Salone Satelite – Design, innovation + craftsmanship

As a main incubator of talent, Salone Satelite, is the most important event for young people, who would like to become a part of the design world.

650 participants, 16 international design schools and 4 art designer workshops have changed their location this year, while the entrance was free for everyone, during the whole event, all six days.

17th edition of this international fair, dedicated to future stars of design was presented on a new location, in Pavilions 13-15, because of improved functionality and accessibility, as well for its proximity to the service center of the International Furniture Fair. The new location also generated a synergy with the main exhibitions of the FTK section. These two events, which illustrate the most modern and innovative creativity present new ideas which are in accordance with other categories of products presented on the fair.

The participants came from 32 countries and from 5 continents. They were joined by 16 design schools, 6 of which appeared for the first time: Lund University School of Industrial Design, Sweden; École Cantonale d'art de Lausanne, Switzerland; L'École de Design Nantes Atlantique, France; Köln International School of Design, Germany; Politecnico di Milano-Scuola del Design, Italy; Royal College of Art, Design Products Programme, Great Britain, while others have already participated in previous editions: Appalachian State University, Furniture Design Department, USA; École Des Arts du Bois Pierre Vernotte, France; Istituto Marangoni School of Design, Italy; Moscow State Industrial Art Academy S.G. Stroganov, Russia; Polo Formativo Legnoarredo, Italy; Tu Graz, Institute of Spatial Design, Faculty of Architecture, Austria; Universidad de Navarra, Spain; Università degli Studi di Trieste-Dip, Department of Engineering and Architecture, Italy; University of Oregon, Product Design Program, USA; Putra University, Malaysia.

New participants were chosen by the prestigious election comity, which consisted of Giovanni Anzani, Varenna (EuroCucina); Ana Dominguez, journatils, Abc–Diseño Interior (Spain); Francesco Faccin, designer (SaloneSatellite 2007 and 2010); Daniela Fantini, Fratelli Fantini (Salone Internazionale del Bagno); Lia Ferrari, journalist, Io Donna (Italy); Beppe Finessi, design critic; Gilles Massè, Director from Home Collections, La Rinascente; Roberto Palomba, architects; Marcello Pepori, Lema (Salone Internazionale del Mobile); Valentina Raggi, journalist, Grazia Casa (Italia) i Marva Griffin, Curator, SaloneSatellite.

“Design, innovation + craftsmanship” the theme responds to the growing need felt by young designers for an integration of artisanal tradition with the new possibilities.

As the organizers state, this fair was somewhat more international then its predecessors. Visitors have, as we have already stated, came from over 160 countries of the world. This edition of the fair had built an interesting synergy with the city of Milan where it takes place; together, they have created and envisioned an exquisite creative capital, which easily attracted thousands of visitors. Their Design Week was visited by an enormous number of people, which were thrilled with the “Welcome Project”. This project was done for this first time this year, in collaboration with Milan municipality and Fashion Design section. Over 100 students from Milan Design Schools were greeting visitors on chosen locations all over town. 


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