This years Salone Satellite 2012 theme – “Design Technology – a special tribute to Steve Jobs” (who taught us to dream and to believe in the possibilities of technology and creativity) was a fascinating gallery of projects, conceived by 750 young designers ( under 35 ) and included 17 international Schools of Design.
By the time the Salone slows down many of these young designers will have accumulated showrooms for representation, architects who want to collaborate, designers that wanted to buy, patrons that thought we were crazy but in a good way. But most importantly most will have become more confident in their ability to be relevant and worthy
This year a section of the Salone Satellite was devoted to the first 15 years of the exhibition celebrated with site-specific installations on the theme ” Design – Technology” by 15 former and and current participants in the Satellite
Representing all the design schools and university departments that have been invited to participate in the SaloneSatellite this year – and underscoring the fundamental importance of a good education in the professional formation of an aspiring designer – is ECAL, Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne
The Salone Satellite was created in 1998 for the express purpose of bringing together, in the same place and time, the most promising young designers from all over the world with the most important business people and talent scouts gathered in Milan to visit or exhibit at the Salone
The Salone Satellite means so much to the World, and not just the “Design World,” because here you can find the ideas of the future.
Within each booth there is some glimpse of how things can be. Perhaps you will see how things can be better, perhaps you will see how things can remain the same, and maybe if you are lucky you’ll catch a glimpse of how things will be
The Salone Satellite immediately became an unparallelled observatory of young international creativity.
As always, a prestigious Selection Committee composed of key international figures in the world of design, architecture and communication reviewed the proposals of many designers and pared them down to those who participated in the 15th edition.
The selection was as competitive as ever, in order to maintain the sterling reputation of the Salone Satellite, the world’s foremost springboard for promising young designers into the marketplace and the design star system.
The Satellite Selection Committee has included such luminaries as Giulio Castelli, Italo Lupi, Aessandro Mendini, Paola Antonelli, Philippe Starck, Mario Bellini, Maddalena De Padova, Carlo Guglielmi, Alberto Alessi and Pierluigi Cerri.
The Salone Satellite is a unique showcase, where a number of designers who are by now world-famous made their debut: Matali Crasset, Patrick Jouin, Paolo Ulian, Satyendra Pakhalé, Tomoko Azumi, Lorenzo Damiani, Ilkka Suppanen, Nendo, Adriano Design, Harri Koskinen, Xavier Lust, Front, to name but a few.
Avverati, the Italian word for something that has come true, such as a dream. Avvèrati – with the stress on the second syllable – turns it into an invitation to make oneself come true, to realise one’s own dreams and creative potential. Which is exactly what Cosmit and the Salone Satellite are dedicated to helping young designers do.
Alongside the selected few were 17 design schools ( incl RMIT – Melbourne Design Movement), of which the following participated for the first time at the Salone Satellite: American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates; Art Future design School, Russia; Centro de Investigaciones de Diseño Industrial, Mexico; Central Academy of Fine Arts, China; Enaip-CSF, Italy; Hanseo University, Korea; Istituto Europeo di Design, Spain; Kanazawa College of Art, Japan; New York Institute of Technology, USA; Politecnico di Milano, Italy; PUC-Pontificia Universidade do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Macedonia; Technical School Wood Art, Serbia; Universidad Piloto de Colombia, Colombia; Hochschule Darmstadt, Germany; University of Cambridge, Great Britain.
Winners of the 15th Salone Satellite Award 2012
First Prize > Raul Lauri (Spain)
Decafe Lamp – made with biodegradable material derived from coffee grounds. This award is given in recognition of the design development, research and experimentation with biodegradable materials used in the design of this lighting fixture.
Second Prize > Wow (Spain)
El Botijo Flask – a variation of a traditional Spanish flask that naturally cools water. Described as determinedly traditional with a modern twist, this useful and sustainable design is highly commercial. A contemporary take on an age-old shape, the botijo uses an evaporative cooling technique.
Third Prize > Hinnerud / Enoksson / Boldt (Sweden)
Enamel Table – The bathroom comes to the kitchen in this design which uses an enameling technique that was traditionally used to glaze bathtubs. This steel coated enamel table can be used indoors and outdoors.
Special Mention > Creativeans (Singapore)
Pod – Fabric-reinforced polypropylene food containers. Their design was recognized for its creative use of materials. Creativeans is an award-winning design collective with offices in Singapore and Milan and consists of Kimming Yap, Yulia Saksen, Khairul Hussin and Sharina Bi