/ MILANO /
JUNE / 22
Designers: David Derksen
[ARRAY] is a personal collection of decorative and functional lighting. It is a collection that has been curated, designed and developed by David Derksen.
The properties of materials, construction, mathematical principles and the possibilities of modern LED lighting techniques form the starting points of all designs. Industrial techniques, as well as craftsmanship, are always a source of inspiration. Each fixture has been designed and developed with dedication and produced in the studio in Rotterdam or at local partners.
[ARRAY] started from the passion for lighting design and the long-held wish to bring a personal and uncompromising lighting collection to the market.
Designers: Thomas DEFOUR / Antoine GRULIER / SUPERPOLY / Les CRAFTIES / Sophia TAILLET / Clément ROUGELOT / Gregory GRANADOS / Marion MAILAENDER / Yeon JINYEONG
13Desserts is an independent design label with a multidisciplinary approach dedicated to the creation, production and promotion of design pieces.
Since its creation in 2020, we have been offering the work of emerging designers and established artists through exhibitions and collections produced in limited editions.
Our vision and our practices today push us to develop and promote daring creations through collaborations with designers and artisans from various backgrounds. This bias allows us to explore new production avenues and respond to an intention of sustainable consumption.
Objects and pieces of furnitures produced on a human scale are the result of close collaboration between designers, the label and artisans.
We also attach great importance to respecting an entirely Italian or French production. This geographical proximity allows us to pay particular attention to each project.
"ALCOVA X 4SPACES"
Designers: Justin Morin
Zurich based textile company 4Spaces creates with artist Justin Morin a remarkable and stunning drapery installation for Alcova’s OFFCUT BAR.
Despite its casual appearance, the piece follows a specific protocol and is inspired by Hollywood, Art and Fashion. Justin Morin challenges the production by creating a design repeat of over 30 meters printed on 200 linear meters of fabric in total.
"A Gentle Gathering (AGG)"
Designers: Giulia Ferraris
Collaborators and other credits: Tessitura la Colombina
Textile objects that reclaim a sense of slowness, A Gentle Gathering is a home collection that tells stories about rural memories, tranquility and artisanal rituals.
The series brings people together, embracing them in a warm and intimate atmosphere, calmly. It springs from the need for re-setting our values with something simple and familiar, disconnecting from a hectic modernity to reconnect with the matter and the craft. Consciously, and with care.
Slow objects, made by the pace of the body using ancient restored handlooms, include blankets and cushions that are entirely handmade in a textile district in the North of Italy, using wool yarns chosen from a forgotten archive. The making of each piece goes through manual and slow processes, where expert, immersive and repetitive gestures leave a trace of imperfection that makes every piece authentic and unique. Drawn from an earthy palette, the collection is reminiscent of a Mediterranean environment. It describes the traditional checkerboard motif, organised in a tactile grid play where the dense and soft mohair blocks are gently framed by relief lines and placed on a rough and primitive wool surface. Simple in aesthetic, but rich in tactility and with a sophisticated method of manufacture.
A Gentle Gathering is the first textile series part of A. Vetra, a project by Giulia Ferraris. As object and textile editor, A. Vetra creates numbered-edition collections through collaborations with artisanal identities.
ADITIONS + Hello Human
"This is America"
Designers: Alara Alkan, Alexis Moran, Alexis Tingey, Bellafonté Studio,
Forma Rosa Studio, Ginger Gordon, Jaeyeon Park, Jialun Xiong,
Kate Greenberg, Ladies and Gentlemen Studio, Madeline Isakson,
Monica Curiel, mym, Nifemi Ogunro, Studio Mano
Collaborators and other credits: Canoa
Labels, whether correctly or incorrectly attached to people, identities, groups, ideas or objects are the way we as a society can begin to understand, categorize and contextualize the world around us.
Indeed, the term “American design” is a label attached to the cohort of American designers producing work today, and how they express themselves, their ideas and their work. While individuals may have a personal view on what American design is, it is a global culture that collectively labels what American design is, what it looks like, feels like, how it’s made, who makes it, who buys and uses it.
