The SaloneSatellite Permanent Collection was opened in Milan at the new Legno Arredo ITS Rosario Messina Foundation Training Facility at Lentate sul Seveso.
The collection is an anthology of products presented over the twenty one editions of SaloneSatellite as prototypes and as part of the SaloneSatellite 20 Years Collection, a special edition of pieces specially designed to celebrate the event’s 20th anniversary.
20 Years of New Creativity retrospective exhibition curated by Beppe Finessi and designed by Ricardo Bello Dias at the Fabbrica del Vapore in 2017. These products were presented as prototypes at the first twenty editions of SaloneSatellite and then went on the market, featuring in the catalogues of prestigious and large-scale distribution companies, and other high-profile manufacturing entities. Some of them have become successful products, others icons of this new season of design, some have garnered prestigious prizes and recognition, while others still have entered the collections of leading design museums.
Some of these objects were produced by the designers themselves, others were presented and marketed by companies exhibiting at the Salone del Mobile.Milano.
The collection currently contains some 500 products from the great SaloneSatellite. The pieces will also form part of future displays around which, from time to time, all the products from the Collection, future acquisitions included, will rotate.
Three different design approaches have informed these products. Many of the makers focused on typological innovation, attempting to rethink the traditional shapes of domestic objects, cleverly reinventing candlesticks, hooks, clothes hangers and even technological instruments as well as upholstered pieces, tables and bookcases, overtaking their previous images and, above all, avoiding the obvious. Other designers focused their thoughts and activities on constructive experimentation by means of intelligent and astute exploration of materials, of their possible and different ways in which they could be used, and on the relative technological properties. They tried their hands at recycling, retrieving, rehabilitating and transforming raw and semi-finished materials and spent products that had already come to the end of their (first) lifecycle, yet still had some use in them. Lastly, there are a significant number of objects owed to formal innovation, to the quest for sculptural value, decorative qualities and a cheerful and witty approach channelling metaphors and allusions. All this, applied to everyday objects, has meant conjuring up pieces whose shapes are reminiscent of the natural world or are boldly sculptural and which inscribe volumes in space that are refined in terms of composition, proportion and rhythm or attempt hitherto unseen decorative solutions, producing objects in which form has a fundamental purpose.
What the SaloneSatellite Permanent Collection really wants to achieve is to create a pathway that will allow visitors to get to grips with the new artistic and methodological evolution that characterises contemporary design. The authors of the works in the collection are a selection of the more than 11,000 young designers who have passed through the ranks of SaloneSatellite, many of whom have become leading designers at global level. New pieces by designers exhibiting in forthcoming editions will swell the collection over the years to come.
The SaloneSatellite Permanent Collection will provide pleasure for design lovers, will be inspiration for new generation of designers and proof what can be achieved with innovative ideas, right strategy and support.
The upcoming generations will be able to learn here how the dreams can become a reality in the design world.
So The SaloneSatellite Permanent Collection at the new Legno Arredo ITS Rosario Messina Foundation Training Facility will be one more unavoidable design destination in Milan.
All Photos marked * courtesy: Salone del Mobile.Milano