Here, as promised, is part two of this look at some of the highlights the 50th anniversary edition of Milan’s 2011 Salone Del Mobile design and furniture fair.
On to more highlights, plus photographs and videos too.
Philipe Starck has designed many new products for various design houses, as always employing his signature quirky style. One of such quirky Starck items was the Marie Coquine chandelier for Baccarat: a crystal candelabra with an umbrella (“Quirky” is the right word! Very original though – Alex ‘the ed’):
On the subject of lighting, Aisslinger, mentioned in Part 1, produced this stylish Beehive lamp for Foscarini.
Alessi opened its new showroom on Via Manzoni with a wonderful exhibition of student work from ECAL/University of Arts and Design Lausanne in Switzerland whose second year industrial design students designed new office themed products while at a workshop event at Alessi.
The results of this design workshop included:
Spettro by Matthieu Girel and
Clock by Berra di Lucien Gumy:
Tom Dixon Multiplex
At Porta Genova, Tom Dixon introduced the MULTIPLEX: a pop-up viewing theatre, broadcasting centre, restaurant, shop and gallery. Visitors experience a trail of sensations created through six hyper realistic environments. The Broadcast Centre transmits updates from all over the fair daily, projecting all the information onto a giant wall.
The Designjuction event drew in the crowds as British furniture brand Modus, amongst others, launched new ranges of products. One of these was the product of collaboration between Studio KG and Velcro and is still under development: it’s a modular partition system with a plenty of flexibility. Consisting of a kit of different length tubes wrapped in strips of Velcro, it makes room divisions quick and easy to create.
Here is a brief video of StickingSticks:
Canon Can Design
Over the last few years, Canon has commissioned many wonderful visual experiences for the Salone and this year they offered NeoReal Wonder: a digital experimental space expressing the intimate relationship between images and people.
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Here’s a video of Canon’s NeoReal Wonder – Canon Digital Imaging World:
New Design Blood
I would like to also like to point you in the direction of examples of work by a few young up and coming designers who my spies and I discovered at the Salone. The following list is merely a taster, but as you will see, these are designers with great futures ahead of them.
Get clicking and discovering:
www.Marioferrarini.com – www.studioklass.com – www.gumdesign.it – www.francescofaccin.it – www.maddalenacasadei.com – www.zaven.net
Over the coming weeks, I will be profiling these new designers.
Did you Miss Part One?
In case you missed Part One of the highlights from Il Salone – just click here.
Once again, I would like to thank Jacqui at Design Conscious and Ilaria deFilippo helping me with this article.
About Paolo Feroleto
Designer of the Italy Chronicles logo, Paolo Feroleto is a design hound who sniffs out all things design and writes about the best of what he tracks down here on Italy Chronicles.
A designer of Italian origins, Paolo has over 13 years industry experience obtained from working in mixed discipline design studios in the UK and abroad.
Paolo has worked with a range of clients – from small independent retailers, to large blue chip companies, both in the UK and Europe. His projects have included building corporate identity, designing literature, creating stands for exhibitions, as well as devising graphics for retail outlets and websites. Here are some examples from the interiors section of his portfolio: Four Design – Interiors
Paolo also teaches Graphic Design on a part-time basis and has developed creative workshops for use in education and professional environments.
Currently based in the UK, Paolo like to spend his time travelling as much as possible. You can reach Paolo though his company, Four Design.