SaloneSatellite was the first event to focus on young designers, instantly becoming the unrivalled place for interface with manufacturers, talent scouts and the most promising young designers, and since 1998 runs again concurrently with the Salone del Mobile.Milano.
Its creation was essentially a declaration of faith in the creative potential of designers under 35. Many of the prototypes presented in the previous editions have gone into production, and many of the 10,000 designers who have taken part over the years, along with 270 international design schools, are now big names on the design scene. Indeed, SaloneSatellite’s challenge has always been to imagine the shape of design to come and to try and imagine how future generations will forge a new, perfect balance between project, function and beauty.
Started in 2010, the SaloneSatellite Award is a further opportunity to facilitate contact between young designers and businesses.
10th edition for theSaloneSatellite Award competition: an international Jury made up of prominent figures in the design world will select the 3 most outstanding products. As of 2017, Banca Intesa Sanpaolo has also awarded a special prize.
A major new departure in the last edition was SaloneSatellite’s participation in the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage, an event launched by the European Commission and run and coordinated in Italy by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage (Mibact). This award has gone to the emerging talent the Jury felt best represented the theme of sustainability.
The first prize of SaloneSatellite Award was awarded to Stefano Carta Vasconcellos (Italy) for his Cucina Leggera (Light Kitchen) project, a kitchen unit that can be assembled by interlocking the elements that compose it. The second prize went to Tink Things (Croatia) for the Tink Things project, products that give shape to a comfortable and stimulating environment for children of all ages. Yuri Himuro (Japan) came in third for the Soft Block project, a new home decorative object that recalls a soft toy brick.
The European Year Award for Cultural Heritage was awarded to Sakari Hartikainen (Finland) for his Savoa project, an environmentally sustainable table that reflects the search for harmony in our lives. Lastly, the Banca Intesa Sanpaolo Award was delivered to Mutarq (Mexico) with the Claro project, a flat and ultra-light bookcase that offers greater storage space with minimum use of material.
New prototypes for the home and office: furniture, furnishings and lighting designed and produced by persons involved in the industry, such as industrial design studios, students of industrial design, designers, architects; no manufacturers, whether industrial or artisan, will be admitted.