Milan Design Week or so called “Saloni” or “Salone del Mobile” (the institutional fair) “Fuorisalone” (the exhibitions widespread around the city) is the most important event in the world of design. Continue reading Milan Design Week 2013 Planned
The English crew this year has exhibited in a very unusual space: a museum. The National Museum of Science and Technology “Leonardo Da Vinci“, that I admit I never see in four years of my experience in Milan. So, come back in the city for the design week and discovered this place was great, I spent a while downstair, close to alumni of a schooltrip, watching life cycle of products and histories of materials. The venue remember us how human knowledge is huge and how during historic era the manufacturing is changed in more complex approach and automated way. There was the first industrial revolution, began in Britain in the textile and mettalurgic sector, with the in introduction of the steam engine. The second industrial revolution gained with the advent of electricity, chemicals and oil is considered to be the era of mass production with the formula of assembly line. Today the presence of humans in the traditional process has become less and less because the automated machines are doing in a more efficient way the “hard” job. We are able to produce an object in thousands of pieces at day with just few workers. In the design field, the sector with a target market very specific, this is not always a good thing. Experimentation and customization are value that are leading design and as we know the development of a new product costs thousands of pounds. Produce a mould is often too expensive for experimentation or short production. In the last decade with computer simulation and prototypes the process has got reliable tools for assuring that we can run the final step. Today, here we are, the machines that we use for prototyping are becoming suitable for industrial process. CnC milling, laser cut, 3D printer are developing in the direction of being used with materials for final products, and fast change of file submitted to be done.
At MOST we have an example with the event “The Great Stamp Giveaway”, which 400 lamps and 86 chairs have been manufactured during the fair by the TruPunch 3000, a machine that works without producing scrap skeleton. The machine works with CAD system that allow to program it with production drawings created in a quite simply way and analyzed and corrected by the system itself. The objects were made by metal sheet and gift away to the exhibition visitors in a flat pack. The visitor themselves have bended the sheets and have created their own design lamps. The role of the man, in this third industrial revolution, is all about the creation, the manufacturing is delegated to automated machines, and we are going towards much more individualised production than standard mass manufacturing. Tom Dixon, over than offer a vision of the future, has shown his latest projects in “Luminosity”. Fin series includes obround and round lamps and a light table which the functional elements are the structure and the shape themselves of the object. Etch, a series of candle holder and pendant light, comes from metal sheet bended after an industrial process used to produce electronic parts that allows to cut patterns directly on the material. Etch light web is a lamp that projects shadows owing by the unique structure designed of irregular pentagons, in anodised alluminium trough a process digital photo-acid etching.
Another interesting showcase at MOST was “Transnatural” where nature and technology are fused together for creating objects. The tree bench by Floris Wubben is composed by the seating in a wavy polypropylene attached with metal rods to the structure made by a wooden branch. As a consequence, the shape of the polypropylene is given by the shape of the branch. “Organic Factory” a collection of benches and stools by Ruben Thier are one off objects comes from industrial process. The liquid plastic overproduction that is dripping down from the machine is directly collected in molds that will be the seatings of benches and stools. The aim of the designer is to show the amount of “waste” is captured in furniture. As he declares the collection is growing, because production never stand still. The furniture comes with a serial number containing date, factory and machine.
Faye Toogood, a designer and stylist based in London, has showcased the Spade Chair. The lines and the shape of the object remember me the style of Giò Ponti, one of the master of italian design. The chair has a light weight and despite the thin structure is also comfortable. The designer declares to be inspired by rural life in the English countryside and the Spade is the juxtaposition of a three-legged milking stool and the handle of a gardening implement. At the Designersblock hub this year we saw Curl design by Constanze Schweda, a collection of one off table made by a single sheet of steel and cut and drawn in shape applying the Japanese art of Kirigami, usually for paper, to the steel.
And speaking about the Dignersblock…
Most of us, in our daily life, are been bothered by the time for the entire day. We are completely slaves of it: one hour lunchtime, timetables to follow, always in a rush because of the time. We don’t even notice how much we are influenced by time and the funny thing is that it is something that actually does not exists, it is something we “created” to have the situation under control, to live under a universal rule that we called time.
Myself first: I constantly live under the pressure of the time without thinking that it is up to me decide to slow down a bit and think about what I am doing and where I am, or to pay attention to something else but the time.
The Sasa Clock could represent a reminder for the most of us who live thier lives chasing the time instead of stop for a moment and think about that we are running because of something immaterial.
This necklace clock is, in fact, a long necklace of wooden beads placed over a turning carousel. As the carousel rotates, a bead slips down the cord every 5 minutes, the last bead to have dropped indicates the time.
As they told me when they showed me the product in Milan, part of Designersblock at MOST, during the Salone del Mobile, the Sasa Clock represents a particular way to live the time: “sometimes we need to completely liberate ourselves from the clock”, in this case, simply remove the necklace from the engine and wer it as a necklace.
Well..despite everything, personally I can’t stop to look at my clock and run for all the day, but at least DESTES clock by Thorunn Arnadottir gave us a nice and intelligent solution of how to look at the time, and if for a while we want to slow down we can literally “take our time”.
We will never stop the running time, but it is always up to us to live it in a different way.
