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BEATRICE LERMA   Dr.  Institute, Department or Faculty Head 
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BEATRICE LERMA published an article in June 2018.
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Doriana Dal Palù

13 shared publications

DAD – Department of Architecture and Design, Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy

Claudia De Giorgi

5 shared publications

Department of Architecture and Design, Politecnico di Torino, Viale Mattioli 39, 10125 Torino, Italy

Marco Bozzola

1 shared publications

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Article 5 Reads 0 Citations Merchandising as a Strategic Tool to Enhance and Spread Intangible Values of Cultural Resources Doriana Dal Palù, Beatrice Lerma, Marco Bozzola, Claudia De ... Published: 21 June 2018
Sustainability, doi: 10.3390/su10072122
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The design of cultural and environmental goods can aim at valorising both material and immaterial cultural heritage at different scales. Specifically, the merchandising product, which is often the victim of production stereotypes, can instead collaborate with a disruptive force in the construction of the non-ephemeral “sense” of a visit. It is, in fact, able to spread complex contents in scientifically correct and comprehensible ways for different targets, condensing the immaterial patrimony into (small) new, low-cost and rich-in-meaning artefacts. This case study, proposed as evidence of such an approach, pertains to a research and teaching activity that was developed in 2017 with 230 university students of design, with the aim of setting up a collection of dedicated merchandising products for a regional talc mine Ecomuseum. The challenge involved narrating the material culture of the location through products that were philologically coherent with the context, but new from the language, functionality, productivity, user involvement and economic accessibility points of view. The resulting projects are, at present, being screened by the Ecomuseum in order to select the most significant for future production. In conclusion, the activity was shown to be potentially scalable and repeatable in other contexts, in which design can valorise an intangible heritage of immense value through products that, inserted into a more extensive strategy of valorisation of the cultural heritage, are within the reach of all.
Article 1 Read 0 Citations Could Black Be the New Gold? Design-Driven Challenges in New Sustainable Luxury Materials for Jewelry Beatrice Lerma, Doriana Dal Palù, Marco Actis Grande, Claudi... Published: 21 December 2017
Sustainability, doi: 10.3390/su10010002
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Is there a new material for use in jewelry, matching gold and precious stones, capable of maintaining the same perception of “preciousness” but that is also more sustainable, ethical, and inexpensive? This article deals with a case study within the European EcoDesign Network research project, aimed at investigating how sustainable design can help prestigious companies pinpoint new materials for the creation of jewelry, focusing on new and environmentally friendly opportunities while preserving their market position and target audience. Qualitative and quantitative analyses were performed. Adopting the exploring design path, a jewelry background analysis pointed out both stereotypes and possible innovations in the jewelry field: an analysis was carried out on the perception of jewels by a panel guided by a cognitive ergonomics specialist, also using the eye-tracking machine to examine participants’ reactions to the jewelry involved in the study, and to establish paradigms of sustainability, preciousness, and innovation. Several meta-project proposals regarding innovations in materials and finishing were hypothesized and tested, following the main guidelines and principles of ecodesign. Lastly, a prototyping phase and some mechanical tests were implemented to verify the hypotheses of innovation. The results allowed the creation of a first set of sustainable jewelry, currently on the market.
Article 0 Reads 0 Citations DIY: polar fleece as a new material for handmade artefacts. Beatrice Lerma Published: 28 July 2017
The Design Journal, doi: 10.1080/14606925.2017.1352885
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The paper deals with a cultural and didactic experience regarding textile world, its history and traditions, its manufacturing processes and its innovative possible uses. The experience, that involved different actors from academic and commercial fields as well as interested people from citizenry, was organized in two directions: a workshop and a thesis in Design (Bachelor Degree). In both cases, the object of the design process was the polar fleece, a technical fabric made from polyester (PET). The aim of the presented actions was to reassess the fabric, considered as a well-known fabric and not as a technical one, despite its high technical requirements (insulating, lightweight, etc.). Specifically, the aim was to investigate how designers, thanks to learning by doing, “do it yourself” and participatory design methodologies can help manufacturing industries to define new possible market fields and new products or semi-finished products.