Ros­sana Or­landi

THE MEN­TOR

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best known as Mi­lan’s Queen of De­sign, in­de­fati­ga­ble spot­ter and nur­turer of new tal­ent, and founder of the splen­dif­er­ous Gal­le­ria Ros­sana Or­landi.

“I would like to see more WOMEN in all fields, par­tic­u­larly in con­struc­tion, en­gi­neer­ing and ar­chi­tec­ture. We are much STRONGER than men and are used to solv­ing many more PROB­LEMS ev­ery day” ros­sana or­landi

Ros­sana Or­landi’s pres­ence at Salone del Mo­bile is as im­per­a­tive as Mi­lan it­self. Her per­for­ma­tive look — that tiny frame; those gi­ant glasses; that white cap of hair, pulled back tight — is im­pos­si­ble to ig­nore; it’s as if cre­ativ­ity oozes from her very pores, mould­ing it­self into phys­i­cal form. Or­landi is equally fa­mous as men­tor to many de­sign­ers, past and present. “My great­est sat­is­fac­tion is hav­ing been de­fined as the ‘mum of de­sign,’” she says. “My gallery is a meet­ing point where de­sign­ers, col­lec­tors, ar­chi­tects, ev­ery­one, can meet and feel at home.” With a pas­sion for plas­tic, she sees sus­tain­abil­ity in de­sign’s fu­ture, in par­tic­u­lar “the dis­cov­ery of new biopoly­mers rather than eco-friendly ma­te­ri­als”.

As for women’s roles, “I would like to see more women in all fields, par­tic­u­larly in con­struc­tion, en­gi­neer­ing and ar­chi­tec­ture,” she says. “We are much stronger than men and are used to solv­ing many more prob­lems ev­ery day.”

Ros­sana Or­landi out­side her RO Gallery dur­ing Mi­lan De­sign Week 2018.

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