salone awards 2017

salone awards 2017

Friday, 16 June 2017

Summer News 2017: Part A.

Here is the latest from A4D-D4A favorite fairs, design studios and exhibitions around the globe<3:

1. The recent press release regarding The Salone Awards 2017- edited by the Salone Press Team reports: 
"Salone del Mobile.Milano Award Mark II: The 11 winners of the second edition of the international award, devised by the Salone del Mobile.Milano to give further prominence to the outstanding sectoral exhibits at last April’s 56th edition, have now been announced.
The Salone del Mobile.Milano is repeating last year’s successful first edition of the Salone del Mobile.Milano Award, a special prize for the very best showcased by the furnishing and design world at the most recent edition of the fair.
The award is intended to recognise the value of ideas, creativity, innovation and technology that together contrive to make the event the world’s most acclaimed international vehicle for cutting edge design trends and the very latest in home living".

The 11 winners, as presented by category- are for this year:

-Best Product – Workplace3.0: Io.T / studio Gtp and Tecno
-Best Product – Euroluce: Filo / Andrea Anastasio / Foscarini
-Best Product – xLux: D.Vision3 / Ferruccio Laviani / F.lli Boffi
-Best Product – Classic: Black & White Collection / Provasi
-Best Display: Flos / Calvi Brambilla
-Best Product – Furnishing: Pack / Francesco Binfare / Edra
-Best Emerging Designer: Elena Salmistraro
-Best Designer: Philippe Starck
-Lifetime Achievement Award: Ernesto Gismondi
-Special Jury Prize: Marva Griffin
-Special Banca Intesa Sanpaolo Prize (institutional partner Salone del Mobile.Milano): De Castelli

Hail, hail to the choice of winners- we are anxious to receive next year's third edition of the Salone Awards!

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We have already mentioned the event in our 20th of April 2017 related post- but here a small taste of the fantastic photos realized by Mario Grisolli:  Steve Jobs o visionario: the state-of-the-art exhibition designed by Migliore + Servetto, held in Rio de Janeiro already and re-opened on 15th at the MIS in San Paolo, (with an inauguration on 14th of June).


The exhibition project- conceived by Migliore+Servetto Architects is created and produced by Fullbrand and curated by Cecilia Botta at the Pier Mauà in Rio de Janeiro and then at the MIS in San Paolo -"builds a path of knolewdge structured in narrative cells which allow the visitor from time to time to establish a new relationship with the contents of the exhibition".

..."Faced with such a complex and multi-faceted personality, we conceived the set up as the sum of eight environments which are  very different  one to another, designed in order to let the visitor get closer to each theme in a unique and engaging way.”... 
Ico Migliore + Mara Servetto.









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Fancy a stroll up in U.K this September? In the Cambridge Home + Garden Show some of our most cherished designers and manufacturers will be there not only to exhibit but to host and sponsor customer centered, support events, guiding through the visitors with essential, personalized consultation for their OWN house design- like the Ask Me Anything service sponsored by Mineheart! Be there and get the advice you need for re-designing your residence, by the very best in the trade!!!

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Stay tuned for the announcement of the A4D-D4A new design seminars and webinars, soon to be launched?-))) We promise some super exciting series of knowledgeable, intense, updated and innovative design lectures and workshops, custom made to the Future NOW. 
Until then,

Best regards
A4D-D4D

                                                         

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

BACK TO THE FUTURE: INTER-SECTING SPACES EXHIBITION AT ATHENS JEWELRY WEEK 2017.



Image above: Let It Shine necklace by Sara Chyan, (matches, acrylic board, resin), Inter-Secting Spaces exhibition during the 2nd Athens Jewelry Week 2017 at the Benaki Museum of Decorative Arts and Crafts (Peiraios annex), May 2017, Athens, Greece. Organization/ Coordination: Anticlastics (Anastasia Kandaraki, Erato Kouloubi and Niki Stylianou).

http://athensjewelryweek.com/

http://www.benaki.gr/index.asp?lang=en&id=20201

Hear the accoustic description for our central picture by clicking on the link:
https://www.facebook.com/katerina.mourginaki/videos/10213117479997540/