Moving away from stereotypes around American design and of American designers, those that tie and contextualize our work to an overarching canon, style, vernacular or person, whether they be mid-century design, “Americana” the traditional American home, the American maker movement or even the historical narrative of American fine woodworking in furniture and what that woodworker looks like.
This is America is an opportunity for us as part of a diverse nation of designers, communicators and curators to rechart the territories, labels and previous conceptions of American design by showcasing our reflections and views of what American design is today.
What we have discovered is an enormously diverse set of viewpoints and cultural references from designers as they express the idea of America through the lenses of cultural diversity, decolonization, climate migration, post-pandemic life, consumerism, materiality, technology and craftsmanship.
Adrian Cruz Elements / Sandro Giulianelli
"Adrian Cruz Elements / Sandro Giulianelli"
Designers: Adrian Cruz, Sandro Giulianelli
Sandro from Italy, Adrian from Mexico, both graduated in architecture from the University of Florence. Their training is strongly influenced by Renaissance architecture and by the experiments of 'radical design', which had its origins in Florence in the 1960s and 1970s.
The crystalline stereometry of their creations combines classical geometries and new
materials. Memories of the two-tone colours of Tuscan monuments and the bright colours of Mexico echo in the solid furniture, anchored to the ground as Leon Battista Alberti and Barragàn´s architectures.
"ANDlight Vol. 22"
Designers: Lukas Peet, Caine Heintzman
ANDlight will be unveiling three brand new luminaires by Caine Heintzman and Lukas Peet as part of our 2022 collection that will be seen for the first time during Milan Design week this spring. We're delighted to join Alcova and a dynamic roster of creators spearheading the most innovative work of contemporary design culture that accentuates living environments, products, systems, materials and technological innovation.
Under the creative vision of Space Caviar and Studio Vedet, ANDlight’s decorative lighting fixtures illuminate a lounge bar. Inspired by themes of luxury and sustainability, the Offcut Bar becomes a central meeting room where guests come together for press conferences, meetings and gala dinners.
ANDlight investigates new design possibilities using innovative production methods while integrating the most current technologies integrating the most current technologies in lighting. Co-founded by Matt Davis, Caine Heintzman and Lukas Peet in 2014, ANDlight is a decorative luminaire design studio and manufacturer based in Vancouver, Canada where original collections are conceptualized, built and assembled in house.
You are cordially invited to meet the designers and the ANDlight team at the Offcut Bar from June 5 — 12 at Via Saint Bon 1 for Fuorisalone 2022.
Designers: Andrea Maestri
Collaborators and other credits:
“Womanity” is a collection of recent and past works focused on the classic subject of femininity revisited in a surreal and dreamlike way.
Each piece has its own iconic personality and blurs the line between design and art.
The main theme is vanity which is expressed theatrically through two large wall mirrors with human features; conceived as toys with reassuring shapes, both works investigate ironically and playfully some aspects of the female personality, from the extroverted component to the most hidden nuances.
Another element is a ceramic vase inspired by tribal cultures and the fascination for primitive language; its simple geometric figures with bright colors represent an archetypal human presence, like a mask acting on the domestic stage.
All works are handmade in limited edition by some excellent italian craftsmen and decorators, using a wide range of different materials and uncommon finishes.
Collaborators and other credits: Photographer credits Atelier Find Art
At Aplat we manufacture well designed products for your home, shaped by memories and references, thanks to simple pieces, warm and fine colors combined with exclusive expertise. Each product is designed to bring harmony and comfort in the room it inhabits.
Aplat is a vocabulary of simple, elementary forms, a repertoire of infinite possibilities of combinations, layouts, approvals through drawing.
In our studio located in Paris, we create collections that connect people with their interiors. We are attentive to the production, handmade in Italy, and the origin of the materials we use. We deliver to our customers high quality products with a familiar interior design, which draws its inspiration from Occidental culture.
