SaloneSatellite is an annual event, born in the late 1990s, aimed at encouraging contact between young designers and manufacturing companies.

The founder of SaloneSatellite is Marva Griffin, is still its curator today. It takes place during the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, at the Milan Fair, Rho, at the same time as the International Exhibition of Furniture Accessories international-furnishing-accessories-exhibition and biennial events. Every year, designers under the age of 35, from all over the world, present their visionary ideas for the first time at this event. Participants whose works are selected in October by the Selection Committee exhibit their works at the next year's SaloneSatellite.

The task set before the young designers is to respond with their works, to the theme set for the given year. Their answers and creative solutions represent a contribution to understanding and solving current problems for the whole society. The entire SaloneSatellite installation was designed from the beginning by the architect Ricardo Bello Dias, who is the curator of the installation.

In 2010, alongside the exhibition, there was a Competition for the  most outstanding products in each of the 2 sections. The Participants on the SaloneSatellite were asked to present, in addition to their qualifying prototypes, one or more projects belonging to the product categories of the biennial events, that run concurrently with the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, which means Euroluce and Salone Ufficio/Workplace or International Bathroom Exhibition and EuroCucina/FTK. The task was defined so that their ideas are specifically relevant to the manufacturers which exhibit at the fair.

Designers who choose to present these specialized proposals participate in a competition. A Jury composed of internationally significant figures from the world of design, architecture, and production evaluates and selects the 3 best projects. 2010 was the 1st edition of the SaloneSatellite Award.

Each year the selected new rising stars join the ranks of designers who have already taken part in previous editions of SaloneSatellite.Milano.The winners receive the Awards at the special ceremony. They also have full press office support    to ensure maximum visibility of their winning projects. In keeping with its philosophy of supporting young designers in approaching the world of professional design, the SaloneSatellite with ADI (Italian Industrial Design Association) allows participants to protect their work by submitting it to the Project Registry. Copyright protection is valid only for Italy.

SaloneSatellite pursuing its mission as a talent scout for the most promising international designers. Year after year, the Salone Satellite discovered and launched some of the brightest talents of the new generation of designers.Many of the prototypes presented at previous editions have gone into production and many of the 14,000 designers, along with 270 international design schools, that have taken part, have become prominent names on the design scene. 

Since 2018 the works of winners have been collected in the permanent collection of the Salone Satellite. The first step in establishing the Permanent Collection took place in 2017, on the SaloneSatellite’s 20th anniversary. 

Today, the SaloneSatellite’s Permanent Collection features some 330 pieces donated by companies and designers from the Salone Satellite’s twenty-three editions. All these objects and items of furniture started out as prototypes and subsequently went into production. Located at the Polo Formativo del Legno Artwood Academy in Brianza, the collection showcases the Salone’s ongoing focus on young talent.

This post is about SaloneSatellite.Milano Award and Award winners from 2010 to 2019.

SaloneSatellite.Milano 2010: still full of surprises

SaloneSatellite.Milano 2010  Photo Salone del Mobile,photo credits Bruno Cardioli
SaloneSatellite.Milano 2010 Photo Salone del Mobile,photo credits Bruno Cardioli

2010 was the 13th edition of SaloneSatellite. Approximately 700 young designers, including students from 25 international design schools, participated in this event. They presented their prototypes in ​4,500 square meters (pavilion: 22-24).

In 2010 a new strategy was introduced at SaloneSatellite.Milano to facilitate contacts between young designers and producers. It was also the first year the Salone Satellite Prize was awarded.

The awards were given based on poetry, technological innovation and social commitment in the sector of Eurocucina and the International Bathroom Exhibition.

