Salone del Mobile Milan
Salone Satellite: an unparalleled opportunity
The 19th edition of the most important event in the design world for young designers lays special emphasis on new materials. As always, there is free admission for the general public through the Cargo 4 entrance on all six days of the Salone del Mobile.
Salone Satellite, the first event to focus on young designers, immediately became the premier meeting place for manufacturers, talent scouts and the most promising young designers. It is being held concurrently with the Salone del Mobile. Milano, from 12th to 17th April, at the Rho Milan Fairgrounds.
Salone Satellite has always looked to the future, and will do so again this year with the theme “New Materials > New Design”, exploring the latest that new materials science has to offer.
A large bookcase becomes an actual “materiotheque”: a repository of innovative samples from the most advanced materials research centres in Europe – such as Materfad in Barcelona; Material ConneXion Italia in Milan; matériO/Happy Materials in Prague; Chris Lefteri Design in London; materialscout in Munich; Matrec in Ancona – and international companies and designers working within this sphere.
Representatives from all these research hubs – Valérie Bergeron Materfad Barcelona (ES), Christine Vroom Het Nieuwe Instituut (NL), Lucie Havlova matériO/Happy Materials in Prague (CZ), Elodie Ternaux matériO/Happy Materials (FR), Christian Tubito Material Connexion (IT), Mette Bak Andersen Material Design Lab, Copenhagen School of Design & Technology,KEA. (DK), Efrat Friedland materialscout (DE), Carole Collet Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London (UK) – will discuss the subject at a specially convened round table: “New Materials > New Design”, Thursday 14 April at 3pm SaloneSatellite Arena, Pav. 15.
Innovative materials also pay due homage to noble classical materials, such as wood, plastic, glass, metal, fabric and marble to which a great totemic sculpture is dedicated, created by the leading Salone del Mobile companies specialising in the production of pieces made out of these particular materials.
As always, a prestigious Selection Committee composed of important international figures from the worlds of design, manufacturing and communication – Cinzia Baldelli, la Rinascente; Guy-Claude Agboton, head of design at IDEAT; Beppe Finessi, design critic; Lorenzo Toncelli, Toncelli Cucine; Luisa Collina, Cumulus President, Milan University Polytechnic; Manuela Messina, Flou; Mia Pizzi, head of design at Abitare; Stefano Brescacin, Milldue; Tommaso Nani, designer – chaired by Marva Griffin Wilshire, curator and founder of Salone Satellite, has sifted through thousands of projects and singled out some 650, which will be exhibited at this 19th edition. The selection process has always been extremely rigorous, in order to maintain SaloneSatellite’s reputation for excellence, ‘matriculating’ promising young designers and helping to launch them on the market and on the road to stardom. Alongside the selected participants there will be several international design schools.
Back again this year for its 7th edition is the SaloneSatellite Award, a further opportunity to facilitate contact between supply and demand, between designers and businesses, between creativity and production. Along with the SaloneSatellite entries, this edition will also feature one or more projects encompassed by the product categories of the biennial events that accompany the Salone Internazionale del Mobile – specifically, in this 2016 edition, EuroCucina and the International Bathroom Furniture Exhibition.
The award will be assigned by an international jury of key players in the design world – Andrea Molteni, head of design and development at Dada; Paola Antonelli, Senior Design Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, MoMA; Giovanni Anzani, CEO Poliform and President of Assarredo; Guido Cecchi, CEO Dornbracht Italia; Hans Fonk, Editor, Objekt Magazine; Lauretta Coz, journalist, Corriere della Sera; Paolo Carli, President of Henraux; Pedro Paulo Franco, designer, SaloneSatellite – who will select the 3 best products in each of the two categories, Kitchen and Bathroom, which will be awarded cash prizes. Consulting and press office services are also available to the winners, aimed at ensuring maximum visibility for their projects.
The therapeutic project “Re-Construction – the house of possible work“ is back at SaloneSatellite for the second time. The project was launched in 2006 by the Mental Health Department at Lodi Hospital, and is geared to encouraging people with serious mental illness, who have shown no desire to communicate with others for some time, to embrace new forms of socialisation. The project led to the opening of an open-space design workshop, where a new method of design, mediated and suggested to the patients, has led to the building of scale models of “possible objects”.
The prize-giving ceremony for the 3rd RIVA 1920 Design Award will take place at 5pm on Friday 15th April, in the Arena.
The award committee is composed of: Salone del Mobile.Milano President Roberto Snaidero; Giovanni Anzani, Poliform CEO and Assarredo President; Gilda Bojardi, Director, Interni; Michele De Lucchi, architect; Terry Dwan, architect and Marva Griffin Wilshire, SaloneSatellite Curator 2016.