By Dieneke Ferguson
Spazio Rossana Orlandi
Via Matteo Bandello 14
Tuesday, April 12 – Friday, 15, 2016; 10am – 7pm daily
Thursday 14th April; 10am – 5pm
Airbnb, the world’s leading community-driven hospitality company, presented Makers & Bakers at Ristorante Marta in Spazio Rossana Orlandi for the 2016 edition of Salone del Mobile. Created in collaboration with Curator Ambra Medda, this installation is an installation of Food and Design and evoked a sensory experience for guests around the notion of the shared table. Makers & Bakers also aimed to provide a platform for global designers to create and show work, demonstrating Airbnb’s ongoing commitment to championing emerging talent.
During the week, Ristorante Marta was transformed by Makers & Bakers. Ambra Medda teaming up with New Zealand-based interior designer Katie Lockhart to create a place of discovery, where visitors immersed themselves in work from 25 creatives from 14 countries, including the USA, Japan, Serbia, Botswana, Uruguay and Denmark.
The designers showed products that enhance the most communal experience: a meal. The moments one gathers together to break bread spark great conversation, enables connection, and we are introduced to new and authentic experiences.
“Shared meals exemplify everything that is unique about Airbnb – immersive experiences, friends, both new and old, and invigorating conversation,” says Joe Gebbia, co-founder and CPO of Airbnb. “To be able to champion global emerging design around the concept of the communal table brings so much of what we value to the fore.”
Visitors also had the chance to meet a selection of makers in the space, including English illustrator Zebedee Helm, who did live illustrations from customizing surfaces and walls to tea towels and napkins.
New Zealand based baker Carter Were prepared organic sprouted and seeded loaves served with homemade jams, while her twin sister, Harry Were, knitted personalised cloths and tea cozies.
Danish designer Henrik Tjaerby created stools for guests to pull up and participate with or observe the makers.
Dossofiorito, a multidisciplinary design studio from Verona had several of their pieces on show. This included the Balena, suspended carafe.
Also on display from Dossofiorito was Epiphytes, a collection of suspended vases in white ceramic and the Phytophiler, a magnifier for plants.