Raffles Milano Istituto Moda e Design
Three-years Course RM Istituto Moda e Design

Product design

The landscape of the artificial dimension
Learning by doing is the principle at the root of the Three-year courses at Raffles Milano, a training experience that structures the mind, provides a solid technical foundation and unleashes a desire to broaden your life horizons.
3 years
Start date

Course leader

Marc Sadler
Industrial designer
A Frenchman born in Austria, Marc Sadler has lived and worked as a designer in France, the United States, Asia and Italy. One of the first graduates in Esthétique industrielle at the ENSAD in Paris, with a thesis in plastic materials, he was a pioneer of experimenting with materials and of cross-fertilisations between technologies, both issues that have become distinctive features of his work. At the beginning of the seventies, he designed the first ski boot made of 100% recyclable thermoplastic material, which was produced on an industrial scale by the Italian firm Caber (which later became Lotto). By virtue of his eclectic nature, he is now a consultant with firms operating in all areas of industry. The important awards and acknowledgements he has won over the years include four ADI Compasso d’Oro awards (1994, 2001, 2008 and 2014). The back protector he designed for Dainese features in the permanent collection at the MoMA in New York, while his Mite lamp for Foscarini can be seen in the design collection at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. He is so passionate about painting and drawing that he considers them to be his most authentic interests.


Without design, the world would be a much poorer, more tiring place. The discipline of design can be defined as ‘pervasive intelligence’ that invites us to find new meanings and new solutions, and that educates people to generate value and values for the world around them. Design has always been a powerful driver of social and aesthetic progress and of thinking.

Professional opportunities

Design is an essential factor for every firm that makes the quality of its products a hallmark of its market positioning. That quality comprises the product’s conception, usability and emotional appeal, its ability to cater for the requirements of environmental sustainability, a suitable choice of materials and the product’s life cycle. And the designer is the lead actor in the process of defining the product’s main characteristics. At the end of this course, students will be able to find opportunities for work or structured professional placement in all sorts of different fields of industry, wherever innovation converges with the quality of products, services and processes.


The first year curriculum is designed to enable students to learn the tools of basic design, perception and the human senses, familiarity with materials, history of design, design theory and representation, designing 1. The second year features a strong component of design labs, workshops, interdisciplinary labs and site visits to firms. The third year is devoted to analysing future trends and scenarios, new opportunities for design, with the city as a theatre for design. The last semester focuses on developing a design thesis in partnership with firms.

Who should attend

The course is for applicants with a secondary school leaving diploma. Ideal students in this course aspire to transform their creative characteristics into the abilities to think, to conceive, to execute and to communicate projects, products and services. The course provides them with the research tools, methodologies and processes they will need to be able to govern the complexity of designing. As design is interdisciplinary by nature, the course will introduce students to the tools they need to interact with various experts in managing the process, from the product’s conception to its market commercialisation.


– Basic design
– Art and design history
– Material design
– Researching scenarios and developing concepts
– Representing and communicating products and services
– Physical and cognitive ergonomics
– Perceived quality and sensations
– Design and sustainability
– Strategic marketing/product and communication
– Design management

Student of the Year

At the end of each academic year, RM rewards the best talent of every course and every year. The award is given to the student who has distinguished him- or herself in terms of his/her academic career and portfolio, according to the assessment both of an internal committee of teachers and of an external committee of professionals who are invited to assess the portfolio (the student’s anonymity is protected). If the class in question is composed by 20 students, the award for Student of the Year includes both RM’s official acknowledgement and the complete reimbursement of the winner’s annual tuition fee.


For the quality and effectiveness of its didactic model, this Three-year course has been endorsed by:

Associazione per il Disegno Industriale


They are well-founded professionals, authors of projects that have made their mark, and with many years of teaching experience. They have a wide and truly international vision.
They are part of a cohesive and productive group, and they love discussing the progress of courses, the opportunities that present themselves on the run and the performance of individual students.

