Just like every April for the last 23 years at the Salone del Mobile.Milano, we will be making the acquaintance of the many young designers forging their debut at SaloneSatellite. The applications have just been scrutinised by the eagle eye of the Selection Committee, and the designers have now set to work on the prototypes they intend to present to the public.
The countdown to the next appointment with young designers under 35 has already begun, with six months to go till the event. The stopwatch has been started by the Selection Committee, which has assessed the many applications for the 23rd edition of SaloneSatellite. The Committee is not required to give advice, but to evaluate the candidates’ portfolios on the basis of their current qualities and potential.
The following experts have been summoned to sit around the table by Marva Griffin Wilshire, founder and curator of SaloneSatellite. Firstly the “captains of industry,” who will weigh up not just the ideas themselves, but whether or not those ideas take account of the engineering and industrialisation capacity of the products, or their effective realisation at least. In particular, in view of the upcoming biennial editions of EuroCucina and the International Bathroom Exhibitions at the Salone del Mobile.Milano 2020, three entrepreneurs will be representing the respective categories: Roberto Gavazzi, CEO of the Boffi Group and Paolo Pastorino, President of Assobagno. They will be joined by Pasquale Junior Natuzzi, Chief Creative Officer and Stylist at the Natuzzi family business.
Then there are those who design for a living: this year we are honoured and delighted to welcome the forward-looking, concrete and ever-patient architect, designer and artist Nanda Vigo, the architect Giovanna Giannattasio, and the designers Giorgia Zanellato and Daniele Bortotto of the studio of the same name, themselves participants in SaloneSatellite 2013. There are the critics and authors Beppe Finessi and Anty Pansera, and two journalists: Valentina Raggi, editor at Elle Decor Italia and Marco Sammicheli, correspondent for Wallpaper, symbolically representing the Italian and foreign press, respectively. Lastly, two figures with close ties to the Salone del Mobile world: Patrizia Malfatti, who heads up the communication and press office and the architect Ricardo Bello Dias, who designs all the SaloneSatellite installations.
As per the General Regulations, the many designers who have taken part in previous editions (up to a maximum of three times), and have already confirmed their return, have not been assessed by the Committee. So, all that’s left is to wait for the 21st April, when the curtain will go up on the 59th edition of the Salone del Mobile.Milano. We’re all keen to get a look at the latest innovations.