ABOUT US

 

MATto, a team of researchers supporting companies

At MATto, researchers and professors from the Politecnico di Torino, designers specialised in materials and processes, interpret the requests of companies and go on to research and select materials and technologies, supporting the company and its designers in a collaborative relationship.

ABOUT US

MATto, a team of researchers supporting companies

At MATto, researchers and professors from the Politecnico di Torino, designers specialised in materials and processes, interpret the requests of companies and go on to research and select materials and technologies, supporting the company and its designers in a collaborative relationship.

Claudia De Giorgi

chair

Claudia De Giorgi is an architect, associate professor of Design at the Politecnico di Torino’s. Her research field is focused on sustainable innovation in products, processes and materials made by design-oriented industrial and craft companies. Scientific director of MATto, innovative materials archive open to SMeS, and of various national and international research projects on this topic, she has been monitoring and analysing the regional design system since 1995, in partnership with local authorities.

She collects products that are not ‘luxury goods’ in the strict sense of the term, but luxurious due to the care and attention that was paid to design, develop and create them.

   

Beatrice Lerma

executive director

A PhD, a researcher in Design at the Politecnico di Torino’s Department of Architecture and Design, a lecturer of the Design and Visual Communication degree course, Beatrice Lerma has been contributing to the management and development of the scientific content of the MATto materials library and MATto_Materials for design, a service supporting local SMEs, since 2010. Innovative materials and processes, their sensory and sustainable aspects and their perceived quality are her main fields of research.

A lover of mountain areas, she welcomes the chance to combine extreme challenges with moments of sensory relaxation.

   

Doriana Dal Palù

project manager, innovation & research

A PhD and research fellow at the Politecnico di Torino’s Department of Architecture and Design, Doriana Dal Palù is responsible for acoustic perception and assists the design of sound components. In recent years, her research has expanded to include innovation in materials, particularly as regards changes in the technological paradigm. She works with the MATto materials library, offering the research and critical analysis skills she developed during her university education.

She enjoys food in all its facets, from taste to sound, from content to container, from the way dishes are arranged to the company of fellow diners.

   

Valentina Coraglia

researcher, special projects

A research-led designer and artist, Valentina Coraglia read Design and Visual Communication at the Politecnico di Torino and mastered in Material Futures at London’s Central Saint Martins college. She is interested in innovation fostering sustainable development, studying the relationship between materials and local culture. She experiments with new ideas and processes at a concrete level, investigating future strategies.

Her projects are notable for their ironic and challenging style. Indeed, she sees art and design as tools for constantly triggering new debates. She cultivates her interests alternating mornings spent in the countryside with afternoons spent on critical writing.

   

Sara Tiralongo

young researcher

Product Designer with a strong passion for the world of furniture, she has completed her studies with a research thesis on the evolution of surfaces in the domestic interior. She now works with the material library MATto, supporting it in the organization of consultancies with companies in the Piedmont area in collaboration with the Torino Chamber of Commerce. Precision, organization, and attention to detail characterize her working method.

The dance studio is her second home: the music, the savor of pitch and the creaking of the parquet floor represent her happiness.

   

Eva Vanessa Bruno

young researcher
Product and systemic designer, she is a PhD student in Management, Production and Design at the Department of Architecture and Design of the Politecnico di Torino. She currently carries out research activities related to the enhancement of territorial production culture through design-driven processes of industrial reconversion. She studied at the Politecnico di Torino and at the Nagoya City University, in Japan, where she fell in love with Japanese culture. Her projects focus on the local production capacity, involving local craftsmen and manufacturers.

She loves relaxing by reading horror comics, mystery novels and… listening to alternative-rock music!

   

Marco D’Addario

young researcher
Communication designer with a smart point of view on contemporary times, he loves to contaminate his passion for technology innovation with his humanitarian and social experiences. Since 2019 he has been contributing to MATto material library’s online communication with digital content for the different social media accounts, that achieve with a mix of lay language about design and material culture, institutional communication and an eye on the latest digital trends. His projects highlight the role of communication as a way to tell about the evolving world.

His safe place is Italian Red Cross, the association where he spends his spare time as a manager and as a volunteer for the most vulnerable people.

   

Giacomo Guerrieri

young researcher
Product designer attentive to environmental sustainability issues, aware of the importance of materials and productive processes in pursuit of this objective. His idea of “project” is based on functionality and simplification, always looking out for recycling and re-use. Fond of project and graphic development, he enjoys investigating various areas of interest in the field of design to challenge himself. Currently he is in charge of multimedia development and support activity for MATto, while he spends his free time carrying on personal projects connected to his home place: Salento.

He loves nature and he is particularly interested in plants: to him, closure to greenery is almost as fundamental as getting lost in vintage shops.

   

Franco Marchese

researcher, materials archive

Doctor of Biology, with a passion for the environment, he has always worked at the Polytechnic of Turin in DISMIC Department carrying out research mainly in the environmental field. Since 2001 he has been a confirmed Researcher of Environmental Health Engineering, and in 2002 he moved to DIATI Department.

