Every year we visit the Salone Internazionale del Mobile fair in Milan, and every year we save SaloneSatellite—the portion of the fair dedicated to young designers under the age 35—for last. This year marks the 16th iteration of the show, created by Marva Griffin Wilshire, who alongside esteemed judges from around the world welcomed hundreds of entrants and 17 international design schools to display their creations. The theme this year was "Design & Craftsmanship: Together for Industry" and for the fourth year in a row, Griffin Wilshire and her jury presented the SaloneSatellite award to six winners.
Each year SaloneSatellite, located at the far end of the impossibly huge Salone fairgrounds, offers an opportunity to young designers under the age of 35 to display their prototypes to the design world. Many world-famous designers, including Jasper Morrison, Harri Koskinen, Matali Crassat, and many others, were discovered here.
The first prize went to Italian designer Tania da Cruz for Braque, a modular soundproofing system made of cork.
First prize winner Tania da Cruz flashing a much-deserved smile.
Second prize went to a trio of designers from Egypt who presented an ancient weaving technique updated to include recycled plastic fibers. The firm, Re Studio, is comprised of Hadwa Omran, Hend Riad, and Mariam Hazem. From their statement: "Re intends to bring back plastic bags that have been rejected or misused into a new form that is designed innovatively to fit in our life. The focus of innovation lies on material, reusing plastic bags into fabric."
Hadwa Omran, Hend Riad, and Mariam Hazem of Re Studio.
London-based Poetic Lab, headed up by the Taiwanese designer Hanhsi Chen, took third prize for the Wave lamp. The piece is constructed of a blown-glass sculpture that refracts light and presents an undulating shadow that is constantly in motion.
London-based Poetic Lab standing next to their third prize winner.
Taking an Honorable Mention was Italian designer Andrea Borgogni for the Maybe Chair, an extremely material-conscious and efficient piece constructed of wood and die-cast aluminum.
Honorable Mention winner Andrea Borgogni.
The Spanish firm Mecedorama also took home an Honorable Mention for their colorful rocking chair Hobbs. The pieces are constructed using a venerable weaving technique. The firm also keeps an excellent Tumblr.
Honorable Mention winners, Mecedorama.
Chilean designer Matias Ruiz won an Honorable Mention for Stick Light 210, a lamp consisting of a wooden cylinder illuminated from within by an LED bulb that runs the length of the piece.
Chilean designer Matias Ruiz proudly holding up his Honorable Mention award.
On our way out, we glimpsed a young designer taking a short siesta. After what must have been an exhausting week of travel, set-up, and display (not to mention partying at night), we can't say we blame him. Our hearty congratulations to all the winners, and all those that exhibited at this year's SaloneSatellite.