One of the most keenly-awaited exhibitions at “supersalone” is The Lost Graduation Show, curated by Anniina Koivu, which will showcase 170 projects by students who graduated between 2020 and 2021, from 48 schools of design in 22 different countries. It was a tough choice given that almost 300 design schools in 59 countries responded to the open call in early June.
The format of the exhibition has proved a winning factor and an absolute first in the history of the Salone del Mobile.Milano, touching on all areas of furniture design, and more besides. Incursions into the world of mobility, inclusive, medical and sports design, materials research and design sustainability will document the status quo of an entire sector. The hope is that the exhibition will act as a stimulus for schools to teach the sort of design that channels “disruptive” practices, generating responsible, intelligent and accessible projects both now and in the future. This is precisely how the Salone del Mobile.Milano aims to support the design schools, promoting the new generation of designers and narrating their enthusiasm, courage and hard work at a time of huge change for the profession.
The Lost Graduation Show, in pavilion 4, will be driven by the urgent need to create a temporary exhibition in which no materials are wasted. Conceived as a standardised landscape, the installation will be based around a single material, modular and locally-sourced Ytong autoclaved aereated concrete blocks supplied by Xella Italia. Once disassembled, all the components will be ploughed back into the construction production cycle.