Tuesday, 24 April 2018


Central photo above: Salone Satellite 2018 main stage, product designer Tero Kuitunen repositions his playful Boudoir Mirror against the wall.

A first glimpse of this year's Salone del Mobile confirms the role of the fair as the major design convention of the planet. The almost-half-a-million people, (designers, journalists, trade operators, students etc.) who visited the Rho Fiera premises in Milan this 3rd week of April received some dynamic impressions due to the Salone's current guidelines and most importantly, their huge impact on the industry in general. No wonder how the Salone's clear point about contemporary societies' tantalizing issues such as sustainability, internationalism, cultural/social intersection, networking, quality making and honest use of materials in the process- strikingly influenced the exhibitors' stands and their goods. 

Let's face it: the Salone is much more than just another fair, accumulating beautiful luxury items and making Italy the dreamcatcher for other countries' wishful thinking to host money-making local extravaganzas made by exuberant organizers and exhibitors. In it's long history, Salone established itself as a CONTENT MAKER in the field, introducing NOTIONS OF THE FUTURE and that its (inner) beauty, an important contribution that lays beyond superficialities.

In the beginning was the Word and also the Reason for it: so it is and Salone Satellite, (the young designers' institution, program and exhibition created by mega-curator Marva Griffin Wilshire 21 years ago), dedicated an area to the new production in Africa and Latin America, curated respectively by the honorable Hicham Lahlou and the legendary Fernando & Humberto Campana: 36 groundbreaking, emerging designers/teams redefined design TYPOLOGY cross-continentally, including works by Charles O.Job, Jean Servais Somian, Maria Haralambidou, Carol GayMenini-Nicola, Andrea Knecht, Rodolfo Agrella et al. Their projects alongside with the rest of contributing designers under-35-years-old, invent a new design glossary interlacing with the Salone's TrendLab recent manifestations: Nature is Present, Primal shapes+ shaping, All-in-One, Humour + Humanism, UI-UX-UProduct design, Paradoxal materials/ Meta-colors, Techno-droughts/ Digi-crafts....

Here follows our top list from the Salone Satellite 2018 main exhibition...These young designers know how to create awesomeness...check them out!

1. The urban settee JRENE, created by a team of design graduates in Seoul National University, Department of Design, is the furniture every contemporary urbanist/ architect/ landscape designer should embrace, understand and adopt as a system for public spaces. Another loud proof that the epicentre of young Asian design resides in South Korea. Respect.

2. In our era, stigmatized by materials in scarce, limited natural resources and budgetary restrictions, One Should be able with a Means to meet many Ends. Holistic, eco-conscious, transformable furniture and product design by exceptional designers (from top to bottom bellow) Kosuke Matsuda/UNI, Leila Boukhalfa/ROPE, Louis Bindernagel/ROPERY

3. Colour, humour, versatility and play time, from top to bottom bellow: Hanna Anonen, Tero Kuitunen (central blog photo way above), Olivia Lee and award-winning Pistacchi Design (He Ren Wei) transcend the typical image of modernist home decor and practical furniture, in the service of the distressed millenial. Design with empathy, a real therapy for the depressed. Enjoy!

4. Craft-Nouveau OR Nouveau-Craft? by the winner of the Salone Satellite Shanghai 2017, Xiaoqi Zhao with Alone chair, Antti Tuomi's sleek yet fresh furniture design, the Atelier Insolite (Romain Luppi) wood & resin tables (bellow from top to bottom): long-lasting craftsmanship can walk hand-in-hand with the Avant-garde afterall.  

5. Geometry, Science, Acoustics, Ergonomy, Spatial Intervention (from top to bottom): Studio Ardete, WD (Yusuke Watanabe), Felicia Arvid, WIII design student (Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts), Alizarina-Studio (Alizarina Silva). Use and learn.

     Special thanks to Salone's President Mr C. Luti, Mrs M. Griffin-Wilshire and the Salone Press & Hospitality Team 4 their patience and 4 being once more, ever so considerate .


In Salone We Trust๐Ÿ’“

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Getting there....Salone del Mobile 2018.

Is Revolution once more possible? Where does design fit in that potential outcome? (More Salone del Mobile 2018 manifestos and all sorts of interesting design news, in & out the premises of Rho fairground in Milan, Italy in our full article (:first-out-of-three, dedicated posts), around the 24th of April! Don't miss that out!

Just follow the Red Line with us...

LOL <3

Friday, 6 April 2018

Going Local: Notes over the past 10 days....