The winners of the SaloneSatellite Award 2010 were:

  • The first prize went to Nao Tamura from Studio Nownao (USA) for the design of "Seasons Serving Containers". Nao Tamura subtly connected the Japanese approach to nature with technology, the real, everyday needs of users. She poetically realized a functional and attractive product with an understanding of nature and responsibility towards the environment. The prize was awarded for the design. of the utilitarian object which connected nature and technology.
Serving plates Seasons,design Nao Tamura for Covo Photo Nao Studio
Serving plates Seasons,design Nao Tamura for Covo Photo Nao Studio
  • The second prize went to the group of designers Jansson/Sandelin studio (France) - Sebastian Jansson Finland; Fernanda Pisa / Mexico, Victor Stelmasuk  / Brazil, Natalie Weinmann / Germany - for "Piezo Shower". The shower they designed was conceived with self-heating powered by nanotechnology. . The design was evaluated as a visionary, with technological innovations applied in this sector.
“Piezo Shower” design Jansson/Sandelin Studio (France) – Sebastian Jansson / Finland; Fernanda Piza / Mexico, Victor Stelmasuk / Brazil, Natalie Weinmann / Germany
“Piezo Shower” design Jansson/Sandelin Studio (France) – Sebastian Jansson / Finland; Fernanda Piza / Mexico, Victor Stelmasuk / Brazil, Natalie Weinmann / Germany
Photo Inhabitat
  • The third prize went to the Lithuanian Gabriele Meldaikite, for "Single Hand Cook", a kitchen set for people with disabilities. She already received the award at Salone Satellite Moscow 2009 for the same product. On this occasion, the prize was awarded for the functionality of the elements and the social responsibility of the designer, bearing in mind that the "Single Hand Cook" was intended for a certain category of users. "Single Hand Cook" is a simple and functional accessory in the kitchen and can be easily used by right-handed and left-handed users.
"Single Hand Cook" design Gabriele Meldaikite Photo Trendhunter

SaloneSatellite.Milano 2011.: “50+50 Project - Designing the Future”

SaloneSatellite.Milano 2011  Photo Salone del Mobile,photo credits Bruno Cardioli
SaloneSatellite.Milano 2011 Photo Salone del Mobile,photo credits Bruno Cardioli

2011 was the fiftieth anniversary of the Salone del Mobile.50 great years were to commitment, quality and innovation.

The installation of the SaloneSatellite celebrated the 50th anniversary of the iSaloni with an innovative concept. Six young architects, designers and 3 international design schools, that have participated in past editions of the SaloneSatellite interpreted with their installation the theme of the SaloneSatellite 2011: “50+50 Project - Designing the Future”.

It was The SaloneSatellite 14th edition in 2011. Approximately 700 young designers (including students from the 20 international design schools) presented their ideas and designs on the area covering 3,600 square meters (Pavilion: 22-24). 

The year 2011 was the 2nd Edition SaloneSatellite Award

The winners of the SaloneSatellite Award 2011 were:

  • First prize: ElisaStrozyk https://www.elisastrozyk.com/ (Germany) for “Accordion Cabinet” because of the surprising use of materials and the achieved expressive solution. Accordion Cabinet was first presented at imm Cologne Design Talents 2011, as a result of her collaboration with artist Sebastian Neeb. The designer developed her own technique to combine wood and textile and realized the „wooden textile “, flexible with the ability to move and fold into different shapes. She combined  traditional materials with a high level of craftsmanship.
Accordion cabinet design ElisaStrozyk.                  Photo Studio elisastrozyk.Photo Credit STUDIO BEEN
Accordion cabinet design ElisaStrozyk. Photo Studio elisastrozyk. Photo Credit STUDIO BEEN
  • Second prize: Robert Hoffmann (Germany) for “Modular Light” because of the successful combination of simplicity and dramatic presence. .The minimalistic shape of the lamp and its metal surfaces enable the user to change the shape of the light, to play with light and shadows and that way causes changes in the space. This lamp eliminates the boundaries between product and sculpture.
Modular Light design Robert Hoffmann                Photo Robert Hoffmann Studio
Modular Light design Robert Hoffmann Photo Robert Hoffmann Studio
  • Third prize: Irena Kilibarda (Serbia) for “Lamped” because of its gamble on the future. “Lamped” was a modular, multi-functional, linear, sustainable, long-term luminaire. It consisted of 8-12 movable OLED tiles, which can be moved in any direction with the help of ball joints. The lamp Kilibarda designed was economical, functional and suitable for the modern way of life.
Lamp Lamped,design  Photo  Yatzer
Lamp Lamped,design Photo Yatzer

SaloneSatellite.Milano 2012 ‘Design<->Technology’

SaloneSatellite.Milano 2012  Photo Salone del Mobile
SaloneSatellite.Milano 2012 Photo Salone del Mobile

It was The SaloneSatellite 15th edition in 2012. Approximately 750 designers took part in SaloneSatellite (including students from the 17 international design schools, of which some were participating for the first time and ADI - Association for the Industrial Design. They presented their fresh ideas and design on the area of 6,000 square metres (Pavilions 22 and 24).