In order to supply premium quality products, we decided to carry out all our production in Italy. Most of our fabrics are woven in France and a smaller part in Italy. We use 100% cotton fabrics certified Oeko Tex standard 100, with various yarn densities for curtains, but also 100% linen for our cushions and tablecloths.
Designers: AYUMI KOYAMA/ MAKOTO SUZUKI/ HIROKA UME
Collaborators and other credits: Production collaborator: Torii Cement Kougyou Co., Ltd.
As the pandemic changed our perspective on everyday life, we learnt the existence of “SABO (=erosion control)”, which tells the story of the complex relationship between nature and man-made objects, through a cement factory in Toyama that we met during the other project. The factory tackles environmental issues by using urban waste as fuel and mixing waste materials into cement. Also, SABO made from concrete shows the conflict between nature and man-made object. As a city dweller, we have been exploring the relationship between nature and man-made objects through the material cement from three different perspectives.
1. ”Maplanter” - Thinking from proportions
A pair of planters that represent the proportion of natural and man-made objects on the map as three-dimensional objects.
2. “Void” - Thinking from an intentional awareness
A series of flower vase in the shape of a group of concrete buildings. By arranging plants in the gap of vase, I want people to consciously feel the contrast between controlled and uncontrolled nature.
3. “Sensory stone” - Thinking from intuitive and perceptional experience
A sundial with no scale for more intuitive, sensory and perceptional experience of time (nature).
"The Flower Sermon"
Collaborators and other credits: Flowers by Sachiko Ito
“What can be said I have said to you,” smiled the Buddha while holding the lotus flower, “and what cannot be said, I have given to you » from the tale of The Flower Sermon - Gautama Buddha
If “good design is as little design as possible” (1), how good is barely no design at all ?
It is often said that designing an object is an act of creation, but most, if not the totality of what is produced is often a matter of transforming what already exists, turning it into what it could become. Ultimately, the only things we create are probably ideas. Everything else is just perpetually transformed.
So-called creativity is here reduced to its stripped bare minimum. A mere gesture of purpose. A different way to look at reality. A raw idea.
In this sense, the 9 vases presented are inherently simple. They try to escape their own creative contradiction by showing evidences of their anatomy and the process they belong to. They somehow question their own legitimacy to be designed.
These objetcs are intentionally cold and sober, therefore giving the flowers their rightful place, simply serving them by contrast. Despite their apparent austerity, each of them shows specific characteristics and a unique geometry that directly influence floral compositions. They have not much to tell, except to the flowers. And they just let us know.
(1) 10 Principles of Good Design – n°10 - Dieter Rams 1976
"Beni Rugs Presents Spoken Lines by Colin King"
Designers: Beni Rugs x Colin King
Collaborators and other credits: Installation by Amine El Gotaibi
Beni Rugs presents Spoken Lines, a partnership with Colin King. An exploration of past and present, heritage and modernity, the collection explores the tradition of Moroccan rug making and how it evolves alongside contemporary design influences. The collection of 10 rugs is a departure from the traditional aesthetic of Moroccan knotted rugs, as we continue to explore the ways that this time-honored craft can meet global design and spark cultural conversation.
Moroccan artist Amine El Gotaibi has created a site-specific artwork for the exhibition, which will later travel back to Morocco to form the centerpiece of the Beni Showroom there, following the thread of Moroccan rug making from raw material to modern design object.
Designers: Riccardo Parmiciano Borgström, Giorgia Farina
Inspired by the self-healing abilities of nature, Bhulls design studio presents Biomimesi, a biomimetic installation that evolves/involves in primitive objects with a sculptural-functional character.
An invitation to reconsider the contemporary lifestyle, the mass production, its consumption and the amount of waste produced also in the design sector.
The structural rigor and the raw simplicity of the form subjected to function blends with the ethereal aspect of the objects, in a romantic "return to nature".