Photo above: handmade purse, produced by trafficking survivors & refugees at Social Fashion Factory, in Athens, Greece (SOFFA). You can also check all Fashion Revolution' topics, activities, actions,  animators and affiliated organizations: 

A warm afternoon in Athens, on the 9th floor at the Hilton: open hotel rooms transform into showrooms for the Mecca of Greek fashion and crafts. Secret sharing of some very promising designers' and makers' productions - a buyer's playground and a collector's intrepid excitement: it is clothing, jewellery, accessories, social fashion, cosmetics, swimwear, eyewear, millinery and footwear, all conceived and made by local minds. Feast your eyes on those discoveries and visit the subsequent list of sites : (photo bellow) (photo bellow) (photo bellow)

Also have a look on:

In between exhibitions at the Benaki museum in Peiraios avenue, and waiting eagerly! for the Architecture & Design Film Festival: Athens in the very end of April - we stopped for a quick look at the Dimitris Manikas retrospective. The master architect presents more than 40 years of his most prominent works, different projects upheld in the realms of Neoclassicism and Purist Modernism, predominantly in Vienna, the city he spent most of his adult life and also where he launched his career. 

In photos bellow: Top (detail): Urania Cultural Center in Vienna (restoration and extension). Bottom: Siemens-Kasern headquarters in Salzburg.

In 10 days we sail away to the vast, open spaces of the Salone del Mobile 2018! Stay tuned for our last pre-Salone post and all of our schedule updates! 

Until then, stay safe and sound?-))

A4D-D4A ๐Ÿ™Œ

Sunday, 18 March 2018

An introduction to Blockchain technology and Design....(among other things).

Photo above: background image of retro american publicity, source:

Mr. Vassilis Papakonstantinou, mechanical engineer and chairman of MIT Enterprise Forum Greece, stated in his recent lecture at Eugenides Foundation UTech Lab* that Blockchain technology consists of the 3rd most important innovation the last decades, right after Personal Computers (PCs) and the Internet. Blockchain is the basic technology that will define a new circle of activities, facilities, communities, systems, habits, morals and relationships in the contemporary world, now and tomorrow.
The galloping digitalization of the material world and of Content, together with all diverse Internet transactions and new online liaisons, plus the banking/economic crisis- required a costless technology, whereas trust would be NO condition of successful completion and at the same time  transparency, authentification and audit would be necessarily incorporated. A public, immutable and distributed ledger of transactions of ALL kinds, an overall "packaging" of many technologies, in order to manage crisis: THAT is Blockchain.

The huge databases created and transparently distributed by and to- many PCs, form independent networks in the fields of economy, public administration, education, health and legal infrastructures- provided that every new/last transaction in Blockchain technology does carry the "signatures" ("blocks"), therefore the entire information of all previous transactions in the chain. The applications of Blockchain technology are multiplying, including production, normalization, design and copyright. Some examples: 
1. Peer 2 peer insurance lending 
2. Health & medical records 
3. Supply chain communications 
4. Land rights management (land registries)
5. Crossborder money transfers 
6. Banking fraud detection 
7. Self-executing contracts ("Smart Contracts") 
8. Digital identity security 
9. Distributed cloud storage (documentation, archiving) 
10. Government corruption prevention 
11. Music royalty collections 
12. Serial diamond verification/identification.

Blockchain also implements Artificial Intelligence (AI) a determining fact for many future platforms, including digital currencies or cryptocurrencies, nowadays a key blockchain-based industry, also encountering issues of technical manipulation and energy efficiency,(ex. Bitcoin farms are currently expensive Quantum computers with latest-technology graphic cards that are rapidly heating up during mining- a result that will possibly limit their use in countries primarily affected by global warming and high temperatures in the near future).

If we have to come undone at some point (sooner or later), so to "unstitch" stitch-by-stitch this civilization - will those technologies/ platforms such as Blockchain or UbuWeb be our post-millenial "Black Boxes" to carry on safely a legacy, no longer available? A question, waiting to be answered the following years to come.

(*Huge thanks to UTech Lab and Mr. Papakonstantinou for the dedicated workshop to Blockchain technology!)


Sunday, 4 March 2018

A4D-D4A ThinkLab: Parallel lives, parallel designs - the works of Ingvar Kamprad and Steve Jobs.