Orio Vergani
Gallerist / Curator
After his humanistic studies, Vergani trained himself as a scholar while he worked in a record shop. A brief experience in the world of design led him to become Luigi Settembrini and Francesca Sorace’s assistant in the year 2000 during their collaboration with the Cosmit for the exhibition “1951-2001, Made in Italy?”. In 2001, he founded Nowhere, the first example of a nomad exhibition space, and organised exhibitions in Milan, Paris, and Florence with this format. In 2003, he opened a permanent office in Milan, thus giving substance to his research activity in the field of contemporary art. During the same year, and until 2006, he worked as an editorial consultant for Skira. From 2007 to 2013 he was the Vice President of Startmilano, a sectorial association for the diffusion of contemporary art and culture. He has been writing about art for the newspaper Il Giorno/QN since 2009.
Frida Doveil
Architect / Designer
A professional life dedicated to materials and the reconstruction of value by means of design, as a designer, commentator and teacher. She taught Technology and New Materials at Domus Academy in Milan from the end of the ‘80s until 1996, and worked as an untenured professor at the Politecnico di Milano from 2004 to 2006. Already a teacher for the materials projects in Naba (Milan), in 2013 she launched the research R-Riparabile? on repairability and durability as new frontiers of responsible quality, with the aim of showing the world of enterprises, design, and research how people are trying to find an answer to this issue by means of design. An architect and a designer, she is an associate in the firm FRAGILE in Milan. With the academic year 2018/2019, she has become part of RM’s Faculty.
Carlo Dameno
From 1996 to 2000, Carlo Dameno worked with Carmelo Di Bartolo, where he supervised work with such firms as Lego Futura, Gillette, Fiat, Sunstar, Oral B, Lavazza and Bosch as project manager. In 1999, he joined Design Innovation as co-ordinator of the bionics and concept design research area, developing projects with Fiat, Piaggio, Tensoforma, Ariete and others. In 2008, he teamed up with Monica Ferrigno to establish Ildoppiosegno, a design office with a dual identity, focusing on the one hand on industrial design and on the other on research. The office has worked with such clients as Bayer, Status, United Pets, New Holland, Samsung, Piazza and iBarzaghi. He has lectured in bionics in Turin, Madrid, Milan and at the Technological Institute of Aragon, in Zaragoza. A tutor in the creativity and design workshop in the degree course in Corporate Communication at the IULM University in Milan, he is a participant in BIOMA, the international symposium in bionics and design at the University of Aveiro, in Portugal.
Mark Salerno
After graduating in Industrial design in Melbourne, he moved to Milan to complete a Master’s degree in Car Design. Upon its conclusion, he worked for ten years as a freelancer in professional design firms, combining his activity as a designer with teaching. Salerno has designed for Sony, Chicco, Fiat, Ferrari, Indesit, Argotractors, Luxottica, Piaggio, Pirelli, Microsoft, and others and has obtained several patents and awards. He is currently senior Industrial Design Specialist at BTS Design Innovation, has taught more than 500 students in Master’s and pre-Master’s courses at university level. He strongly believes in harmonising several disciplines and interests in the attempt of making the world a better place through design.
Luigi Ciuffreda
Born in 1981, Luigi Ciuffreda studied architecture and design at the École Supérieure d’Art et de Design in Orleans and at Milan Polytechnic, where he graduated in 2006 with a specialisation in museography and exhibition design for cultural heritage. From 2005 to 2007, he worked as an expert in the subject in the Interior Design workshops at the Milan Polytechnic Faculty of Design and, from 2013 to 2017, he lectured in design and exhibition design at the Milan Academy of Communication. He now operates in a variety of permutations of the field of design: product design, retail design, interior architecture an exhibition design. His more notable recent projects include the museographical design at the Lapidary Museum of Monte Sant’Angelo and the signage for the new NAS Arena stadium in Dubai. Since 2006, he has been a consultant with Buratti Architects, where he has collaborated on projects for B&B Italia, Fontana Arte, Living Divani, Poliform, Poltrona Frau, Porro, Tecno, Lamborghini, Ducati, Husqvarna, La Perla and Gebrüder Thonet of Vienna. Along with his professional activities, he devotes some of his time to personal research into illustration and graphic design.
Mindert De Koningh
Mindert De Koningh was born in Haarlem, in the Netherlands, in 1958 and started working as a model maker after completing his studies. Working side by side with young Dutch designers sharpened his interest in everything related to industrial design, in due course leading to his decision to move to Milan in 1990. Meanwhile, in 1997, he founded Zooi and opened a workshop in via Savona. He attended both on teaching activities and on the production of prototypes for the students reading for Masters degrees in Industrial Design and in Fashion Design, his path crossing with those of many of the great names that animated the Milan design and art scenes. His work can be classified under two major headings: prototyping and building models and mock-ups for designers, firms and agencies working in all sorts of different industrial sectors; and consultancy and technical support services for artists in executing their works.