He has held courses in Environmental Chemistry and others within the same group; for a couple of years, he has been collaborating with MATto to classify and reorganise material samples.

Cooking has always been his great passion, making the preparation of great dishes and innovations and creations a moment of intense happiness to share with friends.

Claudia De Giorgi

chair

Claudia De Giorgi is an architect, associate professor of Design at the Politecnico di Torino’s. Her research field is focused on sustainable innovation in products, processes and materials made by design-oriented industrial and craft companies. Scientific director of MATto, innovative materials archive open to SMeS, and of various national and international research projects on this topic, she has been monitoring and analysing the regional design system since 1995, in partnership with local authorities.

She collects products that are not ‘luxury goods’ in the strict sense of the term, but luxurious due to the care and attention that was paid to design, develop and create them.

   

Beatrice Lerma

executive director

A PhD, a researcher in Design at the Politecnico di Torino’s Department of Architecture and Design, a lecturer of the Design and Visual Communication degree course, Beatrice Lerma has been contributing to the management and development of the scientific content of the MATto materials library and MATto_Materials for design, a service supporting local SMEs, since 2010. Innovative materials and processes, their sensory and sustainable aspects and their perceived quality are her main fields of research.

A lover of mountain areas, she welcomes the chance to combine extreme challenges with moments of sensory relaxation.

   

Doriana Dal Palù

project manager, innovation & research

A PhD and researcher in Design at the Politecnico di Torino’s Department of Architecture and Design, Doriana Dal Palù is responsible for acoustic perception and assists the design of sound components. In recent years, her research has expanded to include innovation in materials, particularly as regards changes in the technological paradigm. She works with the MATto materials library, offering the research and critical analysis skills she developed during her university education.

She enjoys food in all its facets, from taste to sound, from content to container, from the way dishes are arranged to the company of fellow diners.

   

Valentina Coraglia

researcher, special projects

A research-led designer and artist, Valentina Coraglia read Design and Visual Communication at the Politecnico di Torino and mastered in Material Futures at London’s Central Saint Martins college. She is interested in innovation fostering sustainable development, studying the relationship between materials and local culture. She experiments with new ideas and processes at a concrete level, investigating future strategies.

Her projects are notable for their ironic and challenging style. Indeed, she sees art and design as tools for constantly triggering new debates. She cultivates her interests alternating mornings spent in the countryside with afternoons spent on critical writing.

   

Sara Tiralongo

young researcher

Product Designer with a strong passion for the world of furniture, she has completed her studies with a research thesis on the evolution of surfaces in the domestic interior. She now works with the material library MATto, supporting it in the organization of consultancies with companies in the Piedmont area in collaboration with the Torino Chamber of Commerce. Precision, organization, and attention to detail characterize her working method.

The dance studio is her second home: the music, the savor of pitch and the creaking of the parquet floor represent her happiness.

   

Eva Vanessa Bruno

young researcher

Product and systemic designer, she is a PhD student in Management, Production and Design at the Department of Architecture and Design of the Politecnico di Torino. She currently carries out research activities related to the enhancement of territorial production culture through design-driven processes of industrial reconversion. She studied at the Politecnico di Torino and at the Nagoya City University, in Japan, where she fell in love with Japanese culture. Her projects focus on the local production capacity, involving local craftsmen and manufacturers.

She loves relaxing by reading horror comics, mystery novels and… listening to alternative-rock music!

   

Marco D’Addario

young researcher

Communication designer with a smart point of view on contemporary times, he loves to contaminate his passion for technology innovation with his humanitarian and social experiences. Since 2019 he has been contributing to MATto material library’s online communication with digital content for the different social media accounts, that achieve with a mix of lay language about design and material culture, institutional communication and an eye on the latest digital trends. His projects highlight the role of communication as a way to tell about the evolving world.

His safe place is Italian Red Cross, the association where he spends his spare time as a manager and as a volunteer for the most vulnerable people.

   

Giacomo Guerrieri

young researcher

Product designer attentive to environmental sustainability issues, aware of the importance of materials and productive processes in pursuit of this objective. His idea of “project” is based on functionality and simplification, always looking out for recycling and re-use. Fond of project and graphic development, he enjoys investigating various areas of interest in the field of design to challenge himself. Currently he is in charge of multimedia development and support activity for MATto, while he spends his free time carrying on personal projects connected to his home place: Salento.

He loves nature and he is particularly interested in plants: to him, closure to greenery is almost as fundamental as getting lost in vintage shops.

   

Franco Marchese

researcher, materials archive

Doctor of Biology, with a passion for the environment, he has always worked at the Polytechnic of Turin in DISMIC Department carrying out research mainly in the environmental field. Since 2001 he has been a confirmed Researcher of Environmental Health Engineering, and in 2002 he moved to DIATI Department.
He has held courses in Environmental Chemistry and others within the same group; for a couple of years, he has been collaborating with MATto to classify and reorganise material samples.

Cooking has always been his great passion, making the preparation of great dishes and innovations and creations a moment of intense happiness to share with friends.

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