The year 2016 marked the 19th edition of the SaloneSatellite, a global appointment for talented young designers. This edition laid emphasis on new materials.

Since 1998, SaloneSatellite has endeavoured to seek out, valorize and offer concrete possibilities to young designers under 35. It was an annual event geared to fostering contact between young designers and exhibiting companies. It was held alongside the 55th edition of the Salone del Mobile.Milan at the Milan Fair.

The founder and Curator of the SaloneSatellite is Marva Griffin.

Each year participants, young designers present their ideas for the first time at this event. 

The 19th edition of SaloneSatellite was again dedicated to the design stars of the future. Approximately 650 designers and neo-graduands at international design schools took part in that year event. 

They presented their fresh ideas and design on the 2,800 square meters in Pavilions 13-15 of the Milan Fairgrounds Rho. Young designers offered their new prototypes to the 1.757 exhibitors presented at the Fair (total number of exhibitors was 1.757 exhibitors + 650 designers of SaloneSatellite = 2.407exibitors). 30% of all of them were foreign companies.

Exhibitors exposed their product on a net exhibition area of 207,000 m2 (the SaloneSatellite area included in this exhibition space). 

Servus Collection, design Philipp Beisheim Picture courtesy keinStil. GmbH
Servus Collection, design Philipp Beisheim
Picture courtesy keinStil. GmbH

Each year SaloneSatellite gives the opportunity to promising young designers and helps to launch them on the market. Many of the projects presented at the SaloneSatellite  over the years have become successful products, even icons of design, while others have won prestigious prizes and still, others have entered the collections of the most important design museums. 

The selected works of new rising stars in 2016 will join ranks with designers who have already taken part in previous editions of SaloneSatellite.Milano.

About SaloneSatellite Award 2016: an unparalleled opportunity

SaloneSatellite has always been the most important event in the design world for young designers. It became the premier meeting place for manufacturers, talent scouts and the most promising young designers. 

In the year 2016, The SaloneSatellite Award competition was in its 7th 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 theme of SaloneSatellite 2016 was ‘New Materials >New Design’, exploring the latest that new materials science has to offer. The most advanced centres for materials research centres in Europe: Barcelona, ​​Milan, Prague, London, Munich, Ancona, international companies and designers working in this field have contributed, so a collection of innovative samples of materials for the furniture sector has been formed.

In response to the set theme, a large totem sculpture made of plastic, glass, metal, fabric and marble was made. It was. created by the leading Salone del Mobile companies specialising in the production of pieces made out of these particular materials.

The round table: ‘New Materials > New Design’, was held at SaloneSatellite Arena. The Representatives from different research hubs discussed this year subject.

Servus Collection-detail, design Philipp Beisheim Picture courtesy keinStil. GmbH
Servus Collection-detail, design Philipp Beisheim
Picture courtesy keinStil. GmbH

For their part, the young Salone Satellite protagonists from all over the world were asked to showcase works that explore with their projects the relationship between material and design. 

As always, a prestigious Selection Committee, composed of leading international figures in the world of design, planning and communication, chaired by Marva Griffin Wilshire, has inspected and selected the entries of the participants. They reviewed thousands of submitted projects, selected the best and singled out 650 which will be exhibited alongside the designs of several international design schools.

The participants in the SaloneSatellite were asked to present, in addition to their prototypes/ entries, one or more projects encompassed by the product categories of the biennial events that accompany the Salone del Mobile.Milano. For the edition of 2016, they were EuroCucina with FTK -Technology For the Kitchen  and the International Bathroom Exhibition. This way SaloneSatellite respond to the growing demand for quality products in both market segments.

The award was assigned by an international jury consisting of the leading figures in the design world. They selected the 3 best products in each of the two categories, Kitchen and Bathroom.

Several collateral events were taking place alongside the trade show. That year was dedicated respectively to living concepts, classical furniture and architectural finishings.

The ‘Before Design: Classic’ was an exhibition event which was with art direction by Ciarmoli Queda Studio. It was a reflection on the classical essence of contemporary living, unfolding among displays and theatrical installations. The core of the exhibition was the short film by Matteo Garrone, discussing classic Made in Italy taste and its currency in audio and visual narration.