SaloneSatellite celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2012, dedicating that year’s edition to technology with the theme ‘Design<->Technology’.

The SaloneSatellite looked to the future through technology and its growing importance both in everyday life and as a focus of work and achievement in the world of design. 

This homage of the SaloneSatellite to technology was in honour of Steve Jobs, pioneer of the modern world, who taught us to believe in the possibilities of technology and creativity. 

The same theme was for SaloneSatellite overall installation and a special exhibition. 15 designers, who have participated in the SaloneSatellite over the past 15 years, presented their creations. They investigated the theme of the event with their 15 pieces which already have gone into production by manufacturers. At the same time, each of them with exhibited products recounted their own professional experience since debuting at the SaloneSatellite.

In line with the theme, ‘Design<->Technology’, the SaloneSatellite has decided to publish the 2012 catalogue in digital format, curated by Susanna Legrenzi

On the 3rd edition ‘I Saloni – SaloneSatellite Award’ceremony, the 3 best products for each of the two categories represented at the Saloni, Kitchen and Bath were rewarded with a cash prize.

The three winners were: 

  • The First Prize went to Raul Lauri from Spain for Decafè Lamp. His lamp was made with biodegradable material deriving from coffee grounds (in 2012 patent was pending). This was an award for research into and experimentation with the biodegradability of materials and their design potential. This recognition was intended to incentivise and underpin the designer’s career path.
Decafè Lamp design Raul Lauri Photo Decafe
Decafè Lamp design Raul Lauri Photo Decafe
  • The second prize was awarded to Wow from Spain for El Botijo Flask. It was a variation on a traditional Spanish flask that cools the water down naturally. This was a determinedly traditional, useful and sustainable commercial object with a modern twist, in a contemporary take on an age-old shape.
El Botijo Flask design Micomoler  Photo Micomoler
El Botijo Flask design Micomoler Photo Micomoler
  • The third prize went to Hinnerud/ Enoksson / Boldt from Sweden for Enamel Table. It was created using the enamel and technique formerly employed for glazing the bathtubs of yesteryear. Bathroom meets kitchen with the Enamel Table. Its archetypal shape evokes the poetry and emotion of memories and brings an out-moded technique bang into the 21st century, valorizing it.
Enamel Table Hinnerud/ Enoksson  / Boldt Phtyo Enoksson
Enamel Table Hinnerud/ Enoksson / Boldt Phtyo Enoksson

SaloneSatellite.Milano 2013: “Design &Craftsmanship: Together for Industry” 

SaloneSatellite.Milano 2013  Photo Salone del Mobile
SaloneSatellite.Milano 2013 Photo Salone del Mobile

In 2013, it was The SaloneSatellite 16th edition. Approximately 700 young designers took part in SaloneSatellite, including students from the 17 international design schools. They presented their fresh ideas and designs on an area of 3,000 square metres in Pavilions 22 and 24.

The theme of the 2013 edition was dedicated to key components of the design: design and craftsmanship, both at the service of industry and young designers of today. The theme underscored a new necessity to re-establish the value of the artisanal contribution behind the object, to consider not only those who design and manufacture it but also those who build it. As such, “Design &Craftsmanship: Together for Industry” was the title of that year's edition of the SaloneSatellite. 

The theme responded to a need for young designers to integrate the tradition of craftsmanship with the technological possibilities offered by contemporary industrial planning and production, in their designs. 

