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

Interior Design

A matter of spaces
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

Carlo Forcolini
Scientific Director
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.


To design is to transform the world, from the simplest things right up to the most complex ones. Design is not just a discipline that teaches us how to invent and improve the material side of life: it is also an ideal model that teaches us how things both great and small are bound together by invisible threads. It is the art of change, responsibility and commitment.

Professional opportunities

The interior designer is a designer who is able to deal with spaces of various sizes and complexities and translate the messages and atmospheres of a brand or a private client into spaces with tangible solutions, spaces that convey messages, emotions, and meaning. He or she is a key professional figure for architecture or design firms, event agencies, television or film studios, design offices and companies in the furniture and interior accessories industry. The specific technical background of the interior designer also allows him/her to embark on a career as a critic and scholar of the interior design and furniture system or operate as a consultant and art director for companies in the field of fashion and design.

Who should attend

This course is conceived for candidates holding a High School diploma and for students coming from Italian and foreign universities. Applicants should have a specific interest in the disciplines of space design (homes, offices, hospitality, meeting places and retail) and in the conception and design of environments for exhibit design and furniture design for the home, workspace, and place of leisure. The course will focus on the study and coherent application of decoration, the use of materials, lighting technologies and interior accessories. Students will be expected to show a strong attitude and interest in the study of social behaviour, of the culture of visual arts, and of socio-cultural trends. Participants in this course are the future designers of environments and communicative atmospheres, alert interpreters of contemporary trends and lifestyles.


A first propaedeutically phase (first year) is followed by an intermediate in-depth study (second year) and a conclusive stage dedicated to the final project-portfolio (third year). After acquiring the theoretical essentials of drawing and representation and studying the history of applied arts and architecture for home environments, students will then deal with the increasingly complex social and cultural scenarios in which companies operate today and study the evolution of habits and lifestyles as well as of brands’ relationship with users and consumers. The main goal being that of searching for design solutions capable of supplying the most advanced and sustainable answers to improve the quality of life, of the workplace and of leisure.


– Visual design
– Drawing, relief and representation of spaces
– History of architecture and interior design
– Art and Design history
– Exhibit design
– Retail design
– 3D and CAD workshop
– Environmental design
– Anthropology and sociology of consumption
– Materials and surfaces
– Branding, Marketing and research
– Acoustics and lighting technology
– Colour and colorimetry
– Decoration and textures

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).


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.

