It was the summer of 1989 when IED, the School of Higher Education in the creative field opened its campus in Turin. The Istituto has experienced rapid growth from the outset with several changes of location until 2004 and in 2018 a new space was opened making space for the Fashion School to grow. The 30 years of IED will be celebrated with an exhibition open to the public from 29 May to 22 September at the National Automobile Museum in Turin with “Over the future – 30 years of IED” in Turin, launched with the aim of presenting IED as a research space, an open and active network able to teach and promote the culture of design for the individual and society, where the approach to design becomes an instrument of social, cultural and economic transformation.
The twelve 1:1 scale models unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show starting in 2004 – produced as a thesis project for the Master in Transportation Design in partnership with the style centres of the most famous brands in the world – are the perfect synthesis of this design culture. The complete design process is illustrated, from freehand sketches to the creation of a physical model, featuring the following projects: the Scorpion made with Abarth and the X1/99 with Fiat, Passocorto and Kite developed with Hyundai, Gloria created for Alfa Romeo and Eye for Tesla Motors, the Cisitalia 202E, the trio Syrma-Shiwa-Scilla born from the collaboration with Quattroruote (the third produced together with Pininfarina), and the latest arrival Tomo designed with Honda.
Today IED Torino is part of a Group that boasts over 50 years of experience with campuses in 11 locations around the world in Italy, Spain and Brazil, with 10,000 students of 100 different nationalities. An international network that has remained entirely Italian, which every year launches innovative educational projects in the fields of study of Design, Fashion, Visual Arts and Communications, developing forms of learning and new models for interpreting the future.