The 2nd Athens Jewelry Week 2017 ignited this year something bigger than just the ambition of a Cosette-type small country to just carry the burdensome backet of the European South, next to its contemporary jewelry almighty simblings, for instance Spain and Italy. There is a tsunami of creative forms of jewelry in the city of Athens, a real host of the craft the last 40 years, pregnant with a fascinating, quiet scene of designers/makers - almost entirely unattended by the state institutions like the Hellenic Chamber of Commerce, the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth, the Ministry of Education and other relevant state organizations and guilds. 
The Benaki Museum of Decorative Arts and Crafts in Greece provided, like in numerous cases, the stage and the in-depth knowhow of a complex field like contemporary jewelry, alongside with the organizational and promotional expertise of the skillful Anticlastics team- for the first concrete contemporary jewelry international exhibition in the Greek capital: Inter-Secting Spaces, within the AJW 2017 other parallel events and manifestations. The exhibition showcases 29 designers/artists who also contested for the 2nd AJW Award 2017, renown contemporary jewelry presences in the AJW 2017 Jury list, the video narrative Meta; Morphosis: A Dream Trip Through Jewelry by Kostas Pittas projecting the essence of the portfolios, a project of children's jewelery and jewelry "games" in order for the visitor to comprehend and perceive the art form of an ancient technology and the intense, intellectual procedure of adornment making.

In the photos bellow, from top to bottom: the craking works (neck pieces) of three legendary artists jewelers, also members of the AJW 2017 Award Jury, Lucia Massei, Sofia Björkman and Tanel Veenre. In the last photo the jewelry project of talented 10-year old Raphael Kasteroudis, one of the highlights of the exhibition.






In the core of the exhibition, 29 Greek and international contemporary jewelry designers/makers/artists inter-sected their diverse perspectives with elaborate techniques, imaginative materials and a strong political vision. Aesthetics is politics and wearable items employ a political statement AND a visual impact of high caliber. Beauty is a result of this process but not a sole indicator of the project value and of its gravity- a project that reflects a huge artistic and technical importance, far and away from common curatorial theory and practice. Enjoy in the pictures bellow, from top to bottom, some of the 29-team key presences: 
The 29 Exhibitors' List - AJW 2017 Award Winner, Turkish Snem Yildirim with her pendant Seven In a Row - JOYA 2016 Winner Liana Pattihis with the pendant Offerings (Tamata) - Angelos Konstantakatos with Hidden Perspectives brooch - Sol Flores with Plane brooch - Iryna Voitenko with Subtle Truth necklace - Martina Dempf with Palmyra brooch - Isabelle Busnel with Untitled 2 and 3 brooches - Christine Jalio with Past-Loss-Future series (pendant and brooch) - Kätrin Beljaev with Companion 2 and 3 pendants - Yiota Vogli with Keep it Safe pendant and pair of earrings - Georgia Gremouti with brooches from Molecular Corpus Colonies and Germination Phase series - Magali Thibault Gobeil with Candy Baby Doll necklace.  















May this new, long awaited amazing initiative continue for many years to come. We are looking forward to AJW 2018 already....Until then, wear it- don't fear it!!!

A4D-D4A?-)))


Sunday, 14 May 2017

ACCESSIBILITY HACKATHON 2017, ATH, GR! (XXXL)



Image above: The Winner, the UI GridSense by Team 5 in the 1st Accessibility Hackathon 2017, in EEF/UTech Lab. 

http://web.eef.edu.gr/hackathon/index.php


***You can hear an accoustic description of our central image by following the link:

https://www.facebook.com/katerina.mourginaki/videos/10213039294042940/


The first official Greek 2-day contest for app/UI/UX design for pupils and students, about supporting people with disability (limited mobility, partially sighted/blind, deaf-mute or other physical constraint to full access i.e senior citizens)- was held last weekend at the premises of Eugenides Foundation/ Technology Lab (UTech Lab), with the contribution of computing scientists, human rights organizations, activists and educators. The contestants had to explore the side effects of limited access and design a web or/and mobile app to help improving accessibility for all in the digital era. Talented youth gathered and formed teams, presenting their final idea, with a demo and a strategic plan for future development- aspects on which their evaluation was based by the Judges Committee and concluded to the choice of the three winning finalists. 

The 10 platforms showreel: A-x-ces, Access The World, RampApp, Entertainment For All, GridSense, .rhea, Accessibility App, Easy Life, Help Request, inspire.me mainly focused on databasing and creating communal facilities for spaces categorization, according to their accessibility level, therefore creating new urban cartographies for all citizens. Their differentiation on design and technical adequacy, was one of the criteria for the winning team showcasing an app towards that idea, the Google-powered, yet user-sustained and managed A-x-ces by Team 1 (picture bellow),




which conquered the 3rd place in that field. 

The 2nd price was justly awarded to an app with huge potential and in-depth, personal engagement, Entertainment For All by Team 4. A screen-reader based interface for partially or non-sighted card players, the app consisted of a navigational tool for eye-impaired gamers, suitable at the same time for their non-disabled co-players (picture bellow). 