Camilla Fecchio
Camila Fecchio graduated in Industrial Design from Milan Polytechnic specializing in Communication Design, then took a diploma from the Alta Scuola Politecnica in 2007. She has worked in research and corporate consultancy, first spending two years at the Milan Polytechnic Department of Management Engineering, where she focused on design-led innovation, then moving to Design Innovation, the structure created in 1998 by Carmelo Di Bartolo and Maria del Pino Molina Betancor, where she co-ordinated strategic and advanced design projects. She has lectured at Milan Polytechnic for seven years and was didactic co-ordinator of DIBA, the Design Innovation Business Academy in 2010. In the same year, she started lecturing and co-ordinating the course in Creativity and Design at the Faculty of Communication, Public Relations and Advertising at Milan’s IULM University. Since 2012, she has also been doing graphic and communication design work for the web.
Carlo Forcolini
Born in 1947, Carlo Forcolini graduated from the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan in 1969. From 1975 to 1979, he worked with ICF De Padova, while at the same time he started to work with Vico Magistretti, one of the great masters of Italian design. From 1978 to 1984, he lived in London, where he was one of the founders of Alias and became Director of Artemide GB. In 1992, he founded Nemo and in 1999 Forcolini.Lab, followed in 2005 by Oylight. Over the years, he has designed for Amar, Cassina, BBB Bonacina, Luceplan, Luci Italia, Gervasoni, Joint and Pomellato. From 2001 to 2007, he served as President of ADI, Associazione per il Disegno Industriale, and in 2007 was appointed a member of the Consiglio Italiano del Design. From 2009 to 2014, he was, in this order, CEO, then Vice-President and finally Academic Director of the IED Group. His designs feature in the collections of the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York, in the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris, in the Design Museum at the Milan Triennale and in the Collection of the ADI Compasso d’Oro Award. He has shown his work in exhibitions in Madrid, Los Angeles, London, Hamburg, Cologne, Tokyo, Sidney, Santiago, Moscow, Oslo, Naples, Milan, Toronto and Brussels.
Lorenzo Gecchelin
After obtaining a degree in architecture at the Politecnico di Milano, he embarked on a professional experience outside Italy and then joined his family’s design firm in 1997 as an associate. Gecchelin currently manages the firm. He has collaborated with various national and international brands, such as: IGuzzini illuminazione, Ivela, Reggiani, Raat, Kelvin Italy, Aermec Sierra, and Whirlpool. In 2002, he won the ADI Compasso d’Oro for the Latina citrus juicer produced by Fratelli Guzzini. His background as an architect and his strong interest in all aspects of creativity and technology have granted him a multi-disciplinary view that ranges from interior to graphic design, from photography to illustration. He matured teaching experiences in various institutions in Milan (among which are the Politecnico di Milano and IED) before joining the RM faculty.
Giulio Vinaccia
Born in Caracas in 1957 to Italian parents, Giulio Vinaccia moved to Italy in 1985 and spent the years from 1997 to 2012 working with his brother Valerio in the area of industrial design, while also starting to take an interest in social design in his native Colombia in 1993. From 1996 to 2002, he worked with SEBRAE, the Brazilian Support Service for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, developing a dozen projects of design for craftsmanship in several communities of Brazil. In 2004, the Spanish government commissioned him to carry out a project to study the iconography of the Camino de Santiago. He subsequently worked to flank communities in critical condition in Sweden, Canada, Afghanistan and Egypt. Since 2009, he has been working with the development programmes at the UNIDO – United Nations Industrial Development Organisation – in China, Haiti and the five Caribbean states, Pakistan, Madagascar and seven southern Mediterranean countries. In 2015, he won the World Green Design Contribution Award and in 2016, together with UNIDO, the ADI Compasso d’Oro Award, the first one every presented in the award’s history to the category of social design.
Chiara Grandesso
Graphic designer
After taking her diploma at the Accademia di Comunicazione in Milan, Chiara Grandesso went on to take a Masters in Communication in Art & Design at the Royal College of Art in London. She then won a scholarship to continue pursuing her research at the Kyoto City University of Arts in Japan. Once back in Europe, she won the Parallel Prize and was subsequently invited by Philippe Starck to start working with him in his Paris office. Although she maintained a partnership with the office upon returning to Italy after this experience, she also started doing graphic design work on her own initiative. She has received acknowledgments from both the ADCI and the Padua municipal council Culture Department.
