The third talk to be live streamed was a panel discussion on design-based philanthropy and charitable foundations.
On the panel was Parley for the Oceans founder Cyrill Gutsch, chair of the Swarowski Foundation and Waterschool Nadja Swarovski, House of Today Foundation foundation director Cherine Magrabi Tayeb and design historian Libby Sellers.
The panel explored how the creative industries can redefine philanthropy and what collaboration with charitable foundations can achieve.
Gutsch is a designer and brand and product developer. He is also the founder of Parley for the Oceans, a collaboration network that aims to raise awareness of the ecological fragility of the oceans and to develop and implement strategies to protect them.
In 2019, Gutsch was selected as one of the leading entrepreneurs working towards one or more of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Cherine Magrabi Tayeb is the founding patron of the Beirut Art Center, and founder and curator of House of Today.
After the Beirut explosion on the 4 August 2020 she worked to restore design studios and aid designers who had been affected by the blast .
Nadja Swarovski was the first female member of the executive board of Swarovski. Her recent work includes Creatives For Our Future, an initiative to identify and empower the next generation of creatives in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Partnerships.
Swarovski also leads the Swarovski Waterschool, which educates young people in water conservation and sustainability.
The talk was moderated by Libby Sellers a design historian, writer and independent curator based in London.
Sellers was previously senior curator of London’s Design Museum, and was honoured as a Woman of Achievement in the Arts by the British Women of the Year awards in 2014.
This year's edition of Salone del Mobile, titled Supersalone, is curated by architect Stefano Boeri as a response to the coronavirus pandemic, which caused the cancellation of the 2020 edition.
Taking place in Milan in September rather than in its usual April slot, the special edition of the fair will feature products displayed on a series of parallel walls instead of in branded booths.
Salone del Mobile and parallel fuorisalone events will take place from 5-10 September 2021 in Milan. See Dezeen Events Guide for an up-to-date list of architecture and design events taking place around the world.