More abou DESTES design.
by Anna D.
Beyond the fashionable and glossy side of the design week, in Milan there are also space for design for thought. Two particular places, a eighteenth-century dairy farm and a former factory have been readopted to exhibit a different approach to design: “GooDesign” the event organized at Cascina Cuccagna and “Posti di Vista” and “Milano si autoproduce” the ones at Fabbrica del Vapore have shown examples of sustainable values, a cooperation between entrepreneurs, designers and local community, new methods of design and production. The first two events was in collaboration with Best Up, a circuit for the promotion of the sustainable living, that has brought projects and ideas where the profit is not the priority.
A selection of design company such as Totem with the showcase of the furniture object by Paolo Cogliati, made by panels in birch plywood of just 12 mm of thickness and the ability to keep 30 times her own weight. In another stand, also set by Onfunton, Kenwood launched three prototypes of speakers made with four panels in natural wood from forests in Japan. A concept object that uses only the resonant properties of wood with a minimalist outcome. Vipot is a series of vases in natural and 100% biodegradable material with different compositions that gives different lifetime to the product. In the gallery we found furnishing in cardboard by Kubedesign, projects by the young designers of Mandalaki, Arago Design makes ceramics, that through the object itself, tell the processing, Feb31st shows her collection of glasses with wood frame. In particular “Bugia” a lamp by Mandalaki, using the concept of reuse, has got the lampshade realized with a perforated sheet of paper which the first use was in manufacturing process of metals in a factory. The “good” design methodology is not just applied to simple objects but also to web start up such as [im]possible living which aim is to bring attention on abandoned places. This it happens by her website where people is allow to pin up dismessed buildings, with addresses, pictures and details. Furthermore they would like to help who are interested to start a rescue project. Plinio Il Giovane, an historic brand of Milan, has worked on Social Design that means some objects of their collections were manufactured by carpenters held in prisons close to Milan. Similar aims comes from Operaperte that had a showcase where psychiatric patients were involved. “New Generation” by Lisa Parravicini, Luciano Pagani and Angelo Perversi was an exhibition organized with “Natura e Design” a shop in Milan but also a furnishing editor with a mission of proposing products made in “zero miles” involving artists, artisans and selfproducers.
At “Fabbrica del Vapore” two others important exhibitions showed another way to do design. “Milano si autoproduce“, curated by one of the master of italian design, Alessandro Mendini took 206 selfproducers came from different ambient and fame. Notorious big names such as Fabio Novembre and Italo Rota have exhibited together with jewellery artist, students and businessmen. The concept was to bring together producers from Milan area, who expressed a variety of design in the research process, giving each the same size of exhibition space and locations in alphabetical order. The result was the creation of a network between people have not before, but is living in the same city of Milan. “Posti di Vista” has investigated different paths and alternative interpretation of ideas,processes, tools and materials, to share a new way of creating, reinventing already existing objects of consumption or unused. Proposing new ideas to recalibrate the life cycle of products, the event aims to suggest a new balance between needs and consumption. In particular Shikai Tseng, designer and photographer, inserts objects covered with a light-sensitive layer in a camera obscura where they get impressed on the surface the first moment of the first exposure. Finally Low Cost Design is an exhibition about how human being have improved, modified, combined objects for allowing to continue the use in a better manner.
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Ventura Lambrate district exhibition is the youngest in Milan Design Week not only because is the third edition but also for age exhibitors and public. The fresh air in this part of Milan is something was missing in the city where big brands names and establishes designers have taken all the scene. The exhibition here is different and proposes a different approach of designers. Is another point of view of Milan that departs from the suburb and calls designers from all over the world. The TLV collective from Israel focuses their researches in the use of raw materials such as the stools of Itai Bar On made in concrete with an innovative ending technology or the cups of Galia Tammuz derived from an extruded tube in clay and pressed in a point. “The Happy Misfits” by Rutger de Regt is a collection of seats where each piece is unique thanks to the very particular making off ( a nice video provided by the designer could be found at this link http://vimeo.com/22625048) . A balloon is used as a mold and its shape is forced to transform by restriction.When the shape is defined the balloon is filled with styrofoam pearls. Another nice work of this designer based in The Hague is “Make and Mold” furniture series made from an industrial process where a first shape is obtained by a mold and finished in a DIY production process that gives unique pieces. “NightShop” a collaboration between Ward van Gemert and Adriaan van der Ploeg produces P.O.V. (Point of View) vase. The object shows another way of using plastic despite from industrial process, which the surface create a joke of prospective when the viewer walks around it. Another designer experimented with materials and provided objects with soft convex shape is Jessica Carnevale an american designer based in London that has shown Puffy collection. The Rhode Island School of Design has brought her students to Milan with “Transformations” a concept showcases where the products are made by objects usually used for others purposes. Emblematic is the work of Katie Stout that have designed a table made by plastic fast-food trays or the lamp of Tyson Atwell made by terracotta flowerpots. This part of the city fair demonstrates that design is alive and how designers are going on with experimentations and how the industrial process could be not a final stage but a point of start.
For a general vision of the district http://www.venturaprojects.com/
Other interesting exhibitions in Ventura Lambrate has been described by Anna, Another Terra.
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