA is glad to announce the selection of two projects realised by ex-students of the Academy’s Design Area within ADI Design Index, the annual publication by ADI Associazione per il Disegno Industriale that reviews the best design produced in the year, selected by Osservatorio permanente del Design ADI.

Congratulations to Miriam Re Cecconi, Nicole Eleonora Pizzi, ex-students of the BA in Design, selected with their thesis project “Borgomezzavalle: il paese degli specchi” (Borgomezzavalle: the village of mirrors) created, under the guidance of Claudio Larcher, NABA Design Area Leader, to increase the appeal of the small town in the Antrona valley, in the province of Verbano Cusio Ossola, and bring tourists to the town, but also to encourage the inhabitants themselves to see the local wonders with new eyes. The mirrors installed in the village were designed to draw attention to different places, showing hidden views and involving the visitor, not just a passive observer but someone who can interact with several structures to change the view, to create a cognitive path that encourages him to explore and get lost in the streets. The supporting structures for the mirrors were made of iron as a tribute to the memory of local handicrafts.

And congratulations to Alice Andrea Cappelli, ex-student of the same BA, selected with “Sei Uno – 61 elementi per il tuo essere unico” (Six One - 61 element to be unique). This open-source project, created with the supervision of Claudio Larcher as well, is aimed at children with autism or who have difficulty with basic motor skills and is designed to help them in the simplest of daily activities. 61 3D printed elements which, when assembled, form four objects that can each be dismantled. Through these tools and with the help of a tutor, children can carry out exercises of graded difficulty to increase skills and autonomy. This is a form of Design for All that aims at autonomy and therefore at inclusion, as well as overcoming manual difficulties to reduce social distances.