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IAAD. & ArtCenter “9649 Design Talks” with Davide Amantea

A dialogue between two top Institutions in the Transportation design field

Davide Amantea ospite dei talk tra IAAD. e ArtCenter College of Design di Pasadena


Iaad. Turin


March 6th 2024


6.30 / 8.00 p.m.

9649 Design Talks

March 6th | 6.30 – 8.00 P.M.

IAAD. Turin

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9649 km is the physical distance between the two colleges: the ArtCenter of Pasadena and the Institute of Applied Art and Design of Turin which form a partnership to promote and support cultural and academic exchange initiatives between students, teachers and researchers to contribute to the development education between the two institutions.

The initial step of this collaboration are “9649 Design Talks”, shared meetings between the campuses of Turin and Pasadena. 9649 represents the kilometers that separate IAAD. from the ArtCenter, a barrier that, thanks to this partnership, is eliminated, connecting these two Transportation Design communities.

Davide Amantea, Chief Designer of Automobili Pininfarina, the style center that gave life to the iconic Battista electric supercar, will speak at this first appointment.

Wednesday, March 6th, at 6:30 PM

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Davide Amantea

Born and raised in Turin, his dream has always been to be a car designer and he still chasing it.

Dave started in IDEA institute his first experience as Designer during the 2nd year of University, working on Lancia Delta HPE concept with Frank Stephenson, later he jumped into FIAT Advance design team driven by R.Giolito on Fiat 500 and 500 Abarth projects, he worked also for Peter Jensen for Fiat Professional on Fiat Cubo/Fiorino and Fiat Doblo`, Marco Tencone invited him in the Alfa Romeo .

In 2008 Dave working as Senior Designer on Alfa Romeo 4C concept as Exterior and Interior designer, after the car have been presented in Geneva Motor Show 2009, he moved to work in the Maserati team with Giovanni Ribotta and he follow as main exterior designer for the Maserati kubang concept presented in Frankfurt 2010, during that time he worked also on Ghibli and Quattroporte.

Dave in 2010 decided to work for ITALDESIGN GIUGIARO freshly purchased by VW group. Here Raul Pires the director brings him to become Exterior team leader, a design manager that was leading many programs and many team at the same time for different brand of the group. Working with big Mentor like Giorgetto and Walter De Silva helped him to learn a lot of things about cars and car business. Here Dave had the possibility to work on many programs for SEAT,VW,AUDI,BENTELY,LAMBORGHINI and worked in many Show car from 2010 until 2014. Remarkable work have been done as Main designer of the Bentley Bentayga.

At that point Dave moved in UK working for Massimo Frascella in the Creative Design team, here he participated on many project, Discovery Sport MY19, Defender, Range rover Sport and Range Rover, advance program was also the core of his task.

Dave went in Germany in Munich at NIO and worked on ES6 and ET7 program a side of NIO Design strategy. A short but very intense experience that helping him to growth a lot.

Micheal Perschke at that time CEO of Automobili Pininfarina, invited him to join under the lead of Luca Borgogno the CDO the Exterior team as Director of Exterior Design. Today Dave is the Chief Designer Office of one of the most famous brands in the automotive world: Automobili Pininfarina, he continues to fight for design and tries to learn more, the road is long uphill but fun as hell.

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