The use of recyclable/recycled materials, the absence of complex processes, the overcoming of the idea of production waste make the entire installation a closed cycle.
Objects camouflage themselves with the surrounding environment, catching glimpses of landscape, integrating and blurring with it
Biomimesi is also a path of "involution" from aluminum to wood, from the perfect to the imperfect, from studied gesture to instinctive one.
The design is stripped of any superstructure to give way to a direct, immediate, spontaneous and concrete action, in response to the essential need for living.
Light but solid objects, removable and recyclable, a nomadic design a way to escape from the standardised lifestyle, a small step towards a conscious design!
Designers: Lara Bohinc
Collaborators and other credits:
Launching in June 2022 during Milan Design Week, ‘Peaches’ is the latest collection of seating from designer Lara Bohinc. Unified by smooth curves and soft surfaces, ‘Peaches ’is Bohinc’s most curvaceous and organic collection to date - a pure celebration of femininity and the female form.
Comprising three pieces; Big Girl armchair, Derrière armchair and Peachy pouffe, ‘Peaches’ is inspired by the female body and its curves. Each piece represents huggable feminine figures, expressed with voluptuous smooth curves, shapely surfaces and fleshy folds that are reminiscent of bosoms and bottoms.
Handmade in a North London upholstery workshop, wood and steel make up the bones of each piece. A foam layer is used to create the smooth curves and creates comfort for the sitter. The pieces are completed with wool upholstery adding softness and texture.
"RUG'N ROLL concrete stools"
Designers: Johannes Budde
RUG’N ROLL concrete stools boldy introduce the unique, industrial material Concrete Canvas® to furniture design.
Concrete Canvas® is usually found within erosion control, containment and shelter applications. It belongs to a revolutionary class of new, innovative materials called Geosynthetic Cementitious Composite Mats (GCCMs). It is a flexible fabric – reminiscent of a rug – which is impregnated with a thin layer of concrete.
At first, various studies were conducted to become acquainted with the nature of the material without anticipating a particular use case. It became clear that Concrete Canvas® allows for a high variety of shapes and applications. A technique to roll the canvas by hand and subsequently bend it proved to be the most promising.
The material’s unique textile characteristics co-lead the production process and create organic forms – making each piece a “one-off”. After it is hydrated, it hardens within 24 hours, stays in its shape and becomes highly durable, waterproof and fire-resistant. The soft-looking drapery enters into a fascinating symbiosis with the actual hard material.
RUG’N ROLL unleashes the potential of the industrial material Concrete Canvas® for furniture design. Thanks to its versatility and longevity, it has high chances of establishing itself on the furniture market.
"The kitchen for cooking"
Designers: Ania Rosinke, Maciej Chmara
Chmara.Rosinke is a creative studio deciphering delight and delivering design solutions in the context of food and contemporary culture.
For many years, the studio has been dealing with the various aspects of the kitchen in both practical and theoretical work.
Interaction in the kitchen, and the social aspects of cooking and eating as well as a broader concept of ergonomics are explored in their projects.
The design of the exhibited objects are deliberately kept graphic, reducing them to an archetype. Boundaries between objects and architecture are fluid and classical spatial models are questioned. The role of cooking and eating together is moved to the centre of our living spaces, of our everyday life and today’s popular kitchen variants are questioned. Inspired by Otl Aicher’s „die Küche zum Kochen“ and the related light, elegant design language of the kitchen of the 1990s the project seeks to create a contemporary image of cooking in terms of ergonomics, ecology and delight. In exploring and focussing on its essence, the scale and functionality of the kitchen is refined.
CIAM / Laila Gohar
"CIAM and Laila Gohar/Gohar World:"
"The spaces of the old kitchens in the nuns' house were an inspiration to create a dialogue between Ciam's existing and technological furnishings. The new furnishings connected to a system of walls made of steel mirrored stainless steel redesign a new path and space within the two rooms. The steel reflects all the existing space and furnishings, generating a strong visual fragmentation, but at the same time same time it triggers a logic of dialogue producing endless visual multiplications and unexpected virtual glimpses. The new installation becomes almost immaterial and returns a very dynamic space where the boundaries between
the real and the perceived are minimal, they merge."
