Jon Dioffa

MILAN 2008: Highlights from Salone Satellite

by , 04/18/08

Milan Salone Internazionale de Mobile, I Saloni 2008, Milan Furniture Fair 2008, Salone Satellite 2008, Inhabitat, green design, eco design, green furniture design, Merijin Van Essen GROW SPHERES, sustainable Italy, Samare Awadare, Bcxsy, Salone, Fethi Atakol, Grow Sphere, Wis Design, TROKK 16

The entrance to this year’s Salone Satellite show welcomed all with a huge sign commanding ‘Go Green!’. A positive start, although we were surprised to hear that the ‘green’ theme was a last minute decision announced only a month earlier! Much too short notice for many designers to alter their Salone line up. We took the opportunity to put the Satellite exhibitors under the green spotlight, questioning them about their work and whether they would consider it sustainable. This resulted in some flat out ‘no’ responses, some confused looking faces, and a series of interesting conversations on the nature and boundaries of what is considered sustainable design today. Read on for highlights from the show!


Milan Salone Internazionale de Mobile, I Saloni 2008, Milan Furniture Fair 2008, Salone Satellite 2008, Inhabitat, green design, eco design, green furniture design, Merijin Van Essen GROW SPHERES, sustainable Italy, Samare Awadare, Bcxsy, Salone, Fethi Atakol, Grow Sphere, Wis Design, TROKK 16

Milan, Furniture Fair, 2008, Salone Satellite, Inhabitat, green design, materials, recycled, sustainable, Italy, Samare Awadare, Bcxsy, Salone, Fethi Atakol, Grow Sphere, Wis Design, TROKK 16, Merijin Van Essen, Willem de Kooning Academy, University of Applied Science

Merijin Van Essen, Willem de Kooning Academy, University of Applied Science Grow Sphere – Merjin Van Essen’s Grow Sphere encourages human interactions with plants by lighting up whenever you approach the sphere.

Milan, Furniture Fair, 2008, Salone Satellite, Inhabitat, green design, materials, recycled, sustainable, Italy, Samare Awadare, Bcxsy, Salone, Fethi Atakol, Grow Sphere, Wis Design, TROKK 16, Wis Design at Salone Satellite

Wis Design scoured the streets and flea markets of Stockholm searching for abandoned drawers for this piece, the Decades Chest of Drawers. Lisa Widen and Anna Irinarchos of Wis Design have been so inspired by the eco-theme of Salone Satellite, and positive feedback from visitors, that they are thinking of how to take improve their design, and replace the mdf frame with a more sustainable material.

Wis Design Bucket Lamp, Milan Salone Internazionale de Mobile, I Saloni 2008, Milan Furniture Fair 2008, Salone Satellite 2008, Inhabitat, green design, eco design, green furniture design, Merijin Van Essen GROW SPHERES, sustainable Italy, Samare Awadare, Bcxsy, Salone, Fethi Atakol, Grow Sphere, Wis Design

Milan, Furniture Fair, 2008, Salone Satellite, Inhabitat, green design, materials, recycled, sustainable, Italy, Samare Awadare, Bcxsy, Salone, Fethi Atakol, Grow Sphere, Wis Design, TROKK 16, Fethi Atakol at Salone Satellite

Swiss born Fethi Atakol has been designing as a hobby for the past 10 – 12 years, finding objects and redesigning them into ‘functional artworks’. Salone Satellite is his design debut.

Milan, Furniture Fair, 2008, Salone Satellite, Inhabitat, green design, materials, recycled, sustainable, Italy, Samare Awadare, Bcxsy, Salone, Fethi Atakol, Grow Sphere, Wis Design, TROKK 16, Samare’s Awadare (We Live In) Collection

Awadare (We Live In) the sophisticated debut collection by Canadian design collective Samare. The collection certainly looks polished, but on closer inspection you might be able to spot a hair or two! The weave is made with babiche, a natural leather hind that is usually discarded, in collaboration with Aboriginal Canadians using their ancestral weaving methods.

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Milan, Furniture Fair, 2008, Salone Satellite, Inhabitat, green design, materials, recycled, sustainable, Italy, Samare Awadare, Bcxsy, Salone, Fethi Atakol, Grow Sphere, Wis Design, TROKK 16, Samare’s Awdare (We Live In) Collection

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Bcxsy Infinity Aquarium, Milan Salone Internazionale de Mobile, I Saloni 2008, Milan Furniture Fair 2008, Salone Satellite 2008, Inhabitat, green design, eco design, green furniture design, Merijin Van Essen GROW SPHERES, sustainable Italy

Bcxsy Infinity Aquarium – The glass Infinity Aquarium is clearly not your standard fish bowl. It provides an infinate alternative world for the ever exploring goldfish. Bcxsy‘s design philosophy embraces a sustainable design practice. More to come on Bcxsy.

Milan, Furniture Fair, 2008, Salone Satellite, Inhabitat, green design, materials, recycled, sustainable, Italy, Samare Awadare, Bcxsy, Salone, Fethi Atakol, Grow Sphere, Wis Design, TROKK 16, S.M.O.G. Milano at Salone Satellite

S.M.O.G. Milano ‘s concept plays with contrasts and is a tactile assault on the senses. We loved the adaptable cutlery!

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Janitor, TRØKK16 ‘s eight rung ladder with a brilliant lightbulb and short hanging switch at the very top, gives the climber time to think about their use of energy consumption.

Milan, Furniture Fair, 2008, Salone Satellite, Inhabitat, green design, materials, recycled, sustainable, Italy, Samare Awadare, Bcxsy, Salone, Fethi Atakol, Grow Sphere, Wis Design, TROKK 16, Candywhistle - Dennis Hopper

Candywhistle – Dennis Hopper Light – A striking paper light made from 5 folded sections from Wellington based design trio Candywhistle.

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  1. Inhabitat » MILAN... April 26, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    [...] spaces are just a few of the highlights we don’t want to leave out. From Tuttobene, Satellite and around town, here is a selection of great green designs we spotted while out and about in Milan [...]

  2. ukica April 21, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    Here is some more of Salone Satellite 2008 – Funiture Design

    http://universityofbelgrade.blogspot.com/2008/04/student-prototypes.html

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