HAKIM EL KADIRI
Hakim El Kadiri has been responsible for product development at Rado since 2011. His technical and marketing background and passion for the beautiful things in life, such as design, art and photography, inspired him to join the watchmaking industry. For Hakim, watchmaking is a field where the creation of beauty is ever present, merging innovation, design and technology.
Giulio Cappellini was born in Milan in 1954. He obtained a degree in architecture and then went on to attend the Bocconi University School of Business Management. In 1979 he joined Cappellini, where he initially focused on its corporate image before taking over company management. He personally handles the image and products of the Cappellini brand, not only in his role as Art Director but also as a designer. He designed the new headquarters of Istituto Marangoni's Design School of Design in Milan and coordinates their promotional and educational activities. Also a curator and visiting professor, Cappellini was recently selected by Time magazine as one of the tenglobal trendsetters in fashion and design.
After graduating in engineering and management, Paolo Meroni gained extensive experience in fashion marketing and fashion products. By working with leading manufacturers in the Italian textile industry, he has been able to combine the consulting approach with the attention to the development of his technical skills. He’s been working with Istituto Marangoni Milano since 2004 as a Brand Marketing and Financial and Control teacher; he was appointed Programme Leader in 2010 and Director of Education one year later in 2011. Starting from 2012, Paolo Meroni has closely followed the opening stages of the new offices in Paris and London, and then Shanghai, as a group academic coordinator, and has also followed the start-up of the new Istituto Marangoni Design School in Milano. Since 2012, he’s been a member of the Higher Education Academy.
LIVIA PERALDO MATTON
Editor-in-Chief at Elle Decor Italia, Livia Peraldo Matton chose to study journalism after graduating in Architecture from the Politecnico di Milano. She took on the task as Art Director, first at the monthly Casaviva, then at Elle Decor Italia in 1990, where she defined the magazine's image and became Editor-in-Chief in 2001. She has guided the evolution of Elle Decor Italia since 2012 from a magazine to a multi-media platform, through the development of elledecor.it, the digital edition - with a full English version - and communication projects such as ‘Be Original’, advocating original design projects. Some of the latest concepts are ‘Design for Life’, showing the evolution of living over the last 25 years, 'Soft Home', reflecting on the relationship between the analogue and the digital in interiors and 'Elle Decor Grand Hotel', focusing on the new hôtellerie.
Lidewij Edelkoort is one of the world’s most famous trend forecasters. With Trend Union, her Paris-based company with offices in New York and Tokyo, Edelkoort creates trend books two or more years in advance that are used by strategists and designers at international brands. More than ten years ago, Time Magazine named her one of the 25 most influential fashion experts. From 1999 until 2008 she served as chairwoman of the renowned Design Academy in Eindhoven, Netherlands. In 2012 she received the Netherlands’ most prestigious cultural accolade, the Prins Bernhard Cultuurprijs. Lidewij Edelkoort has been named Dean of Hybrid Design Studies at the New School/Parsons in New York and Paris; she will take up her new appointment in the Fall of 2015.