Paying It Forward
Since 2003 Joe Ricchio has been a member of the Design Department at CSULB teaching Furniture Design. The class focuses on the design of public contemporary furnishings with projects ranging from conceptual to market driven.
Joe Ricchio was instrumental in having CSULB selected as the 2007 participant in the Wilsonart Chair Competition.
The winning student, Eric MacDonald, received a $1,000.00 scholarship, had his work shown in Metropolis Magazine and was a sponsored guest at ICFF in New York.
Joe Ricchio is also a frequent guest critic in the CSULB Design Department.
Cortona Design Retreat
For over 30 years Ricchio Design has been involved in the contract furniture industry both here and abroad. Salone del Mobile held each year in Milan, Italy, an annual international furniture exhibition, has always been a source of learning, inspiration and excitement. The Cortona Design Retreat was established as a way to share this design and cultural experience with students of CSULB.
Each year selected students are awarded scholarships that cover all expenses for the experience. Scholarships are made possible through the generous contributions from our sponsors: Ricchio Design clients, CSULB alumni and friends of the program. Students are chosen based on: submission of a resume, a portfolio review, a statement explaining the “value of the trip” to them, and personal interviews.
One of the highlights of the week in Milan, if not a highlight of the entire trip, is our annual Thursday night Professionals Dinner. Each year we put together a “great” dinner that combines the students with professional designers and manufacturers within the industry. The students, as do the professionals, always have a great time sharing their thoughts and experiences of Salone and Italy over a relaxing and amazing dinner.
In stark contrast to the dizzying pace and cutting edge visions experienced in Milan, we spend our second week in the small medieval hilltop town of Cortona. Cortona dates back to Etruscan times and is located about one hour southeast of Florence. Whereas in Milan we stay in a hotel, our time in Cortona is spent in a hillside farmhouse just outside the old walls of the city.