In photo above: the Mac Pro by Apple, ( and the current version of Strandmon armchair by IKEA,(

There is no obvious interaction between some design icons of the century but there is definitely a copy pattern in their evolution and the actual transition of these objects into the 21st century era.
The frugal lifestyle and the democratic vision of universal access to goods and services of the founders of IKEA and Apple- Ingvar Kamprad and Steve Jobs respectively- infuse those very values into the design of the Mac and the Strandmon, but most importantly, they transcend those items to ceaseless, expanding "design machines".
The inextricable fusion of design and manufacturing in order to give a product that will have endless possibilities of improvement the following decades after its birth, remains the key factor in concepts like the new Mac Pro and the Strandmon- revisited numerous times and following the spirit, the etiquette of contemporary society's needs. Super-flexible, highly efficient, uncommonly pretty, eco and energy-friendly, traditional yet innovative, mass-addressed but individually appreciated, ready to be re-discovered and redesigned by the next generation.That's what makes them eternal.

Cordially ?-))

Monday, 12 February 2018

What really happened to Greek design*? A stroll inside the exhibition "160 Years Made In Greece".

In central photo above - Center: Enfield yellow electric car (Neorion & Enfield, Syros island,1970). Left (bottom and top respectively): enamelware and enamel heater and helmet by Kea Enamel Factory (Kea island).

What ever happened to Greek design? Historians and critics often describe hellenic design in the 20th century as something close to the Baby Jane* of European production. That is, in the rare docummented studies where sprouts a brave attempt to decipher the "failure" of the Greek production to trasform and metabolize its inventive powers to something new and seriously forceful to its industrial competitors. The poignant and final fixation- using the Freudian term- of Greek design in the late 70's and the transparent "end" of it in more or less that time, reveal the indisposition of a country with a "full metal jacket" of heavyweight, innovative industries  to pass to the next level(?). The recent design exhibition "160 Years Made In Greece: Industry, Innovation, Novelty" exercises the lawful right to investigate and present to the public a solid survey and collection of the Greek industrial legends and therefore their own design myths. Furthermore, throughout a profound historical study illustrating the major transformations of Greek society, the visitor tends to reach and understand the Leviathan of the Greek production the last century- and the orchestrated deceleration of almost its entity in the beginning of the 80's. The "orientation" of the country to services (whatever that might entail during the Greek postmodern era and beyond), led to a progressive cease of activity and a timid regeneration only recently.
The exhibition will stay up until March 2018 and it is a truly fascinating expedition, a genuine emotional rollercoaster for a Paradise-lost-of-Design: made to Last not made-Up just to show off as a seasonal, tourist attraction. 

Bellow, from top to bottom: Stoves and fridges by FG and Sklavenitis. Soaps and soap stamps by Papoutsanis. Biscuits stamps, presses and cutters used in1933 by E.I. Papadopoulos S.A. Fruit bowl and insulators by Glassworks factory D.C Argyropoulos. KYKLOS chair by Varangis S.A. back in1951. Machine for washing milk containers c.1970, DELTA. Glass bottles for the distribution of fresh milk by EVGA. Machineries used in dominant textile industries such as D.M.C Threads & Yarns and Dimitriades Cashmere Garments. ICAROS decorative objects. Pharmaceutical compounds, textile dyes and OXAL insecticides in their packaging. 

Love + Enjoy!
A4D-D4A <3

Sunday, 14 January 2018

First News for 2018 and some new Thoughts ....

Image above: 
WING pendant lamp, by Mineheart: for enquiries and pre-orders, please visit

A quick taste of what we are more than eager to expect this year, by the very companies around the globe, that remain dedicated to create awesomeness. Design aficionados get ready and sharpen your senses for the new products of British-based independent design studio Mineheart, about to get launched this March...Perfection, high quality materials, humour and a definite idiosyncracy full of unique industrial expertise giving away great furniture and home decor items...Feel delighted and so privileged by having an extra glimpse on another gem of the new 2018 Collection in the picture bellow: the Kokeshi lamp.

Since last Salone del Mobile 2017, Kartell is making a U-turn regarding her publicity policies. The Italian design giant is pushing the boundaries with great design, an appetite for world domination and an incredible campaign to communicate those efforts globally. Kartell continues touring in the big capitals of the world, organizing key events, exhibitions, talks and also happenings in its flagship stores. The first talk of the year will lighten up tomorrow the Stage at the IMM fair in Cologne, where the "enfant terrible" of contemporary Italian design and a key collaborator of the brand, the playful Fabio Novembre will showcase three new products for 2018: the EUR stool (in picture bellow), the Lantern LED lamp and the Componibili Smile storage unit- his very own reinterpretation of the timeless classic by pioneer Italian designer Anna Castelli Ferrieri. Pure fun!

The rising, preoccupying question of the year 2018, will figure in many articles from our very end of the independent media world: how the blockchain-based technology in different cryptocurrency platforms will affect the design market, from the production line to the final purchase by the consumer? If there is such a case, according to the sceptics of digital cash. We will get back to you on this shortly...

Until then and once more, Happy New Design Year 2018!