The therapeutic project ‘Re-Construction– the house of possible work ‘was back at SaloneSatellite for the second time. The project led to the opening of an open-space design workshop, where a new method of design, mediated and suggested to the patients, has led to the building of scale models of ‘possible objects’. 

The winners of the SaloneSatellite Award 2016

The three best projects that stand out in the represented categories, selected by the jury, were: 

Inflatable Side table, design Philipp Beisheim  Picture courtesy keinStil. GmbH
Inflatable Side table, design Philipp Beisheim
Picture courtesy keinStil. GmbH
  • The First Prize went to Studio Philipp Beisheim from Germany for Inflatable Side table. This inflatable table was developed as a response to the consumer society. It is made of Hypalon, 

a highly durable silicon-based material, used in the industrial field. 

The Jury considered that the table respects the rules of functionality. Its inflatable base makes it relatively compact for shipping and storing. Made of unusual material for furnishing: 

particularly resilient rubberized, the waterproof canvas used to produce rubber dinghies. 

Keeping faith with one of the main objectives of design, this choice of material contains a veiled reference to current events and the most pressing social problems that concern us. 

Inflatable Side table, design Philipp Beisheim  Picture courtesy keinStil. GmbH Inflatable Side table, design Philipp Beisheim  Picture courtesy keinStil. GmbH
Inflatable Side table, design Philipp Beisheim
Picture courtesy keinStil. GmbH
  • The Second prize was awarded to Bouillon from JapanforWarm Stool. The essential lines of this stool combine primitive functions and new applications for traditional terracotta, which has been an enduring feature of our houses. 

The originality and usefulness of the concept wre engaging, as is the innovative take on a traditional process for raw material such as terracotta, inventing an object that hitherto did not exist. 

  • The third prize went to Studio Nito from Germany for Bobina Chair developing it from a single thread to a three-dimensional object. The project is inspired by bobbins, their yarn structures and general textile capabilities. Combined with a special manufacturing technique, colourful cotton yarns turn into solid furniture.

The project was beautifully carried off thanks to an innovative production process that manages to combine a traditional material, such as cotton thread, with a more contemporary one, such as bioresin, achieving an aesthetic result that is both familiar yet altogether new. 

Inflatable Side table, design Philipp Beisheim  Picture courtesy keinStil. GmbH Inflatable Side table, design Philipp Beisheim  Picture courtesy keinStil. GmbH
Inflatable Side table, design Philipp Beisheim Picture courtesy keinStil. GmbH

The three awards consisted of awarded cash prizes. Consulting and press office services were also available to the winners, aimed at ensuring maximum visibility for their projects.

In keeping with its philosophy of supporting young designers facing the professional world, the SaloneSatellite renewed its agreement with ADI (Italian Industrial Design Association), for those who wish to protect the copyrights to their work by enrolling in a Product Register. Copyright protection is valid only in Italy. 

At the 19th edition of SaloneSatellite again collaborated 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 2016.  

Another design award was given. The furniture manufacturer based in Cantù (Como) Riva 1920 awarded the RIVA 1920 Design Award for the third consecutive year. The winning design of the contest Design Award "Turn your vision" for the design of a cedar's stool or bench, will become part of the Riva1920 collection.

Philipp Beisheim in 2016

In 2016, Philipp Beisheim was a young designer with a master’s degree (MA) in Product Design from Birmingham City University (2010). To expand his knowledge in design, he learned through practical work in many companies. In his early youth, he was a trainee at the furniture workshop Darr Tische, specialized in the production of individual pieces of furniture (2005-2007). During his studies, he was an intern at the company Inflate in United Kingdom (2009) where he obtained basic knowledge about the development of new designs, 3D modelling and also inflate products as one of the segments of company work. As a project assistant at company Pool22, he perfected his skills in the field of concept work of designs, prototyping, 2D drafting (2009 - 2010). He was also a trainee at the company Jazzunikue whereas a Project assistant gained additional experience in 3D modelling, 2D graphics work, presentation work and model making (2010 -2011). Finally, follows the practice at the company Schreinerei Rossenbeck (2011).

Coat ruck, design Philipp Beisheim  Picture courtesy keinStil. GmbH
Coat ruck, design Philipp Beisheim
Picture courtesy keinStil. GmbH

His first job was at Casimir Meubelen in the position of a design assistant (only a few months in 2010). Working in this company, brought him training in the field of product development, design development and production of new furniture design, as well as 2d drafting, graphic work, model making, concept generation.

