Sustaining

DoutDesign – Young Designers Exhibition [pt 3/4] @ Salone Milan 2017

DoutDesign – Young Designers Exhibition [pt 3/4] @ Salone Milan 2017

Zona Santambrogio Design District area, presented its fifth edition of DoutDesign – dedicated to the topic of Environmental and Social Sustainability with the theme of Design to Save, Change, Dream the World

participating under 35 designers were selected from an open and international call by Regione Lombardia and the Politecnico di Milano, looking for prototypes and innovative products, with attention to self production and to the sustainability of the processes.

Eco-Oh! @ Salone Milan 2017

Eco-Oh! @ Salone Milan 2017

Eco-oh! presented their project curated by Lorenzo Palmeri, at the Triennale di Milano, titled The new Normal by Eco-Oh. Let’s Recycle for Life

The Project described the process that leads from the consumption to the virtuous transformation of plastic materials, giving new life to plastic household articles, transforming them into designer pieces made of 100% recycled mat

DoutDesign – Inhabits Design Village [pt 1/4] @ Salone Milan 2017

DoutDesign – Inhabits Design Village [pt 1/4] @ Salone Milan 2017

Inhabits – Milano Design Village occupied an area of some 700 sq mtrs in Piazza del Cannone within the green parklands of the Parco Sempione (near the Castello Sforzesco), were 5 x housing units and some design projects dedicated to urban sustainability and renewable energy were presented

The theme of the event, which is the changing habits, as well as the socio-political current affairs, which force us to reflect on the issue of housing and on the perception of the urban public space.

Touch Base by DAE @ Salone Milan 2016

Touch Base by DAE @ Salone Milan 2016

Touch Base, a Design Academy Eindhoven exhibition curated by Ilse Crawford and the Academy’s creative director Thomas Widdershoven, explores the power of tactility in human life.

Touch Base explores the counter-movement that many of the DAE students are shaping in response to the empowering, but overwhelming presence of technology and digitalism.

To touch is to feel physically and sense emotionally.

Formafantasma for Lexus @ Salone Milan 2016

Formafantasma for Lexus @ Salone Milan 2016

For Milan Design Week 2016, Amsterdam based, Italian design duo Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin aka Formafantasma teamed up with Lexus to launch an exciting exhibition made up of 3 installations,

Entitled ‘An Encounter with Anticipation’ – the theme of the installation, conveys the aesthetics behind Lexus’ forward-looking vision through subtle nuances of colour, light and form.

The Restaurant by Tom Dixon @ Salone Milan 2016

The Restaurant by Tom Dixon @ Salone Milan 2016

THE RESTAURANT is a series of 4 extraordinary Caeserstone kitchens and dining halls designed by Tom Dixon, arrayed in a cruciform setting within the beautiful Baroque splendour of the Rotonda Della Besana

The four basic elements of Air, Water, Earth and Fire give each kitchen and dining hall a clear aesthetic, materiality and cooking method.

Throughout the week visitors will be encouraged to sit down, slow down and re-calibrate.

Beyond The New Manifesto @ Salone Milan 2015

Beyond The New Manifesto @ Salone Milan 2015

One of the main talking points of this year’s Salone Milan 2015, was Beyond the New, a strongly worded manifesto critiquing the design industry, written by designer Hella Jongerius and theorist Louise Schouwenberg that challenged the state of contemporary design.

Jongerius and Schouwenberg argue forcefully that industrial design has become stagnant, with genuine innovation replaced by too great a reverence for commercialism and the production of new products for newness’ sake.

Beyond the New suggests design has become “an empty shell, devoid of meaning and substance” and deplores “the obsession with the New for the sake of the New”.

Aesthetics of Misery @ Salone Milan 2015

Aesthetics of Misery @ Salone Milan 2015

At the baroque Lombard 18th century Palazzo Litta, project curators Andrea Branzi and Michele De Lucchi presented 16 projects of “social environment”, based on the concept of misery, a subject always expressed in arts, cinema and literature but basically alien to the Salone design culture.

“Aesthetics of Misery” was born as a result of a postgraduate experimental workshop at the Politecnico di Milano, overseen by Francesca Balena Arista and Marco De Santi, during which students were asked to take on the theme of misery, almost always excluded from aesthetics design.

Rotunda Serotina by Kolman Boye @ Salone Milan 2015

Rotunda Serotina by Kolman Boye @ Salone Milan 2015

Wallpaper* invited the American Hardwood Export Council, architects Kolman Boye and furniture-makers Benchmark to create a towering structure of food plates as part of the Wallpaper* Handmade 2015 exhibition.

The brief was to design a candy-store concept for handing out free savoury biscuits from local bistro T’a Milano.

It’s huge at over 3.7m in diameter and the same in height, more a structure, than a piece of furniture. As architect Victor Boye Julebäk said “Something really strong was needed for the huge venue… but maybe we went a little over the top!”