The winner of the competition, Team 5 with the sophisticated, sensorial interface GridSense created a new cognitive system for accessing info, completing tasks, learning and developing- for almost all types of kinetic disability or visual/oral/hearing impairment. A very impressive portfolio for such a short notice, this UI architecture earned instant acclaim and it surely created a foundation for further work by the team in international hackathons around the subject of accessibility. (Have a look on all 3 winners in the photo bellow).



We are looking forward to next year!Thanks EEF/UTech Lab and Accessibility Hackathon Partners, for this fantastic initiative!!!

A4D-D4A:-)))

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Who's the FAIR-est of them all?-) Salone del Mobile 2017- 3.0



Image above: VOLTASOL planters by Xavier Mora & Sandra Compte for Livingthings and NAN lamp by Guimerà i Cinca for Estiluz - at Inspired In Barcelona: In & Out exhibition, Palazzo Isimbardi, Milan, 2017.

The A Joyful Sense at Work event within the context of Workplace 3.0, the biennial exhibition in Salone del Mobile 2017, Milan- showcases exceptional studios involved but more than anything, it is setting the future design of working space - a space going through severe transformation right now as societies evolve. The ambiance of the contemporary business has new notions flowing and incorporates new dynamics, turning enterprises into convolutional, advanced habitats of creativity and growth. A new design terminology is about to determine the working environment: Typological Evolution of Coworking, Humanscale Reshaped, Meeting Rooms Easy Configuration, Acoustic Performance Revisited, Neuroscience and Architecture, Shared Zones, Operative Management Design, Active Learning and Technology, Desired Connection instead of Required Circulation were some of the most prominent ones. 

Products like MOSSwall®  by Verde Profilo - already seen in variations at the exhibition halls- offer a revolutionary, eco-friendly technology in office acoustics, a major issue in companies such as call centers or busy industrial units, law firms or design studios. The Water Cooler experiment by Studio O & A and the Reset installation (picture bellow) were the two proposals at A Joyful Sense at Work that initiated an organic, fluid response to the workflow condition, as well as an emotional tranformation towards the state of stress, while working. 




Inspired In Barcelona: In & Out was propably THE highlight of this year's parallel events at the Salone De Mobile and during the Milan Design Week. The Spanish Design Armada exhibited more than 80 iconic products, representative of the Catalonian school, a movement thriving especially the last 30 years-with companies and professional designers that influenced significantly the routes of European design. A fantastic event, organised by Emiliana Design Studio ( also exhibiting a handful of projects), with the participation of Barcelona Centre de Disseny and Catalonia Trade and Investment.

In a selection of photos bellow, from top to bottom: ABALLS lamp by Jaime Hayón for Parachilna and JAZZ sideboard by Borja Garcia Estudio for Mobenia - Dipping Light lamp(s) by Jordi Canudas - MON ONCLE barbecue by Mermeladaestudio for RS Barcelona, TOLEDO AIRE chair by Jorge Pensi for Resol, GAROTA OP1 lamp by Alex Fernández and Gonzalo Milà for Bover, MEMPHIS BRONZE by Fitnice Internal Team for Vertisol - SHOELACES lamp(s) by Curro Claret for Metalarte - ZIGZAG planter by Emiliana Design Studio for KETTAL







As an epilogue, approximately 350.000 people attended the Salone del Mobile this year. The expectations are once more fulfilled, regarding the most important, commercial, design fair in the world...press wise the Germans were talking money, the Latinos were talking content, the young designers were seeking leads, the Scandinavians were exploring new points of sale, the French new networks. Italy was ready to respond to every single task again, keeping an augmenting pace. It is an augmented design reality the Salone del Mobile after all... Back to it in 2018, from 17th to 22nd of April!

With compliments
A4D-D4A-)))



Thursday, 20 April 2017

Who's the FAIR-est of them all?-) Salone del Mobile 2017- 2.0



Image above: Side to side views under different lighting, of the ACCESS TO ALL chamber in the DeLightFul/ Essential Spaces exhibition, curated by Simone Ciarmoli and Miguel Queda of the Ciarmoli Queda Studio at the Euroluce biennial fair of the Salone del Mobile 2017, Milan, Italy. On the foreground the blue Boa sofa by Edra next to the Snake coffee table by Meritalia - on the background Zanotta' Leonardo desk with Alias' Rolling Frame chair and Oluce' Attolo table lamp - right next to Arper' Bowl chair.

