CTRLZAK Art & Design Studio is a multidisciplinary team founded by Thanos Zakopoulos (Greece) and Katia Meneghini (Italy). The studio operates internationally in the field of contemporary art and design with a creative vision which is not limited by a specific framework developing thus work that ranges from product and space design to case specific art projects and installations. With the use of semiotic tools within the creative process the studio proposes forms which surpass common aesthetic values working on a cognitive level. The concept behind each project is to inspire a responsible awareness through the 'added value' that art has for society with a special attention to issues of environmental impact. 
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Founders

Thanos Zakopoulos is a creator of varied forms and contexts. An artist, a designer and a photographer amongst other things, he likes to bring together different disciplines and situations creating projects which balance between contemporary art & design. He has presented and participated in many exhibitions around the world and has given lectures in various occasions in Europe and China. When not in Milan -where he is based- his research trips take him to strange places sometimes as far as to infinity and beyond. A selection of his more 'personal' projects can be seen at www.thanoszakopoulos.com

Katia Meneghini has always been passionate about calligraphy and art history, while her contemporary projects develop through relational processes and mechanisms which place emphasis on human interaction. Her approach to art is based on social research with the use of performances, installations and documentation. At the same time she is keen in investigating the possibility of a multi-disciplinary design related to different aspects of social life using the methodologies gained through her social art experiences. More info related to her specific projects can be found at: www.katiameneghini.com
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Exhibitions

2012
| DIMORE & DESIGN, installation, Palazzo Moroni, Bergamo, IT
| PORTRAITS, collective exhibition, NHOW Hotel, Milan, IT
| TAVOLA PERIODICA, creative event, Rua Confettora 17, Brescia, IT
| BOLOGNA WATER DESIGN, collective exhibition, PADIGLIONE ITALIA, Ex Ospedale Bastardini, Bologna, IT
| ONCE UPON A SPONGE, collective exhibition, TAF - The Art Foundation, Athens, Monastiraki, GR
| PADIGLIONEITALIA, collective exhibition, Milan Design Week, Milan, IT
| RECIPROCITY International Design Biennial in Liège, MEMORABILIA exhibition, Liége, BE
| PINÓQUIO EM: UMA BELA ARTE, site specific installation, Sesc Belenzinho, São Paulo, BR
| OFFICINA 42, collective exhibition, Design Outlet Italiano, Santhià Nord Ovest, IT
| Home, Hybrid Collection presentation, London, UK
| Maison & Object, Hybrid Collection presentation, Paris, FR
| MACEF, Hybrid Collection presentation, Milan, IT
| NYIGF, Hybrid Collection presentation, New York, US

2011
| HYBRIDS, collective exhibition, Kalos&Klio Showroom, Thessaloniki, GR
| CIBO E DINTORNI collective exhibition, Palazzo Italia, Berlin, DE
| Biennale Jeunes Créateurs Europe Méditerranée, Arts & Crafts selection, Thessaloniki, GR  
| INSPIRATION EXHIBITION Couplicite section curated by Vincent Gregoire at Maison et Objet, Paris, FR
| MEET DESIGN Monumentale presentation, Palazzo Bertalazone, Turin, IT
| DESIGN FOR LIFE, HOUDINI installation (the Escape), Athens, GR
| INDIVENIRE, Hybrid project presentation, Seletti, Superstudio, Milan Design Week, IT
| LATENTE INSTALLATION, LEROSSE winebar, Milan Design Week, IT
| D\ZEN Installation at DICOCIBO, Milan Design Week, IT  
| MACEF, Monumentale presentation at Area Creazioni Cafè, Rho Fair, Milan, IT
| DAB Contest Design per art & bookshop – MIBAC Ministry of Culture first prize for Monumentale Collection, Galleria Civica, Modena, IT
| DAB Exhibition, Design for book and art shop at Castel Sant’Elmo, Naples, IT
| CeramiX Collection presentation at Troutbeck House, London, GB
| TAVOLA PERIODICA, creative event, The Hub Siracusa, Ortigia, IT

2010
| Design Lab@Xenia, OASIS installation, Athens, GR
| RAM workshop, site specific installations, Studio Epsilon, Eretria, GR
| YEP, E’ CASA, fair of Cremona – 3rd prize, IT
| Open Design Italia, collective exhibition, Foro Boario, Modena, IT
| Brera Design District, CeramiX site specific installation, LEROSSE, Milan Design Week, IT  
| EXTRA, collective exhibition, Loft21, Milan, IT
| Giovani Artisti promuovono il Trentino, collective exhibition at Galleria Civica, Trento, IT
| TAVOLA PERIODICA, creative event, Appartamento Lago, Milan, IT