Fabrizio Milesi - Art Director of Ciam and curator of the set up of the C8 and C9 spaces of the sisters' house. The Ciam showcases that make up the exhibition are:
- Two Kalera Show Boxes, greenhouses specially made at the request of a client (Kalera).
- A refrigerated and neutral base from Ciam's new Compact line.
The art installation is curated by Laila Gohar/Gohar World: six architectural elements, six columns composed of basic foods preserved in resin, joined by some of the most typical and representative of Laila Gohar's playful and evocative world, counterpointing the future technology imagined by Ciam amplifying the message of a time and space open to the fluidity. Laila Gohar's resin sculptures were created in collaboration with artist Robert Anthony O'Halloran.
Designers: Arsenii Brodach
Collaborators and other credits: The Dot Home (upholstery textile), Sasha Saari (painting), Ekaterina Rostova (design), Dmitrii Konovalov (managment), Karina Kharebova (communication), Anna Petrakova (logistics)
The installation by Delo features studio's dining set with a Stolster table surrounded by eight signature chairs. Placed in the frame of a former military psychiatric hospital, an institution intended for indivudual’s isolation, they reinvent the space and turn it into an open room for a common experience. The work is centered around the table which is a fundamental symbol of unity, bringing people together for essential practices — from sharing a meal to reaching a consensus.
The chairs of different silhouettes show the wide range of studio’s design and manufacturing abilities. To create a homogenous scene, Delo has collaborated with The DOT Home textile brand and upholstered the items with local fabric weaved in the modernized 19th century factory in Ivanovo, Russia.
Delo is a Russian design brand from Saint Petersburg. It was founded by architect Arsenii Brodach in 2014 and transitioned from the local workshop to the well-known brand with recognizable aesthetics. The studio specializes in furniture, household items and architecture. Delo’s main idea is not to separate design from production, so that all projects of various scales could embody studio's vision of functional and contemporary design. The studio owns a high quality manufacture and cooperates with a network of partners engaged in production of certain elements.
"Next Urban Landscapes: Datum and Resiliency"
Designers: Collaborative work of Domus Academy students with Dante Donegani and Fosbury Architecture
Collaborators and other credits: Curators: Mark Anderson, Dean Domus Academy, Dante Donegani
Workshop Programme Leaders: Aoi Hasegawa, Elisa Poli
The exhibition includes a selection of Domus Academy workshop projects related to the 21st-century city, examining the built environment through the lens of a modified and challenged datum where economics, social, environmental and quality of life issues take on different roles and importance.
The real estate footprint (value) —also vertical—is supplanted by individual and collective concerns and strategic proposals of resilience. Private ownership, use of shared and public space are questioned. All projects acknowledge current and future technological potential, which may be mediated, controlled or resisted.
In this series of workshops, the investigatory context (the physical space) is defined as the stratum above or beside existing urban buildings or city fabric. The framework of layers is relevant in most projects--physical, smart and occupied. This became informally referred to as the ‘roofs’ workshop.
Duccio Maria Gambi
90, the degrees of the angles of the parts that make up the seat, all panels cut with right angles, but also perhaps a little bit the decade, the 90s, when a certain rigor is imposed again after the experiments and crazy associations of shapes and colors in all fields of the creative universe we had seen in the previous decade. Pure controlled rigid elements that generate both dynamism, through the rotation between the two parts that make up the side almost frozen in their final position, and lightness, through the minimization of the support on the ground, on one vertex of the two squares that serve at the same time as an armrest and as a supporting structure for the seat.
The clear, decisive color, in the various tones defined by its shadows, contributes to the reading of the object and detaches it from the background, enhancing its profile and its parts.