The  winners of the SaloneSatellite Award 2013 were:

  • First prize: Tania Da Cruz from Italy for the “Braque” soundproofing system. It is adaptable to any context, thanks to the free, virtually unlimited possibilities for configuring the modules. It responded to the highest technical and esthetic standards of design while optimizing the sustainability of natural cork.
“Braque” soundproofing system design Tania Da Cruz              Photo Salone del Mobile
“Braque” soundproofing system design Tania Da Cruz Photo Salone del Mobile
  • Second prize: RE Design Studio from Egypt for “PLASTEX”. It was a fabric whose simplicity makes it easily understandable to everyone. It should be noted its adoption of ancient weaving techniques to create a new sustainable material with high performance and multiple uses. It clearly and concretely conveyed an important message of ethical responsibility.
Plastex design RE Design                 Photo RE Design
Plastex design RE Design Photo RE Design
  • Third prize: Poetic Lab from Great Britain for the “Wave”. This lamp was an emotional interpretation of the relationship between light, glass and motion, relying exclusively on a simple, readily available device and exploiting the natural reflective properties of the material.
Lamp “Wave” design Poetic Lab               Photo Poetic Lab
Lamp “Wave” design Poetic Lab Photo Poetic Lab

SaloneSatellite.Milano 2014: design, innovation + craftsmanship

SaloneSatellite.Milano 2014  Photo Salone del Mobile
SaloneSatellite.Milano 2014 Photo Salone del Mobile

The SaloneSatellite 17th edition was again dedicated to the design stars of the future. Approximately 650 participants took part in SaloneSatellite, including students from the 16 international design schools, 6 of them presented for the first time + ADI. Yang designers were from 32 countries and 5 countries and 45% of them were returning for the second or third time. 

The theme of that year's edition was “design, innovation “+ craftsmanship”. This topic was the answer to the growing need by young designers for the integration of artisanal tradition with the new possibilities offered by modern industrial design and production. 

The international Jury chooses the 3 best projects in the represented categories. 

The winners of the SaloneSatellite Award 2014 were: 

  • The First Prize of 10,000 Euro went to From (Italy)  for the Volta Directional LED lamp. The Jury concluded that the technical approach of the designers has been skillfully worked out and beautifully expressed in a concrete, simple intuitive formal and functional design.
Volta Directional LED lamp design From             Photo Salone del Mobile
Volta Directional LED lamp design From Photo Salone del Mobile
  • The second prize of 5,000 Euro was awarded to Arturo Erbsman (France) for the Atmo lamp. This atmospheric lamp is a narrative piece that brings three vital elements together with functional and emotional references rooted in the collective imagination.
Atmo lamps designe  Arturo Erbsman                Picture  Arturo Erbsman studio.Photo credit Arturo Erbsman
Atmo lamps designe Arturo Erbsman Picture Arturo Erbsman studio.Photo credit Arturo Erbsman
  • The third prize of 2,500 euros went to Avandi (USA) for the Step tool-non-slip ladder. The incorporation of simple, innovative elements adds to the usefulness of a humble, ancient object, designed especially for use in confined spaces.
Step tool-non-slip ladder design Avandi              Photo Salone del Mobile
Step tool-non-slip ladder design Avandi Photo Salone del Mobile

SaloneSatellite.Milano 2015: a contribution to “Life Planet”

SaloneSatellite.Milano 2015  Photo Salone del Mobile
SaloneSatellite.Milano 2015 Photo Salone del Mobile

In 2014, SaloneSatellite was awarded the Compasso d’Oro  for career achievement. During the period of nineteen years, SaloneSatellite has involved more than 10,000 young designers, many of whom now enjoy international acclaim. Just to mention some of them as Tomaso Nani, Francesca Lanzavecchia and the brothers of Studio Adriano (Italy), Nendo and Yoy (Japan), Sebastian Herkner (Germany), Big Game (Augustin Scott de Martinville, Elric Petit and Grégoire Jeanmonod), Johan Lindstén (Sweden), Daniel Rybakken (Norway), Nao Tamura (USA), Avinash Shende (India), Federico Churba (Argentina), Pedro Paulo Franco (Brazil), as well as 270 international design schools. 

In 2015 it was the Satellite 18th edition. Approximately 700 designers including students from the 18 international design schools from 11 Countries and ADI (Associazione per il Disegno Industriale) took part in SaloneSatellite 2015. They presented their fresh ideas and designs in an area of 2,865 square metres (Pavilions 22 and 24).

