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stefano parisi

Ph.D. Candidate - Politecnico di Milano, Department of Design, Italy

Stefano is a Ph.D. candidate in Design at Politecnico di Milano, Department of Design. He is devoting his research in unfolding ways to envision meaningful materials experiences and future scenarios for emerging advanced materials, applying practice-based methods and tools of Materials Design and CMF (colors, materials, finishes) Design, and merging them with the ones of Speculative Design and Co-Design, engaging users, designers, trans-disciplinary specialists, and representatives from the industry. The research focuses on hybrid material systems showing unprecedented characteristics and behaviors, able to interact, and connect within a material ecology, through the combined use of electronic, chemical and biological components, for responsive wearables, habitat, and mobility. The research aims at anticipating and facilitating their industrial development, market deployment and spread in the user’s everyday environment. On this and related topics he has written publications, participated in conferences as speaker, given lectures and workshops, and carried out (academic and commercial) research and consultancy activities. 

Since 2015, he has started working in design education and research. At Politecnico di Milano, Department of Design, he is involved as teaching assistant in didactic activities focused on materials design. There, he collaborates in the research project “ICS Materials” (Interactive, Connected, and Smart Materials), around the relation between design, new materials, and interaction. He also teaches as contract professor at SPD Scuola Politecnica di Design (Master in Transportation and Car Design) and Poli.Design (Master in Yacht Design), dealing with concept design research and CMF design.

Through his professional experiences as designer and consultant, he has gained practice-based expertise on design research, rend forecasting, materials and technological surveillance and scouting, concept design and CMF design in the fields of product, automotive and materials development. His project "A Matter of Time" was exhibited at the Design Hub Barcelona. He has collaborated many times with Materfad, Materials center in Barcelona, assisting in research, materials scouting, and exhibitions organization.

The main topics of his research and practice are situated in the intersection between (i) innovative and emerging materials and enabling technologies, (ii) methodologies for materials design, materials experience, and CMF design, (iii) multi-sensorial and experience design, (iv) self-production, DIY, trans-disciplinary practices for materials generation, (v) speculative design and envisioning.

His education background is Product Design (BS) and Product Design for Innovation (MS, full marks with honors), at Politecnico di Milano. His MS thesis was focused on the application of mycelium as a material for design.



He is currently involved in the project ICS_Materials. ICS_Materials is a basic research project of the Department of Design, Politecnico di Milano, inquiring about the relationship between design, new materials, and interaction. It aims to explore  new classes of interactive, connected, and smart materials, unfold a definition and framework, and develop future visions and methods to design with and for them.



  1. Parisi, S., Bionda, A., Ratti, A., Rognoli, V. (2019). Design for ICS Materials: A Tentative Methodology for Interactive, Connected, and Smart Materials Applied to Yacht Design. Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Intelligent Human Systems Integration (IHSI 2019): Integrating People and Intelligent Systems, February 7-10, 2019, San Diego, California, USA.

  2. Parisi, S., Rognoli, V., Spallazzo, Petrelli, D. (2018). ICS Materials: Towards a Re-Interpretation of Material Qualities Through Interactive, Connected, and Smart Materials. Proceedings of DRS 2018 – Design as a Catalyst of Change. University of Limerick, Ireland, 25-28/06/2018. 4, pp. 1747-1761. ISSN 2398-3132 (online) ISBN 978-1-912294-19-0 (ebook, volume 4)

  3. Parisi, S., Spallazzo, D., Ferraro, V., Ferrara, M., Ceconello, M.A., Ayala Garcia, C., Rognoli, V. (2018). Mapping ICS Materials: Interactive, Connected and Smart Materials. Springer International Publishing AG 2018 W. Karwowski and T. Ahram (eds.), Intelligent Human Systems Integration, Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing 722 Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Intelligent Human System Integration: Integrating People and Intelligent System, January 7-9 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Pp. 739-744. ISBN 978-3-319-73888-8

  4. Parisi, S., Rognoli, V. (2017). Tinkering with Mycelium. A case study. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Experiential Knowledge and Emerging Materials EKSIG 2017 - “Alive. Active. Adaptive”, 66-78. Rotterdam, the Netherlands, June 19-20. ISBN: 978-87-90775-90-2

  5. Parisi, S., Rognoli, V, Sonneveld, M.H. (2017). Materials Tinkering. An inspirational approach for experiential learning and envisioning in product design education. In The Design Journal, 20:sup1, S1167-S1184. ISSN: 1460-6925 (Print) 1756-3062 (Online).

  6. Parisi, S., Rognoli, V. (2017). Interaction Matters. A Material Agency’s perspective on Materials Experience. In Proceedings of 6th STS Italia Conference -  “Sociotechnical Environments”. Trento, Italy, November 24-26. ISBN: 978–88–940625–1–9

  7. Rognoli, V., Ayala Garcia, C., Parisi, S. (2016). The material experiences as DIY-Materials: self production of wool filled starch based composites. In Making Futures Journal, 4. Plymouth College of Arts. ISSN 2042-1664

  8. Parisi, S., Rognoli V., (2016). Superfici Imperfette (translation: Imperfect Surfaces). In MD Journal, 1, 78-91. University of Ferrara. ISSN 2531-9477

  9. Parisi, S., Rognoli, V., Ayala, C. (2016). Designing Materials Experiences Through Passing of Time. Material Driven Design Method applied to Mycelium-based Composites. In Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Design & Emotion - “Celebration & Contemplation”, 239-255. Amsterdam, The Netherlands, September 27-30. ISBN/EAN: 978-94-6186-725-4

  10. Rognoli, V., Ayala Garcia, C., Parisi, S. (2016). The emotional value of DIY-materials. In Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Design & Emotion - “Celebration & Contemplation”, 633-641. Amsterdam, The Netherlands, September 27-30. ISBN/EAN: 978-94-6186-725-4