He established Studio philippbeisheim in 2011 and since then works as a freelance Product Designer based in Frankfurt (Germany).

To develop his business skills, he attended a Design workshop in 2013, led by designer Sebastian Wrong at Domaine de Boisbuchet in France. The workshop aimed to help young designers develop the skills they need to turn their creativity into successful businesses.

The fields of his work are furniture and product design. With a lot of practical work behind him, he was capable to understand the design process and developing a design project from the research phase through development and into a final solution.

The proof was the many products created at this period: Inflatable collection, Servus, Xylon, Toad side table, SF collection. His products were with basic functions like chairs, coat rack, floor lamp, table or multifunctional products as a bench and mirror gathered in one product.

The side table Toad is sculptural furniture of interesting but simple form. It consists of three elements that depend on each other. Each segment does not have its stability and can only stand as an ensemble namely the composition of all three segments. This product fulfils its function but has the added value of its three levels of the tabletop. The table is made of solid ash with lacquered board and elegant details. This table is the accent of every interior in which it is located.

SF collection, design Philipp Beisheim  Picture courtesy keinStil. GmbH SF collection, design Philipp Beisheim  Picture courtesy keinStil. GmbH
SF collection, design Philipp Beisheim
Picture courtesy keinStil. GmbH

In his creative work, the designer successfully handled different materials like wood or metal but also with new materials. The confirmation is his Inflatable furniture (side table and stool). The blow-up parts of the furniture were produced using a highly durable neoprene polyester fabric ‘Hypalon’, commonly used in the industrial sector and to make inflatable boats. The material is not new but its use in the furniture industry was a new form of application. The Inflatable furniture is suitable for outdoors or indoors on the balcony or any other space, temporary or permanent. This approach allows users to interact with objects and create changeable interiors depending on their needs. Philipp Beisheim confirms his capability to use materials in a new way and with new means of expression. The material gives the furniture aesthetic qualities, above all by the simplicity and elegance of the material itself.

He is equally successful in resolving the issue of product construction and the connection of its constituent elements. His SF is a self-assembly modular shelving system, assembled without any tools. The shelf elements a horizontal plinth and vertical frames are fully adaptable allowing the freedom to choose and personalize it particular to the user's needs. Xylon coat rack is an object with a simple form that no glueing or assembling is used to produce.

Till 2016, Philipp Beisheim exhibited his products at many international exhibitions and events all over Europe: in Stuttgart, Berlin, Torino, London, Antwerp, Würzburg, Graz, Frankfurt.

 He participated in Milan Design Week twice and on Salone Satallite 2016.

 He has been nominated for the German Design Award 2013 and received Salone Satallite 1st prize 2016.

Philipp Beisheim about himself

  1. SaloneSatellite is an international event in the design world to help designers under-35s establish themselves in the industry. 

What do you remember about your taking part in SaloneSatellite 2016?

It was my first appearance at Salone Satellite and my second time exhibiting during Milan Design week. The first appearance was 2015 @ Ventura Lambrate.

I decided to present me and my work as whole and as a furniture designer. The intention was clear to get in contact with established companies. I chose the design "Inflatable table" for the SaloneSsatellite competition due to the subject "new materials".

This was a good chance to present one of my first objects I created. I never would guess that it has such an impact on the jury, and to receive the first Prize for the Inflatable table.

I was mainly inspired by the lines of inflatable furniture designs that first appeared in the 1960s. And that it never became a staple of the living room.

Inflatable furniture started as an alternative solution. I was inspired by the flamboy-ant blow-up furniture designs of the 1960s, pieces that made a bold statement. I spent a long time – about five years – researching those iconic designs and the culture around them. I think inflatable furniture has a lot of potential, especially in the leisure- and outdoor-furniture market. Inflatables are perfectly suited to temporary settings. I started to experiment with materials that can be inflated. I found a material ‘Hypolon’ which is used in the space and marine industry which can be inflated under a lot of pressure. I implanted this Material into a table. Main intention that it has the same properties to a normal side table which can be used. A company in the marine industry from the UK had the expertise in working with this material had we developed a prototype for the Salone Satellite.