Design, Light, Future, Living: these are the four key concepts in this year's Euroluce manifesto, the conceptual DeLightful/Essential Spaces exhibition. In the 7 spaces designed and luminated by the Ciarmoli Queda Studio:Cave, Hall of Art, Access to All-Room with a View, Vegas, Shanghai, Egeo, Cinema - the dominant pieces of contemporary European and Italian design production tell a story under a Different Light, the significant element of our percerption, existence, evolution. This poetic roller coaster is coronated at the Cinema space, with the projection of auteur director Matteo Garrone's film: the adventure of human life, illuminated under different scopes and in various ambiances in the very archetypal, natural setting of a forest. A really emotional moment to intonate the emblematic idea of the DeLightFul experience. A domestic, lighting environment seen differently, turned into a hub of dreams for humanity.

This year's Euroluce  fair had some exceptional products with Artemide capitalizing the area with an outstanding presence, organization and PR- again this year. The company's catalog was more than impressive to say the least, with the METI light by Paolo Rizzatto (first bellow) and the Alphabet of Light by BIG (second bellow) to attract attention and critical acclaim, for their technical competence and their aesthetic metaphor and meaning. Just an ideal almost, not a company, Artemide transcends into the space of legends and acquires with just precision the A4D-D4A award of the best trade feature 2017 in Euroluce.





LG presented an accute design execution and an advanced technology, combined in the two superlative lighting devices based on OLED panels, signed by the master designer Ross Lovegrove. Medusa and Pyrosome (bellow respectively) get our award of Euroluce Top Engineered Product 2017.




Among Euroluce' top stands, Showroom Finland demonstrates the last years eco-friendly lighting that has a significant outprint and an admirable style. We nominate for best eco-friendly lighting design in Euroluce 2017, the Pilke series, Hiili and Ristikko (from top to bottom bellow).





The Spanish Design Armada is a subject we will present thoroughly  in the 3rd Salone-dedicated post at the end of the month April- for the time being enjoy a photo from the Marset stand in this year's Euroluce (bellow) and our proposal for best outdoor light 2017 in Euroluce: Meridiano floor lamp by Vibia (second bellow).



It is a joy to attend fairs where manufacturers like the portuguese Serip have such a intense apparence, showcasing amazing lighting products and understand lighting technology as well as being proactive in evolving traditional craftmanship. Best lighting design: Tradition to Now 2017 according to A4D-D4A the wonderful contemporary translation of a chandelier by Serip, (in the photo bellow).


It is random not to state extremely rare, to visit a corporate trade with so much visual interest and in-depth content and knowledge. Space and Interiors is not just another corporate exhibition, showcasing materials and technical solutions for architects, designers and site constructors. Space & Interiors is a festival, flavoured and shaped by the limitless skill of the architects Migliore & Servetto, who signed once more this year the exhibition design a.k.a the narrative and the navigation inside the show (see three top photos bellow). The concept, liaising with Euroluce, is named "Absolute Lightness" after the architects' art direction to recreate Lighting's essential story... A trully beautiful installation is dividing the exquisite contractors' stands such as ABET LAMINATI (bellow forth photo) and  Salice Paolo (bellow bottom), among many others. Migliore & Servetto also signed the project design of numerous other prestigious international exhibitions such as the latest "Steve Jobs: o Visionario" exhibition (at Prédio do Touring / Praça Mauá 10, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil until the 7th of May 2017)- as well as many of the Milan Design Week parallel events.






In the Salone Del Mobile 2017' 56th edition Kartell seriously nailed it. The company leaving behind the previous two years of pharaonic- yet morose and of cold PR approach- presentations at the Salone, it advanced its stand to a completely different level together with its multiple manifestations around the city of Milan. With an impressive portfolio of even more impressive new products signed by the core of international designers, Kartell contaminated... with its signal moto Contamination!- great furniture, fantastic sense of humour, excellent communication among its teams and on the Salone busy counter, humanity, warmth and a tap-on-the-shoulder, laid back, friendly marketing towards the consumers, the journalists and the general audience, million light years away from their showreel back in 2015 and 2016. After all, the history and the immense contribution of the house to European and International design imposed the company's return to Kartell's original center of interest: the People. All of them, and not of a specific breed or class. Focal points on the wholesome of the Kartell attack this year- the children's line of products, all of them of exceptional manufacturing and educational value- and the Componibili event, exhibiting the history of a storage cabinet- turned to a cult artefact, its design intelligence by its creator- the legendary pioneer designer Anna Castelli-Ferrieri in a emotional film/tribute to the brand and the Componibili series. 

