The new Dani Academy project, the international workshop of ideas with which the historic tannery of Arzignano wants to build a new research path on leather design anchored to the sustainability of Zero Impact, has begun. The first stage took place in Milan, where the young talents of the Academy met to discuss the sustainable innovation of leather. The students of Art&Design and Fashion Design. The students of the Design and Fashion Design Areas were involved in two workshops: the first dedicated to creating a Zero Impact collection and the second to creating products resulting from creative recycling that recovers and transforms processing waste, through which the company wished to give visibility to its sustainable business strategy, which preserves the environment, improves quality of life, optimises consumption and reduces waste, with a view to a circular economy.
Eight works have been selected by a jury made up of the NABA teachers who guided the students during the project and Dani’s board. They will be on show during Lineapelle, from 22 to 24 September, at UNIC’s showroom in Via Brisa, 3 in Milan.
Francesca Ponti and Elena Serafini, students in the Three-year BA Programme in Fashion Design at NABA, focused their research on the overlapping of materials capable of designing shapes between emptiness and fullness; Giulia Ciolas and Maria Llinares, from the Two-year MA Programme in Fashion and Textile Design, worked on the durability that leather ensures, proposing interchangeable objects that never get boring; Vanessa Feroldi and Valentina Barbaro, students in the Three-year BA Programme in Fashion Design, focused on resilience, using the ancient technique of kintsugi to sew together precious tears; Aurora Possenti and Aldo Mucciarone, students in the Three-year BA Programme in Design at NABA, focused on the energising encounter/clash of the natural dimension of leather; Carrie Hack, from the Two-year BA Programme in Product and Service Design, on the essentiality of a unique piece, capable of becoming a bag and a container without waste; Ottavia Ferraris and Giulia Colombo, students in the Three-year BA Programme in Design, focused on the DNA of leather, as a place of memory to be sewn up; Pietro De Longhi and Michele Rizzoli, from the Three-year BA Programme in Design, focused on the usability of shoppers that take on different shapes in a fluid manner according to their intended use in a zero-waste perspective, and finally Silvia Prandini and Manuel Venditto, students in the Three-year BA Programme in Fashion Design, concentrated on the attraction of opposites and twins destined to be transformed into design objects embellished by their imperfection.
Zero Impact, the result of ten years of R&D, is a technological platform that makes it possible to create collections free of heavy metals, with a very low environmental impact, lower water consumption, less use of chemicals, polluting load and CO2 emissions that are minimised and offset through emission offset plans certified by UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change).
“Research & Development has always been a fundamental part of our work”, adds Giancarlo Dani, who heads the Vicenza-based multinational with offices and customers all over the world. “The results of this hands-on experimentation aimed at the second life of processing waste are creative and enlightening: the young students have fully grasped the potential offered by the contest, designing collections that I am convinced could have good market potential. Our Academy also wants to be a bridge that can bring schools and the world of work and Dani closer to the finished product in a direct and concrete way, with increasing attention being paid to the recycling and recovery of waste. Our vocation to closely follow every step of the processing chain is ever stronger and more heartfelt”.
Guido Tattoni, Director of NABA, comments: “In a context such as the current one, which is constantly evolving, the learning-by-doing approach that we pursue in our training at NABA is even more fundamental. On behalf of the entire Academy, I would like to thank Dani for this collaboration, a project that we have embraced with enthusiasm since its inception and from which we have seen many valuable ideas and projects flourish”.

Dani Spa
Founded in 1950 in Arzignano (VI) and still owned by the same family, Dani spa is a multinational company with 1,300 employees, a turnover of approximately 170 million euro, 80% of which generated abroad. The all-Italian production which is supported by substantial R&D investments (10% per year), serves the automotive, fashion, furniture, leather goods, footwear and design markets. Dani has three factories for cutting and sewing leather in Arzignano, Slovenj Gradec (Slovenia) and Nabeul (Tunisia), a partnership in Mexico for the American automotive market and three showrooms in New York, Shanghai and Arzignano.

In the pictures the finalist projects