“Life Planet” was the theme of the 18 the  edition of the SaloneSatellite, which will be articulated through the installation and the special projects created for the event by three designers who got their start at SaloneSatellite and one international school.

The winners of the SaloneSatellite Award 2015 were:

  • The First Prize went to Xuberance Studio from P.R. China for the Cloud Series Lamp. The Cloud Lamps collection is produced with 3D print innovative technology. This award is given to the project concept because it is a new product based on the relationship between the Chinese traditional aesthetic with the ancient content of the Chinese culture.
Cloud Series Lamp design Xuberance Studio from P.R.              Photo Salone del Mobile
Cloud Series Lamp design Xuberance Studio from P.R. Photo Salone del Mobile
  • The second prize was awarded to Scott Haung Kinetic from Taiwan for Dandelion Mirror. Dandelion interactive mirror reacts with facial movements.

The jury positively assessed the applied friendly technology that affects the improvement of the daily life of users.

Dandelion Mirror design Scott Haung Kinetic              Photo Salone del Mobile
Dandelion Mirror design Scott Haung Kinetic Photo Salone del Mobile
  • The third prize went to Viktor Legin, Studio Copper from Australia for Balance Pendant. It is a lamp collection repositionable with a weight, which became a mobile sculpture. The idea of developing this project with very few elements becoming ornamental pieces was taken into come for the award.
The Balance pendant, design Viktor Legin for Copper Design               Picture courtesy Copper Design. Photo credit Matt Wood
The Balance pendant, design Viktor Legin for Copper Design Picture courtesy Copper Design. Photo credit Matt Wood

SaloneSatellite.Milano 2016: ‘New Materials >New Design’

SaloneSatellite.Milano 2016  Photo Salone del Mobile
SaloneSatellite.Milano 2016 Photo Salone del Mobile

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

Approximately 650 designers and neo-graduates at international design schools took part in that year's event. They presented their fresh ideas and designs on the 2,800 square meters in Pavilions 13-15 of the Milan Fairgrounds Rho.

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 in Europe:  Barcelona, ​​Milan, Prague, London, Munich, and 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. New materials were considered as an unparalleled opportunity for new designs.

The winners of the SaloneSatellite Award 2016

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

  • The First Prize went to Studio Philipp Beisheim from Germany for an 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.

  • The Second prize was awarded to Bouillon from Japan, for Warm 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 were engaging, as is the innovative take on a traditional process for raw material such as terracotta, inventing an object that hitherto did not exist.
Warm Stool, design Studio Bouillon Picture courtesy Studio Bouillon
Warm Stool, design Studio Bouillon Picture courtesy Studio Bouillon
  • 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. 
Bobina Chair design  Studio Nito Picture Studio Nito
Bobina Chair design Studio Nito Picture Studio Nito

SaloneSatellite.Milano 2017: DESIGN is ... ??

SaloneSatellite.Milano 2017  Photo Salone del Mobile
SaloneSatellite.Milano 2017 Photo Salone del Mobile

SaloneSatellite 2017: 20 Years of Design 

After so many results and major recognitions (including the 2014 Lifetime Golden Compass Award), SaloneSatellite continued to support young designers.

The year 2017 marked the 20th edition of the SaloneSatellite, again dedicated to the design stars of the future. It was held alongside the 56th edition of the Salone del Mobile. Milan at Fiera Milano in Rho Rho. One of the events organised to celebrate SaloneSatellite:

20 Years of Design  was a special edition of pieces designed especially for the occasion. SaloneSatellite 20th  Years Collection was an anthology of products designed by acclaimed international designers who  started  their  careers at the various editions of SaloneSatellite. Collection  was exhibited within of SaloneSatellite exhibition space.

Approximately 650 designers from all over the world took part in that year's event. They presented their ideas and designs on the 3,000 m2 square meters in Pavilions 22 and 24 of the Milan Fairgrounds Rho.

In the year 2017, The SaloneSatellite Award competition was in its 8th edition.

