Serpentine suspended ceiling light,designed by Studio Hausen – Jörg Höltje 2007, Ligne Roset The SaloneSatellite Permanent Collection

SaloneSatellite 2019 - How to become the award winner

This year Salone Sattelite Award winners will be announced during The Salone del Mobile. Milano 2019 (from 9th to 14th April).

It will be the 22nd edition of the leading global design appointment for talented young designers.

SaloneSatellite Award 2019

Around 550 exhibitors will be ranged over 3,000 square metres in Pavilions 22-24 at Rho Fiera Milano.

As always, a prestigious Selection Committee, made up of internationally renowned figures from the world of design, planning and communication, headed by Marva Griffin Wilshire, Founder and Curator of SaloneSatellite, has cast an eye over the submissions from a great many new designers.

The ‘Hako’ lighting,designed by ANNA STRUPINSKAIA, Russia. The 1st Prize SaloneSatellite Moscow 2018 Photograph – Courtesy Salone del Mobile.Milano
The ‘Hako’ lighting,designed by ANNA STRUPINSKAIA, Russia. The 1st Prize SaloneSatellite Moscow 2018
Photograph – Courtesy Salone del Mobile.Milano

The now traditional SaloneSatellite Award – now into its 10th edition – marks a further step in facilitating the interface between supply and demand, between entrepreneurs and designers, between creativity and manufacturing. The competitors have also been informed of this year’s theme while being absolutely free to adhere to it or not when working up their prototype entries. The Award is assigned by an international jury of figures from the design world – chaired from the very first edition onwards by Paola Antonelli (Senior Curator of the Department of Architecture and Design at MoMA and curator of the XXII Triennale di Milano) – which will select the top 3 contenders.

The selected new rising stars will join ranks with designers who have already taken part in previous editions (up to a maximum of 3), the winners of the 2018 editions of SaloneSatellite Moscow and SaloneSatellite Shanghai, and specialist sectoral Italian and foreign schools and universities.

Flapping Bamboo, designed by  Huang Jing. The First Prize SaloneSatellite Shanghai 2018 Photograph – Courtesy Salone del Mobile.Milano
Flapping Bamboo, designed by Huang Jing. The First Prize SaloneSatellite Shanghai 2018
Photograph – Courtesy Salone del Mobile.Milano

The selection process is always highly competitive in order to preserve the extraordinarily high reputation of SaloneSatellite, which ‘honours’ promising young designers destined for the market and the design star system. The 2019 process has been particularly rigorous and demanding and the Selection Committee has seen fit to reject many of the candidates, encouraging them to put themselves forward again in the future with more carefully honed proposals.

FOOD as a DESIGN OBJECT

Atomizers- seasoning containers,designed by Cristina Celestino – Attico 2012, Seletti (2013). The SaloneSatellite Permanent Collection  Photograph – Courtesy Salone del Mobile.Milano
Atomizers- seasoning containers,designed by Cristina Celestino – Attico 2012, Seletti (2013). The SaloneSatellite Permanent Collection
Photograph – Courtesy Salone del Mobile.Milano

This year’s event also aims to focus on the relationship between design and food and, with the slogan FOOD as a DESIGN OBJECT, is joining the chorus of voices calling forwhat is now a much needed global food revolution in which design, technology and traditional manual skills can come together to tackle the challenges of the future – from climate change, which affects the food system at every level, to the lack of resources and the crucial diversification in food production and consumption. In this day and age, we are having to rethink food production methods, packaging, distribution, consumption and disposal. Our hope is that the young SaloneSatellite protagonists, who hail from every corner of the globe will see the slogan as a trigger for responses and solutions in the form of cutting-edge visions, ideas, designs and original contributions. Geared to creating athe hypothetical way forward based on experimentation and memory – not just new forms of cutlery, crockery or kitchen spaces and original ways of eating, but also new production tools.

Satellite Folding wooden fruit bowl,designed by Carlo Contin  MoMA New York, 1999 The SaloneSatellite Permanent Collection  Photo: Andrea Basile.
Satellite Folding wooden fruit bowl,designed by Carlo Contin MoMA New York, 1999 The SaloneSatellite Permanent Collection
Photo: Andrea Basile.

