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A learning journey in contemporary design 

The project is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.



Academy of design and fine arts

Ancona – Italy

Since 1972 the Poliarte Academy of Fine Art and Design in Ancona, Italy, has been a centre of excellence for design and applied arts, recognised at both Italian and international level. It’s one of the very first institutions to have specialised in education in the design sector, and has immediately become both a source of inspiration and a benchmark, thanks to its teaching methodology which combines research, practical skills and innovation. Since 1972 Poliarte has organised and run courses focusing on design. From 2016, 3-year courses have been granted formal academic status – 1st level Academic Diplomas, thanks to accreditation from the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research – MIUR. The courses are divided across 5 departments: Fashion Design, Visual Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design and Video-Film Design. Additionally, Poliarte offers short courses focusing on other design areas. It’s a syllabus requiring compulsory attendance, with the perfect balance between theory and practice. Theoretical, creative, design and workshop activities are undertaken with the aim of teaching students how to collaborate, how to communicate and build relationships, as well as inter-disciplinary studies across the different areas of design.

Technická univerzita v Liberci

Technical University of Liberec

Liberec – Czechia

The Technical University of Liberec – TUL – is a mid-sized progressive institution based in Liberec, which marries technical education with the wider university education system. Within six faculties and university institutes, it offers a large spectrum of qualifications in technical and scientific subjects, humanities, as well as artistic and interdisciplinary study areas. TUL has well-equipped laboratories and top-quality teams of research workers for humanities. TUL has actively participated in the creation of common European education areas and common European research areas. The Technical University of Liberec can boast excellent results in the field of science and research.

Magyar Képzőművészeti Egyetem

Hungarian University of Fine Arts

Budapest – Hungary

The Hungarian University of Fine Art – MKE – was the first and continues to be the most prestigious art academy in Hungary. Its traditions date back 150 years, and it represents and embodies a rich cultural heritage of which it is extremely proud, providing a home where future artists can nurture their talents and learn to navigate the art world of the 21st century. An essential element of MKE is their spirit of innovation in partnership with tradition, the diversity of which is captured in the programs ranging “from pigment to pixel”. The old and the new are not vying with each other for dominance. Rather, they form an organic collective of the experience and knowledge of successive generations who learn from and draw on one another. Education, artistic research and the sharing of knowledge are the triple pillars of MKE’s mission statement.

Krakowskie Szkoły Artystyczne

Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design

Krakow – Poland

Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design – KSA – was established 30 years ago in Krakow, the cultural capital of Poland. The School offers tuition in Polish in the following fields: Fashion Design, Interior Design, Photography, Visual Merchandising, Drama, Choreography and Pattern Making. 

KSA also offers tuition in English in Fashion, Jewellery Design and Creative and Commercial Photography.

Nearly 1000 students study at our school each year, with groups of 15-20 students on each course. KSA represents a point of reference for the whole of Poland – and abroad – for young people that want to study and train in design in the country. Thanks to the importance and reputation of KSA in Poland and its role as a catalyst for excellent design and fine art, Poliarte decide to incorporate the institution in their project.

Technická univerzita v Košiciach, Fakulta umení

Technical University of Košice, Faculty of Arts

 Košice-Sever – Slovakia

The Technical University of Košice, Slovakia – TUKE – is a public college. It plays a key role not just in the East Slovak region as the only science, research, and education centre in Slovakia, but also in Central Europe. The Faculty of Art provides higher education in architecture, design (Industrial, Innovation, Space, 2d and Visual Communication), fine art and media art, and is an active institution in the implementation of art, research and exhibition projects in Slovakia and internationally. The Department of Design is one of the three departments that make up the Faculty of Art at TUKE, and has been in operation since its establishment in 1998. TUKE students continue a long tradition of winning major awards at Slovak and international competitions, as well as taking part in renowned exhibitions both at home and abroad


A dynamic, contemporary, and intercultural journey that explores the many different aspects of Italian design and manufacturing, which takes place in the Marche, a region that comprises all the particular features of the Italian peninsula in terms of production, fine art, history, architecture and landscape.

12 students in design and fine art from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia will attend 2-week online courses plus 2 weeks in person in Ancona to discover how the scientific and specific methodology of the Italian design process can respond to the current regional and societal needs of V4 students. 

 An innovative teaching methodology that combines research, innovation, hands-on projects and techniques to create real-life solutions that meet the contemporary needs of companies and end-users. Creative and design activities will be accompanied by additional work designed to improve collaboration, communication and relationship-building.

The Italian way of design can be integrated into the strategies and processes of local companies and artisans, translating this regional expression of the transformation of society and markets into contemporary and socially useful products and services.

