Salone del Mobile, the prestigious Italian furniture fair opens its doors today offering visitors the very best in international furniture design concepts. Salone del Mobile is also home to SaloneSatellite an event that spotlights promising young designers under 35 by giving them a platform to connect with manufacturers, buyers and talent scouts. Noted for launching the careers of designers such as Oki Sato of Nendo, this year’s SaloneSatellite theme is Africa/Latin America: Rising Design – Design Emergente and as such is presenting a group of designers representing both regions. Among those representing African design is Jomo Tariku, founder of Jomo Furniture who is unveiling a new design, The Nyala chair, which is inspired by the graceful curves of antelope horns; and alongside him Lani Adeoye founder of Studio Lani whose furniture is based on organic forms; and luxury lighting by textile design brand AMWA in collaboration with The Bespoke Boutique. Industrial designer Ifeanyi Oganwu who specializes in combining craft with engineering has previously participated in SaloneSatellite.
Moroccan/French designer Hicham Lahlou a leading figure in promoting contemporary African design is the curator of the Africa section. He is the founder of the Africa Design Award, an annual award that recognises designers from across the African continent. The Latin America section is curated by the legendary Campana Brothers, Fernando, and Humberto, whose creative practice includes the social rehabilitation of marginalised people. The designers taking part in SaloneSatellite have been tasked with exploring the relationship between heritage and the contemporary scene melding craftsmanship with new technologies.
SaloneSatellite was founded in 2010 by curator Marva Griffin Wilshire who is a mentor of young design talent. Another feature of the event is the SalonSatellite Award which awards a cash prize to the 3 best projects as selected by an international jury of leading industry players.
Salone del Mobile and SaloneSatellite run from 17-22 April 2018.
– Tapiwa Matsinde