Bellow (top): The Children's Corner at Kartell with all sorts of goodies designed by P. Starck, P. Lissoni, Nendo, T.Yoshioka, F. Laviani. (Bottom) NEW; the Armchair Cara Mosshart and the Coffee-table Ray Orrgray, conceived by P. Starck.



Bellow (from top to bottom): Componibili 1960, the Beginning. Anna Castelli-Ferrieri (2) talks about creating the series. P. Urquiola reincarnates the Componibili. P.Lissoni' personal view of Componibili.






Salone del Mobile 2017: The Winners! (the award list of absolute favourite products and brands by A4D-D4A).

1.Best furniture item/ Best designer at Salone del Mobile 2017

Monza Bistrot Chair/ Konstantin Grcic for Plank; This is not a chair; it is a session of physiotherapy combined with a feast for your eyes. It expels K.Grcic to the arena of 21st century design geniuses and declares him as propably the most complete designer of his generation. Plank is a company that understands that very well. Respect and many congradulations for the full line of their sitting products. 




2. Best Design at Salone del Mobile 2017: Material Use/ Specialized manufacturing 

Citco, marble furniture. The Italian designer and manufacturer employs the material like no one else on this planet- including craftsmen in Greece and India. Amazing lines, bright design talents and famous designers behind many pieces, incredible knowhow, just breathtaking stand at the fair. Flawless.




3. Best Design: TREND at Salone del Mobile 2017

Missoni, black and white weaving, "Zebra"  feeling. The experience of the house on setting the trends and streamlining the interior design tendencies across the globe, has not ceased. It is Missoni' insatiable ability on defining every new concept, every year. 



4. Best Design/ Soft Furnishings at Salone del Mobile 2017

Hayon x Nani rug series, by Jaime Hayon for Nanimarquina. It's been thirty years that Nanimarquina rocks our floors and with the new Jaime Hayon designs, the company creates awesomeness once more and we have the chance to celebrate its anniversary.



5. Best Living Interiors and Outdoors at Salone del Mobile 2017

The award will be split between Karimoku New Standard, A Lot Of Brasil (Cariri Collection) and Pedrali (photos in that order bellow) for their ever so innovative notions of conceptualizing interior design with furniture and offering alternatives for new domestic spaces and places. 




6. Best Home Decor Item at Salone del Mobile 2017

L'Oiseau (The Bird) by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Vitra. The ceramic bird design by the Bouroullec Brothers for Vitra, enjoys its 6th year of unanimous popularity, and not in vain. This year a beautiful video from its production was also playing in the Vitra premises at the fair. 



7. Special award: Art* translated to Design at Salone del Mobile 2017

In BD Barcelona: Design Meets Art*. Dreams cabinet by Christian Zuzunaga, Aquário cabinet I/II by the Campana Brothers and Dalia cabinet by Joel Escalona. Post-factual era expressionism and surrealism, into furniture design and BD Barcelona has the answer. 



8. Best Sound design/ Design Innovation award at Salone del Mobile 2017

PIXEL by Nordgröna,(Swedish Design Goes Milan): The high-class sound absorber made from natural, hand-picked Scandinavian Reindeer Moss contained in felt cubes- knocked us out. It is coming in a range of lovely colours, matching how really exciting the product is.


9. Best German designer/furniture at Salone del Mobile 2017

Brühl, Les Copains chairs series. German operators and furniture companies stay well composed, with a transparent, yet noteworthy image at the Salone- a quite typical thing, since they are out of the usual, well-known territories. An exception to that general rule is Brühl. The latter managed this year a welcoming stand and it showcased a very interesting line of all-purpose furniture (Les Copains seats), coming out as one of the most refreshing and defining elements of the fair. 


10. Best industrial mass producer at Salone del Mobile 2017

Papatya, Chairs and Seats. In years when China clutters the international fairs with mass-produced furniture items, using design only as an alibi, companies like Papatya are almost therapeutic. Solid, comfortable and well executed fabrication, with more than a few design surprises like the Mambo, Tiara and Flora chairs.


11. Best Leather furniture at the Salone del Mobile 2017

Erik Jørgensen' collection introduces top quality and finishings. Sheer perfection.


12. Top Luxury Interior brand at the Salone del Mobile 2017

Roberto Cavalli Home Interiors. The designer exhibits this lush decadence in terms of style, using the materials of paradise. No wonder his stand had people queueing during the whole week at the Salone




For more information and contacts, please write to us directly or visit the Salone del Mobile 2017 official website. NEXT POST: A Joyful Sense At Work exhibition impressions and Inspired In Barcelona: In & Out- the photos and the news!!!! Stay tuned until the end of the month of April!!!!

In Design We Trust?-))
A4D-D4A