The industrial area of Ventura Lambrate is a great backdrop for design academies to present the modern and innovative works of their students during Milan's Salone del Mobile. This year, design students chose to give visitors a peek into their creative processes by displaying molds and prototypes. By merging technology, industrial production techniques and crafts, students provided onlookers with an inspiring mix of new products.
These organic-shaped ceramic bowls are actually precise measuring cups, corresponding to commonly used volumes in cooking recipes. The shapes refer to the mound of spices found in markets. Salt is used as a mold to shape these cups designed by Maddalena Gioglio and Egle Tulekyte, master students at WDKA.
A meat grinder was transformed into an analog, human-powered 3D printer by WDKA students. Biodegradable tableware pops out of it — pieces are made of flour, water and natural dye.
Laser-cut rolling pins are used as a tool to create edible bread-based dishware. The designs are by master students of Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. Inhabitat noticed a lot of ceramics made of edible ingredients in Milan this year.
Evie Bensen worked with leftover materials taken from textile manufacturer Innofa to create this carpet. Design students of the Maastricht Academy used the same material, in some cases created new garments, tablecloths and even tiles.
When HKU student Lieske Schreuder discovered snails mainly eat paper and she started to feed them colorful magazine covers. What resulted from her experiment was brightly colored snail poop. She is now exploring ways to apply this newly discovered raw material.
Appalled by the number of fresh fruit and veggies that are rejected by supermarkets each day, Renee Boute decided to create bowls and plates out of them. Boute wants to point out how precious food is, using the fruit bowl to display fresh fruit.
Design Academy Eindhoven created a fantastic exhibit at Ventura Lambrate with their presentation ‘Linking Process’. Graduates did not just show their final products, but their creative process and prototypes. Sebastiaan Sennema of Studio Harvest created Starter Kit as a way to preserve heirloom seeds and to encourage people to share the seeds and grow food of their own.
Through a process of testing her prototypes with rheuma patients, DAE student Inge Kuipers created a set of simple teapots and cups. It turned out a very simple shape without handles provided the best experience in pouring and drinking tea.
Bags made of all parts of an animal skin is what Victoria Ledig of Design Academy Eindhoven created. She uses not just the smooth and pretty pieces of leather, but also the skin of the head, tail or leg of the animal.
Photos: © Irene Vermeulen for Inhabitat