out and about :: salonesatellite

Katie | April 25, 2012

No sooner had I finished writing up all my BlogTourNYC posts, than I was off to Milan for design week (it’s been a crazy few months!), so more out and about posts I’m afraid! I promise to resume a normal service once these are done!

Aerial view of SaloneSatellite

Salone Internazionale del Mobile is the main trade show – a bit like the 100% Design of London Design Festival. It’s absolutely vast, so you have to be selective. I focused on SaloneSatellite – for designers under 35, and Halls 16 and 20, appropriately titled ‘design’! Here are my top picks…

Arco Table Manners Salone Milan Design Week

As you know, I’m a big fan of yellow and grey, so it was good to see this trend still in evidence. This was Table Manners from Arco.

Adrenalina SaloneSatellite Milan Design Week

I loved this bright and modern take on the wing back chair from Adrenalina, an Italian furniture brand with a real sense of mischief.

Boffi SaloneSatellite Milan Design Week

And perhaps one of my favourite finds from the whole trip was this range from Fratelli Boffi – I adored the juxtapositions between old and new, florescent and subdued, outrageous and understated. I love it!

Design Facility SaloneSatellite Milan Design Week

On a slightly more sensible note, and something that I would definitely like to test out, this ingenious lamp from Design Facility, illuminates an A4 space on your desk, throwing all potential distractions into darkness. Genius!  Design Facility is a research lab that is part of the Singapore Polytechnic Design School – it enables students to learn through taking part in live projects.

Gorgiera Pack Macarena Pollock SaloneSatellite Milan Design Week

More ingenuity from Chilean designer Macarena Pollock – the Gorgiera Pack serves a double function as packaging and display stand – and folds flat when not in use.

Granny SaloneSatellite Milan Design Week

In all this miserable weather (yes, it was raining in Milan too!), these cosy lamps, appropriately named ‘Granny’ from Casamania, seemed very appealing indeed.

Hydro Fold SaloneSatellite Milan Design Week

This had me absolutely captivated! A modified ink-jet printer prints geometric patterns onto paper using a special ink and water combination, and if as by magic, the paper curls up into 3D forms. It was designed and developed by Christophe Guberan, a third year student at ECAL / University of Art and Design, Lausanne. A great response to this year’s theme of technology.

Lindsten Form SaloneSatellite Milan Design Week

Melt Down by Lindsten Form are “based on an amazing inspirational trip to Japan that unfortunately was delayed for six months after the tragic accident in Fukushima. Would an actual meltdown occur and what would the impact be? The disaster is reflected in the lamps where the process already begun and the bulb are about to melt through the last defence of the glass”.

Lisa Jo Fan Chang SaloneSatellite Milan Design Week

I’m not sure what I thought this was when I snapped it – I think I was just drawn to the yellow(!), but according to designer, Lisa Jo Fan Chang, it is a ‘carpet structure’ and can be used for floor covering, floor seating or even as a table stand. It’s made from vinyl and cork triangles that can be arranged multiple formations.

Loom by Meric Kara Addict Lab SaloneSatellite Milan Design Week

In another example of getting users involved in the design process, this time as part of the Addict Lab stand, Meric Kara has enlarged and simplified the weaving structure so that people can assemble Loom themselves.

Mother MIne And All of Us Anafatia Salone Milan

The Mother Mine And All of Us collection by Ana Fatia, all inspired by human anatomy, really stood out from the crowd.

Rui Alves

On a completely different note, I also really liked the naivety of this chair and footstool by Rui Alvas and ‘My Own Super Studio‘.

 Studio Baag Salone Milan

I was very pleased to discover Studio Baag, a collaboration between Swedish designer Caroline Bauer and Italian architect Pier Francesco Galuppini. I loved the lights above, and the hat stand below, which is actually burned to get that effect – and then varnished.

Studio Baag Salone Milan

These salt and pepper mills called Tvi Tvi by Siren Elise Wilhelmsen are inspired by spinning tops and Siren hopes people will be encouraged to play as they twist them to grind and collect the salt and pepper.

Tvi Tvi Siren Elise Wilhelmsen Salone Milan

And finally, these Corniches by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Vitra are inspired by “little protrusions in nature” and designed for spontaneous displays.

Corniches Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec Salone Milan

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Having established confessions of a design geek in 2010, Katie Treggiden has gone on to a career in design journalism, writing for titles such as The Guardian, The Telegraph, Elle Decoration, Stylist, Design Milk and Ideal Home. In 2014, she launched Fiera, an independent magazine dedicated to discovering new talent at the world’s design fairs. Her second book, Makers of East London, was published in 2015.

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