Posts by: John Engelen

Vela – Stackable Magnesium Chair @ Salone Milan 2019

Vela – Stackable Magnesium Chair @ Salone Milan 2019

Designed by the young couple, work and life partners, Gilli Kuchik and Ran Amitai, it has a simple and understated shape and the clean lines of three sails in the wind.

Its manufacture however is extraordinary, with shell in die-cast magnesium and the four legs in extruded magnesium – the first chair made using magnesium whihc has been designed, developed and produced in decidedly industrial terms.

Weighing two and a half kilos, it can be moved or stacked on another chair with just one finger.

Interni “Human Spaces” Exhibition @ Salone Milan 2019

Interni “Human Spaces” Exhibition @ Salone Milan 2019

Interni asked the architects and designers participating in this year’s edition of the event to translate the concept of ‘ Human Space’ into experimental installations, starting with the furnishings that surround us and extending to urban mobility.

From the natural environment to macro-system of production, such as the virtuous – and by now necessary – circular economy.

In collaboration with partner companies and institutions, over thirty installations have been created for the show, envisioning a future in which nature and the planet are protected, resources are saved and artificial intelligence is applied for the common good, promoting personal well being.

Broken Nature @ Salone Milan 2019

Broken Nature @ Salone Milan 2019

The theme of the 22nd Triennale di Milano is, as the title suggests, in-depth examination of the ties between humans and our natural environment, now profoundly compromised and, in some cases, completely destroyed, looking at the role design can play in reconstituting these links.

In exploring architecture and design objects and concepts at all scales and in all materials, Broken Nature celebrates design’s ability to offer powerful insight into the key issues of our age, moving beyond pious deference and inconclusive anxiety.

The Room of Change @ Salone Milan 2019

The Room of Change @ Salone Milan 2019

For ‘The Room of Change’ Accurat created a 30-meters-long hand-crafted data-tapestry illustrating how multiple aspects of our environment have changed in the past centuries, how they are still changing, and how they will likely continue changing, addressing many of the topics presented in the exhibition.

With this installation, Accurat questions a communication made only of data and numbers and suggests a change of scale and perspective.

Minotti On Stage @ Salone Milan 2019

Minotti On Stage @ Salone Milan 2019

For Minotti, the year 2019 brings a new stylistic language, a new decorative code.

This new vision of interior design mixes different styles, by working with designers from different cultural backgrounds, who harmoniously become part of the “Minotti project”, all coordinated by Roberto Dordoni with Minotti Studio.

Lost Lamp for Magis @ Salone Milan 2019

Lost Lamp for Magis @ Salone Milan 2019

The circle, an archetypal elementary geometric shape, marks the boundaries of the empty space that characterizes the Lost lamp.

As if sucked into a black hole, every subjective style and technical aspect disappears, leaving in their wake only the silence of the central void.

Surrounded by its refined, consistent light, which makes it suitable for any setting, Brogliato Traverso Design Studio’s Lost is a neutral lamp with a strong identity, whose distinctive feature is essentialism.

Mendini Tribute Cinema @ Salone Milan 2019

Mendini Tribute Cinema @ Salone Milan 2019

In the heart of the Brera Design District, the Milan Design Film Festivsal ( MDFF ) in collaboration with Marcel Wanders, presented Mendini Tribute Cinema , a tribute to the recently deceased Milanese architect and designer Alessandro Mendini.

Nendo – A Breeze of Light @ Salone Milan 2019

Nendo – A Breeze of Light @ Salone Milan 2019

In collaboration with Daikin, the air conditioner manufacturer, this project by Nendo, was based on the concept of ‘invisible air’ and aims to provide visitors with a unique spatial experience that offers an opportunity to ‘experience in sight what we can only feel in real life.’

This installation evoked the sensation of a comfortable breeze by the movement of light and shadows, not actual air.

Nilufar Depot FAR @ Salone Milan 2019

Nilufar Depot FAR @ Salone Milan 2019

Reinforcing her unmistakable instinct as an explorer, Gallerist Nina Yashar hosted a striking showing in the scenographic atmospheres of Nilufar Depot in Via Lancetti 34.

Set design, from Space Caviar’s Joseph Grima, presented as a rarefied landscape with pieces suspended in scenographic bubbles evoking the utopian residences of the 70’s experimentation in Radical Design.