25.07 – 28.07 2019





Our interaction with our host environment is continuous and pervasive; the balances that determine the ecosystem to which we belong are constantly subject to stresses of various kinds, which also change in relation to the various historical periods of reference. The impact of the activities of Homo Sapiens on the practices of self-regulation of the natural systems of our planet – also defined by using the term that designates the present geological era as that of the Anthropocene – has led to a series of consequences.
Among them, we can glimpse the diminishing of the direct relation of influence between the times dictated by the natural cosmos – the pace of the seasons, the rhythm of terrestrial cycles – and those that mark the existence of individuals. The sensation of an increasingly pronounced gap between geo-referential rhythms and those of contemporary living becomes more and more vivid, giving rise to the idea that their disconnection – or uncoupling – is undergoing a progressive acceleration. Can the attempt to put these two distinct “types of time” back in tune with each other be pursued through design praxis? By means of what devices or artifacts can we imagine proposing a meaningful, new synchrony between man, the environment and its cycles?


Théophile Blandet (Strasbourg, 1993) graduated from MA contextual design, Design Academy Eindhoven with Cum Laude in 2017. His research is concentrated on the paradox of technology using visual and installation. Théophile’s work has been showed in many international art shows and fair such as Design Miami, Art Basel and it’s represented by international galleries like Galerie Fons Welters and Functional Art Gallery.


Zaven is a multidisciplinary creative studio founded in Venice in 2006 by Enrica Cavarzan (Castelfranco Veneto, 1977) and Marco Zavagno (Trieste, 1977), that focuses its research on the interaction between communication, design and art. Zaven works internationally, offering creative direction, product, graphic and installation design. Their products have been honored with Red Dot Design Award 2019, IF Design Award 2019, Wallpaper Design Award 2018, Good Design Award 2018, Archiprodut Design Award 2018, IFF New York x Design Award 2018.


Matera 2019 European Capital of Culture

Since 1985 the initiative “European Capital of Culture” promoted by the European Commission to foster dialogue between peoples and to promote the contribution of culture to the development of cities, is a program recognized for the quality of the projects carried out and for the enhancement of local identities and assets. In more than 30 years of activity memorable appointments are recalled, such as those of Rotterdam in 2001, Genoa in 2014 and Marseille in 2013. In the wide range of activities that characterize the celebration of Matera as the European Capital of Culture in 2019, the best international artistic-cultural productions are found, inserted in a calendar of events involving local actors and European Partners. The protection of the historical and architectural heritage of the city and the enhancement of local traditions is the main theme of the whole event, which has its development through 5 research topics (“Future Future”, “Continuity and Breakage”, “Reflections and Connections”, “Utopias and Dystopias”, “Roots and Paths “) and two projects that highlight the design-oriented character of the whole program: Open Design School and I-DEA, are the “pillar initiatives”, also useful as a common thread in the calendar annual event of Matera 2019. The two projects involve – with different modalities – designers and industry professionals to interpret and produce new ways of telling and thinking about the future of the artistic, architectural and landscape heritage of Basilicata.

IN Residence & LAGO are looking for you!

The partnership established by IN Residence with LAGO on the occasion of the upcoming “Geo-Synchronicity” Workshop is strengthened thanks to a new, important educational opportunity: after the agreement finalized to the assignment of 5 scholarships to those candidates judged worthy to participate for free to the laboratory, the Italian furniture brand extends its support by offering a period of internship to two subjects selected among the participants of the IN Residence Workshop organized in the context of Matera European Capital of Culture 2019. At the end of the Workshop, the curators of the project – Barbara Brondi and Marco Rainò – and the designer-tutors – Théophile Blandet and Zaven – will announce the names of the two participants who awarded with this internship.
To these names, that will be immediately reported to LAGO company, will be given the opportunity to spend a period of further training and learning as part of the company’s design team, one of the most dynamic and innovative realities in the international design-oriented business landscape. With this award, as well as confirming its vocation to support research and experimentation, LAGO invests in an idea of future aimed at rewarding quality and talent. This additional, valuable opportunity to which all participants in the “Geo-Synchronicity” Workshop are nominated, defines – for IN Residence and for LAGO – the terms of an ambitious program of shared intent: to strengthen new support channels for the best emerging creativity and declare the production of knowledge as one of the most crucial values of contemporary societies.


Open Design School @ Casino Padula Via dei pesci – Rione Le Piane, Matera


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Participation is open to design professionals, students of any level, and enthusiasts in the field of design practice. People who are interested in pioneering design research and crossovers between design and other social, scientific and philosophical areas of interest. All participants must be over 18 years of age and have written and oral fluency in the English language.


The workshop will be conducted in English.

Application And Deadlines

The workshop is open to up to maximum of 24 participants. You can book your place directly on our website, in a very simple process, selecting the billing method and accepting the Terms and Conditions.


LAGO provides for the most deserving students a total of 5 scholarships, to cover the enrollment costs of the workshop. To participate in the selection process, please send a motivation letter by email with your CV to the email address: not later than July 8th 2019. The scholarships will be awarded at the end of the selections, and the selected participants will be contacted by email not later than July 12th 2019. The scholarship do not include travel and accommodation costs.


The participation in the workshop involves the payment of a fee, you can book your place directly on our website, in a very simple process, selecting the billing method and accepting the Terms and Conditions. The IN Residence workshop requires a fee of 500€ for general admission, with a special discount price of 300€ for students. Lunch during the four days of the workshop is provided by IN Residence and included in the participation fee. Student discounts are available only for individuals who meet the requirements by providing proof of student status (valid student ID) at before booking. Fees do not include travel or accommodation costs.

Terms and conditions

Applicants are requested to pay their participation fee before July 24th, 2019. Cancellation policy: 50€ will be withheld for every cancellation to cover organizational costs. A penalty fee of 100€ is applied (in addition to the 50€ to cover the organizational costs) for every cancellation submitted starting two weeks prior to the first day of the workshop. Cancellations starting one week prior to the start date of the workshop will not be eligible for any reimbursement. The registered individual has the option of naming a substitute to attend in his/her place without any penalty fee.


Each participant is responsible for arranging sufficient insurance coverage for the duration of the workshop: accident, liability and health insurance for travel abroad including evacuation, and theft insurance for personal effects. The organizer is not liable for any costs or damages. For all its offered courses and initiatives, the organizer shall not be liable for any damages to people or property caused by sovereign acts of any government, acts of nature or third parties.

Visa Requirements

Participants who require a visa are responsible for obtaining it with the correct timing.


All the materials required for the workshop will be provided by IN Residence. Participants need to bring only their own laptops. Please ensure that this equipment is covered by your own insurance, as the organization (IN Residence and Open Design School) takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen during the workshop.

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Open Design School is a project of Matera European Capital of Culture 2019