Side table Toad , design Philipp Beisheim  Picture courtesy keinStil. GmbH Side table Toad , design Philipp Beisheim  Picture courtesy keinStil. GmbH
Side table Toad , design Philipp Beisheim
Picture courtesy keinStil. GmbH


Started in 2010, the SaloneSatellite Award introduced a further opportunity to facilitate contact between young designers and businesses. 

With your Inflatable Sidetable, you were the First Prize winner 2016. Have the Award had much of an impact on your career? If so, how?

Not that much, one outdoor company was very interested and during the development and market research they decided not to continue, which I agree, it is more a conceptual product and for mass production not reliable.

During this period the Award had a major impact and gave me the opportunity to grow my studio and to concentrate on independent projects, rather than designing for established furniture companies. I honestly didn't make it until now to work for brands. Which was the main intention to exhibit at Salone. This is why designers are there to show their work and hope to be recognized.

 What did you gain from this experience? Were benefits in line to your expectations?

I had the dream and expectations were high to work for established brands. As mentioned, the Prize was the best for my further ongoing, it just happened that I started concentrating on contract projects rather than presenting my work in the furniture industry.

Side table Toad, design Philipp Beisheim  Picture courtesy keinStil. GmbH Side table Toad, design Philipp Beisheim  Picture courtesy keinStil. GmbH
Side table Toad, design Philipp Beisheim Picture courtesy keinStil. GmbH


What is your opinion, why you received the Award? How your design was different from others and what additional values it carried?

The material, in point of use and function.


What is most important in the process of development of the new product?

Making decisions is the biggest challenge in the development of new products. Improvisation is a key factor and is possible if you don't control it.

Design is very much connected to society and its changes. Today the changes are numerous: a new way of doing business, coronavirus pandemic conditions, circular economy… Designers have to look for solutions and responses to them.

Do you think that the role of the designer changed now and how?

I think that we designers should work collectively to come up with creative concepts for numerous changes and solutions. 


Do you have any piece of advice for young designers entering the design world?     

Find your design language. Work on one thing at a time until finished. Don't be nervous. Work calmly, joyously, recklessly on whatever in hand.

 Philipp Beisheim in 2021

In 2021, Philipp Beisheim is the Creative Art Director of the interdisciplinary study KeiStile, of which he was the founder in 2019. The studio operates in several areas: design, architecture, visual art. They offer their clients all stages of project development of an initial idea, visualization to prototyping and final realization. Therefore, the members of the studio are different profiles of specialization: designers and architects, material specialists, web specialists also craftsmen, experts in the production. All of them are aware that only through cooperation can deliver the contracted work to the clients.

Lounge chair Henry XVII , design Philipp Beisheim  Picture courtesy keinStil. GmbH
Lounge chair Henry XVII , design Philipp Beisheim
Picture courtesy keinStil. GmbH

Philipp Beisheim is deeply involved in product design. The subject of his work is everyday objects. In the design process, he always performs long-lasting research. He is exploring new ways of expression as the answer to the existing user’s need. He achieves such answers through fresh ideas and design solutions, experimentation with the usage of the materials or the production process. The quality of his designs is in an adequate response to human needs in an original way, without any influences. An example is his inflatable furniture with the use of specific materials. This furniture can be changed and transformed by a few movements of the user. In this case, the user interacts with the object and becomes part of the design process himself. His Toad Table is a fresh and unique answer on the theme side table. 

He reorganized some of his designs as a coat rack or SF shelf or design new products. The Henry XVII is an upholstered lounge chair with different seating positions, covered with wool felt. The wooden details give an accent to the product. His mobile city bench, Urban-K is a multifunctional product with minimalist expression, without unnecessary details. In addition to the seating function, it possesses an integrated advertising space. Urban-K is changeable in terms of position. It can be set up in one place in the morning, offering seating throughout the day before returning in the evening to the initial place.

Philipp Beisheim received German Design Award 2021 Special from German Design Council in the category Public Design, for his ‘Urban -K, city bench for the urban space’.

Mobile city bench Urban -K , design Philipp Beisheim  Picture courtesy keinStil. GmbH
Mobile city bench Urban -K , design Philipp Beisheim
Picture courtesy keinStil. GmbH

This post is a story of the SaloneSatellite Award and how it had a positive impact on the young designer career. SaloneSatellite Award provided Philipp Beisheim with the opportunity to grow his studio and to define his way of developing the design business.