History, tradition and proven methods are combined and improved with a strong innovative drive and fresh, out-of-the-box thinking.

Once back in their home countries, these young students will act as ambassadors and promoters of good design practices, introducing and influencing their network and future companies and colleagues as to how the Italian way of design can have a positive impact on their businesses.


Fanni Dallos

Bonyhád – Hungary 1998

I always strive for being well-organized but flexible at the same time. You never know what kind of adventure, experience you are going to miss, if you are not adaptable enough. This perception is what I try to keep in my mind during my work as well.

László Bertalan Boda

Budapest – Hungary 1999

I attend the Hungarian University of Fine arts. In school I like to take a different, more manual approach to projects, which is also present in my day-to-day life. Outside of school, I still find time to draw and illustrate, to make alternative covers for my favourite musical artists, of which I also collect their albums on vinyl.

Veronika Anna Csaszar

Budapest – Hungary 1999

Creating has always been an important part of my life. I keep experimentation and exploration as the main elements of my working method, my purpose is to make my artworks as diverse as possible and find ways to be unique, current and educated.

Gabriela Semanova

Levoča – Slovakia 1999

 I’m currently studying industrial design. While designing, I try to implement nature and geometry into my products. I enjoy traveling, literature and getting to know new things.

Karin Kolesarova

​​​​​​ Košice – Slovakia 1998,

I’m student of product design and I’m interested in slovak traditions and traditional crafts. I’ve always been trying different areas of design to gain experience and use it in another projects. The most important for me is the minimalism and pure organic forms.

Stefania Suchodolinska

​​​​​​ Košice – Slovakia 1996

I am a product design student from Košice. In my work I try to combine colourful and playful design together with clean and functional properties. My designs are often inspired by humorous situations I experienced or bizarre objects I observed in everyday life.

Karolina Pabjańczyk

Bełchatów – Poland  2001 

Since I was a little girl I was interested in fashion, volleyball and history. Apart that, I’m a car enthusiast and a film lover. Currently I’m trying myself on a movie set as a costume assistant. I enjoy trying new things and I always try to be positive. 

Katarzyna Machejek

Miechów – Poland 1987

From an early age, demonstrated manual and creative skills. Student of Interior Designing on Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design. Lover of design and art. Architecture has always been my passion. In the future, she wants to combine painterliness and design in interior designing.

Weronika Różycka

Busko-Zdrój  – Poland 1996

I like challenges and I’m open to new ones, so this course is a great opportunity for me. Interior design has been my passion for many years. I’m currently studying at Cracow school of art and fashion design.

Katerina Klozova

​​​​​​Jilemnice – Czech Republic 2000

Hi, I am a student at the Technical University in Liberec, majoring in textile and clothing design. I really enjoy sublimation printing technology, pattern making and experiments with non-traditional materials for textiles and clothing. In my free time I like to play ball games and play sports with my dog.

Marketa Kozena

​​​​​​ Hradec Králové – Czech Republic 1999

I am student of fashion design and previously studied graphic design. I try to make my work with a touch to nature, because for me has nature always been full of unique inspiration and materials. My hobbies are hiking, photography and traveling, which l like to combine :).  I signed for this project, because I think its something which can affect my art and knowledge with new experiences, and I can learn something new.

Nella Meresova

​​​​​​Prague – Czech Republic 1999

I am very creative and i like art of every kind. I love trying new things. I challenge myself very often.



Fabriano – Italy

Elica, active in the market since the 70s, is the global leading company in the production of hoods and induction cooktop as well as the European leader in manufacturing of motors for domestic ventilation. Chaired by Francesco Casoli and led by Giulio Cocci, it has a production platform divided into seven sites in Italy, Poland, Mexico and China, with over 3,200 employees. Long experience in the field, great attention to design, refined materials and advanced technologies that guarantee maximum efficiency and reduced consumption are the elements that distinguish the Elica Group on the market and that have enabled the company to revolutionize the traditional image of kitchen hoods: no longer simple accessories but uniquely designed objects able to improve the quality of life.






Recanati – Italy

iGuzzini illuminazione was founded in 1959 and is an international leading group in the architectural lighting industry, with 1,243 employees concentrated on researching, designing, and producing internal and external lighting systems. It is based in Recanati (Macerata) with operational activities in more than 20 countries spread over 5 continents. Using light, iGuzzini works to improve the relationship between humans and the environment through research, industry, technology, and awareness in places of culture, work, retail, cities, infrastructures and hospitality & living. iGuzzini has been part of the Fagerhult Group since 2019.