The theme of SaloneSatellite 2017 was DESIGN is ... ??: as an open, current and key issue. The theme was an invitation to explore new solutions, adequate to the moment of development of society, that could give us a better future. Technological progress and the evolution of the web over the last few years were redrawing the paradigms of design, opening up new fields of activity, from advanced research into materials to interface design, from service design to rapid prototyping. In this complex and multifaceted scenario, industrial design was looking to the future, attempting to respond to new needs and desires, in a constant dialogue with a changing world.

The winners of the SaloneSatellite Award 2017

The three best projects in the represented categories were: 

  • The First Prize went to Pistacchi Design, from Taiwan for Comma Stool/Chair. This public seat was shaped like a modern sculpture made of contrasting materials. Its height and curve design is inherently inviting. The jury considered that the seat’s functional and formal solution shows an interesting use of materials. Comma Stool offers a new concept of urban design with intuitive features.
Comma Stool/Chair, Pistacchi Design from Taiwan               Photo  Pistacchi Design
Comma Stool/Chair, Pistacchi Design from Taiwan Photo Pistacchi Design
  • The Second prize was awarded to Edmond Wong Studio, P.R. from China for X Bench. This two-seater bench for home use, turns into a training bench. Part of the seat can be raised up like a backrest, with a choice of four different angles. This project has an appealing design thanks to its dual use, offering the opportunity to have a gym even at home in a small space.
31X Bench design Edmond Wong Studio                Photo  Salone del Mobile.Milano
31X Bench design Edmond Wong Studio Photo Salone del Mobile.Milano
  • The third prize went to Tanya Repina, from Russia, for Ëo, a new home decoration object. The designer used innovative sound-absorbing material with pine needles and a biodegradable binder. The material was with natural colour, its structure creates an indoor forest atmosphere. It also repels insects and harmful germs. The prize has been awarded for the material’s sustainability and innovation.
The sound-absorbing material Ëo design Tanya Repina, design Studio Aotta                Picture  Tanya Repina
The sound-absorbing material Ëo design Tanya Repina, design Studio Aotta Picture Tanya Repina

2017 marked two significant anniversaries: the 20th anniversary of SaloneSatellite and the 100th anniversary of the Milanese department store La Rinascente. SaloneSatellite and la Rinascente have been collaborating and supporting young people for the fifth year in a row. La Rinascente chose a range of products designed by SaloneSatellite participants, which then were exhibited and sold at the Design Supermarket in Milan’s Piazza Duomo, from autumn to Christmas 2017.

SaloneSatellite.Milano 2018: the shape of design to come

SaloneSatellite.Milano 2018 Photo  Salone del Mobile.Milano, photo credits findinGALLILEO
SaloneSatellite.Milano 2018 Photo Salone del Mobile.Milano, photo credits findin GALLILEO

The year 2018 marked the 21st edition of the SaloneSatellite, a global appointment for talented young designers. This edition was dedicated to the design of the future and a new kind of beauty.

Approximately 650 designers took part in SaloneSatellite. They presented their ideas and designs on the area of 2,800 m2 in Pavilions 13-15 of the Milan Fairgrounds Rho.

SaloneSatellite’s challenge has always been to imagine the shape of design to come and to try and imagine how future generations will forge a new, perfect balance between project, function and beauty. That year was dedicating the theme of the event to the Southern Hemisphere with the multimedia exhibition AFRICA & LATIN AMERICA Rising Design / Design Emergente.

The SaloneSatellite Award competition was in 2018 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 winners of the SaloneSatellite Award 2018 were:

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. 

The three best projects in the represented categories were: 

  • The First Prize went to Stefano Carta Vasconcellos from Italy for Cucina Leggera (Light Kitchen), a part of the CelerFurniture collection. The kitchen unit can be assembled through the interlocking of seven elements, without screws or hardware. The Jury considered that ease of construction and assembly, compactness and financial accessibility are the main characteristics of the Light Kitchen. They considered that such the sort of design approach and vision would continue to hold good for the future.
Cucina Leggera (Light Kitchen) designed Stefano Carta Vasconcellos (Italy)               Photo Stefano Carta Vasconcellos Studio
Cucina Leggera (Light Kitchen) designed Stefano Carta Vasconcellos (Italy) Photo Stefano Carta Vasconcellos Studio
  • The Second prize was awarded to Tink Things from Croatia for Tink Things. The design approach considered a 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.
Tink Things sensory furniture, designed by Tink Things                      Photo Tink Things,Photo credits   Moniek Lambregts
Tink Things sensory furniture, designed by Tink Things Photo Tink Things,Photo credits Moniek Lambregts
  • The third prize went to Yuri Himuro from Japan for Soft Block. This is a new home decoration object like a block toy. They provide a new building experience that takes advantage of softness and allows the user to twist and bend it. 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. 
Soft Block a new home decoration object, design Yuri Himuro              Picture courtesy Himuro Design Studio
Soft Block a new home decoration object, design Yuri Himuro Picture courtesy Himuro Design Studio