Davide Calluori
Digital artist
Born in Syracuse, in Sicily in 1978, Davide Calluori graduated in Art from the DAMS school in Bologna, then moved to Milan, where he took a diploma in Graphic Design from the Accademia di Comunicazione. He started his professional career at DLV BBDO as an art director. He then developed an interest in creating and producing images for printing. He became the manager for the post-production, 3D and illustration department. At the beginning of 2016, he teamed up with Daniele Tribi and Francesco Van Straten to establish B612Studio, a structure that works with illustration, 3D, post-production and photography. The clients he has completed projects for include Yamaha, Freddy, Cam, Rolling Stone, Wall Street Institute, Che Banca!, Bayer, Telecom, Sky and Audi. His work appeared in the 2012, 2014 and 2016 editions of the 200 Best Digital Artists Worldwide Annual Award and of the 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide Annual Award published by Lürzer’s Archive.
Efrem Raimondi
Born in 1958 in Legnano, Italy, he started dealing with photography and recorded the 1980 earthquake in the South of Italy. Shortly after, he obtained an ASSAP scholarship in advertising. The human body and design make up the core of his professional career, in which he has always sought to make the two converge. In 1990 he held his first solo exhibition at the gallery Il Diaframma in Milan. He collaborated with big names of the design world such as Enrico Baleri, Achille Castiglioni, Giovanni Levanti, Italo Lupi, Alessandro Mendini, Gaetano Pesce, Christoph Radl and Gianni Veneziano. He also contributed to several magazines, such as Stern, Esquire, Abitare, Domus, Interni magazine, Panorama, Class, Capital and GQ. He signed campaigns for Cassina, Flexform, IBM, Prada and Baleri Italia. Since the 2013 edition of Fuorisalone he has been designing and conceiving a social network format for Mondadori. In the field of design photography, his main focus is to move beyond the dimension of the genre to embrace a transversal vision.
Franco Achilli
Visual designer
An architect, Franco Achilli trained with Alfred Hohenegger, Giorgio Fioravanti and Gianni Sassi, then at the New York School of Visual Arts. After acting as assistant to Emilio Fioravanti at G&R Associati, he opened his own first office in Milan in 1985 with Guglielmo Ghizzardi and Mario Piazza. In 1995, he launched A+G Achilli Ghizzardi Associati, which he still runs today, working in architecture, brand and exhibition design, and publishing graphics. His clients in a career spanning over thirty years have included industrial and commercial groups, publishers and international organisations. He has continuous experience in lecturing in design schools and teaches Visual Identity in Brands at the IULM University in Milan. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Northern Illinois University and had held courses at the University of Palermo, the Art Institute of Chicago, Milan Polytechnic, the IUAV in Venice and other universities. The acknowledgements he has received for his teaching work include ten awards from the Designer & Art Directors Club of London. He has written and edited publications about design and his work has featured in leading international magazines.
Giovanni Pelloso
Historian / Critic
A journalist and photography critic who writes for the ViviMilano supplement to the leading national daily newspaper Corriere della Sera, Giovanni Pelloso has worked on publishing projects with Mondadori Portfolio (he was the author of the piece dedicated to Mario De Biasi, Giorgio Lotti and Angelo Cozzi), with Hachette and with Canon Italia. A co-author of the Dizionario mondiale della fotografia (Rizzoli/Contrasto, 2002), he is a contributor to the monthly magazines NPhotography and Photo Professional and is editor in chief of the long-established magazine Il Fotografo. He has held workshops and seminars about photography at the Suor Orsola Benincasa University in Naples, the Istituto Italiano di Fotografia and the Contrasto agency. His research interests focus on the theory and practice of the sociology of consumption and of advertising. Working as a contract lecturer, he has been teaching and conducting research since 2005 at the Faculty of Communication Sciences and of Entertainment at the IULM University in Milan. He has been lecturing in photography at the LAO since 2013 and is an associate researcher at the Milan Civic Aquarium.
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.
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.
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.
Maria Angela Polesana
Media sociologist