Lia Luzzatto
Color consultant
After graduating with full marks from the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan, Lia Luzzatto continued her studies, exploring the fields of fashion and specialising in hardcopy and digital chromatic communication. She now works as a colour consultant in many fields, writes books, takes part in seminars and teaches. Because of its symbolic, communicative, psychological and sensory complexity, colour is a vital resource in every visual context. Lia Luzzatto lectures in Colour Theory at the Academy of Communication and the Luxury Lab in the Academy of Luxury in Milan. Writing together with Renata Pompas, whom she met attending Luigi Veronesi’s lectures in chromatology at the Academy, she has published numerous books about colour that are constantly going through reprints for publishers including Hoepli, Il Castello and Bompiani. She is a founder member of the Italian Colour Association’s Colour Group and is a member of its Presidency Council and Scientific Committee. Previously a member of the CISST – Italian Centre for Studying the History of Fabrics – and of ADI, she is currently a member of the ECD Environmental Colour Design of Buenos Aires and of the Stockholm-based Colour Study Group.
Paolo Ranzani
Born in Turin in 1966, he attended the Photography Department of the Istituto Europeo di Design. After his studies, he started his career as a photographer, ranging from portraits and celebrity shots to the fields of beauty, fashion and advertising. His portfolio includes works for FIAT, Iveco, Lavazza, Chicco and Oréal. He studied and developed the image of various celebrities in showbusiness, such as Arturo Brachetti, Luciana Littizzetto, Subsonica, Fernanda Lessa, Antonella Elia, Neja. In recent years, he has extended his research to video language, both as a director and as a director of photography (he created the video for Alfonso di Levante). Ranzani is the author of the following publications: Ecce Femina (2000), 99 per Amnesty (2003), La Soglia. Vita, carcere e teatro, and Go 4 it/Universiadi 2007. He was the person of reference for the artistic group 4k in the project Torino Mosaico, and for the artistic group Dead Photo Working in the opening project of Luci d’Artista in Turin. He conceived and organised the international photography contest OPEN PICS for the Turin Book Fair. He is currently the President of AFIP Torino.
Valentina Di Francesco & Stefano Frattini
Visual designers
Valentina Di Francesco, communication designer and journalist, combines her intense publishing activity on the magazine Lotus International with the organisation of architecture and design exhibitions (Venice Biennale, Milan Triennale). Graduated in Industrial Design, she has been a teacher at the Design Faculty of Politecnico di Milano. After a diploma in photography at CFP Bauer, she worked as a researcher and photographer. In 2001 she was the first cool hunter and news correspondent from Milan for the Research Institute Future Concept Lab. Stefano Frattini, communication designer and photographer, works as a graphic designer and art director in publishing (Skira, Rizzoli). Since 2005 he has been supervising brand identity projects at Studio Gentili (Autogrill, Fiat, Volkswagen, Corriere della Sera, Guzzini). In 2009 he was in Argentina with the NGO AVSI to develop communication projects for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has been working in visual design and photography since 2010. Together they founded Ecle, a visual and brand identity studio.
Marco Rossano
Documentary-maker and visual sociologist, Rossano deals with visual sociology and anthropology at the University of Barcelona, where he concluded a Ph.D. in Sociology in 2016. In 2002, he graduated in Law at the Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II and three years later he obtained his Diploma of specialiation in cinema direction at the Centre d’Estudis Cinematografics de Catalunya. In 2006, he attended and concluded the Master’s Course in Management for Showbusiness at the SDA Bocconi in Milan. An expert in video-making and in the organisation of cultural and theatre events, he has worked at the Piccolo Teatro di Milano (2006) and at the Napoli Teatro Festival Italia (2009-2010). Rossano is the author of documentaries that have participated in various international festivals and is an arduous writer of academic articles and short stories. His research activity falls within the disciplinary field of Sociology and Anthropology, in connection with audiovisual methodologies and techniques.
Elio Occhipinti
Graduated in Psychology at the University of Padua, he is registered in the Register of Psychotherapists in the region of Lombardy. After a second degree in Philosophy, he conducted extensive philosophical research also on oriental cultures. This research effort led to the foundation of the Kuan Institute in 1985, an institute for the diffusion of Chinese Medicine in Italy. He is a member of the American Psychological Association. Already active as a teacher of Communication Psychology and Psychosomatic Medicine at various institutions, he is the Chairmain of the Isituto di Formazione Europeo and a teacher of ECM courses at the Fondazione Maugeri di Montescano.
