MILAN DESIGN WEEK
17 – 22 April 2012
Milan Fairgrounds, Rho – Pav. 22-24
9.30am – 6.30pm
Open to the public at large, free entrance from Cargo 5 Gate
The SaloneSatellite was the first event to focus on young design talent and immediately became the quintessential meeting ground for manufacturers, talent scouts and the most promising young designers. Its creation in 1998 by Cosmit was an act of faith in the creative potential of young people. Many of the prototypes presented in previous editions have gone into production, and many of the designers who debuted at the Satellite have since become important names.
It is on the basis of these principles that the SaloneSatellite has always looked to the future, and it does so again this year with the theme “Design<->Technology”, to which the overall installation and a special exhibition of 15 interpretations by 15 designers, former and current participants in the Satellite,are dedicated: Massimiliano Adami, Azumi, Alessandra Baldereschi, Big Game, Diego Grandi, Tobias Fraenzel, Staffan Holm, Satyendra Pakhalè, Donata Paruccini, Postfossil, Studio Adriano, Studio Juju, Sebastian Wrong, Nika Zupanc and Cromatina Design.
Representing all the design schools and university departments that have been invited to participate in the SaloneSatellite this year – and underscoring the fundamental importance of a good education in the professional formation of an aspiring designer – is ECAL, Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne.
As always, a prestigious Selection Committee composed of key international figures in the world of design, architecture and communication has reviewed the proposals of many designers and pared them down to those who will participate in the 15th edition. The selection is as competitive as ever, in order to maintain the sterling reputation of the SaloneSatellite, the world’s foremost springboard for promising young designers into the marketplace and the design star system.
Alongside the selected few are 17 design schools, of which the following are participating for the first time at the SaloneSatellite: American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates; Centro de Investigaciones de Diseño Industrial, Mexico; China Academy of Art, China; Enaip-CSF, Italy; Hanseo University, Korea; Istituto Europeo di Design, Spain; Kanazawa College of Art, Japan; New York Institute of Technology, USA; PUC-Pontificia Universidade do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Macedonia; Technical School Wood Art, Serbia; Universidad Piloto de Colombia, Colombia; Hochschule Darmstadt, Germany; University of Cambridge, Great Britain.
This year also marks the third edition of the SaloneSatellite Prize, a sort of further step toward facilitating contact between manufacturer and designer, creativity and production. As before, this event invites designers to present, in addition to their prototypes, one or more projects belonging to the product categories of the biennial shows that run concurrently with the Salone Internazionale del Mobile: EuroCucina and the International Bathroom Exhibition. The prize will be awarded by an international jury of design world experts, who will choose the 3 best projects for each of the 2 product categories, Kitchen and Bath.