Opened in November 2018 at the new Legno Arredo ITS Rosario Messina Foundation Training Facility at Lentate sul Seveso, the SaloneSatellite Permanent Collection is the first syllabary of the history of creativity of the third millennium. A permanent space for narrating and showcasing the energy, the visions and the approaches of the young designers who have animated the first 21 editions of the event.
The authors of the works in the collection are a selection of the more than 11,000 young designers who have passed through the ranks of SaloneSatellite, many of whom have become leading designers at the global level.Strongly endorsed by Marva Griffin, Founder and Curator of the event conceived in 1998 at the request of the Salone del Mobile, the collection is an anthology of products presented over the twenty one editions of SaloneSatellite as prototypes and as part of the SaloneSatellite 20 Years Collection, a special edition of pieces specially designed to celebrate the event’s 20th anniversary, by renowned designers whose common denominator is having launched their careers at SaloneSatellite.New pieces by designers exhibiting in forthcoming editions will swell the collection over the years to come. It currently contains some 500 products from the great SaloneSatellite. 20 Years of New Creativity retrospective exhibition curated by Beppe Finessi and designed by Ricardo Bello Dias at the Fabbrica del Vapore in 2017. These products were presented as prototypes at the first twenty editions of SaloneSatellite and then went on the market, featuring in the catalogues of prestigious and large-scale distribution companies, and other high-profile manufacturing entities. Some of them have become successful products, others icons of this new season of design, some have garnered prestigious prizes and recognition, while others still have entered the collections of leading design museums.While working on exhibiting its own permanent collection, SaloneSatellite has also taken the opportunity for a critical re-reading of the projects presented during its many editions, valorising and rediscovering them in order to facilitate an understanding of the cultural and expressive urgencies and the creative background against which contemporary design is moving.The opening of a permanent space dedicated to designers under 35 at the Legno Arredo Training Centre, in which the pieces will be rotated periodically, is a natural complement to the Institute, a testing ground and launchpad for the many young people keen to plan and design their professional future within the wood-furnishing sector. “I am delighted that the SaloneSatellite Permanent Collection has found its home here at the Legno Arredo Training Centre, in a space dedicated to students and burgeoning talents, and open to anyone wanting to visit. The objects on exhibit may be sources of inspiration and learning, precisely because of having been designed by other young people who made them fuelled by their passion, enthusiasm and desire to win,” said Marva Griffin.
What the SaloneSatellite Permanent Collection really wants to achieve is to create a pathway that will allow visitors to get to grips with the new artistic and methodological evolution that characterises contemporary design. With three different design approaches. Many of the makers focused on typological innovation. Other designers focused their thoughts and activities on constructive experimentation by means of intelligent and astute exploration of materials. Lastly, there are a significant number of objects owed to formal innovation, to the quest for sculptural value, decorative qualities and a cheerful and witty approach channelling metaphors and allusions. Alongside these is a selection of very special pieces from the 2017 SaloneSatellite 20 Years exhibition, devised to celebrate the first twenty years of the event, commissioned from and designed by renowned international designers whose careers took off at SaloneSatellite. Some of these objects were produced by the designers themselves, others were presented and marketed by companies exhibiting at the Salone del Mobile.Milano. The pieces will also form part of future displays around which, from time to time, all the products from the Collection, future acquisitions included, will rotate.
- Pirarucu Armchair, design Sergio Matos, Estúdio Sérgio J Matos
- Selva, design Annabella Georgi
- Reva, design Patrick Jouin for Pedrali
- Koeda , design Nendo for Cappellini
- Ribbon Chair, design Nika Zupanc for Qeeboo
- Daydream, design Mist_o for Living Divani
cover: Virus, design Dirk Wynants for Extremis