In 1995 she graduated in Foreign Languages and Literature at the IULM in Milan, where she also completed a Ph.D. in Business Marketing and Communication from 2002 to 2005. From 2005 to 2008 she has been a teacher in the degree on Communication Sciences at Università Vita e Salute San Raffaele in Milan. In the same period she has held seminars on advertising language in the UPA Master’s at Ca’ Foscari in Venice and has been a teacher at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia per l’Impresa in Milan. Since 2009 she has been a researcher and teacher at the IULM. Her main research areas are gender representation in advertising, body representation in the media and sociology of communication and consumption trends. Among her publications are La pubblicità intelligente. L’uso dell’ironia in pubblicità (Intelligent Advertising. The use of Irony in Advertising) (2005), Communication mix. Come comunica l’impresa (Communication mix. How Businesses Communicate) (2007), Criminality show. La costruzione mediatica del colpevole (Criminality show. The mediatic construction of the culprit) (2010) and Pubblicità e valori. Nuovi consumi e nuovi messaggi per una società che cambia (Advertising and Values. New Consumptions and New Messages for a Changing Society) (2015).
Stefano Fabbri
After taking his diploma in 1984 at the Arte e Messaggio Civic School of Applied Arts in Milan, Stefano Fabbri spent the period from 1986 to 1987 as assistant art director to Gino Ciccognani in the Studio Nuovi Prodotti advertising agency. In the two following years, he then pursued his career as an assistant art director further in the international agency Saatchi & Saatchi. From 1989 to 2005, he worked as a visualiser and illustrator with several leading agencies, including Saatchi & Saatchi, Verba DDB, J.W. Thompson and Bates. At present, he works regularly with several publications and publishers: the newspapers and magazines Corriere della Sera, Lo Specchio della Stampa, Auto Oggi, Le Scienze, Men’s Health, Panorama, Riders, Focus and Mente&Cervello and the publishers Feltrinelli, Stampa Alternativa, Mondadori, Besa and Helblings Languages. He has co-ordinated several illustration workshops at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. In 2005, he won the Oesterheld Award at the Romacartoon International Cartoon Festival for his graphic novel Il monile di Bengasi, whose texts were written by the author Danilo Manera.
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.
Anna Luigia De Simone
Lecturer / Curator
With a Ph.D. on the History and Criticism of Architecture, she has been a professor of Contemporary Art and Multimedia Communication at the Università della Campania. Already a university researcher in Contemporary Art History, she is currently a university researcher in Cinema, Photography and Television at the IULM in Milan, where she teaches Art and Media Curatorship, Art and Television, Cultural Heritage, Arts and Tourism and is member of the Ph.D. Board in Visual and Media Studies. She has always been combining designing with her activity of coordinating volumes, catalogues, and international exhibitions. In 2015, she coordinated the curatorial staff of the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale of Art. She is currently coordinating the editorial project for the Treccani Encyclopaedia of Contemporary Art and collaborates with the monthly magazine Arte. Her research, which is published both in book form, papers and articles, falls within in the framework of visual studies and is aimed at exploring intermedia processes and situations.
Gigi Pasquinelli
Art director
After a degree in Graphic Design and Multimedia and a Master’s degree in Advertising at IED Milan, he started working as Art Director for different Italian and international advertising agencies (Lorenzo Marini, TBWA, Ogilvy & Mather). He worked on advertising campaigns for clients like Levissima, ING, Gazzetta dello Sport, Corriere della Sera, Nestlè, Eni and Paramount Channel. He received several awards among which are 2 golds, 1 silver and 2 bronzes at the ADCI Awards and was included in a shortlist at the Cannes Lions Awards. Before teaching at RM_Raffles Milan, he was a teacher at IED (Milan) and a Coordinator and Teacher of the chair in Graphic Design and Multimedia at the Academy of Fine Arts (Brescia).
Pasquale Di Meglio
Design director / Visual designer
Pasquale Di Meglio studied art and specialised in the Art of Printing. After a first period spent in various graphic design agencies and an experience in the publishing industry, in 2004 he founded Studio41, a design studio that will gave life to several collaborations in the field of cultural communication. In 2010 he moved to Milan where he started working for Lumen, branding agency that allowed him to enter into contact with many Italian and international brands. Since 2014 he has been the Design Director at CBA, a brand design agency of the WPP group, which offers a global perspective on the world of branding and design thanks to its international team.
Paolo Giacomazzi
Interior and Exhibit designer
Paolo Giacomazzi took a degree in Exhibition Design at the Politecnico di Milano and at the same time studied music, obtaining a diploma in transverse flute at the Conservatory of Piacenza. He worked for important design studios in Milan such as Origoni e Steiner Architetti associati, Odoardo Fioravanti Design Studio, and Migliore e Servetto Architetti Associati. In 2009 he opened his own studio with the precise aim of designing communication spaces. This research has led him to fields that range from interior design to exhibition design, and has allowed him to also explore and apply Visual Design in his work.
Diego Donati
Motion graphic designer
