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(from Left Charlotte Gorse, Daniela Agnelli, Giulio Cappellini,
Ambassador Pasquale Terracciano and Maurizio Pecoraro)

To celebrate the day in London, the Italian Embassy, in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute and Istituto Marangoni, held three events to celebrate three key sectors: furniture, fashion and architecture.

On Monday 6 March a conference was held at the Italian Cultural Institute in London featuring Mario Bellini, an architect who has been awarded the Golden Compass prize numerous times. Bellini was introduced by the director of the Institute, Marco Delogu, and gave an overview of his work as an architect and designer, sharing a fascinating collection of illustrations, in the wake of the exhibition Mario Bellini. Italian Beauty, which is curated by Deyan Sudjic, the director of the London Design Museum. Thirty years after the MoMA in New York ran an exhibition on him, Bellini described his experience as an architect and designer of world renown, tracing the threads running through his work by means of thematic journeys (Complexity, Fundamentals, Metamorphosis and the interesting Wunderkammer of treasured objects).

On Wednesday 8 March, also at the Cultural Institute, a conversation was held between Fabrizio Ballabio, Alessandro Zoppini and Viviana Muscettola. Ballabio, who moderated the conversation, is an architect, writer and teacher at the prestigious Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. Zoppini and Muscettola are architects with world-renowned international architecture firms (Gensler and Zaha Hadid). In the course of their conversation, which was also introduced by the director of the Institute, they examined the quintessentially Italian qualities that can be observed in the work of highly respected Italian architecture firms based around the world. The conversation was also a springboard for issues relevant to architecture in Italy today and examined matters relating to the specific fields of Zoppini and Muscettola: architecture and sport, and the intersection between architecture and interior design, respectively.

Finally, on Wednesday 15 March, Istituto Marangoni in London hosted an Italian Imaginative Innovators (Triple I) event dedicated to decor and fashion. Triple I is a series of conversations between Italian entrepreneurs who have displayed particular vision and innovation and specialists in the fields of economics and finance from the world of the media. The event saw Daniela Agnelli, a fashion consultant, creative director, and former fashion editor-at-large for the Telegraph Magazine and Vogue Arabia, in conversation with Giulio Cappellini, an award-winning designer, teacher and entrepreneur and the founder of the Cappellini furniture brand, and Maurizio Pecoraro, a fashion designer for Versace and Valentino. The speakers discussed topics ranging from interior design to fashion, with a focus on entrepreneurship.