Duyi Han / CURATED BY ALCOVA
"Ordinance of the Subconscious Treatment"
Designer: Duyi Han
Ordinance of the Subconscious Treatment (2021) is a collection of neuroaesthetic environments investigating the themes of mental health and contemporary Chinese-ness. Modeled on a typical Chinese apartment, each room is conceived as a visual projection of a mental state and a neuroaesthetic prescription.
Intended to be both provoking and hypnotic, intimidating and soothing, the rooms and furniture interweave religious and folkloric references with scientific and narrative cues informed by contemporary mental health practices. Silk embroidery features chemical symbols such as dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin.
Presented at ALCOVA 2022 are a selection of objects with an exclusive new version of visual content, including short films in collaboration with directors Ziyi Jin and Alexander Zeke Musca.
Duyi Han (1994) is a Chinese artist and designer. He creates virtual and physical environments and objects as perceptual experiences that evoke rich feelings, with a focus on digital art and scenography. His work is informed by art history, neuroaesthetics, physics, and Eastern Asian philosophy, and responds to diverse time and cultural contexts.
Elisa Uberti - Art, Craft and Design Studio
Designer: Elisa Uberti
After working many years in the Fashion industry, and driven by an immoderate passion for refined and timeless objects, Elisa Uberti naturally decided to turn up to craftsmanship. Sensitive to the beauty of ceramics and handicrafts, she feels the need for a creative freedom and a return to simplicity
Artist and Designer she is working from her workshop based in Roubaix.
She is mainly using stoneware, her favorite material, which she models to create sculptures and lamps with curved and comforting shapes testifying to an ancestral manual gesture. Her works form a particular microcosm, far from standardization. A refined universe with multiple mineral and organic inspirations,such as nature, nomadism, architecture and the poetry of space. Her work, between art and design, unites tradition and modernity, and is a constant research of volumes and emotional shapes. Sometimes like mini shelters, architectures, refuges, or caves. Protective dwellings for micro-organisms.
A subtle balance between the rigor of technical constraints and the necessary freedom and spontaneity of the gesture.
"Neo Stone Age - Synthesizing Neostone"
Designer: Erco Lai
Collaborators and other credits: Advisor: Esmee Geerken
The concrete industry is at the root of several environmental issues. Can humans develop new manufacturing methods using 'geopolymerization' with industrial wastes? With this project, I am working on both the imagination and realization of alternative building materials, using ‘unwanted minerals’ to close material flows within our urban ecosystem.
From geopolymerization, I create Neostones from powder of marble, lime pellets, sand and slag. The Neostone raises awareness from the perspective of the material, by learning from the Earth, by blurring the boundary between earth-made and human-made, by mimicking geo-processes and translates this into new manufacturing mechanisms.
Ethical Fashion Initiative
"The Kârvân Journey"
Official Name Designers: Tigran Erdman (Uzbekistan); Altynai Osmoeva (Kyrgyzstan); Murodjon Sharifov
(Tajikistan); Shasenem Garlyyeva /Turkmenistan), Aigerim Akenova (Kazakstan)
Collaborators and other credits: With special guests Sam Baron and Cheick Diallo.
And with the participation of social enterprises CABES (Burkina Faso), SCOOPS-Koyi Ba Ton (Mali) , Ikat Uz
(Uzbekistan) and Ozara (Tajikistan).
Sponsors: With the support and partnership of the European Union, UNESCO, Fiera and HOMI
The Kârvân Journey presents new design talent from Central Asia together with a series of international luxury textile artisans, under the patronage of two acclaimed designers Cheick Diallo (Mali) and Sam Baron (France).
The journey begins in Central Asia where Sam Baron has collaborated with a range of craftspeople and social enterprises to co-create a unique design for the The Kârvân Journey. Next to this, 5 emerging designers have produced collections with the support of the EFI. Tigran Erdman (Uzbekistan), UYA Nomad (Kyrgyzstan), Aiken (Kazakhstan), Oro (Tajikistan), and Camel Wool (Turkmenistan) will present their labels for the first time in Europe, marking a step onto the international design stage.