After his diploma in Illustration and Animation, Donati worked in Paris as an animator for a software house specialising in iPad apps. Once back in Milan, he continued his professional growth as motion graphic designer for a well-known advertising post-production house, working for large enterprises like Barilla, Armani, Volkswagen, Mulino Bianco and other important Italian brands. Today he is a consultant for Sky and other communication agencies in Milan, where he produces visual motion graphic contents applied to television, cinema and events. Since 2016 he has been combining his professional activity as a designer with teaching.
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.
Stefano Bottura
Creative director
Graduated in Design at Politecnico di Milano, he is one of the founders of ROCKIT (www.rockit.it), a landmark for Italian music. In 2005 he created MI AMI (www.miamifestival.it), one of the main music festivals in Italy. After working with and for Universal Music France, ENT design Paris, Artclair Edition Paris, Edizioni Zero Milano, he is currently CEO of Better Days (www.betterdays.it), a hybrid company operating both as a publishing house and as a creative agency. Better Days currently manages Rockit.it, Dailybest.it and Dailyfood.it as well as the MI AMI festival. The company is in charge of the image of some important projects such as the Italia Music Export of SIAE and curator of street art/illustration exhibits all over Italy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lorenzo Gecchelin
Architect and Designer
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.
Anna Santi
Graduated in Architecture at Istituto Universitario di Venezia, she holds a Ph.D. in Design for Cultural Heritage at Design Department of Politecnico di Milano. She carries out multidisciplinary researches on design, art and architecture focusing on the enhancement of the heritage through digital archives and tools, to foster novel learning models. She has been involved in research projects at academic and institutional level, dedicated to curatorship, coordination and organization of exhibitions, workshops, conferences and cultural events. She also writes on design, art and architecture, for blogs and online magazines.
jozeph forakis ... design
Design Studio
Jozeph Forakis is the creator of some of the most iconic product designs of the last twenty years, such as the Havana lamp for Foscarini, now in the permanent collection at the MoMA in New York, the Mouseman Pro mouse, the first to adopt a vertical ergonomic concept and a thumb button, and the Swatch Irony Scuba 200 watch. Forakis is recognised for his innovative use of materials and his interest in interactive technologies. Born to his calling, his designs reflect his family background in the arts and theatre, in particular his experience as a theatre stage and lighting designer in New York. From 1999 to 2002, he was Design Director with Motorola, leading the team that designed the V 70 mobile telephone. The Joseph Forakis studio has offices in Milan and New York and works for such international clients as Epson, Fujitsu, Haier, Kikkerland, Normann Copenhagen, LG Electronics, Magis, Samsung, Swarovski, Tecno and Yamaha Motors. In 2004 ADI, the Italian Association for Industrial Design, dedicated a one-man show to him in Rome and New York, the first it had ever organised for an individual designer.
Michele Genghi
Creative director / Visual designer
Michele Genghi has over 15 years of experience in the field of branding and visual communication. He was the creative director of Landor Milano for five years and led the studio through multi-channel branding projects for important Italian and international clients, with skills ranging from visual identity to digital branding, sound branding, customer experience and way-finding environment design projects.
Alessandro Barzaghi
Motion designer
David Pasquali
Creative director
Monica Ferrigno

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.


Candidates can apply by downloading and filling out the application form here and sending it to the e-mail triennali@rm-modaedesign.it or made by calling the school directly.


Application fee
Candidates applying for admission to the three-year courses must pay an application fee of €100

Application documents:
– motivation letter
– passport or identity card for Italian or EU-EFTA citizens
– payment receipt of the €100 application fee.

The candidate will be contacted for an Admissions interview after their submission of the Application documents. If their profile is considered suitable, candidates will receive an Admittance letter, which is non-binding for the Candidate.

Download the application form here and together with the other documents send to the e-mail address: triennali@rm-modaedesign.it

For further information about the courses of study, please click here.

Securing your position in the course

Candidates will be eligible to enroll with us after receiving their Admittance Letter from the Institution. Successful applicants will have 30 days to fill out the enrollment form and pay an enrollment fee to secure their position in the program.


Annual Enrollment Fee

Students will be subject to an annual enrollment fee of €3.000 to confirm their attendance in the course.

Annual Tuition Fee
Annual tuition fee: €16.000

European Union and EFTA students can be considered for an adjustment of their tuition fees if they provide proof of their incomes.

Information request
Admission form