Thursday, May 17, 2018

The Best Young Designs We Saw At Salone Satellite 2018

If you are wondering where can young designers get visibility, then it is the Milan Design Week for sure. Every year, at the Milan fair, there is an event dedicated to the young designers – Salone Satellite. These young designers from all around the world come together to showcase their creativity, ideas, and be visible in the furniture market. The SaloneSatellite Award is a further opportunity to facilitate contact between young designers and businesses. This year’s focus was Africa and Latin America, with designers from all over the world exploiting crossover forms - bridging design, technology and tradition.

Natalia Wieteska's Brinkk sideboard under the brand Envee is a storage solution inspired by the sculptural forms of contemporary architecture. The seemingly gravity-defying, monolithic, block of timber with its incision is an exercise in precision and perspective. The full collection consists of a range of sideboards and bookshelves which use this approach as inspiration. This product won the Red Dot Award for the Design Concept.



Cecilia Xinyu Zhang is another young designer whose works - The Fifth D Clock and Equant Suspension are worth mentioning. Her work explores the idea of introducing spatial consciousness into objects in altering viewer's perception on object and space. The Fifth D Clock is an attempt to interpret the concept of Fifth Dimensional Space. And, Equant Suspension lamp with an adjustable circular reflector provides indirect, diffused, and reflected illumination. This means single point light sources can create diffused lighting. Cove lighting is in the past as sleek decorative lights work in tandem across a spaces of all sizes.

Designer Gavaz De Biasi and his team pick drift wood from riverbanks and lakes. They cure them and build furniture that’s truly special. Tables, sideboards and pieces of art. The concept is committed to the daily and creative use of what environment provides us with.

An elegant and playful floor lamp wants to light your readings with its big bright eyes. Its prominent tail moves together with the eyes when you adjust them closer or further. Dorking floor lamp by Sergi Ventura. Young design from Salone Satellite. His designs start with the desire to tell a story willing to decorate spaces that want to be unique.

Imagine one solitary light, surrounded by a hanging sequence of cones and parabolic hoods, white on the inside and black on the outside. The light flows through the cones, bouncing off the white, adding to the interplay of the installation. The star of Salone Satellite, the Milan Furniture Fair for young designers, and creator of this wonderfully orchestrated ‘mobile’ is Hiroto Yoshizoe. He focuses on interpreting the ideas of change, time, and movement in space to create designs from both modern and analogue approaches.

Even furniture can be used to make statements. Evocative young design at Salone Satellite is the Whittle Away shelf by Stoft.

Colours infused into wood with a polymer resin. By allying wood and resin, the studio Atelier Insolite gives birth to unique, original, and eco-friendly pieces.



The idea is to create emotional connections between furniture and people. A groovy modular system made of five velvet-covered foam shapes. Colourful design by Ilco.



Zsuzsanna Horvath's work is based on turning sheet materials into sculptural three-dimensional objects. Her kinetic spatial creations formed by gravity come to life with the help of light and air movement as ripples go through the thin cuts.

The Verdable table, by Anna Szczurek and Sophie Berianidze of Beriana studio complies with this modern need to optimise space. The table’s mirrored top reflects any flowers that are placed in the vase-pedestal, amplifying their presence.

Felicia Arvid's textile room. She's a Danish designer who juggles between fashion, design, and architecture. Using her knowledge from the fashion world she works with textiles and fabrics to create a new design. She used wool for the sofa, where you can insert a side table or a lamp wherever you like. With wool, she also created acoustic panels and room dividers which can be customised with different colours and arrangements. Wool has sound absorbing quality. Her sofa-bed system embraces the individual and the diverse ways of living by adaptibility.

Rust Harvest. One of the most original ideas at Salone Satellite is this unusual technique by Studio Yuma Kano. The rust of a metal sheet is transferred into the acrylic. Organic warmth in a man made material. This design aims to inspire a fun, creative world where everyone is able to find new possibilities by exploring unnoticed aspects of the everyday.

Rehome is a project all about rapid production of inexpensive furniture in high volume to meet the criteria of the primary needs in temporary housing. Plywood and corrugated cardboard as furniture materials allow rapid production, building, and recycling and brings furniture to life. Beds, tables, and more, the ultimate bid to make sustainability count.

Market is a design collective specialised in branding of commercial spaces, but actually provides a wider range of disciplines - the collaboration with associated creative professionals strengthens their design approach as well as the formation of exemplary and well-tailered products and brands.

PileUP Life is a lifestyle brand founded in Taiwan. In order to design a modular chair system, we have deconstructed a chair into 9 parts, from seat to legs. By standardising all components, users can mix and match different parts to create thousands of styles, as they were playing with legos.



Indian Designs at Satellite

We are thrilled to see the Indian presence grow year by year.

Studio Wood, a young Delhi-based firm, designs bespoke furniture and spaces with diverse materials and adds quirkiness to create unusual products and spaces.

Chandigarh based Studio Ardete blend art, design, and functionality together - to celebrate the joy of life - made evident in their furniture, inspired by the flower.


SaloneSatellite Award Winners

Stefano Carta Vasconcellos won the first place for his Light Kitchen design. This kitchen counter can be assembled with seven elements and with no screws.

Tink Things designed by Benussi&theFish won the second place. The clever design caters to the children's playful and sensory needs, helping them grow happily and with awareness.



Himuroyuri’s Soft Block design won third. A new home decoration object that through its softness and bending capacity and a tease to twist encourages interaction and distraction for anyone at any age.



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