Each year SaloneSatellite is geared to fostering contact between a selection of young designers from all around the world with the exhibiting companies, press and other professionals from the design sector.

Members of Studio Ryte at their stand, SaloneSatellite 2023 Photo credits: Studio Ryte
Members of Studio Ryte at their stand, SaloneSatellite 2023
Photo credits: Studio Ryte

SaloneSatellite 2023: DESIGN WHERE ARE YOU GOING? 

After so many results and major recognitions, SaloneSatellite continued to support young designers. 

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 some have entered the collections of the most important design museums. 

ButterPly desk (completed 2017), design Studio Ryte Photo credits: Studio Ryte ButterPly desk (completed 2017), design Studio Ryte Photo credits: Studio Ryte
ButterPly desk (completed 2017), design Studio Ryte
Photo credits: Studio Ryte

Since 1998, SaloneSatellite has endeavoured to seek out, valorize and offer concrete possibilities to young designers under 35.  The founder and Curator of the SaloneSatellite is Marva Griffin.

The 24th edition of SaloneSatellite was focused on design schools and universities, underscoring the lasting contribution they have made and still make to the training of future designers and the development of design. Numerous questions were raised such as what academic training is needed for young designers, what will the world of design look like in the future and many others.

The founding and affirmation of new schools and courses devoted to the discipline of design gained traction precisely during the early years of SaloneSatellite. To this end, the event has given them space and visibility, from its very first edition onwards. Each of them with its particular formative direction,  have successfully imprinted particular design approaches onto entire generations.

ButterPly desk (completed 2017), design Studio Ryte Photo credits: Studio Ryte
ButterPly desk (completed 2017), design Studio Ryte
Photo credits: Studio Ryte

In the year 2023, SaloneSatellite was held alongside the 61st edition of the Salone del Mobile. Milan  at Fiera Milano in Rho Rho, concomitantly with the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, International Furnishing Accessories Exhibition, Workplace3.0, S.Project and Euroluce with an entirely new exhibition format. 

Approximately 550 designers and graduates-to-be, and 28 international design schools all over the world took part in that year's event. They presented their ideas and design on over 4,000 m2 square meters in Pavilions 13- 15, of the Milan Fairgrounds Rho. Young designers offered new prototypes to the more than 1.450 exhibitors presented at the Fair (the total number of exhibitors was more than 2,000, including 550 SaloneSatellite designers). Exhibitors exposed their products on 168,276 m2 of net exhibition space (the SaloneSatellite area included in this exhibition space).

ButterPly desk (completed 2017), design Studio Ryte Photo credits: Studio Ryte  ButterPly desk (completed 2017), design Studio Ryte Photo credits: Studio Ryte
ButterPly desk (completed 2017), design Studio Ryte
Photo credits: Studio Ryte

SaloneSatellite gives the opportunity to promising young designers and helps to launch them on the market. The selected works of new rising stars in 2023 joined ranks with designers who have already taken part in previous editions of SaloneSatellite.Milano.

About SaloneSatellite Award 2023

SaloneSatellite has always been the most important event in the design world for young designers.

In the year 2023, The SaloneSatellite Award competition was in its 12th edition. It marked a further step towards facilitating the interface between demand and supply, designers and production.

Timber Scooper (completed in 2015) design Studio Ryte Photo credits: Studio Ryte
Timber Scooper (completed in 2015) design Studio Ryte
Photo credits: Studio Ryte

Design Schools – Universities / BUILDING THE (IM)POSSIBLE Process, Progress, Practice was the lead theme of SaloneSatellite 2023. In particular, the design schools and universities, invited to take part in the 2023 edition have been asked to respond to the question DESIGN WHERE ARE YOU GOING? They responded through the installation and the presentation of the works of the student graduates-to-be with ad hoc projects on their stands, involving students, graduates-to-be and lecturers from their courses ( SaloneSatellite Arena). The individual contributions of each institution helped to draw up an ideal collective map of design visions that signal the challenges the society is likely to encounter next and how to tackle them from the point of view of design and its teaching. In a period marked by huge shifts in environmental, economic and social balances, it provided precious information that helped point students and emerging designers towards what innovation will mean in the future. 

To help visualize this close relationship between the training process and the design development of the designers, the stands of the 28 Design Schools and Universities from 31 different countries have been arranged around an outer loop that encompasses the approximately 550 exhibitors from 18 different nations. The inspiration for the installation, curated as always by the architect Ricardo Bello Dias, came from Euroluce, the event with which it shared the space in Pavilions 13-15. Thus, natural light, and what it represents – a metaphor for life and the learning processes – was the leitmotiv of the space dedicated to the under-35s.

