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Salone Satellite 2011

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One of the most exciting perks of being lucky enough to attend Italy's Salone Internazionale del Mobile, also known as the Milan Furniture Fair, is having the opportunity to get a glimpse of undiscovered talent at Salone Satellite. Located at nearly the end of the sprawing Feriamilano exhibition complex, Salone Satellite is an area devoted to students, independent designers, and enterprising producers of design-forward prototypes in need of a manufacturer and a distributor. All year long, a carefully selected jury of design cognoscenti reviews submissions from all over the world, and grants access to a final tally of young hopefuls looking to make their introduction into the realm of high design. Check out our slideshow to see a few items that caught our eye today.

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  Hundreds of booths are set up at Salone Satellite, where young designers from all over the world congregate to share their wares. Dwell editors always make a special pilgrimage to check out the latest creations, and get a glimpse of tomorrow's talent.
    Hundreds of booths are set up at Salone Satellite, where young designers from all over the world congregate to share their wares. Dwell editors always make a special pilgrimage to check out the latest creations, and get a glimpse of tomorrow's talent.
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  Now in its fiftieth year, Salone Internazionale del Mobile has launched the career of many a young designer. At their own expense, each entrant travels to Milan and decorates their own booth, displaying their creations in hopes of finding a producer.
    Now in its fiftieth year, Salone Internazionale del Mobile has launched the career of many a young designer. At their own expense, each entrant travels to Milan and decorates their own booth, displaying their creations in hopes of finding a producer.
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  Barcelona-based firm Mermelada Estudio, comprised of industrial designers Juan Miguel Juarez, Laura Blasco, and Alex Estevez, conceived and showcased a collection entitled Weekend Objects. One of our favorites of the bunch was Druida, a BBQ grill with an elegant body and an equally winsome grill pattern.
    Barcelona-based firm Mermelada Estudio, comprised of industrial designers Juan Miguel Juarez, Laura Blasco, and Alex Estevez, conceived and showcased a collection entitled Weekend Objects. One of our favorites of the bunch was Druida, a BBQ grill with an elegant body and an equally winsome grill pattern.
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  Designer Takaaki Tani, or t/m, based in Tokyo, displayed his plywood collection, entitled Wafft. The stool, shown here, boasts a sinuous form and a minimal amount of material.
    Designer Takaaki Tani, or t/m, based in Tokyo, displayed his plywood collection, entitled Wafft. The stool, shown here, boasts a sinuous form and a minimal amount of material.
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  One of the first sights one encounters upon entering the 2011 Salone Satellite is Ultra Gamma, an installation created by Ezri Tarazi that is based on the concept of a frequency, undiscovered as of yet by humankind, that reveals the internal structure and motivation of the human body. The piece is made up of five conical structures, each more than fifteen feet high, that are illuminated from within by pre-programmed LED light configurations. Judging from the amount of legs we saw poking out from the bottom of the cones, Ultra Gamma was a very successful experiment.
    One of the first sights one encounters upon entering the 2011 Salone Satellite is Ultra Gamma, an installation created by Ezri Tarazi that is based on the concept of a frequency, undiscovered as of yet by humankind, that reveals the internal structure and motivation of the human body. The piece is made up of five conical structures, each more than fifteen feet high, that are illuminated from within by pre-programmed LED light configurations. Judging from the amount of legs we saw poking out from the bottom of the cones, Ultra Gamma was a very successful experiment.
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  Big Bounce, a new release from Jonah Takagi, features an FSC-certified oak base augmented by a laser-cut, powder-coated steel.
    Big Bounce, a new release from Jonah Takagi, features an FSC-certified oak base augmented by a laser-cut, powder-coated steel.
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  An illuminating find—Greenhouse, a mouth-blown vitrine glass lamp by Helsinki–based designer Mari Isopahkala.
    An illuminating find—Greenhouse, a mouth-blown vitrine glass lamp by Helsinki–based designer Mari Isopahkala.
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  Japanese designer Yota Kakuda, who has worked for Ross Lovegrove and who creates products for MUJI, debuted a collection entitled Tenon. Consisting of timber pieces assembled utilizing tenon joints and angular construction methodology, the offerings include a step stool, a bench, side tables and chairs.
    Japanese designer Yota Kakuda, who has worked for Ross Lovegrove and who creates products for MUJI, debuted a collection entitled Tenon. Consisting of timber pieces assembled utilizing tenon joints and angular construction methodology, the offerings include a step stool, a bench, side tables and chairs.
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  Finnish design collective Kaamos, which means 'polar night', draws inspiration from the summer cottage traditions of Finland—simple, down-to-earth creations that celebrate craftsmanship and Scandinavian simplicity. Here we see porcelain-and-silicone containers by Vesa Kattelus, intended to house herbs and spices in the kitchen.
    Finnish design collective Kaamos, which means 'polar night', draws inspiration from the summer cottage traditions of Finland—simple, down-to-earth creations that celebrate craftsmanship and Scandinavian simplicity. Here we see porcelain-and-silicone containers by Vesa Kattelus, intended to house herbs and spices in the kitchen.
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  The three principals of Innovo Design, Christoph John, Jovana Bogdanovic, and Zhang Lei, met in Milan in 2009. Together they launched a company, and this year they announced their collection for Salone Satellite entitled 'Future Tradition'. Shown here is the Paper Chair, which is created by gluing layers of handmade paper together, much like a traditional paper umbrella.
    The three principals of Innovo Design, Christoph John, Jovana Bogdanovic, and Zhang Lei, met in Milan in 2009. Together they launched a company, and this year they announced their collection for Salone Satellite entitled 'Future Tradition'. Shown here is the Paper Chair, which is created by gluing layers of handmade paper together, much like a traditional paper umbrella.
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  Part science experiment, part bell jar, this limited-edition object is part of a collection entitled Here and T(here), created by Italian designers Fabrica for the Rome gallery 
Secondome. Each piece is signed and numbered.
    Part science experiment, part bell jar, this limited-edition object is part of a collection entitled Here and T(here), created by Italian designers Fabrica for the Rome gallery Secondome. Each piece is signed and numbered.
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  Icon 03, a powder-coated plasticized take on Gerrit Rietveld's 1918 De Stijl classic, the Red Blue Chair. By fellow Dutch designer Jan Plechac.
    Icon 03, a powder-coated plasticized take on Gerrit Rietveld's 1918 De Stijl classic, the Red Blue Chair. By fellow Dutch designer Jan Plechac.
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  The Corchea table, by Argentinian designer Federico Churba, is a pleasing interpretation of a side table. Available in three sizes and two colors.
    The Corchea table, by Argentinian designer Federico Churba, is a pleasing interpretation of a side table. Available in three sizes and two colors.
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  Another collection from Kaamos, the porcelain Feed Me Pitchers by Vesa Kattelus, have a yawning aperture and a variety of body shapes.
    Another collection from Kaamos, the porcelain Feed Me Pitchers by Vesa Kattelus, have a yawning aperture and a variety of body shapes.
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  Always happy to be the design-related guinea pig, Dwell man-on-the-beat Keven Weeks sidles up inside an Ultra Gamma to soak up some chromotherapy. Onward to the next exhibition! Be sure to follow us on Twitter to get up-to-the-minute updates from the 2011 Milan Furniture Fair!
    Always happy to be the design-related guinea pig, Dwell man-on-the-beat Keven Weeks sidles up inside an Ultra Gamma to soak up some chromotherapy. Onward to the next exhibition! Be sure to follow us on Twitter to get up-to-the-minute updates from the 2011 Milan Furniture Fair!

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