Spotlight on Québec design in Milan
Amalia Daniela Renosto, Québec Government Representative in Rome; Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte, Philippe Malouin and Ginette Caron, designers.
In March, 2012, the Government Office in Rome and Québec Trade Branch in Milan organized a promotional activity entitled Tendenza Québec a Milano : creatività e design (Québec trends in Milan: creativity and design). Arranged in collaboration with the Lombardy region, the event was devised to promote Québec design. Design is a strategic sector for the Lombardy regional economy and is the basis for its brand image abroad, especially for the city of Milan.
Marie-Josée Lacroix, Director of the Design Montréal Office, was the keynote speaker at the event. She took the opportunity to present the city of Montréal, recognized as a UNESCO City of Design. Two other Québec experts also highlighted Québec creativity: graphic designer Ginette Caron and interior designer Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte. Both gained their experience largely in Montréal and have been working in Milan for many years.
Approximately 40 people took part in the activities officially opened by Senator Ombretta Colli, Undersecretary to the President of the Lombardy region for equal opportunity, fashion and design, as well as by Amalia Daniela Renosto, Québec Government Representative in Rome.
Meetings were also held with representatives from the Lombardy region, the city of Milan, the Triennale Milan Foundation and the European Institute of Design. Potential collaboration opportunities for showcasing Québec design were identified, particularly in anticipation of the 2015 World Exposition to be held in Milan.
International Furniture Fair
The Québec Government Office in Rome lent its support in April to the Carwan Gallery to participate in the “Fuori Salone” program, the off-circuit event of the Milan International Furniture Fair. It is the world’s largest show of its kind and attracts nearly 300,000 international visitors each year.
Based in Beirut, the Carwan Gallery was created in 2010 by architects Pascale Wakim and Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte of Québec. For the show’s 2012 edition, the Gallery invited emerging designers to create exclusive objects. Among them was Philippe Malouin, who is regarded as one of the leaders of the new generation of Québec designers and is recognized internationally.
Design Montréal Office