How to become the award winner

We spoke with one of last year's winners Dorja Benussi from Tink Things about SaloneSatellite .They have won The second SaloneSatellite Award 2018 with their design for Tink Things sensory furniture.

Tink Things sensory furniture, designed by Tink Things   (Photo by Moniek Lambregts)
Tink Things sensory furniture, designed by Tink Things (Photo by Moniek Lambregts)

Their dream is making a difference. Creating meaningful design and experiences that start with a keen sensibility for people in their every project.

They believe that the sensory approach should be a standard in kids’ design and hope it could become a kind of a standard for future design for children. They are trying to revolutionise kids’ surroundings so they’re more fun & supportive for all. They strive to help create a more dynamic, encouraging and enjoyable spaces that are supportive and truly inclusive.

MMS: You are one of SaloneSatellite 2018 winners, what SaloneSatellite award means to you? What kind of SaloneSatellite assistance is most important for the visibility of your product?

Tink Things sensory furniture, designed by Tink Things (Photo by Moniek Lambregts)
Tink Things sensory furniture, designed by Tink Things (Photo by Moniek Lambregts)

DB: SaloneSatellite award is primarily a confirmation to our work. The recognition and approval of the main idea standing behind Tink Things. It means a lot because there's a lot of ups and downs in the business of developing new products, so the awards are the best push forward. Regarding the visibility, the award probably helped us to be more visible to the media such as Wired and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and similar who approached us for publications.

Tink Things sensory furniture, designed by Tink Things (Photo by Rio van der Oest)
Tink Things sensory furniture, designed by Tink Things (Photo by Rio van der Oest)

MMS: What is your ultimate goal when it comes to design? What do you want your designs to be remembered for and how it contributes to wellbeing?

DB: Our ultimate goal is to succeed in developing meaningful products beyond Mia and Ika chair. The ones that are addressing the problems, offering help and solutions and finally making some change. We believe design should always be problem-solving and we want to always keep this approach.

MMS: Your advice for future SaloneSatelitte participants: What do you feel is a key contributor to the success in the design world?

DB: Hm, tough question. I believe this is the same with any kind of "success", although that could mean a lot of different things to different people. Success can be a recognition (what you probably meant with this question), but also the fact that you made something mindfully, or that you made anything at all if you had problems with it... So, yes, I think it's the same with any kind of success - a key contributor being finding value and purpose in whatever is that you do, and following it no matter what.

Tink Things sensory furniture, designed by Tink Things (Photo by Victoria Askerow)
Tink Things sensory furniture, designed by Tink Things (Photo by Victoria Askerow)

SaloneSatellite next steps

The Salone del Mobile has been nurturing promising young designers for more than twenty years at SaloneSatellite. The event is a springboard for talented young people from across the globe, along with their own creations, prototypes of objects that could prove to be their passport into the world of design. Many of them have been successful, finding the right companies to manufacture their creative designs; equally, these young creatives’ ideas often provide the lifeblood companies need for reworking the design of their own products. It is at the Salone del Mobile that demand and supply meet, with a view to commercial, creative and cultural interchange. These young people come from all over Italy and all over the world because Milan is a learning platform for creating knowledge that is then exported. When they return to their countries of origin or are scattered about the world, they take with them the cultural bases, the methods and the styles they have learned in Milan. Milan is a way of being, hard-working, concrete, sincere and dynamic.

The SaloneSatellite Permanent Collection Photograph – Courtesy Salone del Mobile.Milano
The SaloneSatellite Permanent Collection
Photograph – Courtesy Salone del Mobile.Milano

All this year participants are looking forward to Award winner’s announcement. Best design solution for the future of food, with proposed way of combination of the design technology and ancient artisan practices, will be awarded. The three awards will consist of an attendance allowance and 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.

For some of them Salone Sattelite will be the first step to a successful career…cooperation with companies from the sector,… to The SaloneSatellite Permanent Collection or MoMA collection.

Many of significant designers have launched their careers because their designs were selected as the Salone Satellite winning solutions.