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Design Talent: The Ladies' Room

Discover The Ladies’ Room: a collaborative project founded by Ilaria Bianchi, Agustina Bottoni, Astrid Luglio and Sara Ricciardi. The collective explores the world of contemporary design by creating unique artifacts and sensorial experiences with an unmistakable feminine twist.

Founded in Milan in 2016, ​The Ladies’ Room collective celebrates the spirit of collaboration between women through a synergic experience which delves into feminine iconography, Italian mythology and sensorial design. ​Ilaria Bianchi​Agustina Bottoni​Astrid Luglio and ​Sara Ricciardi have worked together on several projects, drawing scenarios as contemplative as they are tangible. Their exhibitions are symbolic voyages into Italian craft materials and techniques.

The Ladies’ Room collective takes its first step into the world of design at Salone del Mobile 2017 in Milan with the Fenoména exhibition: a sensorial installation which involves all five senses. Phenomenalism is a philosophic theory in which physical objects do not exist as things in themselves but only as a perceptual phenomenon situated in time and space. The deep attention to sensorial design is a leitmotiv in the Ladies's Room production, also seen in the multisensory and intimate feel of their In Itinere exhibition: site-specific project that develops in four symbolic stages and wants to bring back ancestral images to one's memory and senses.

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Sara Ricciardi

After studying production design in Milan and working abroad, Sara opened her workshop in Milan where, by collaborating with Italian artisans, she creates evocative objects that interact with their environment with dramatic effect. She works in product design and social design and her powerful pieces have been displayed in exhibitions as well as performances. Her constant research draws inspiration from life, nature and the the beauty of materials and their colors.

Ilaria Bianchi

Ilaria Bianchi was born in Pisa, Tuscany. After completing her studies at the Polytechnic of Turin and at Central Saint Martins in London, she moved to Milan, where she currently works as a product and furniture designer. She collaborates with design studios, galleries and private clients, combining technology and craftsmanship with a particular emphasis on sustainability. She was selected by Italy's Ministry of Foreign Affairs as one of the 100 Italian design ambassadors for Italian Design Day.

Astrid Luglio

Born in Naples in 1988, Astrid is an exceptional product designer based in Milan. After working in design studios in Italy and Australia, Astrid founded her own firm in 2018, focusing on design as a multidimensional experience to feel with all senses. Drawn in particular to culinary culture, Astrid uses her insight in product design to bring her unique pieces to life. Astrid strongly believes that everyday objects should be the result of a well-balanced combination between narrative and functionality and her research focuses on the sensory experience that a product can generate.

Agustina Bottoni

Agustina Bottoni is an Argentinian product designer based in Milan. A graduate of the University of Buenos Aires, after years as a fashion designer she completed a MA in product design at NABA in Milan. Her work is quite diverse, ranging from product, furniture and textile development to installations and window displays with refined yet strongly evocative concepts. Her design studio combines a freelance practice with personal experimentations in collaboration with Italian artisans, producing small series of objects and glassware that embrace crafts through a contemporary sensibility. Focusing on the emotional value of objects and spaces, her projects honor material authenticity through harmonic compositions of delicate forms and subtle color palettes. 

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