The protection of cultural heritage, of which the Adi Foundation has always been involved, meets the mission of the European Institute of Design (IED) which for more than fifty years has been transmitting the culture of Italian design around the world to generations of designers. On the occasion of the opening of the Adi Design Museum – Compasso d’Oro, the IED group enters into a three-year partnership with the Adi Foundation as the only private partner in Higher Education and confirms its commitment to the development of the sector and the enhancement of the project’s professions. The collaboration translates into a cultural exchange that will see, by Ied, the development of educational and research projects having as their object the Compasso d’Oro collection and career awards and the development of meeting opportunities, workshops , events, conferences, organized within the spaces of the new Museum. “We are particularly happy to be able to create a system with a subject that is a world reference point for Italian design – comments Massimo Rosi, CEO of the Ied group – a collaboration that strengthens the ability to disseminate and promote our values and which will give access for three years Permanent free to the Museum and its contents to all our community in the world: students, Alumni, staff and teachers. “The Aldo Galli Academy of Fine Arts in Como – which has been part of the IED Group since 2010 – is also involved at the forefront. – a small jewel in the field of high artistic education with more than 30 years of history behind it, the only private school in Italy able to issue the second level Academic Diploma in restoration, recognized by the Miur and qualifying for the profession (five-year course single cycle in Restoration). “We are truly honored and proud to be able to contribute to the birth of this Museum and to the care of its amazing collection ne, unique in the world – affirms Emanuele Soldini, director of IED Italia and president of the Academy of Fine Arts Aldo Galli – Milan has long deserved the permanent exhibition of the Compasso d’Oro Collection and we are proud of the fact that a very young generation of restorers can touch it, understand it and take care of it and so that it can be a testimony of the genius of man for many decades. “Accademia Aldo Galli will carry out a panel of activities inherent and transversal to contemporary restoration, ranging from the cataloging of the 3,000 works of the Compasso d’Oro collection, to drafting of the related condition reports, to the actual restoration of some artifacts. The students of the Restoration Course already from July 2020 began to deal with the condition reports of the works present in the Museum. To date, 300 objects have been cataloged including the iconic yellow sofa by Kartell designed by Philippe Starck, the Lola lamp by Luceplan, the Necchi sewing machine by designer Marcello Nizzioli, the Sacco armchair by Zanotta and the Pininfarina Research model with aerodynamic shape. This is a multidisciplinary activity that the Academy will continue to deal with: starting from October, thanks to the partnership signed, a space-laboratory will be reserved inside the Museum where students can carry out the activities of conservation and study.Museology, conservation and restoration of contemporary art, methodology for the handling of works of art, restoration of artefacts in processed synthetic materials, communication and enhancement of archival assets are some of the subjects that will be analyzed in the laboratory Ied. The last contribution, no less important for this reason, can be found at the entrance of the Museum: a video installation signed by Ied ‘Design enters history’ exhibited in the foyer and preparatory to the actual collection, which accompanies the visitor on a journey of 30 years of Italian history punctuated by design objects, before the birth of the Compasso d’Oro Award in 1954. The video was conceived and produced by Officine, a project born from the collaboration between Ied and Anteo Spazio Cinema to promote the culture of cinema and training in its professions. Two Alumnae Ieds, now professionals in the sector, collaborated on its realization: Rachele Santini who took care of the creative direction of the video and the supervision of the animation and Chiara Loiacono, who took care of the animation as a layout artist and character designer.