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  Learning activities for primary and junior high school

Design in the suitcase
from 8 to 13 years old


Design in the suitcase is a lab to introduce students to design and project, because from the moment we wake up to the time we go to sleep design plays a role in our everyday lives.
The suitcase, the main instrument of this laboratory, contains various objects and stories and therefore different approaches to the topic of design depending on the age of the participants.
The suitcase is the luggage that accompanies the participants on a journey into the design of Vico Magistretti and leads them to discovering his method, his design choices and objectives.
As from the suitcase of Mary Poppins, from Vico’s suitcase come out everyday objects and icons of his design that become instruments of narrative: stories about who has designed those objects, about his method, about his design idea.
These objects enphasise the importance attached by Magistretti to simplicity, to design simple things that can be explained by phone, to look at everyday objects with a curious eye, to teamwork.
The trip in Vico’s projects and in his method ends with a game: the participants, divided into three groups, are invited to design "as Vico": starting from three everyday objects, they will create a furniture object, so simple to be explained in words.

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