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stefano parisi

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

After his graduation in Product Design for Innovation at Politecnico di Milano, with the thesis “A Matter of Time”, about mycelium as a material for design, he started his PhD research at Politecnico di Milano, Department of Design. His research aims at unfolding and codifying CMF (colors, materials, finishes) design as a practice for designing for and with materials and enhancing materials experiences. The research aims to identify a discipline’s methodology and to explore its future scenarios, e.g. how it may be influenced by the introduction of interactive and hybrid materials that show unprecedented characteristics, with the goal of anticipating and facilitating their industrial development, market deployment and spread in the user’s everyday environment.

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 in Milan, in the subjects of Concept Design Research and Color & Trims Design for automotive design.

Through internships and work experiences with design studios and at Materfad, materials library and materials centre in Barcelona, he has acquired expertise in trends and technological research, CMF design, and strategic design, in the fields of products, fashion accessories, consumer electronics, automotive, and materials industry. He was involved in design, research and education projects with and for Beiersdorf, Braun, Whirlpool, Luxottica, Zagato automotive, Moleskine, Bormioli glassware, and others.

The main topics of his research and practice are situated in the intersection between (i) innovative and emerging materials and methodologies for materials design, (ii) interaction, multi-sensory and experience design, (iii) self-production and DIY practices.



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., 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

  2. Parisi, S., Rognoli, V, Sonneveld, M. (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).

  3. Parisi, S., Rognoli, V. (2016). Interaction Matters. A Material Agency’s perspective on Materials Experience. To appear in Proceedings of 6th STS Italia Conference -  “Sociotechnical Environments”. Trento, Italy, November 24-26. (in the process of publishing, available upon request)

  4. 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

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

  6. 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

  7. Ayala Garcia, C., Rognoli, V., 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