Stefano Parisi

Ph.D. Candidate in Design, Msc. In Design from Politecnico di Milano and CMF Designer

After his graduation in Product Design for Innovation at Politecnico di Milano, with the thesis “A Matter of Time” on mycelium as a material for design, he started his Ph.D. research at Politecnico di Milano, Department of Design. His research aims at codifying the emerging discipline of CMF (colors, materials, finishes) design as a practice for designing for and with materials and enhancing materials experiences. The research aims to identify a discipline’s methodology and to explore its future scenarios, e.g., how it will be shaped by the introduction of interactive and hybrid materials, with the goal of anticipating and facilitating their industrial development, market deployment and spread in the user’s everyday environment.

Since 2015, he has started working in design education and research. At Politecnico di Milano, he is involved in teaching assistant in didactic activities focused on materials design. At Politecnico di Milano, Department of Design, he collaborates in the research project “ICS (Interactive, Connected, Smart) Materials”, around the relation between design, new materials, and interaction. He is also teaching as contract professor at SPD Scuola Politecnica di Design in Milan, in the subjects of concept & design research and color & trims design for automotive design.

Through internships and work experiences with design studios and at Materfad, materials library and knowledge center in Barcelona, he has acquired expertise in trends and technological research, CMF design, and strategic design, in the fields of products, fashion accessories, consumer electronics, automotive, and materials industry.

The main topics of his research and practice are situated in the intersection between (i) innovative and emerging materials and methodologies for materials design, (ii) interaction, multi-sensory and experience design, (iii) self-production and DIY practices.