The Compasso d’Oro goes to Maurizio Riva. Dedication to young people

Maurizio Riva, president of Riva 1920, the historic Cantù wood company, received the Compasso d’Oro lifetime achievement award at the ADI Design Museum.

On stage his first thought was for the future, for young people. «We must bring them to us and ensure that making furniture gets under the skin of the youngest. They must be made to feel all our passion” said Maurizio Riva, thanking them.

In his working life there is a promise: “to create to pass on”, which is why the theme of engaging new generations in the woodworking professions is particularly close to his heart.

The motivation for the prestigious recognition echoes this: “A carpenter: a career that has the scent of a living material, expertly expressed using tools that are part of man’s history as well as techniques that are part of his future. A path closely connected with a territory, Brianza, and with design understood as responsibility for sustainable development and concrete pride”.

Deeply rooted in the Cantù area and with an international outlook, Maurizio Riva, president of Riva Industria Mobili since 1993, with the Riva 1920 brand, entered the family business at the end of the Seventies, specializing in the production of custom-made solid wood furniture . At the end of the 1980s he began to be interested in the North American culture of reforestation wood and designed the first collection of furniture inspired by the material culture of the Amish.

The valorization of natural wood and manual processing will become the distinctive feature of the company. In the nineties Riva 1920 approached the world of design and today adopts the culture of reuse by working with kauri, a thousand-year-old wood from New Zealand, briccole from the Venice lagoon, fragrant cedar from Lebanon and the wood from San Patrignano barriques.

Among the winners of the XXVIII Compasso d’Oro ADI, the 70th anniversary edition, there are several prominent names for the lifetime achievement awards, such as Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator of the Department of Architecture and Design at the MoMA in New York, where she is also the museum’s director of Research and Development. She deals with design in all its forms, from architecture to video games, to the interaction of design with technology, biology and popular culture.

The lifetime achievement award was also awarded to Umberto Cassina for his experience in the family business and now president of MDF Italia.

Historic signature for B&B Italia, Boffi, Living Divani, Lema, Lualdi, Porro and others, Piero Lissoni, architect, designer and art director, received the lifetime achievement award.

For this edition, overall, the Compasso d’Oro awards went to 20 products, to which were added the Compassi d’Oro for lifetime achievement, awarded to 9 Italian and 2 international personalities and to 3 long-selling products, design successes present on the market with a career spanning over ten years. In addition to the awards, 39 Honorable Mentions were awarded to products chosen for their qualities.

For the Targa Giovani, the recognition reserved for projects by students of Italian design universities, 3 prizes and 9 certificates were awarded. In total there are 311 other products included in the catalogue.

On Thursday evening, in the Milanese square named after the award, the president of the Lombardy Region Attilio Fontana and the mayor of Milan Giuseppe Sala were present. With them they celebrated the seventieth birthday of the award Luciano Galimberti, president of ADI and Umberto Cabini, president of Fondazione ADI Collezione Compasso d’Oro.

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