The Polo Formativo allows young people to update the professions required by local furniture manufacturers and hosts the SaloneSatellite Permanent Collection

Right to left, Claudio Luti (President Salone del Mobile.Milano); Emanuele Orsini (President FederlegnoArredo); Giovanni Anzani (President Fondazione ITS Rosario Messina); Laura Ferrari (Mayor of Lentate sul Seveso), Melania De Nichilo Rizzoli (Councillor for Education, Training and Employment, Regione Lombardia) and Attilio Fontana (President Regione Lombardia)

On November 8th, 2018, the new Polo Formativo LegnoArredo Fondazione ITS, the training center named after Rosario Messina, founder of Flou, was inaugurated. The institute, in Lentate sul Seveso, in the heart of the Brianza region (Italy), is a project in close collaboration with FederlegnoArredo, conceived to meet companies’ job requirements and the needs of the growing number of candidate students.

SaloneSatellite Permanent Collection, at the new Polo Formativo Rosario Messina

THE SCHOOL AND THE SALONESATELLITE

The new single-storey building spreads over 2,900 sq m and is made of sustainable materials allowing for maximum energy savings. It aims to create new meeting points between vocational schools and the companies of the field as asked by the latter to integrate their resources with carpenters, workers specialized on CNC machines and bench, commercial technicians, already trained in the technical aspects concerning both materials and products, and to be trained in commercial and marketing skills. 37% of entrepreneurs state that they would like to hire new resources, mainly commercial and technical employees, but also able to support internationalization strategies.

Inauguration of the SaloneSatellite Permanent Collection in the multipurpose hall of the new Polo Formativo LegnoArredo

The multipurpose hall dedicated to events and exhibitions also hosts the Permanent Collection of SaloneSatellite, the ‘fair within the fair’ dedicated to design talents under 35 selected by Marva Griffin for the Salone del Mobile di Milano. Working on the exhibition provided the occasion for SaloneSatellite to critically review the projects presented during different editions, enhancing and rediscovering them to allow visitors to understand the creative background of contemporary design.

La fondatrice e curatrice del SaloneSatellite Marva Griffin all’inaugurazione

THE NUMBERS OF THE FURNITURE DISTRICT

The new training center is located in Lentate sul Seveso since Brianza represents one of the most important local production systems in Italy. And Lombardy is a leading region in the wood and furnishing industry, representing the 25% of the country’s industry. The province of Monza e Brianza leads the way: the numbers provided by Centro Studi FederlegnoArredo reveal that, with 1,555 companies, 10,028 employees and 1,8 billion euro revenue, it is the Italian district with the highest number of companies working in this sector. It leads the industry generating almost 40% of the total turnover of the region, whose productive fabric consists of many small workshops and few big factories. [Text Laura Galimberti]