Updated 24 August 2017
This exhibition brought together more than 500 projects and designers who have taken part in the Salone Satelite since its inception in 1998. It presented an anthology of pieces that have gone into production or have influenced future work, It included 7 Hidden Art designers.
It presented an anthology of pieces that have gone into production or have influenced future work. Curated by Beppe Finessi there were three sections in the exhibition:
- Typological innovation-based approach, revisiting the traditional shapes of domestic objects
- Constructive experimentation – new materials and recycling.
- Formal innovation with a focus more on the sculptural value and the decorative.
The six Hidden Art designers whose pieces have been included are:
Ryan Frank – Grapple Hook. Exhibited with Hidden Art in 2007
Nick Fraser – Hall Stand. Exhibited with Hidden Art in 2005
Anthony Dickens – Origami Side Table. Exhibited with Hidden Art in 2007
Gareth Neal – Anne Table and George Chest. Exhibited with Hidden Art in 2008
Jake Phipps – Jeeves and Wooster Lights. Exhibited with Hidden Art in 2008
Kirsty Whyte – Array Bowls and Drew Range. Exhibited with Hidden Art in 2010
Bright Potato – Peg. On Hidden Art E-Shop.
Ryan Frank – Grapple Hook
Grapple Hook is a flexible hanging system for indoor and outdoor use. Hooks are buckled onto a length of webbing, allowing for hanging storage for a multitude of items.
The hooks are made with grass and recycled polypropylene, creating a strong light hook, that uses less plastic and more of a renewable material.
Exhibited with Hidden Art in Salone Satellite in 2006 and solo stand in 2007.
Nick Fraser – Hall Stand
Hall Stand is a wall-mounted storage system made of plumbing hardware such as pipes and taps. The idea of the Hall Stand has been inspired by the Kinetic sculptures by Jean Tinguely and the comic illustrations of Heath Robinson.
The aim was to create a functional sculpture that appeared to be plumbed into the water system. This installation piece led to the Pipework Series which celebrates the raw visual qualities of exposed pipes.
Exhibited with Hidden Art in Salone Satellite in 2006 and with Small Factories in 2007
Anthony Dickens – Origami Side Table
The inspiration for the Origami table came from African hand-carved tripod tables. The aim was to create a contemporary, industrially produced version in a more efficient way.
The tripod frame is made from three identical flat pressed steel legs that work entirely without fixings. The table can be disassembled and flatpacked quickly. Made in powder coated steel with glass top.
The Origami Side Table is currently being produced by Innermost.
Exhibited with Hidden Art in Salone Satellite in 2007
Gareth Neal – Anne Table and George Chest (in the exhibition Catalogue)
The Anne Table is based on a traditional 1730 Queen Anne side table. and chair a contemporary linear version was designed in American Walnut. It was originally made by hand with a small bench saw to prove that digital fabrication tools are not always necessary. The Anne Table promotes the craft and skills of the handmade in an evergrowing world of mass production.
The George Chest is inspired by the traditional 1780s George III Commode and its design has been reinterpreted for a contemporary audience. The design was achieved through the combination of a computer-controlled routing machine and hand-carving techniques, merging notions of history, traditional craft and contemporary design.
After having exhibited the George Chest and Anne Table with Hidden Art at the Salone Satellite in 2008 the Chest and Table have been exhibited worldwide. The George Chest is now part of the Victoria & Albert Museum public Collection (2013) and the Anne Table of the Crafts Council Public Collection (2009).Self-Production
Exhibited with Hidden Art in Salone Satellite in 2008
Jake Phipps – Jeeves and Wooster Lights
The Jeeves and Wooster lights were inspired by the work of René Magritte and designed as a playful take on lighting with a real sense of cultural identity. They are named after the author P.G.Wodehouse’s most infamous character double act – Bertie Wooster and Reginald Jeeves. The Bowler and Top Hat are classic British cultural icons.
They are a blend of great British tradition and modern technology. The hand-made wool felt hats are lined with an aluminium inner shell.
The Jeeves and Wooster Lights were part of the Hidden Art Select Range.
The Jeeves and Wooster lights were put into production by Innermost in 2009. They are still in production today with an additional wall and table lamp added to the collection.
Exhibited with Hidden Art in Salone Satellite in 2008.
.Kirsty Whyte – Array Bowls and Drew Range
Each Array Bowl is made from one single piece of folded powder-coated sheet steel that has been laser cut so there is very little waste from production.
The Drew Range is made from one continuous piece of steel rod meaning that minimal material is wasted in production. It has a steel Rod base and Tempered Glass top. The steel used is recycled steel to make the product as environmentally friendly as possible.
Array Bowl – Self-Production
Drew is now manufactured by Modus.
Exhibited with Hidden Art in Salone Satellite in 2010
Bright Potato – Peg and Papillion (will exhibit in the Salone Satelite).
Peg is a simple, and innovatively engineered collection of tables, desks and stools. It is centered around the idea of deconstructing the elements that make up tables and stools, and the development of an elegant, graceful and more efficient way of combining the elements together than existing methods. Each peg comes with four legs and a top making each piece as effortless simple as they look.
Papillon is named after the largest know family of butterflies the “Papilionidae” family, the Papillon pendant series expresses the elegant forms and colours of the fluttering wings of the butterfly.
Consisting of two pendants “Rip” and “Edge”, Papillon is available in a range of eight colours, and two materials (brass or aluminum).
Papillon and Peg are sold on the Hidden Art E-Shop here
Bright Potato will also be launching their new project Flow at the Salone Satelite 2017. Flow integrates a seating opportunity and the piece is intended to be installed in a terrace or garden or indoors.
About Hidden Art
Hidden Art, the not-for-profit organisation that supports designers and makers with its base in London, exhibited at the Salone Satelite from 2006-2010 and over that period offered the opportunity to 34 designers to launch their products to an international audience.
Designers could only exhibit once and exhibiting at the Salone was linked to the Hidden Art product development programme called Innovative Routes to Market. This aimed to stimulate smart growth through service innovation, collaborative networks and training. It was focused on helping designers to market their products globally including through international trade networks.
Linked to Innovative Routes to Market was Hidden Art Select which aimed to successfully market a range of products both retail and wholesale on the Hidden Art E-Shop and other outlets.
History of the Salone Satelite
20 years ago, in 1998, the Salone del Mobile asked Marva Griffin Wilshire to set up an event that would help further the careers of the most promising designers under 35 by bringing them into direct contact with its exhibitors. Over the 20 years Marva has invited design schools and universities to exhibit, which has resulted in many successfully launching their design careers and making valuable connections to get their products to market. Since its beginning the Salone Satelitte has been run concurrently with the Salone del Mobile Milano. Many of the prototypes presented have gone into production and many of the 10,000 designers that have taken part over the years, along with the 270 international design schools, are now big names on the design scene.
SALONESATELLITE. 20 Years of New Creativity
Fabbrica del Vapore
Via Procaccini 4, Milan
5th to 9th April: 10am-10pm
10th to 25th April: 10am-7pm
Direct Entrance Cargo 5
4-9 April 2017
9.30 am – 6.30 pm
See also Milan Design Week 2017 review