Catssup  a floating playground for cats (available in store Levt), design Studio Ryte Photo credits: Studio Ryte
Catssup a floating playground for cats (available in store Levt), design Studio Ryte
Photo credits: Studio Ryte

The SaloneSatellite Award Jury unanimously selected the winning projects out of a hundred entries. Innovation of process and tradition, championing the safeguarding of sustainable and community thinking, triumphed at the 12th edition. The Jury was made up of prominent figures from the design sector, headed by Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, Architecture & Design-Director, Research & Development of MoMA in New York. 

The SaloneSatellite Award areas were distinguished by the presence of the sun and the moon, elements that dictate the look of the entire event. A special installation equipped with telescopes was set up in each of the two squares for viewing an imaginary sky reflecting the present and the future of design. The scenography and the graphic design for the display as a whole rely on plays of light and shadow and the colour variations that light conveys from dawn to dusk. 

Bisade Award Ceremony and Assignment of the Róng Design Award, the numerous SaloneSatellite events were taking place alongside the trade show. SATE… LIGHT. 1998-2022 SaloneSatellite Young Designers Exhibition (Pavs. 13-15)  paid tribute to Euroluce. It was set up symbolically on the boundary between the two areas – which are highlighted by luminous projections – showcasing most of the lamps by designers who have taken part in the various editions over the years that have gone into production thanks to collaborations with companies who put their faith in the promising young talents. These partnerships, initiated at SaloneSatellite and sealed by success, serve to underscore the main objective of the event which was to bring creativity and the business world together.

Hachikasen  Japanese restaurant (completed in 2020: Interior, Branding, F&B), design Studio Ryte Photo credits: Studio Ryte
Hachikasen Japanese restaurant (completed in 2020: Interior, Branding, F&B), design Studio Ryte
Photo credits: Studio Ryte

Understanding the Future was A talk dedicated to young designers held by Gaetano Pesce (at SaloneSatellite Arena). 

Annalisa Rosso was a moderator of Round Table with the theme DESIGN WHERE ARE YOU GOING? The representatives of 5 of the 28 Design Schools and Universities took part in the discussions.

The winners of the SaloneSatellite Award 2023

The projects of designers from different countries, origins and approaches to design were submitted for the award. The three best projects that stood out in the represented categories, selected by the jury, were:

Triplex Stool (completed 2023) design Studio Ryte Photo credits: Studio Ryte
Triplex Stool (completed 2023) design Studio Ryte
Photo credits: Studio Ryte
  • The first prize went to Studio Honoki from Japan for their ‘Tatami Refab’. In this project, they combine 3D printing technology with reclaimed tatami material. The Tatami Refab project reintroduces traditional arts and culture into everyday life and domestic spaces in an innovative way.
  • The Second prize was awarded to Studio Ryte from Hong Kong for ‘Triplex Stool’. It was made of flax fibre and represents an experimental furniture piece that responds to the nomadic lifestyle of the contemporary user. Flax is lightweight wood fibre, sustainable, enables efficient structure and compactness of the product.
Triplex Stool (completed 2023), design Studio Ryte Photo credits: Studio RYTE
Triplex Stool (completed 2023), design Studio Ryte
Photo credits: Studio RYTE
  • The third prize went to Ahokpe + Chatelin (Belgium is Design) from Belgium for ‘Kudoazo’. They designed a hanging bed, hand-woven in Benin for European users.The fabric was created from recycled materials, i.e. unspun yarn from sweaters that end up on African markets. An object of ancient purpose, created in this way, is sustainable. It unites tradition and manual work; and breaks down geographical barriers.

The chosen three best projects and their designers were awarded an attendance token. The winners were also qualified for a consultancy and press office service geared to ensure visibility for the winning product. 

Respecting intellectual property, safeguarding creativity and technical, technological and design innovation are fundamental considerations for the industry. Federlegno Arredo Eventi S.p.A. again that year, ensured that exhibitors at the Salone del Mobile.Milano was in a position to avail themselves of the Industrial Property Protection Service.

About Studio RYTE in 2023

In 2023, Studio Ryte was a multidisciplinary design studio in Hong Kong. It was created by the UPSOP (Upscaling Operations Studio - a design practice that aimed to reuse and redefine mundane urban objects, materials and space) in 2016. At that time, studio Ryte dealt with themes from spatial planning, architecture and interior design to product design. Their team comprised experts of various educations and specialisations: architects, designers, engineers and brend designers… A modern multidisciplinary approach to work generated comprehensive design solutions, created through interdisciplinary conversations and collaboration.

