RISD in ROME: DRINKING, THE ITALIAN WAY - RE-EVALUATING THE VESSEL
Dana D’Amico (Faculty, RISD Industrial Design)
Italy: RISD site in Rome. June, 2019 - Dates TBA (3 weeks)
3 credits, RISD Industrial Design
Drinking is something we all do…from coffee to water and wine or all of the above. How and where we drink is determined by our culture on some level. Whether Espresso or Frappaccino, there are rituals, cultural norms and cues that determine not only what and how we drink, most importantly what we are drinking from.
This studio looks at the drinking vessel in context and the rituals that dictate their uses. We will look into water, wine and coffee in the Italian culture. Students will design appropriate drinking vessels and re-create the ritual that inspired them in a final installation.
Defining Italy as the context, this studio will emphasize field research and the iterative design process. Looking at coffee, water and wine and their cultural significance in Italy, and the rituals that dictate their uses, students will design vessels to enhance and support the experience of drinking.
Students will experience coffee through field research around Rome, observing and recording the espresso culture, traveling to the Illy museum in Trieste. Next they will delve into the historic culture of water in Rome, visiting the Park of Aqueducts and the Trevi Fountain. Visiting a vineyard, students will experience the beautiful origins of wine and get a taste of agricultural context.
After researching these beverages, we will look at the history of glass vessels in Venice.
Using all of the field research, students will use the iterative design process to find new solutions for 3 vessels. They will sketch in 2D and 3D and eventually make a final model as well as a cohesive presentation to support their research and conclusion. The presentation will be presented in an installation.
Estimated Cost: $4,800 (includes tuition, accommodation, field trips, local transportation, group dinners + some meals, museum entrances, health and travel insurance).