Selections from Salone de Mobile and Salone Satelite: Tom Dixon, SCP, Kartell, Moroso, Edra, Smeg, Where Architects live, Satsuki Ohata, Dossofiorito, Torsten Sherwood.
Entered 12 May 2014
Dieneke Ferguson and Manuel Ruiz-Adame
SALONE DE MOBILE AND SALONE SATELITE
Thursday was the day that we had set aside to go to the Salone Satelite, say hello to the curator Marva Griffin-Wiltshire and see some of the Halls at the Salone de Mobile.
We always enjoy taking the tube to Rho Fiera, as this would be our daily journey all the years that we exhibited at the Salone – 5 times uninterruptedly from its very first year of inauguration of the new Fiera in April 2006 to 2010. Prior to 2006 the Fiera was based in an exhibition centre situated in a central area of Milan called Fiera Milano City. The new Rho Fiera Milano is about 27 times bigger than the old Earl’s Court 2 exhibition centre.
The Isalone is huge and we normally try to visit both the Salone de Mobile and Salone Satelite in one day. Not easy as we had a late start.
Given that we are writing about the show again we received our press pass and red Trolley, which comes in very handy when collecting the information.
After our coffee at the press office in the Salone de Mobile we set off to see the designers exhibiting at the Salone Satelite. It was a good show this year and like last year there were workshops again. Particularly the 3d workshop attracted huge crowds. Nice as well were the Awards and exhibition of shortlisted products. It presents a great overview of the talent available at the Salone.
As far as we could see there were only two UK stands, one with ex graduates from the RCA and. Also exhibiting from the UK was Thorsten Sherwood. He was one of four designers to be appointed for Designers in Residence at the Design Museum starting in September 2014. His collection he showed in Milan is inspired by the craft and construction of timber joinery. www.torstensherwood.com
The ones I particular liked were the Phytophiler by Dossofiorito from Italy. The pytophiler is a plant lover who develops a sympathetic relationship with plants and who ‘feels’ the plants The phytophiler project consists of a collection of hand-thrown terracotta pots on which a series of functional appendices are installed
I also really liked the Fondue Slippers from Satsuki Ohata from Japan. Satsuki is developing a kit so that everyone can create their own footwear with their favourite figure and colour. www.satsuki.co/fondue
another one you can see at www.alo-architettura.com from Italy
It was great to be able to see the founder of the Salone Satelite exhibition, Marva Griffin Wiltshire, again and hopefully one year we will be back again with a selection of products from UK designers.
SALONE DE MOBILE
The Salone de Mobile is so big that we barely manage to visit the main halls with contemporary design . It was good to see that this year SCP and Tom Dixon were also exhibiting here.
Tom Dixon was presenting his new collection of furniture, lighting and accessories under the theme of ‘club’
I very much enjoy seeing what the big Italian brands are up to, and this is one of the places to get to know this, in addition of course to their showrooms in town.
“Precious” , was the word that KARTELL found to establish a connection of this new collection, aimed to share the quality , glamour and “elegant luxury” of Kartell plastic, to become more noble, sophisticated and…precious!
Kartell introduced a new, exclusive and brilliant metal finishes in colours including gold, bronze, silver, gun-metal grey and copper. All this metallization process used by Kartell is a cutting edge and high-quality process, the result of major research and investments to obtain an impeccable result in terms of appearance, touch, resistance and strength of the varnishes used.
SMEG at Eurococina showed the Fiat 500 Design Collection – Smeg and Fiat(FCA) combined forces to show that a fridge is not just an appliance and a hood is not just part of a car.
They were fun and definitely a crowd puller. SMEG actually sells them see here
The kitchen exhibition generally was very interesting, Probably more so because of the many stands with food and drinks. Unfortunately there wasn’t enough time to do them justice.
Where Architects live
This exhibition at the Salone de Mobile took us in the homes and thinking of 8 architects in different parts of the world: Shigeru Ban (Tokyo) , Mario Bellini (Milan), David Chipperfield (Berlin), Massimiliano and Doriano Fuchsas (Paris) , Zaha Hadid (London), marcio Kogan (Sao Paolo), Daniel Libeskind New York) and Studio Mumbia/ Bijoy Jain (Mumbai).