Studio skillfully combined traditional experience and contemporary solutions. The interior of the Japanese restaurant Hachikasen, which they created (2020), was one example. The space was designed in a contemporary aesthetic manner with simplification and reinterpretation of traditional Japanese spatial elements and proportions, with minimal use of colours.

The design of the Butterply Desk (2017) was also inspired by tradition, in this case by Chinese wood joinery.  It was a modular furniture series, realized via Kickstarter. The assembly of the ButterPly desk is easy and requires no screws, nails or other tools. The desk was multifunctional. It comes with various types of functional modular organisers which can answer different user’s requirements. The height of the frame can be adjusted thanks to the in-house developed smart joinery system.

Wave Bench (completed 2023), design Studio Ryte Photo credits: Studio RYTE
Wave Bench (completed 2023), design Studio Ryte
Photo credits: Studio RYTE

Studio Ryte was especially dedicated to researching different materials, their potential, the production method and the possibility of innovative applications. Project Scooper (2015) aimed to prolong the life cycle of construction materials and promote sustainable design. This design & fabrication project seeks to provide a way out to the wood recycling practice (especially teak wood) in Hong Kong. It promotes a more sustainable design methodology to be practiced by architects when using wood as a material. Such a design methodology goes in parallel with the manufacturing technique that was developed to recycle solid wood. The process includes digital optimization of the newly formed surface of the material in order to create an organic 3D pattern.

The Triplex stool was also related to material research. To create the award-winning Triplex stool, the designers unusually used flax fibres. The entire chair, including the supporting structure, consists of modules made of biodegradable flax fibres. With such characteristics, the Triplex chair fully meets the needs of sophisticated users who are constantly on the move, because it is light, easy to move and transport.

The list of realized projects from different fields, created by the Ryte studio, is long. Catssup is designed to meet users' daily needs, that is, their pets. It is a space-saving cat furniture system that is easy to install and integrate into any home. Catssup is modular and can be configured to suit different functions.

Till 2023 Studio Ryte exhibited its furniture series in many renowned fairs and exhibitions in the furniture industry like SaloneSatellite in Milan, Cologne Imm Pure Talents Contest, Paris Design Week, Melbourne Design Week, Shenzhen International Furniture Fair, Shanghai China International Furniture Fair.

Their works were recognized and covered by Awards like Dezeen, DesignMilk, Core77, Gizmodo, Notcot, SCMP, Perspective, Yahoo and more.

Studio Ryte about themselves

DesignCommunication had a conversation with Dennis Cheung founding partner of Studio Ryte.

ESQUEL INNOVATION & INCUBATION VILLAGE INCUBATOR:Interior, Furniture, Workspace; (completed in 2023), design Studio Ryte Photo credits: Studio RYTE ESQUEL INNOVATION & INCUBATION VILLAGE INCUBATOR:Interior, Furniture, Workspace; (completed in 2023), design Studio Ryte Photo credits: Studio RYTE
ESQUEL INNOVATION & INCUBATION VILLAGE INCUBATOR:Interior, Furniture, Workspace; (completed in 2023), design Studio Ryte
Photo credits: Studio RYTE

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

What do you remember about Studio Ryte taking part in SaloneSatellite 2023?

In 2023, design studios recommenced their participation in international exhibitions and fairs following the Covid pandemic. Designers presented their research conducted over the past three years, covering a wide range of topics. During the Satellite event, we had the opportunity to connect with numerous like-minded designers. We remembered 2023 was a year filled with celebrations of new designs and new friendships, accompanied by the opening of many bottles of wine.

ESQUEL INNOVATION & INCUBATION VILLAGE INCUBATOR:Interior, Furniture, Workspace; (completed in 2023), design Studio Ryte Photo credits: Studio RYTE
ESQUEL INNOVATION & INCUBATION VILLAGE INCUBATOR:Interior, Furniture, Workspace; (completed in 2023), design Studio Ryte
Photo credits: Studio RYTE

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

With “Triplex Stool”, Studio Ryte was the Second Prize winner in 2023. Have the Award had much of an impact on Studio Ryte development/your career? If so, how?

The award served as a validation and affirmation for us, leading to extensive media attention and subsequent chances for showcasing and partnering. We anticipate that there are more opportunities on the horizon.

3. What is your opinion on why Studio Ryte received the Award? How was the design different from others and what additional values did it carry?

We attribute our receipt of the second prize to various factors. Since our initial participation at Satellite in 2019, we have been actively researching sustainable methods involving flax fiber. We believe that our unwavering focus on this material demonstrated a strong commitment to design, which resonated with the judges. Furthermore, in 2023, we observed a significant shift within the design community as all designers embraced sustainable design, marking a tipping point in the industry.

