Brera Design District

The Educational Power of Bio-based Materials

Promoted by Materially in collaboration with TotalTool, Vivarium explores the theme of bio-based materials, posing them as fundamental ingredients to the discovery and progress of Design for the new generations.

The set-up, designed by Giulio Ceppi, will mainly host materials, but also prototypes and experimental products. A collection that will introduce research and materials that are fundamental in the creation of new learning tools, and innovative educational approaches aimed for children, and young designers of a very near future, organized in four macro-categories.

The talks will involve educators, researchers, entrepreneurs, and designers and will be directed to the students of the various departments of the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, as well as to those who will follow via streaming.

Activities schedule

April 18
10:00 — 20:00 Exhibition
April 19
10:00 — 20:00 Exhibition
April 20
10:00 — 20:00 Exhibition
April 21
10:00 — 20:00 Exhibition
April 22
10:00 — 20:00 Exhibition
April 23
10:00 — 20:00 Exhibition

Attention, please! The access to the places indicated in the map is managed and regulated by each individual brand by the existing rules.
Brera Design District and Studiolabo are thus not responsible for the management of people flow and access to any of those places.

& companies

Aléa Work (Stella Lee Prowse & Miriam Josi)

Aléa is an experimental design and material research studio based in Paris. Miriam Josi (CH) and Stella Lee Prowse (AU) co-founded Aléa in 2021. Their work explores growth, decay and waste, with the goal to develop regenerative methods of fabrication while honoring beauty in the process.


Arkimia produces fashion accessories for the most famous luxury brands, objects and furnishing accessories. The company selects the best cultivable marine shells and stones, native to the Philippines, combining them with woods, metals and colored resins giving life to unique artisan pieces.


Bambooder is the company that has developed a patented technology to extract ‘long’ bamboo fibers and to make an endless bamboo thread for high-performance composite applications.

Bella Mademoiselle

Belle Mademoiselle is an international company based out of Orlando Florida. Its mission is to redefine natural beauty providing the best skincare made with all natural, organic and cruelty free products whose ingredients come from Amazon rainforest.

Conceria Nuvolari Società Benefit Srl

Conceria Nuvolari is a family business located in the Marche region, Italy. It was founded in 2009 by Sara Santori who, since 2017, has led it to become an innovative SME, specialized in high quality leathers.


DumoLab Research at the University of Pennsylvania Weitzman School of Design develops architectures that nurture both the human body and our planet. Research areas include: ambient-conditions manufacturing, augmentation of hyper-local material systems, environmentally-interactive bio-composites.


GRETE intends to radically improve the wood-to-textile value chain in order to enable sustainable, techno-economically viable production of high-quality cellulose-based textile fibres through green chemicals and technologies.

Martina Taranto

Martina’s work and research aim to build a fluid dialogue intersecting knowledge, human challenges and environmental causes. Her approach to design is holistic, and emerges from a background that combines a range of disciplines, from energy engineering to product design.


Starting from the deep admiration for Nature, Mogu has developed a series of interior design products based on mycelium, the vegetative apparatus of fungi, and agro-industrial waste. The result is a collection of sound-absorbing panels characterized by incredible technical properties.


Founded more than 50 years ago by a small cooperative of fishermen in the Gulf of Oristano, Nieddittas is the leading Italian mussel farm. Nieddittas has recently started processes to enhance its livestock waste with a view to circular economy to protect the environment.


The OLTREMATERIA® project was born to be a reference point for eco-sustainable living. The company develops continuous surfaces for floors and walls that purify and improve air quality and help prevent the proliferation of bacteria and viruses.

+39 0541 827276

Orange fiber

Orange Fiber s.r.l. produces sustainable patended fabrics from the by-products of the citrus processing industry. Since 2014, the company has been creating high-quality fabrics for the fashion-luxury sector from the by-products that the citrus processing industry produces annually.


Piva has been active since 1960 in the distribution of wood-based materials and surfaces for the furniture and furnishing industries. Its mission is to meet the needs of customers while maintaining high quality standards that respect the ecosystem.

Silk Lab

Silklab, a materials research center at Tufts University, Boston, is reimagining natural materials for advanced technology, global health, and our planet's future. Silk Lab has pioneered the use of silk as a material platform for high-technology applications.


STUDIO BYCOLOR is dedicated to find meanings and effects that colors and materials have on people. This firm is known to employ a wide range of colors and materials in product design, space design as well as branding.

Tessuti di Sondrio

Since 1895 Tessuti di Sondrio creates fabrics for the fashion industry and B2B. For instance, its precious organic cottons made from citrus fruits are skilfully dyed using an old decoction technique that selects only the non-edible parts.

Zanuso Legno

For 60 years Zanuso Legno has dedicated its research to the best woods and over time has built the most complete collection of fossil woods in existence, which today find their place in projects of great architectural and environmental value.

+39 039 482 151


Accademia delle Belle Arti di Brera

Via Brera, 28 - Milano

Access rules

Free entry.

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