These designers will showcase alongside a group of artisans whose ancestors traded along the great Silk Road. Meticulously crafted Uzbek Ikat and delicately embroidered Tajik embroidery will demonstrate the rich culture of textile production in the region.
The presentation then travels onwards to West Africa, where Diallo will present Made-in-Mali furniture hi-
ghlighting how innovative design can be a force for positive impact. Faso Dan Fani and Bogolan works from
EFI’s Burkina Faso and Mali projects reveal a wealth of skill and knowledge of natural materials, as well as a
medium for social change and cultural preservation.
EFI is supported by the European Union and UNESCO.
Designer: Gio Tirotto
Way is silence, understood as an object with a shape of its own, a silence that keeps you company, as branches and leaves do, drawing interweaves and veins.
Way, like the branches blending towards the sky, recreates the same picture inside the window, like a framed filter between Man and Nature, between inside and outside, between light and decoration.
Way is a 'custom' decorative system for windows and glazing, suitable for double-glazing and two-dimensional surfaces for architecture and interior design
Designers: Basile Boon / Bella Hunt &DDC / Deborah Bowmann / Lise Stouflet x L &S Porcelaine de Limoges / Maison Pelletier Furruel / Romain Sarrot / Villa Arev/ Xolo Cuintle
Usual objects imagined by young artists, manufactured by craftsmen. Limited editions inspired by French culture.
Founded in 2019 by Emily Marant and Hugo Matha, French Cliché is a collectible design editor.
French Cliché selects young artists to create exclusive designs and seeks for experimented French Artisans to produce those functional art pieces.
Those encounters between creators and makers resume into numbered and signed limited editions of objects and furniture.
Together we aim to paint a new canvas of this idealistic, abundant and eclectic France.
Designers: Atelier Nuanda - Federico Peri
Essentiality that inspires concepts: geometric rigor, culture of architecture, reinterpretation of the art of decoration, a look at a past made up of precious traditions that are deconstructed, stripped of the superfluous and updated thanks to skilled craftsmanship.
The new 2022 Collection of Giacobazzi wooden tiles breaks the mould of coffered floors using eclecticism, innovative finishings, the redefinition of interior architectural spaces thanks to a bold interplay of simple geometric shapes and contrasting colors.
Giacobazzi presents the new projects in collaboration with Atelier Nuanda, founded in 2021 by Cecilia Rinaldi and Marco Martelli, both with long experience in the design world, and with Federico Peri, one of the most promising talents in Italian design.
The Arrocco project by Atelier Nuanda is inspired by the neo-moorish style and plays with the pure shapes of geometry. Federico Peri's projects follow different suggestions. Tessuti re-elaborates textile patterns on wooden surfaces, Segmenti tries its hand at infinite combinations alternating horizontal and vertical segments, Blasone reinterprets the theme of the lozenge as the ultimate inspiration of ancient dwellings.
Giovanni De Francesco / Marta Pierobon
Het Nieuwe Instituut
"The Solar Energy Kiosk"
Designers: Cream on Chrome (concept and design), Noviki (graphic design)
Collaborators and other credits: Matylda Krzykowski (curator The Energy Show)
Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam, the Netherlands will present The Solar Energy Kiosk, a solar-powered installation developed by Rotterdam-based design studio Cream on Chrome. The Solar Energy Kiosk opens a dialogue on solar energy and solar design, and is also a drop-off station for objects and ideas on the topic. After Milan, the kiosk will travel to the exhibition The Energy Show that will be on view from 3 September 2022 – 5 March 2023 at Het Nieuwe Instituut. This exhibition features dozens of innovative examples of solar technology, and ultimately leads to one key question: what would the world look like if it ran on solar energy? Het Nieuwe Instituut is the Dutch national museum and institute for architecture, design and digital culture.