ESQUEL INNOVATION & INCUBATION VILLAGE INCUBATOR:Interior, Furniture, Workspace; (completed in 2023), design Studio Ryte Photo credits: Studio RYTE
ESQUEL INNOVATION & INCUBATION VILLAGE INCUBATOR:Interior, Furniture, Workspace; (completed in 2023), design Studio Ryte
Photo credits: Studio RYTE

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

In the furniture industry, the utilization of flax fiber as a primary load-bearing material, rather than solely for decorative purposes, is relatively uncommon. Venturing into uncharted territory is both exciting and daunting. It requires meticulous allocation of resources, including time and money, akin to a gamble. There is no guarantee of achieving successful outcomes. We had to personally finance a significant portion of our prototyping expenses. Fortunately, we were grateful for the support and interest shown by numerous curators and exhibition organizers, who aided us in presenting our work to a wider audience.

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

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

Our rapidly changing world has been greatly influenced by social media, which has made design ideas, product concepts, and material usage more accessible to designers across the globe. While the fundamental thought processes of designers may not have drastically transformed, the standards and criteria for evaluating design have become more defined and precise.

ESQUEL INNOVATION & INCUBATION VILLAGE INCUBATOR:Interior, Furniture, Workspace; (completed in 2023), design Studio Ryte Photo credits: Studio RYTE
ESQUEL INNOVATION & INCUBATION VILLAGE INCUBATOR:Interior, Furniture, Workspace; (completed in 2023), design Studio Ryte
Photo credits: Studio RYTE

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

Do not afraid of failure. Ride on it.

Studio Ryto in 2024

Today. the interdisciplinary Studio Ryte exists as two complementary and interdependent units: Studio Ryte and Levit. Ryte deals with space and provides services in the architecture, interior and furniture sectors. Levit serves as an e-commerce platform with designed furniture and objects. The two units are connected and complement each other, just like space and objects.

Besides cooperating with numerous clients, Studio worked on several Kickstarter campaigns (Butterply Desk was successfully funded on Kickstarter.com on September 14, 2016) in the past few years.

In 2024, Studio Ryte continues professional work following the set strategic goals

To offer its clients adequate solutions, the Studio considers the tasks set comprehensively, including ecological, social, cultural and other aspects. They are aware of the rapid changes happening around us (lifestyle, climate change, excessive consumption of plastic, etc.), their impact on nature and the alarming environmental issues. In their work, they look for sustainable solutions that improve the way we exploit resources, produce goods and consume products. They strive to create products with all the characteristics of good design (functional, aesthetic...) but environmentally responsible too. With such a work approach, studio Ryte takes an active role and responsibility in solving current environmental and societal problems.

United stool(completed in 2021), design Studio Ryte Photo credits: Studio RYTE
United stool(completed in 2021), design Studio Ryte
Photo credits: Studio RYTE

Research in the field of materials (reclaimed teak wood, plywood, metal tube structures and folded sheet metal) represents a significant part of the work of the Ryte studio. They deal with materials of various origins, including alternative materials that are not widely used or are used only for certain purposes. Studio members search for solutions that lead to new ways of applying materials, examine the characteristics and potential of materials, and experiment with the details of connections and production methods. Studio Ryte collaborates with engineers of various professions and factories to develop modern procedures and advanced materials that can be used in construction or multiple industry branches. Their work includes the improved use of materials, the minimisation of waste and energy consumption, and the development of other characteristics of materials responsible for nature. Whenever possible, they share green practices with their clients, professional circles, and the wider community, and try to promote and encourage adopting more environmentally friendly practices.

Studio Ryte's commitment to environmental sustainability is confirmed by its website, which is designed to minimise environmental and energy consumption impact.

Studio Ryte achieves advanced solutions thanks to its curiosity, and brave research spirit in the way of thinking and working. Their design follows the practical work that includes making prototypes and testing in their studio, fitted with all the necessary equipment for such activities. Experimental design takes them far from traditional design solutions.Their multidisciplinary team exchanges knowledge across disciplines through close collaborations in each project and improves results through interaction.

Studio Rite creates products that meet our daily needs, and research products for our future.

United stool(completed in 2021), design Studio Ryte Photo credits: Studio RYTE
United stool(completed in 2021), design Studio Ryte
Photo credits: Studio RYTE

This post is a story about the SaloneSatellite Award and how it positively influenced the careers of the yang and innovative members of the Ryta Design Studio. The SaloneSatellite Award provided affirmation of the work and new business opportunities for the realisation of sustainability design solutions of Studio Ryte.


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