Learning Panel discussion

Models for a Different Society Part 2

Exploring the legacy of pioneering Italian designer Enzo Mari, this event is the second in a series of discussions with contemporary designers, makers and curators influenced by Mari’s approach.

What to expect

This event is in dialogue with the exhibition Enzo Mari curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist with Francesca Giacomelli, and the accompanying free display Grazie Enzo: Contemporary Responses to Enzo Mari, which both which celebrate the life and work of the iconic artist, thinker, writer and educator.

A communist and activist, Enzo Mari continually questioned dominant social, industrial and commercial systems and values.

Designers Industrial Facility, Martino Gamper and Andu Masebo meet the Conran Foundation Chief Curator at the Design Museum, Johanna Agerman Ross to discuss the enduring influence of Mari on their work and thinking. Exploring their shared interests in interrogating materials, multifunctionality, utility and utopia, they consider why Mari remains so relevan


Johanna Agerman Ross

Agerman Ross was appointed the Conran Foundation Chief Curator at the Design Museum in 2023. She was previously curator of twentieth century and contemporary furniture and product design at the V&A where she co-curated the new permanent gallery Design 1900-Now and launched Make Good: Rethinking Material Futures, focused on design and the climate emergency. She founded the international design journal Disegno in 2011, which she edited for five years. She is still Disegno’s director.

Industrial Facility

Co-founded in 2002 by designers Sam Hecht and Kim Colin, the studio approach reflects both a thoughtful consideration of form and a unique understanding of contemporary life, creating beauty out of utility in the products, furniture and exhibitions they design. Hecht, from London, trained as an industrial designer, while Colin, from Los Angeles, trained as an architect; together they have helped a range of clients produce projects that display an understanding of cultural relevance and commercial success.

Martino Gamper OBE

Gamper was born in Merano, Italy. Working across disciplines, he engages in a variety of projects from exhibition design, interior design, one-off commissions and the design of mass-produced products for the cutting edge of the international furniture industry. Gamper opened his design studio in London in 2000, where he continues to live and work. In 2023 Gamper was awarded an OBE for services to Design.

Andu Masebo

Masebo is a product designer, who worked in the fabrication industries before studying at the Royal College of Art. His practice is engaged with the way objects come to be, the conditions under which things are produced and the wider systems that dictate their context beyond their production. Masebo’s work is characterised by simplicity and efficiency, and a desire to close the gap between the process of making things and the ways they might be understood.

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Booking information

Adult: £12

Student/Concession: £11

Member*: £10

Child: £5

*Please note that this benefit only applies to the cardholding Member’s ticket and not those of additional guests.

• Children under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible, ticket holding adult

• Hearing Loop and BSL interpretation available

• Assistance dogs are welcome

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Related exhibition

Enzo Mari

Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist with Francesca Giacomelli

This major exhibition celebrates the life and work of one of the greatest Italian designers of the 20th century, Enzo Mari, whose designs have inspired generations of creatives around the world.

Background image: Enzo Mari. Atlante secondo Lenin: Social Plate, Economy Plate, Geography Plate, Culture Plate, History Plate with Francesco Leonetti. 1974. Edizioni L’Erba Voglio, 1976.