Laura Lisi
Translator / Interpreter
Translator, conference interpreter and professor of English language, she graduated in English Language and Literature at the University of Aarhus and accomplished a research PhD in Theory of Translation at the University of Milan. She has been teaching both in Italian and international universities and in corporate contexts for 15 years. This experience gave her the chance to be able to deal with students from different cultures and educational backgrounds, with the aim to make them reach a good language level for several social and professional operating contexts. Besides, she works as Project Manager for important translation assignments and interpreting projects. She released monographies on language didactics and contributed to numerous academic papers in this field.
Francesco Dondina
Graphic designer
Born in Milan in 1961, at the age of twenty-five Francesco Dondina established Dondina Associates to work in the fields of brand identity and communication design, focusing primarily on its applications to the areas of fashion, design, art and culture. His studio’s more important clients have included Giorgio Armani, Krizia, Valentino, Ferragamo, L’Oréal Paris, Cassina, the City of Milan, the MoMA, Feltrinelli and MUBA, the Milan Children’s Museum. He designed the images for the exhibitions of Bramantino in the Sforza Castle and of Bernardino Luini in the Royal Palace, both in Milan. With Marco Zanuso Jr. and Giuseppe Rabonim he designed the ticket offices for Expo Milano 2015. From 2010 to 2012, Dondina Associates also had a base in New York, since in that period he partnered with the Asia Society Museum and the American Ballet Theatre. In 2009, he published a book of an interview with Bob Noorda, Una vita nel segno della grafica. In 2015, he devised the Graphic Design Lectures cycle of events held at the Sforza Castle and, in 2016, he curated SIGNS, an exhibition about contemporary Italian graphic design held in the Base location in Milan. He has taught at the Cfp Bauer and Milan Polytechnic for many years.
Anna Bartoli
Graduated in Architecture at the Politecnico di Milano, since 2007 she has been partner of Bartoli Design with Carlo and Paolo, where she continues the experience gained in years of consulting and planning for leading interior design companies. Dealing with different fields (design, outfitting, architecture) she enriches small or large-scale projects with a holistic approach. Her activity ranges from brand creation to product strategies, as well as product design and product engineering. Several of her projects have received important awards: Tube, an innovative sofa for Rossi di Albizzate, received the IF Award for Good Industrial Design and is represented on Poste Italiane’s postal stamps with the theme “Italian design for a new domestic landscape”. Her chair R606 UNO in composite material for Segis received the Compasso d’Oro ADI in 2008 and the Materialica Design Award and the table Still for Bonaldo was awarded the Red Dot Award. In 2016 the Camel chair for Segis received the Golden Key Award.
Gianluca Ferrauto
His professional career has given him the chance to gain experience in different fields: from communication to financing service. He has successfully developed a new business and at the same time renewed new commercial networks and company organizations. He has a peculiar attitude towards strategic thinking, from team work to talent honing and management. As a Coach Manager, he is truly a remarkable specialist of relationships for the development and acquisition of fundamental self-awareness. He has had numerous managerial roles in important Italian and international companies ranging from Commercial Manager in Mondadori Advertising to General Manager in Cemit Interactive Media, and he has been the General Manager in Condé Nast. After a few years in consulting, he came back to the company field as a Managing Director and as CEO of Cerved's Finservice Group.
Alice Barki
Industrial designer
An industrial designer, Barki graduated in Industrial Design at NABA, and then continued her studies at the Università Elisava in Barcelona. Winner of various Design contests, she exhibited her works at the Power Power Station of Art in Shanghai, at the Salone del Mobile and at the Fuori Salone in Milan. Parallel to her professional activity she is also active in academic life, where she teaches digital modelling techniques and interaction design. In the world of design, she is mainly interested in product design, graphic design and 3D modelling. The latter, in particular fast prototyping, has allowed her to develop projects and collaborations with various companies, among which are DWS Systems and Zortrax, in the field of 3D printing design, and to exhibit her works at the CES in Las Vegas, Formnext (Frankfurt), at the Mecspe (Parma) and Maker Faire in Rome. She writes articles and is a speaker at conferences and seminars on the union between fast prototyping and Design.