The culture of light as a social innovation aspect is iGuzzini’s distinguishing feature. It has been working with the best architects, lighting designers and engineering firms for over seventy years to create innovative, high-performance lighting projects capable of enhancing architecture and spaces. For iGuzzini, light allows for the creation of safe, aggregate and comfortable places, and defines a person’s mood, the colours and shapes of nature and works of art. This is why its vision is Social Innovation Through Lighting developed along four guidelines: light culture, design, connectivity and sustainability.

In 2021, iGuzzini’s turnover was €203.4 million, selling 82% of its own production abroad and 18% in Italy, proof of its leading position on the domestic market and primary position in Europe and the most dynamic international markets.






Treia – Italy

The company was established in the year 1967 in the little town of Treia (Marche Region), in the heart of Italy, thanks to the experience and insight of its two founders, and soon became renowned for the quality of its products and the aggressive business strategies.

Gruppo LUBE includes the Cucine LUBE and CREO Kitchens brands and is currently the number one Italian kitchen company, both for the turnover (249 million Euro in the year 2021) and the quantity of the manufactured kitchens (350 daily, over 85.000/year), that are exported in over 85 countries worldwide.

The heart of the company growth strategy is the Store concept, with over 500 single-brand stores inaugurated just in Italy in the recent 3 years.

The Cucine Lube and Creo Kitchens brands offer wide collections, ranging from classic to modern models and including 480 different door finishes.

The Gruppo Lube strength is the flexibility, meaning as the capacity to satisfy every request of the client regarding style, materials and customization.





Tolentino – Italy

Poltrona Frau has been a leader in the world of Made in Italy furnishings since 1912. It values artistic aptitude and meticulous craftmanship, using only the highest-quality raw materials, like Pelle Frau® leather which makes it the ideal go-to for high-end furniture for the home and office. The search for style has led Poltrona Frau to create classic pieces that express a unique and intimate elegance, from Chester and Vanity Fair, designed by the founder Renzo Frau, to Dezza by Gio Ponti and Titanio, a project by Pierluigi Cerri that won the brand its first Compasso d’Oro Award. Today collections include iconic pieces from Jean-Marie Massaud, Ludovica + Roberto Palomba, Roberto Lazzeroni, GamFratesi and Neri&Hu. Poltrona Frau fosters an exquisite blend of tradition and innovation in its two other business units, Interiors in Motion and Custom Interiors.

Interiors in Motion specializes in developing exclusive interiors for luxury cars, yachts, rail and aviation and has collaborated with many of the worlds most respected luxury brands, including Ferrari, Porsche, Ducati, McLaren, Ferretti Yachts, Pershing, Riva and Singapore Airlines to name just a few. Custom Interiors develops seating and interiors solutions for auditoriums, theatres, airports, public spaces, office and store showrooms and hotels, working closely with many of the most influential architects and designers globally. It has partnered with the likes of Renzo Piano, Foster + Partners, Frank O.Gehry, Jean Nouvel, Zaha Hadid Studio and David Chipperfield to support many of their most important international projects.

The heart of all operations is in Tolentino, in the heart of the Marche region in Italy where the brands expertise that has passed from generation to generation, and has proudly earned numerous certifications for environmental sustainability and recognition of policies that protect the health and safety of employees. 


Sant’Elpidio a Mare – Italy

The TOD’S Group is a symbol of Italian excellence. It is deeply rooted in Italy’s artisan traditions, with a wealth of values that distinguish its vision: a passion for craftsmanship, superb quality and timeless style.

Quality and creativity, tradition and modernity. A harmonious blend of these factors runs through the DNA of the TOD’S Group and its brands, each with its own identity: Tod’s, Roger Vivier, Hogan and Fay. This overall vision draws strength from the brands’ synergy in high-end design; it has enabled the Group to emerge as a leader in the footwear, leather goods and clothing sectors with a significant presence in all the global markets. At the turn of the 20th century, Filippo Della Valle, Diego’s grandfather, set up a small shoemaking workshop, pursuing the ancient profession with care and dedication. Driven by his passion for the work, Filippo refined his shoemaking business over time, elevating it to a level of excellence and passing his skills down to his children. These authentic codes of style and quality have since become essential assets for the Group and still characterise its DNA today. Over the years, the TOD’S Group has expanded its production by launching and acquiring prestigious brands. But it has always stayed true to its original set of principles: unique, uncompromising quality. Under the guidance of Diego and Andrea Della Valle, this clear vision has enabled the Group to become a benchmark in the international luxury market. By skilfully combining craftwork traditions with innovation, the TOD’S Group has become a key player in the production and distribution of luxury footwear, leather goods, clothing and accessories, a global ambassador for Italy’s deeply rooted manufacturing traditions, a symbol of the Italian lifestyle and of unparalleled quality.