2009
| SaloneSatellite, REMEDITATE Collection, Rho, Milan Design Week, IT
| Festival della Creatività, REMEDITATE Installation, Fortezza da Basso, Florence, IT
| Design 2009, collective exhibition, Athens, GR
| Seven Workshop II, workshop-exhibition, CAPC Contemporary Art Museum, Bordeaux, FR
| DAB Design per art & bookshop, collective exhibition, Rome, IT
| Ceci n’est pas un hotel, collective exhibition, NHOW Hotel, Milan, IT

2008
| Biennale Internazionale Design, TOTEM installation, Saint Etienne, FR
| Metamorfosi Urbane, ¿Qué Pasa? video installation, Casa della Creatività, Florence, IT
| Seven Workshop, workshop-exhibition, CAPC Contemporary Art Museum, Bordeaux, FR
| ¿Qué Pasa?, permanentlight installation, Cultural Space of Moravia, Medellin, COL
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Lectures | Conferences

2012
| COCREATION CAMP [conference presentation], Turin, IT
| DIMORE&DESIGN [conference presentation], Bergamo, IT

2011
| MEET DESIGN [conference presentation], Turin, IT
| CIAK DESIGN [round table discussion], Brescia, IT

2010
| UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL MACEDONIA [Plastic Arts Department - lecture], FLORINA, GR

2008
| UNIVERSITY OF ART & DESIGN SAINT ÉTIENNE WORKSHOP (ESADSE) [workshop & lecture series] | Saint Étienne, FR
| UNIVERSITY OF IOANNINA [Plastic Arts Department - lecture] | IOANNINA, GR

2007
| UNIVERSITY OF ART XIAMEN [lecture] | Xiamen, PRC
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Collaborations | Companies

       

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Internal collaborators
studied Special Applications of Information Technology with Multimedia and Techniques of Telematics at Xini & Omiros Institutes of Professional Training (Athens, Greece), he also completed the first year of HND in Multimedia. He had directed video clips for rock bands and is involved at times in the photo-shoot of live music shows. The last few years he has been working as an art editor in Imerisia newspaper and collaborates with Pegasus interactive web sites. Dionisis is the administrator and leading designer of this website.
has been in the past a hotel manager and a gallerist (Unorossodue, Milan). He was born and brought up in Milan where he still lives when he is not travelling around the world. His passion for travelling coupled with that of motorcycles has taken him to places normally unreachable by most. On the other hand his practical mind coupled with his experience on furniture restoration (a passion which has led him to two years of specialised courses on the subject) make him an expert on finding the right solutions behind most structures. On top of that his connection with the art world has provided him with an understanding of symbolisms and aesthetics very much needed in the collaborative projects that he partakes with the studio.
has studied at IUAV University in Venice. In the past she has worked as a sculptor specialising on the Vicenza stonework. Furthermore her unique capacity to create things using different materials gives her the possibility to express her ideas in various fields. She is currently working for the Fenice theatre in Venice as a costume designer and has on the subject refined her abilities with a master in the field of accessory design held by the Italian company Bottega Veneta. She has been invited as an artist in residence at Scultori dal vivo in Ceglie Messapica (Brindisi, Italy 2007/2008), was selected for the artistic workshop De Industria in Fermignano, (Urbino, Italy 2008) and has participated in many exhibitions among which Riciclato ad Arte (exhibition of eco-design, Mestre, Italy 2007) and Dall’accademia alla fornace (art exhibition, Asolo, Italy 2008).
a Product Designer located in Greece who's approach in the design process comes from GST (General Systems Theory), a "holistic" way of thinking, which allows him to get feedback from several fields (from aesthetics to ergonomics and from environmental to branding issues). He has taken part in several workshops and seminars in Automotive Design, Architecture, Product Design, as well as in international exhibitions presenting concepts and products. Thimios has worked in numerous projects as a CTRLZAK member, applying his deep knowledge in CAD/CAM methods and his construction skills in the fields of design development and project management/supervision.
was born in Milan on April 10, 1986. She studied Interior Design at Politecnico di Milano and also obtained a masters degree in the same specialistic course. Since 2007 she's gained experience in the field of architecture and design working with various design studios dealing with architecture, interior design, product design and graphics. At present she collaborates with CTRLZAK Art & Design Studio while she also follows her own projects.

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