SaloneSatellite.Milano 2019 : "FOOD as a DESIGN OBJECT" 

SaloneSatellite.Milano 2019 Photo Salone del Mobile, photo credits Lorenzo Bacci
SaloneSatellite.Milano 2019 Photo Salone del Mobile, photo credits Lorenzo Bacci

The year 2019 represented the 22nd edition of SaloneSatellite. Approximately 550 designers and undergraduates from international design schools presented their ideas and designs in an area covering over 3,000 square meters.

The theme of the 10th edition of the SaloneSatellite Award was "FOOD as a DESIGN OBJECT" with a focus on the relationship between design and food. The aim was to draw attention to the many opportunities that the food industry can offer the design industry and the importance of design in this sector. 

Nature gives us ingredients for food, which during processing can become a raw material or an object of design. All steps of food processing from production to consumption, including waste management and education, can offer designers inspiration, a theme for new products that showcase their creativity.

The theme was overarching intending to put the accent on nutrition in the future. Therefore, the young protagonists of SaloneSatellite were not expected to offer only new forms of cutlery, dishes, or kitchen equipment. The slogan FOOD as a DESIGN OBJECT addresses the global food changes in which design, technology and traditional manual skills can come together and take on the challenges of the future. It was expected that young designers see the theme as a stimulant to rethink food production, packaging, distribution, consumption, and disposal processes. It is also expected that designs and concepts are based on both artistic and scientific approaches with interdisciplinarity consideration. The design solutions should have confirmed that food participates in the design process, and not only in the process of its production and processing.

The three winners of the SaloneSatellite Award 2019 competition were: 

  • The first prize was awarded to KuliI-Kuli (Japan) for his Kobe Leather, a collection of new products. Kobe Leather was realized with Kobe cowhide, in collaboration with local tanners. The Project was based on a process of recuperation, harnessing the material to create a design system applicable to a wide range of product types.
Project Kobe Leather, designer Kuli-Kuli (Japan)                Photo Salone del Mobile
Project Kobe Leather, designer Kuli-Kuli (Japan) Photo Salone del Mobile

 

  • The second prize went to Studio Philipp Hainke (Germany) for The Halo chair concept which the designer developed during his “Organico” research project. The Halo chair was devised to showcase the strength and possibilities of a lightweight material made from hemp and casein. It is an example of design in its broadest sense, calling for the contemporaneous study of material, form, functionality and production method.
The stackable chair Halo, design Philipp Hainke. Photo Studio Philipp Hainke
The stackable chair Halo, design Philipp Hainke. Photo Studio Philipp Hainke
  • The third prize went to the BakuSakashita (Japan) for the 2.5-Dimensional Objects. These 2.5-dimensional objects are 3D wire structures that look like 2D black lines drawn on flat paper. The optical illusion derives from the thinness of the wire, which is 0.3 mm in diameter. The sophisticated artistic abstraction of the 2.5-Dimensional Object project is striking while demonstrating the scope for further different potential in terms of development and application.
Project 2.5 Dimensional Objects,design  Baku Sakashita (Japan)             Photo Salone del Mobile
Project 2.5 Dimensional Objects,design Baku Sakashita (Japan) Photo Salone del Mobile

Designcommunication wanted to contribute to the career development and future of young designers. We spoke with the winners of the SaloneSatelolite award who have become successful designers. They gave advice to young designers on what is important at the beginning of their professional careers.Their advice you can find here The SaloneSatelolite Award Winners Give Away.


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