Aldo Bottoli
Color and Perception designer
Bottoli is involved in professional and research activities in interior public and urban inhabited spaces. After many years of teaching at the Design School of the Politecnico di Milano, he concluded his academic activity in 2014/15 with the chair of “Urban set design and design methodology” at the Academy of Fine Arts in Macerata. Today, he teaches only in some select university courses and Professional Associations. With respect to urban spaces he proposes a radical evolution of traditional “Colour Plans” and for closed spaces he experiments with forms of engagement of the artistic gesture in daily life. With Giulio Bertagna he is currently working on the promotion of a new method of design and colour rendering management called ACD, Advanced Colour Design. He is a member of ADI – Association for Industrial Design at BEDA. Among the founders of Gruppo del Colore – Associazione Italiana Colore (Italian Colour Association), he is also a member of the Presidency Council and of the Technical and Scientific Committee.
Marta Bernstein
Graphic designer
Bernstein studied Graphic Design at Politecnico di Milano and obtained a Master’s degree in Type Design at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague (NL). She is partner of Tiemme, a multidisciplinary design and architecture firm. She is an expert in the creation and development of identity systems and in the design of signage systems and signage for offices and public spaces. Since 2007 she has been teaching graphic design, typography and type design in international design schools and universities (among other things, she is a teacher of Typography at Politecnico di Milano and visiting professor at the School of Architecture and Design, Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona). She collaborates with several publications and takes part in conferences in the field of type and has collaborated on «Italic 2.0 Contemporary Type Design in Italy» (DeAgostini 2008).
Francesca Valan
Valan graduated in Industrial Design at IED Milan and subsequently obtained a Master’s degree in Quality of Surfaces. She worked with Clino Castelli on colour design projects in Europe and Japan and with Jorrit Tornquist on colour projects for architecture. She has worked in the field of office design in several fields, from seating design to ergonomics, from collaborations with Clino Castelli and James Irvine for Olivetti to the creation of office systems with Hisao Hosoe. In 1998 she founded her own studio and since then she has been designing the identity of products and spaces through the definition of colours, materials and finishes. Her projects range from lifts to office furniture, from electric appliances to sports equipment, from armoured doors to markers and glasses. Her clients include: Samsung, De Longhi Group, Lechler, Kone Ascensori, Lego, Artsana, Techogym, Fila, and Campari.
Laura Cattaneo
Visual and Interface designer
After studying Communication Design at Politecnico di Milano she joined Leftloft as an information designer and discovered her passion for the shape of data. In 2009 she started collaborating with the male magazine IL of the newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore. In 2010 she experimented with the first Italian digital magazine: La vita nòva — awarded by SPD, European Design Awards, Malofiej and D&AD. Her projects are featured in various publications such as: Data Flow2 (Die Gestalten Verlag), Designing news (Die Gestalten Verlag), Information Graphics (Taschen), and Visual Storytelling (Die Gestalten Verlag). In the following years, she collaborated with various magazines, such as the Mit Technology Review, Harvard Business Review, New York Magazine, Esquire, and Wired. Since 2013 she has been working as a professional journalist and is in charge of the digital design area at Il Sole 24 Ore, where she deals with interaction and interfaces of the daily digital products offered by the newspaper and by Radio24. She teaches at the Università IUAV (Venice) and at CFP Bauer (Milan).
Marco Frigerio
Graduated at Politecnico di Milano with a specialisation in Health Design and Design for All. After collaborating with some Italian studios, since 2003 he has been working in product design for studio Arduini Design in medium and high-complexity industrial sectors, in the hospital field and in products for the disabled and for third age. He has developed research and experimental concepts as well as applications of innovative materials for various Italian and international companies. He has taught and held workshops in various design schools, such as the Faculty of Architecture in Genoa, Laba in Brescia and Politecnico di Milano. He is a consultant for some in-house training companies for the design of training and recreational activities.
Gianni Arduini
