Milan 2013: Favorites from SaloneSatellite

Salone Internazionale del Mobile is the trade show around which Milan Design Week has grown, and SaloneSatellite is the section dedicated to new designers under the age of 35. Here are my top picks…


I loved the strong geometric lines in this chair by Taewoo Kim – and the shadows it cast.


The over-table UMV lamp by Lauri Hiilinen and Thomas Tallqvist has a dimmer switch integrated into the side – it’s reminiscent of the wind-up mechanism on a old-fashioned toy, lending the lights a subtle playfulness.


Adobe by ilaria.i is a a collection of desk accessories, made using an ancient brick-making technique, custom-made molds and clay from different regions in Italy to produce three different colors. Colored metal frames lend a modern edge. The collection includes an inbox/tray, a stand for an iPad or mirror equally at home on a desk or dressing table, and a pencil holder.


Inspired by “the line between the sea and the sky,” Jangada by Nicole Tomazi offers a new way to store kitchen apparatus. Who says a shelf needs to be a horizontal surface to put things on? We just featured this entire collection here.


These little stools by Re are made from plastic bags and won 2nd place in the SaloneSatellite Awards. Far better to end up as a stool than in landfill.


Catena is a mobile by Kobe Design University staff and student collective, Design Soil. It moves gently in the air making it quite mesmerizing.


It was great to meet the students and course leader from Savanna College of Art and Design.


This stool by Jerri Hobdy is created from two miles of alpaca wool – Jerri said: “The name of the stool is Ampy and the concept is amplifying one unit to create something bigger than itself. I did two miles of chain stitch, then used that chain stitch to compound on itself, using it as if it was yarn to chain stitch with again… I did that three times.” The resulting yarn is then crocheted.



Kristine Five Melvaer‘s Moa lamps switch the traditional positions of the solid base and transparent top, enabling the light and tinted glass to blend with the surface beneath.

Kristine says: “My friend Moa smiles at you from under her bangs.” The lamps are made from hand turned beech wood, tinted glass in a hand-made mould, and a textile-covered electrical cord.


The neon Stream Light Collection by Miguel Soeiro for Portuguese Own reminded me of a cowboy’s lasso!


I loved Yoonsup Song’s lights too on the Kwandong University stand. They have the sense of flexibility in that they could be used as ceiling lights or floor lamps, either upright or on their side as seen here. This collection of recycled concrete and wood stools and lights are by Utopia Architecture and Design otherwise known as



And last but not least, Alessandra Meacci’s ‘leaves’ caught my eye – 3D wall decorations that create a pattern as much with their shadows as with their form.

Katie Treggiden is a purpose-driven journalist, author and, podcaster championing a circular approach to design – because Planet Earth needs better stories. She is also the founder and director of Making Design Circular, a program and membership community for designer-makers who want to join the circular economy. With 20 years' experience in the creative industries, she regularly contributes to publications such as The Guardian, Crafts Magazine and Monocle24 – as well as being Editor at Large for Design Milk. She is currently exploring the question ‘can craft save the world?’ through an emerging body of work that includes her fifth book, Wasted: When Trash Becomes Treasure (Ludion, 2020), and a podcast, Circular with Katie Treggiden.