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September 19, 2013
It's no secret that during the annual Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan, one of our favorite stops is SaloneSatellite, the portion of the fair devoted to young designers under the age of 35. Curated by an esteemed jury of international design stars and spearheaded by the indomitable Marva Griffin-Wilshire, SaloneSatellite is one of the most important opportunities for young designers to get noticed by the world at large. This year 11 designers have been selected to display and sell their creations for a short time during the holiday season (September 27-December 25), at Milan's premier shopping destination—the Design Supermarket at La Rinascente. Here we share a sneak peek at the offerings from each of the 11 young designers.
Design Supermarket inside La Rinascente

Located right across from the Duomo, the Design Supermarket inside La Rinascente is always teeming with visitors taking in aisle after aisle of innovative design pieces alongside an ever-changing collection of temporary exhibitions. It also holds a special designation, in that it was conceived by the same company that launched the prestigious Golden Compass award in 1954. It's always one of the first stops Dwell editors make upon reaching Milan each year.

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Braque by Tania De Cruz

All of the pieces were conceived as part of the SaloneSatellite 2013's theme—Design and Craftsmanship: Together for Industry. The basic idea was to unify traditional craftsmanship with modern production opportunities. First up is Tania De Cruz, who was born in Portugal, grew up in Belgium and relocated to Italy. Her piece, Braque, is a modular cork tile.

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Wig vase by Tania De Cruz

The last offering from Tania De Cruz is the wig vase, a high-design Chia for the 21st-century.

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Sample Avenue by Karoline Fesser

Next are Sample Avenue, a collection of ethereal glass pieces from Polish-born Karoline Fesser, who maintains a studio outside Cologne, Germany.

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Oma Floor Lamp by Katrina Nuutinen

Kaamos, a Finnish collective comprised of designers Erik Bertell, Katriina Nuutinen and Matti Syrjälä, presented a collection at SaloneSatellite that was inspired by Finnish log cabin culture. They are presenting a number of pieces, including the Oma Floor Lamp by Katrina Nuutinen, which features a wrought-iron base and a blown-glass shade. "Oma" is Finnish for "own".

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Tatti containers by Katrina Nuutinen

Another of Katrina Nuutinen's creations, which she calls Tatti containers, again feature blown-glass as seen in the base, topped by a selection of woods: ash, basswood or pine.

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Säilö container set by Matti Syrjälä

From Kaamos designer Matti Syrjälä is the copper Säilö container set, which are offered in six different sizes and are topped by Finnish birch bark.

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LED-illuminated Miina lamp by Matti Syrjälä

Another piece from Matti Syrjälä is the LED-illuminated Miina lamp, comprised of mouth-blown acidified glass and elm wood. Miina is Finnish for land mine, by the way.

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ALUE pendant lamp by Matti Syrjälä

The ALUE pendant lamp, also by Matti Syrjälä, is a multi-faceted piece with 12 edges of wood fiberboard.

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Linja pendant by Matti Syrjälä

Linja (Finnish for "line") is another pendant by the prolific Matti Syrjälä. This one is constructed of spun aluminum and offers a diffused LED illumination.

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Loota lamp by Matti Syrjälä

Matti Syrjälä's Loota is a lamp/mirror combination that can work together as a duo or separated to be enjoyed individually. The designer used natural elm, acrylic and glass.

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Sprig sound-absorbing panel series

Matti Syrjälä and Erik Bertell collaborated on Sprig, which is a sound-absorbing panel series that can adhere to the wall or ceiling, or can double as room dividers. The panels are made of wool, viscose, and Basotec foam.

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Font Block Set by Matti Syrjälä and Erik Bertell

The other collaboration between Matti Syrjälä and Erik Bertell is the Font Block Set.

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Stick Lamp L120 by Matias Ruiz Malbran

Chilean designer Matias Ruiz Malbran, who creates pieces as a partner in design firm Ruizsolar, based in Santiago. His piece, Stick Lamp L120 is an LED-illuminated piece comprised of Chilean Lenga wood and colorful rope.

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Migration by Veronica Posada of Si Studio

Designer Veronica Posada of Si Studio, based in Santiago, Chile, conceived Migration, a cluster of illuminated Origami-like lighting pieces.

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Posada topographic candle holder

Posada also shares a topographic candle holder, pictured here.

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Hunters pendants by Posada

Another Origami creation from Posada is Hunters, pendants that affix to the wall.

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Adobe collection by Ilaria Inocenti

Milanese firm Ilaria Inocenti presents Adobe, a collection of desk tools made of a mixture of clay, silt, sand and plant fibers. The pieces include a document tray, a tablet stand, a pencil holder, a paper holder, and a storage tray.

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Mirror! Mirror! by Antonio Forteleoni

Antonio Forteleoni, who is based in Milan, Italy, created Mirror! Mirror! which is a sculptural collection comprised of evenly spaced glass.

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Marama by Marcantonio Raimondi Malerba

Another young Italian designer, Marcantonio Raimondi Malerba, has a background in theater design and is inspired by organic materials like crystals and fossils. He presents Marama, a glass lighting fixture encased in a modest wood armature.

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Design Supermarket inside La Rinascente

Located right across from the Duomo, the Design Supermarket inside La Rinascente is always teeming with visitors taking in aisle after aisle of innovative design pieces alongside an ever-changing collection of temporary exhibitions. It also holds a special designation, in that it was conceived by the same company that launched the prestigious Golden Compass award in 1954. It's always one of the first stops Dwell editors make upon reaching Milan each year.

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