This year marks the 21st edition of the leading global design appointment for talented young designers. SaloneSatellite valorised and offered concrete possibilities to young designers under 35. This year, 650 of them exhibited their products in 2,800 square metres of exhibition space.
The SaloneSatellite Award competition is now into its 9th edition; it marks a further step towards facilitating the interface between demand and supply, between business people and designers and between creativity and production. The Award is conferred by an international Jury made up of prominent figures in the design world, which selects the 3 most outstanding products. The three awards will consist of an attendance allowance. Winners will also be able to avail themselves of a consultancy service and press office, in order to guarantee maximum visibility for the winning product.
During Salone del Mobile.Milano 2018, on the 18th April, Award ceremony took place in SaloneSatellite Arena.
SaloneSatellite Award Winners 2018
The jury has selected three projects that stand out because of the message they embody, focusing not just on the formal incisiveness of their design but also their sustainable, communicative, interactive and ludic element, essential for the lives of adults and children now and, hopefully, also in the future.
Winner of the First SaloneSatellite Award 2018 is Stefano Carta Vasconcellos. He designed Light Kitchen which is the superlight kitchen. This kitchen unit can be assembled through the interlocking of seven elements, without screws or hardware. It is part of the CelerFurniture collection.
Dimensions of the kitchen depending on the needs of the customer. Light Kitchen is designed with a parametric approach, were each kitchen is realized with a digital tailor-made method.
Ease of construction and assembly, compactness and financial accessibility are the main characteristics of the Light Kitchen, leveraging the sort of design approach and vision that will continue to hold good for the future.
The second SaloneSatellite Award 2018 prize went to Tink Things from Croatia for Tink Things. The design approach considers the wide spectrum of sensory needs while using therapeutic principles of sensory integration to design products that shape a comfortable and encouraging environment for all kids.
This project sees children not as small adults, but quite simply as children. Tink Things caters to their specific playful and sensory needs, helping them grow happily and with awareness.
The third prize received Yuri Himuro from Japan for Soft Block. This is a new home decoration object like a block toy. They provide new building experience that takes advantage of softness and allows you to twist and bend. You can enjoy how to grow them.
The Soft Block fabric modules encourage the interaction and creativity of the user, like an unfinished project open to infinite variations and possibilities. They also demonstrate the ability of the fabric to become a three-dimensional and modular element for decorating spaces simply and with a personal touch.
At the 21st edition, SaloneSatellite will again be collaborating with the Milanese department store La Rinascente, which will select a number of the products designed by the young SaloneSatellite designers for display and sale at the Milan Design Supermarket, in Piazza Duomo, from Autumn to Christmas 2018.
European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 award
A major new departure this edition is SaloneSatellite’s participation in the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage, an event launched by the European Commission and run and coordinated in Italy by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage (Mibact). This initiative is a means of supporting and encouraging the efforts of those working in European cultural heritage and aims to develop greater awareness of the value of cultural heritage as an asset and a resource for the European economy.
As part of this special event, an award to help further their career will be presented during SaloneSatellite, to an emerging designer who has come up with an outstanding sustainability project.
Sakari Hartikainen from Finland was awarded a European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 award for Savoa. Savoa is a delicately balancing side table that resonates to the ecological balance and mirrors the constant quest for harmony in our lives.
Right from the word go, Savoa exudes a pleasing balance of ecological thinking and aesthetic feeling. It draws on the ancient traditions of Nordic and Oriental design, melding them and propelling them into the contemporary world in a mature and elegant approach.
SaloneSatellite Shanghai Design Awards
Among young designer exhibiting in Milan were SaloneSatellite Shanghai winners.