Wednesday, April 10 marked the annual SaloneSatellite awards, which honor the best in design from young professionals and students under 35.
Founded by Marva Griffin-Wilshire, SaloneSatellite offers a platform for young designers to exhibit their work on an international scale. This year, the overarching theme of SaloneSatellite was food as a design object, exploring a global food revolution in which design, technology, and traditional artisan skills can come together to tackle the challenges of the future.
The winners from this year’s edition are:
First Prize: Kobe Leather by Kuli-Kuli (Japan). This Japanese studio is based in Kobe, famous for its meat. The designers, in collaboration with local tanners, decided to turn cowhide, not traditionally used, into a collection of new products.
Second Prize: Halo by Studio Philipp Hainke (Germany). The Halo chair concept was devised to showcase the strength and possibilities of a lightweight material made from hemp and casein, which the designer developed during his Organico research project.
Third Prize: 2.5 Dimensional Objects by Baku Sakashita (Japan). These 2.5-dimensional objects are 3D wire structures that look like 2D black lines drawn on flat paper. The optical illusion derives from the thinness of the wire, which is 0.3mm in diameter.
Special mentions were awarded to: Koko Loko by Koko (Croatia) and Nebula Lamp by Studiomirei (Italy). The Intesa Sanpaolo Special Prize was awarded to Re.Bean Coffee Stool by Melbourne Movement/Kristin Wang (Australia).
Re.Bean Coffee Stool
Photos courtesy of Salone del Mobile.Milano, by photographer Ludovica Mangini.
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