After his degree in Industrial Design he started working at studio Zanuso. Later, he worked as a consultant for Design Group Italia and became a business partner at studio Arduini Bonfanti e Salvemini. His main field of work is the design of durable goods, also produced with complex technologies, with special focus on the development and experimentation of innovative systems. Interested in design issues applied to disability and Design for All (Inclusive Design) he founded EIDD in Dublin – European Institute for Design and Disability (now Design for All Europe), of IIDD – Italian Institute for Design and Disability and of Hbgroup – Human Basic Design. Occasional collaborator with specialised magazines and design universities, he is a faculty member in the Industrial Design Degree at the University of Genoa. Winner of a Compasso d’Oro and of a National Award for Innovation, he has also received mentions in national and international design awards.
Michela Baldessari
Baldessari graduated in Industrial Design at IED Milan in 1980, where she subsequently worked as an assistant in design courses for a few years. She gained her professional experience in firms that operate in the field of design, in particular studio Danilo and Corrado Aroldi and studio Isao Hosoe design. In 1983 she founded “Baldessari e Baldessari architetti e designers” with Giulio and Paolo Baldessari, professional partners who are active in the fields of industrial and visual design, architecture, exhibit and interior design. She develops and participates in international design projects with important Italian and foreign studios working in the world of furniture and lighting design. She has been awarded prizes and mentions taking part in national and international contests. She is a professor of Design History and Interior Design at the Academy of Fine Arts and, since 2018, at RM.
Stefano Moscatelli
Moscatelli graduated in Architecture at the Politecnico di Milano and subsequently obtained a Master’s degree in “Territory and Sustainable Architecture”. After collaborating with studio EMBT in Barcelona, since 2008 she has been working with Studio Moscatelli on architecture and urban design, receiving awards and acknowledgements for redevelopment projects for buildings and public spaces. He has published articles on some magazines of the industry, such as Ananke and Area, and has taken part in the realisation of the monographic volumes On the road – Milano and Archibook Expo 2015. Since 2011 he has been teaching in Italy and abroad. He has held presentations and conferences at the Association of Architects PPC in Como and Brescia, at Politecnico di Milano and at the Floormart fair.
Patrizia Scarzella
Architect / Journalist
Architect and journalist, Scarzella is a communication expert and a consultant for companies in the design industry as well as curator of research projects, books and international design exhibitions. She has been the editor of the magazine Domus and writes about design and architecture on specialized international magazines. She has been professor at Università La Sapienza in Rome, Università di Genova and at the Estonian Academy of Arts in Tallinn. Founder and vice president of the association DComeDesign for the promotion of female creativity, she designed and currently leads, together with Valentina Downey, the LabBrainDesign. Since 2010 she has been actively working in social design, developing training projects in contexts of social unrest in Asia and Africa and has been collaborating with UNIDO – United Nations Industrial Development Organization. Photographic research, her lifelong passion, is an important tool for her creative work.
Pierluigi Masini
Journalist / Writer
A professional journalist, Masini graduated in Italian literature with a specialisation in Art History at the Università degli Studi La Sapienza (Rome). He writes for Quotidiano Nazionale (Il Giorno, il Resto del Carlino, La Nazione) and over the past thirty years he has held various posts in the Group, until becoming the manager of editorial projects. He has a Master’s degree in marketing and communication and another in digital marketing lab, both acquired at the Sole-24 Ore’s Business School. He has taught “Media languages” and “Art Markets” at the Università degli Studi Carlo Bo in Urbino. He was a member of the Board of Directors at Ads and Audipress and a member of the Design Prize scientific committee. He recently published the book Gabriella Crespi, Spirito e Materia, arte e design (Gabriella Crespi, Spirit and Matter, art and design) for Odoya.
Danilo De Rossi
I have always been looking for a design that gives light to architectures. With firms of the sector, as a lighting designer and creative director, I develop the creative project and harmonize it with the industrial process, to create in glass and light. During my working experience I practiced architecture, graphics, interior design and industrial design. What thrilled me the most was glass and lighting. A real revelation that brought me to learn how to elaborate, design and invent with glass and light. I graduated from the Venice Institute of Architecture. I continued the studies at the Polytehnic University of Milan where I learned the design aspects of lighting. From that moment my goal has become the pursuit of efficiency of light, as a result of the beauty of the industrial product. Therefore I learned how to use production and engineering at their best for industrial decorative lamps.
Roberto Pauli
Industrial Designer

