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DESIGN AND ART ENHANCE OUR SENSORY CAPABILITIES.
WE LIVE IN THE HERE AND NOW. AS AN EDUCATOR IN DESIGN, MY MISSION IS TO INSPIRE STUDENTS TO CONNECT WITH THEIR INNER ENERGY, TO THINK, VISUALIsE, AND CREATE. EDUCATION, TO ME, IS A LABOR OF LOVE. IT'S LIKE TOUCHING THE FUTURE WITH KINDNESS AND HOPE.

 

Manuela Catania, an Italian designer currently based in Mumbai, India, defines herself as a Sensory Designer and Artist. Her career blends a profound passion for design, art and jewellery, complemented by her role as an educator since 2011.

In 2022, she launched a pioneering brand concept called Olfelita, situated within the "Sensory Realm," featuring seasonal collections spanning fashion, jewellery, textiles, and other products.

"I design what I visualise in my dreams and what resonates with my soul.

My lifelong love for art and jewellery stems from my father, an Italian goldsmith-gemologist, who imparted to me the art of handmade craftsmanship, the harmonious use of colours in gemstones, and the elegance of gold and silver shapes."

Manuela holds a Master's Degree in Architecture with honors from the University of Architecture in Palermo. She furthered her education with a Master in Jewellery and Accessories Design at Domus Academy in Milan and a Master of Arts from the University of Wales in 2009. Her exploration of the design world led her to specialise in Fashion Design at IED Moda Lab in Milan and Fashion System at the European Design Institute in Venice. During Milan Design Week, she showcased her inaugural jewellery collection crafted from Murano glass, which she developed in Venice.

Her career took her to São Paulo, Brazil, in 2012, where she immersed herself in the country's vibrant design scene. Notably, she lectured on Fashion Design at Esmod University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and embarked on various international projects. In 2017, she initiated the sustainable design project Visionupia spreading her expertise across multiple countries. She also coordinated the "Shapes of Dreams" Sustainable Fashion Design project with children from the Children's House La Rosin in Bali. The same year, she organised the "Hong Kong | Palermo Fluid Cities" International Workshop between Raffles Design Institute Hong Kong and the Polytechnic School of Palermo, pioneering an innovative online urban design methodology.

Manuela has held significant roles as the Fashion Design and Fashion Marketing Programme Coordinator at Raffles Design Institute Hong Kong, teaching Interior Design and Fashion Marketing, as well as Introduction to Interior Design at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Division of Humanities. She also taught the final year project of Interior Design online for the University of Derby's Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Interior Design at Raffles Design Institute Guangzhou in 2020.

In recent years, she worked as Visiting Academy at the University of Saint Joseph - USJ Creative Industry Macao, focusing on Interior Design Studio with an emphasis on Sensory Hospitality Design. Additionally, she was the Jewellery Design Lecturer at AVA Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University, teaching also Sustainable Design Thinking and Wearables Design, while coordinating the "Art of Plastic" Sustainable Design Workshop in collaboration with Art Program HKUST+Vibes at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

In 2021, Manuela curated the Sensory Textile Art Installation for the Hong Kong Pavilion at The Biennial Countless Cities 2021 "People Live Here - A More Human Approach" held at Farm Cultural Park in Favara, Italy.

Currently, she works as the Unit Leader for Interior Design and Product Design at Istituto Marangoni Mumbai, India.

Sensory Textile Installations

2021

The Five Senses of the Future, Hong Kong Pavilion for Biennial Countless Cities "People Live Here - A More Human Approach", Farm Cultural Park,Favara, Italy

2018

The Shapes of Dreams Sustainable Fashion Design for Children's House La Rosin in Bali at Workshop Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

2018

Visionupia | Le Pareti di Luce, BODW CityProg accredited event for OnTheList, Hong Kong

2017

Dimensions of Fabric, Group Show at K11 Art Space, Hong Kong

Jewellery Shows

2012

Passion Space Collection for Artistar "L'arte da indossare" Milan Fashion Week, Italy 

2012

Passion Space Collection for "Partire,Tornare,Restare"

Architects meet in Selinunte, Italy

2011

Passion Space Collection at Fondazione Querini Stampalia Bookshop, Venice, Italy

2011

Passion Space Collection for Milan Design Week with Cool Hunter, Italy

Publications

2022

The Five Senses of the Future - INCUNA Asociación de Arqueología Industrial Taste in Heritage, for Leibniz University Hannover and Territorial Design

2021

Happiness in Renewing for MIA Multiculturalism in Action Project -The Chinese University of Hong Kong - Institute of Future Cities and the Department of Anthropology

2018

Inhabitants of Lights on the Design Magazine 

"Hong Kong | Palermo Fluid Cities" International Workshop, special edition of SiciliaInforma, Palermo, Italy

2018

Fili di Luce, Book "Identity the Colors of Project" for the International Convention organised by 100eLAB,

Ex-Tonnara Florio, Favignana, Italy

Awards

2016

Certification of Excellence,

Finalist in the "Reinventing Home Kitchen Design 

Contest 2016", Hong Kong

2014

Special Award Country Selection as Tutor.

Headpiece competition with Swarovski & Esmod International Fashion Institutes & University Group

2010

Passion Space Collection for VestiTI! THotel Cagliari, Italy

conferences

2024

Realm of Senses: Art and Textile as driver of innovation for Interior and Public Spaces, International Conference Environmental Design, Materials Science and Engineering Technologies, Dubai EDMSET ~ in collaboration with Istituto Marangoni and Abu Dhabi University - IEREK Institute

2022

The Five Senses of the Future, IMADE the 2nd International Conference on Information, Technology, Multimedia, Architecture, Design and E-Business organised by Institute of Design IDB Bali, Indonesia

2022

The Five Senses of the Future, Circular Territories Conference XXIII Jornadas Internacionales de Patrimonio Industrial organised by INCUNA Asociación de Arqueología Industrial Taste in Heritage, for Leibniz University Hannover and Territorial Design

2018

Fili di Luce, "Identity the Colors of Project"

International Convention organised by100eLAB,

Ex-Tonnara Florio, Favignana, Italy

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