The new selection process for this year’s edition consists of casting events in three different Italian cities –Milan, Rome, Naples- and the opportunity to be selected for the final exhibition at the Palladian Basilica in Vicenza.



Open Design Italia is aimed at specific types of projects and is addressed to designers, craftsmen, fashion designers, artists, makers and companies and/or studios working in the field of design. The exhibitors participate with projects whose entire production and distribution process has been carefully conceived and planned.

The competition is open to products (not prototypes) in one of the following categories: product design, communication design, fashion design and interior design.

The selection process OPEN DESIGN ITALIA CHALLENGE provides all participants with the opportunity to meet prominent figures in the field of design through coaching services and training courses in communication and marketing. Every participant presents his or her product and idea at a face-to-face meeting with the selecting committee, which is comprised of journalists, companies, institutions and retailers.

Before the selection, every designer will have access to a coaching service that will help him or her prepare for the presentation. Moreover, everyone will be given visibility through the social media channels of Open Design Italia and CNA Vicenza, via the ‘Open Design Italia Diary’.

The participation fee for the selection events can be found in the Calls for Application.

Designers can register to attend one of the three casting events in these cities:

Milan – 14 and 15 April Siam

Rome – 28 and 29 April Maxxi| Museo Nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo

Naples – 5 and 6 May Camera di Commercio

Only non-residents in Italy will have the opportunity to take part in the casting of OpenDesignItalia Challenge (and may choose among Milan, Rome and Naples) via a video conference with webcam, up to a maximum of 10 participants for each city.

For more information and to apply, download the Calls for Application.

DISCOVER the selected designers from the first selection event

OPEN DESIGN ITALIA ON STAGE – the event at Basilica Palladiana in Vicenza


The selected designers gain access to the second phase, OPEN DESIGN ITALIA ON STAGE. From 10 to 12 June, they will be able to exhibit and sell their works in the beautiful surroundings of the Palladian Basilica in Vicenza. They will attend workshops and training courses, and receive consultancy aimed at developing their business. The participants will get in touch with sector experts, retailers, companies and representatives from institutions and international events.

In order to take part in the event at Basilica Palladiana, the selected designers must pay a participation fee within the deadline (see the Calls for Application); the fee covers organizational, communication and rental costs.

For more information and to apply, download the Calls for Application.

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