Design Knows No Boundaries

Spaces, shapes and stories. 11 design companies for an installation that focuses on creativity

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Design Knows No Boundaries
07/10/2020 - On the occasion of Milan Design City 2020, simple flair and Strategic Footprints present DESIGN KNOWS NO BOUNDARIES a mood for life that focuses on creativity and a sense of community. Different stories, each one pioneering in its own right, come together to highlight the importance of networking in the project sector.

The Design Show is the expression of this message. Connecting spaces, shapes and stories, 11 design companies present 40 projects in an installation by simple flair with Offstage.

The setting unfolds inside the rooms and on the terrace of the Strategic Footprints agency. Objects are displayed on and in between microarchitectures made using construction materials, a symbol of building and working together. This exhibition, born from the desire to start talking and connecting again, presents many unpublished projects that weren’t able to be shown during Milan Design Week 2020. After several months of waiting, today they can finally be admired. Design Knows No Boundaries_ph: Matteo Bianchessi

Design Knows No Boundaries_ph: Matteo Bianchessi

Besana Carpet Lab introduces a new company approach: a strategic path of image and communication that focuses on the whole precious yarn from which the carpet and the rug take shape. Blend, which is an abstract design with an almost painted effect, has been used inside all of the exhibition’s interiors, and on the terrace there is a carpet from the new outdoor line Sunset, consisting of a dense network of colored yarns.

Bloc Studios introduces its latest collection Teste, a series of anthropomorphic vases by Valentina Cameranesi. It also introduces Marmo Donuts, a new project by Sabine Marcelis consisting of 3 concentric rings sculpted from a single piece of marble, whose shapes give rise to various interpretations. From Bloc Studios’ ongoing collaboration with ECAL, we also find Mirrors designed by Julia Caron, the third object in its Symbols series.

Etal. presents 3 new pieces: Classy, a chair designed by Luca Nichetto that stands out for its distinctive shape, which has been gently modeled to guarantee the highest standards of comfort and ergonomics; Milos, a table by Marc Sadler defined by the pure and architectural lines that rendering its structure; and Snap, a new seating collection by Francesco Meda, which represents the essence of sitting in its exemplary functionality and simplicity.

For CEDIT we have the Chimera collection, designed by Elena Salmistraro, whose unique approach reinvents the ceramic product with an intense symbolic charge. For Florim, Sensi of Casa dolce casa by Matteo Thun is presented, a decorative concept inspired by the non-color and granularity of the earth that expresses the tactility of natural land through a materiality that can be felt visually.

DoubleJ adds pieces to its maximalist homeware collection Wilbird. A set of table plates and vases made in collaboration with historic Veronese porcelain manufacturer Ancap are displayed in various styles and sizes. The brand also unveils the Pineapple & Rainbow collection, a line of porcelain vases and plates featuring colourful finishes painted by the best artisans, also in collaboration with Ancap. Finally, a line of textiles (tablecloths, napkins, placemats) produced using 100% linen show off bright colors and vintage prints.

Elsewhere, a new brand enters the design world. LOOPO exhibits a creative and dynamic collection of furniture and other objects that represent everyday design. Sofas, armchairs, rugs, and vases express a unique character through colors and patterns capable of entering people's lives with their language. It is a quality project where accessibility is the result of the process of creation and production of Italian craftsmen.

Once Milano introduces a collection of home textiles called Velvet, a line in precious velvet which is paired with 100% natural linen to create a contemporary and sophisticated product. The new collection of Pied de Poule quilts, entirely handmade in Italian linen, features one neutral side and the other characterized by this timeless texture. The Too Good collection by Faye Toogood is also being exhibited, which consists of an exclusive line of essential and minimal fabrics to dress the bedroom, and a hand-painted quilt.

The latest SERVOMUTO project comes directly from Paris design week 2020. Haute Couture consists of floor lamps with an hexagonal base in natural waxed ash, which convey a culture of excellent craftsmanship, and invites the viewer to discover an ancient savoir-faire in the manufacturing of lampshades, leading to a contemporary and tailored version of the lamp in fabric.

The Socialite Family, born as an editorial project that explores the environments of a new generation of families, is today a mature design brand that designs and develops its own collections. Furniture, decorative accessories and lighting are all made in collaboration with the best French and Italian craftsmen. On display is Rotondo, a modular sofa, chameleonic, with an elegant style that can be according to one's needs. Meanwhile, Carlotta, a coffee table in ash wood with iroko veneer, pays homage to the French designer Charlotte Perriand. Also on display there is a new collection of paints inspired by the great artistic movements of the 20th century (Dadaism, Realism and Modernism), created in collaboration with the historic Parisian company Mériguet-Carrére Paris.

Finally, The Design Show hosts an exclusive preview of the catalog “Italy: The New Domestic Landscape. New York 1972 / Venice 2020', curated by Chiara Carrera and Giovanni Svalduz, two young researchers from the IUAV of Venice. They propose a curatorial reinterpretation or the reactivation of the exhibition held in 1972 at Moma of New York. The catalog is a preview of the exhibition that should have taken place on the occasion of the Architecture Biennale and presents the work of fifty professionals and collectives of architects, designers and photographers of Italian nationality under age of 35.Design Knows No Boundaries_ph: Matteo Bianchessi

Design Knows No Boundaries_ph: Matteo Bianchessi

Design Knows No Boundaries_ph: Matteo Bianchessi

Design Knows No Boundaries_ph: Matteo Bianchessi

Design Knows No Boundaries_ph: Matteo Bianchessi

Design Knows No Boundaries_ph: Matteo Bianchessi

Design Knows No Boundaries_ph: Matteo Bianchessi

Design Knows No Boundaries_ph: Matteo Bianchessi

Design Knows No Boundaries_ph: Matteo Bianchessi

Design Knows No Boundaries_ph: Matteo Bianchessi

Design Knows No Boundaries_ph: Matteo Bianchessi

Design Knows No Boundaries_ph: Matteo Bianchessi

Design Knows No Boundaries_ph: Matteo Bianchessi

Design Knows No Boundaries_ph: Matteo Bianchessi

Design Knows No Boundaries_ph: Matteo Bianchessi

Design Knows No Boundaries_ph: Matteo Bianchessi

Design Knows No Boundaries_ph: Matteo Bianchessi

Design Knows No Boundaries_ph: Matteo Bianchessi

Design Knows No Boundaries_ph: Matteo Bianchessi

Design Knows No Boundaries_ph: Matteo Bianchessi


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