The Salone Satellite 2022, on the theme “Designing for our Future Selves / Designing for Our Tomorrows”, takes place in halls 1 to 3 of Rho Fiera, in the grandiose setting of the Salone del Mobile 2022. At the heart of the exhibition ” design under 35″, 600 emerging creatives reflect on the world that will be and the role objects will play in life to come – they also see the Salone Satellite as a key platform for gaining recognition from an international audience, as well a bridge between creativity and business.
Salone Satellite 2022: rethinking design for the future
“I am incredibly happy because all my children have done very well,” exclaims Marva Griffin Wilshire, the soul and curator of the event, which also presented the Salone Satellite Award, now in its 11th edition. . “As you can see, creativity is everywhere, as well as innovation. For example, the word sustainability is so trendy now, yet I’ve seen the issue of sustainability for so many years on Satellite. The jury, led by Paola Antonelli, selected three projects (plus special mentions) that “stand out for the message they embody, focusing not only on the formal incisiveness of their design, but also on their enduring element , communicative, interactive and playful, essential for the lives of adults and children now and, hopefully, also in the future”.
Salone Satellite Award: Winners and other highlights
‘RemX’ by Lani Adeoye, winner of the Salone Satellite Award
Lani Adeoye won the top prize with ‘RemX’, a refined walker prototype made from a combination of natural materials used for many decades in Nigeria by the Yoruba, a tribe of which Adeoye is a member: ‘It is a piece that is meant to help us rethink how we design [for the] elderly people or people who need help walking,” she explains. ‘It’s inspired by [my] grandfather, who was fundamentally embarrassed by the medical products we [gave] for him, because they look very clinical. That’s why materiality was important to me; I wanted to design something that didn’t look medical, something aesthetically thin, functional and durable, so you don’t have to use it but enjoy it in your environment.
The second prize was awarded to Studio Gilles Werbrouck (from the Belgium is Design collective), for the ‘Lamp’ project. The studio produced a limited run of lamps, made by pouring white plaster over black VHS tape, to create a crocheted lampshade and simplified plaster cylinder. Gilles Werbrouck explains: “We decided to use Jesmonite because it is a material that hardens very quickly, which allows us to completely merge the videotape in the same part, to obtain a different texture. Each of the lamps represents a different film: “That’s why some are bigger than others. My favorite? ‘Jurassic Park III’, which is also one of the greatest.’
Lamp by Studio Gilles, second prize at the Salone Satellite Award
Serbian designer Djurdja Garčević (from Young Balkan Designers) won the third prize with her project “Meenghe”: “It is part of a family of urban furniture such as stools, trash cans and flowerpots, which are made from shredded car tires in glue. ‘, explains Garčević. “Everyone buys cars and there’s so much trash, so it’s a way to put those tires back on the street and use a material that doesn’t really have much to do with it. Also, for half my life, I’ve seen people burn those tires in New Belgrade; it smells catastrophically, and it’s toxic. This furniture is just shredded tires stuck together.
As for special mentions? “One of the most important things to me is color; I chose yellow because I like products that are full of energy,” says Emanuele Ferraro, director of Munich design studio Atelier Ferraro, standing next to a light-up, Special Mention-winning chair. “I was trying to create an object that could accompany us in different parts of our lives, because it can be a children’s chair, a lounge chair, a coffee table or even a lounge chair . The chair is called ‘+1.5 Celsius’, a reference to climate change, ‘because I wanted to use materials already produced, reusing old furniture to make new ones’, adds the designer.
Another mention was awarded to the “Ease” chair designed by Rasmus Palmgren, qualified as an ode to simplicity by the jury: “The “Ease” chair reconciles material, comfort and aesthetics. Strong but light, comfortable and stackable. The structure is its main design feature, engendering a character of its own. Everyday design seems to be at the heart of young people’s thoughts, along with the desire to respond to the mandate of sustainability and the needs of the most vulnerable in society. For example, “No-More-Less”, a project by Francesco Feltrin and Francisco Rojas Miranda, is a chair made of durable solid oak and wool or cotton, with a user-friendly seat, which can be adjusted to three heights and three different angles.
Among the 600 young designers from 48 different nations, Cyprus, Congo, Cuba, Nigeria and Qatar are taking part in the Salone Satellite for the first time. Design Week Lagos, which promotes contemporary African design as an instrument of cultural and economic renaissance, is present with three pieces, among them fascinating Ethiopian headrests by young designer Abreham: “We want to change the narrative, we are not designers Africans, we are creators who happen to be from Africa,” they explain.
There is broad, in-depth and widespread research into local origins, rites, materials and craftsmanship: Vako Darjania of US-based Vako Design uses his hometown of Tbilisi, Georgia as his source of inspiration for “Rituals”, a collection of candle holders influenced by the ritual of lighting a candle in a religious way. Andreína Raventós Arquitectura, based in Spain, presents the “Piaroa” collection of easy-to-assemble tables and chairs inspired by the eponymous Venezuelan indigenous tribe, a tribute to the architect’s ancestors. Farzin Adenwalla of Bombay Atelier has created special aluminum tables, “Kulfi”, with terrazzo tops that reproduce the motif of the flavored Indian dessert. §