Companies & Brands

In nearly thirty years of work, the Raffles Group has built up a substantial network of partners that participate in our three-year and Masters courses. These firms’ reputations and the quality of the relationships e have developed with them are a guarantee of a decidedly fertile meeting between education and business.

Adidas, Aigner, B&O – Bang & Olufsen, Boucheron, Brother, Bulgari, Burberry, C&A, Cartier, Chanel, Chloé, Design Business Chamber Singapore, Diesel, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Dunhill, Elle, Fendi, Fujifilm, Furniture Design Award Singapore, Giorgio Armani, H&M, Heinz, Hermes, Hogan, HP Technology, HSBC – Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, IKEA, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Kohler, Lear Corporation, Lego, Li & Fung, L’Oréal, Louis Vuitton, LVMH, Mahogany, Max Mara, MediaCorp, Metro, Michael Kors, Microsoft, Nippon Paint, Nokia, Orchard Road Business Association, Pepsi, Philips, Prada, Puma, Ralph Lauren, Redworks, Richemont, Richmond, Rolex, Saatchi & Saatchi, Saint Laurent Paris, Samsung, Shiseido, Siemens, Singapore Furniture Industries Council, Singapore Jewellers Association, Sony Pictures, Standard Chartered, Textile & Fashion Federation, Tiffany & Co., Valentino, Versace, Y&R, Yves Saint Laurent.

Monday Talk

Every Monday evening at 6.30 p.m., Raffles Milano invites its students to meet one of the major personalities who walk the stage of design, style and design culture. Hearing the stories and ideas that influence the market and drive our mindset – straight from the horse’s mouth – is an amazing opportunity that adds substance to our academic programmes. Here is the agenda of meetings for the coming year.


Applications can be sent by the “Admission Form” below or made by phone by calling the Secretariat directly. When we receive the required documentation and a motivational letter written by the Candidate, the Management will set the date for an introductory interview with the Course Leader or with the College Director: it is an open discussion during which the Candidate can explain his or her personal motivations. He or she can ask information on the general guidelines of the Institute (commitment, dedication, behavior, general Rules & Regulations of the didactic activities).If their profile is considered suitable, candidates will receive official notice regarding the acceptance of their application, which in any case is non-binding for the Candidate.


Application documents:
– motivation letter
– passport or identity card for Italian or EU-EFTA citizens
– payment receipt of the €100.00 Application fee.

Candidates can also send the application documents to the e-mail address: triennali@rm-modaedesign.it

For further information, please fill in the “Information Form”.


Following the Management’s official notice concerning the Candidate’s admissibility, the latter may proceed to the enrolment stage. All students who fulfil the requirements must pay the enrolment fee when they formalize their enrolment, which must then be integrated by the yearly tuition fee (established by the four family income brackets before the beginning of the course).

The amount of the tuition fee can be paid in one single instalment or in two further instalments after the enrolment fee: the 2nd instalment must be paid before the beginning of the First Semester, and the 3rd instalment before the beginning of the Second Semester. Another option is to pay in 10-monthly instalments, which 1st one corresponds to the enrolment fee (enrolment fee + First instalment of the annual tuition fee) and the last no later than the 9th month from enrolment.

European Union and EFTA students
Enrolment fee + Tuition fee established by one of the four ISEE family income brackets:

1st income bracket upto 40.000 euros
Enrolment fee: 3.000 euros
Yearly tuition fee: 5.000 euros

2nd income bracket from 40.001 to 70.000 euros
Enrolment fee: 3.000 euros
Yearly tuition fee: 7.000 euros

3rd income bracket from 70.001 to 100.000 euros
Enrolment fee: 3.000 euros
Yearly tuition fee: 9.000 euros

4th income bracket from 100.001 euros
Enrolment fee: 3.000 euros
Yearly tuition fee: 12.000 euros

Non-European Union and Non-EFTA students
Enrolment fee: 3.000 euros
Yearly tuition fee: 16.000 euros

Application fee
Candidates who want to apply for admission to our Three-year courses must pay an application fee of 100 euro.

Information request
Admission form