SaloneSatellite Winners 2013
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.
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."
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.