One of the fundamental aspects of the design world and other sectors, both creative and otherwise, is the need to keep an constant eye to the future, in order to develop, research and explore themes capable of shaping new aesthetics, new forms and, especially, visions that will become fundamental for future living. This is precisely why the work of schools, universities and students can serve as interesting pointers to the direction in which design is heading. SaloneSatellite, the Salone event dedicated to designers under 35, geared to facilitating interface with companies, is the perfect hothouse of ideas for carrying this research forward.
For the last 24 years, SaloneSatellite has been drawing the attention of Salone-goers and others to a curated selection that brings together emerging designers and universities. In 2010, the event launched its own award, the SaloneSatellite Award, which is assigned to the three best projects being presented, along with three special mentions. The entries are judged by an international jury helmed by Paola Antonelli, a Senior Curator at MoMA, New York – this year assisted by the critic Beppe Finessi, the President of Gessi Gianluca Gessi, the President of Kartell Claudio Luti, Roberta Silva CEO of Flos, the designers Francesco Librizzi (Art Director of FontanaArte) and Steven Ma (studio Xuberance), Anna Moldenhauer director of Stylepark, Francesca Gugliotta, journalist and Marilena Sobacchi, Italian Press Office of the Salone del Mobile. So let's see what are the main themes that emerge from the winning projects of the event.