House of Touran
"An Untold Story"
Designers: Curated and Art Directed by Shirin Ehya
A room inspired by many untold stories of talents that form the past and the present of Iranian art and culture. An installation consisting of 52 different items, carefully curated and art directed by Shirin Ehya.
This eclectic selection highlights the story of “Touran”, the symbol of deep roots, a forgotten past and a never ending hope.
I Never Read,
"I Never Read,"
I Never Read, is a platform for artistic perspectives that takes on many shapes and forms to stimulate a democratic and liberal discourse in our society. I Never Read, Art Book Fair Basel brings together national and international artists, authors and designers who choose the book as their instrument for art production. Together with the public the yearly event in Basel, Switzerland becomes an open and convivial place for discovery, critical thinking, hospitality and exchange. I Never Read, OOO is the name of a newly launched digital magazine accompanying the various activities throughout the year. At ALCOVA I Never Read, presents and shares a selection of art books with the audience.
Jorge Penadés / CURATED BY ALCOVA
"Tape! Tape! Tape!"
Designer: Jorge Penadés
Collaborators and other credits:
Jesús Carmona de Haro (assistant)
Tape! Tape! Tape! is a public installation based on a experimental construction method made out of two simple materials: wooden sheets and tape. Inspired by the biomechanics of the human body and how kinesiology tape is used to hold muscles in place, Spanish designer Jorge Penadés will be fabricating everyday different elements meant to be used by the public during the week, from structures that generate shade to furniture where people can have lunch or rest and even some more playful objects like ping-pong tables. Can we design with a reversible construction logic?
Designer: Kickie Chudikova
An ode to life, Kickie Chudikova’s debut installation “INSECTUM” is an immersive, multi-sensory experience that celebrates the beauty of the insect world.
“INSECTUM” features Kickie’s limited edition of furniture and lighting inspired by the geometric anatomies of insects, as well as a bar accented by earthy scents from Nasomatto perfumes.
Guests are invited to step into a lush jungle enhanced by AR elements, that aim to blur the lines between reality and the virtual space, redefining our connection to nature.
“INSECTUM” is a visceral sanctuary that sparks a new appreciation for these vital species and vibrant ecosystem beneath (and above) our feet through the power of design.
Designers: Come Di Meglio Martina Cristofani Andere Monjo
Collaborators and other credits:
La Succulente is a creative studio operating at the crossroad of art, craft and communication. We work with artists and artisans to explore contemporary issues. With a wide international network of creators, we offer aesthetic and critical experiences, through artefacts and project design.
For Alcova 2022, the installation Materia Sensibile explores our entwined relationship to the natural environment. Each presented piece triggers the visitors’ senses, calling upon our organic essence and suggesting the idea of repair.
Lambert &Fils + DWA
Designers: Lambert &Fils + DWA
Collaborators and other credits: SUPERFLOWER
For Milan Design Week 2022, Lambert &Fils and DWA present the second edition of Caffè Populaire, in collaboration with SUPERFLOWER. For the occasion, the group has created an eight-day aperitivo garden at Alcova.
Reimagining the relationship between nature and design, DWA transforms a vacant temple into an immersive environment where raw matter and refined materiality come together to create an installation bigger than the sum of their parts. Following years of isolation, Caffè Populaire is a celebration of the essentiality of food, wine, and the spark of human connection. Guests are invited to gather amongst the wildflowers spilling into the gardens, while an undulating water sculpture connects the new lighting collections of Lambert &Fils and floral wallpaper of SUPERFLOWER.
Launching at Caffè Populaire is Silo: Lambert et Fils’ new modular lighting collection. Inhabiting many worlds at once, Silo creates a striking metaphor for duality. Mysterious yet inviting, the true magic lies in how its rhythmic curves shape light and space around it. Much like its first edition, Caffè Populaire is a reprise which offers the potential for exchange, connection, and renewal.
"Just add water!"
Collaborators and other credits: Studio Lys
JUST ADD WATER
A room concept - NM3 x LAUFEN
A reference to a limited edition design collaboration between LAUFEN and NM3.
The long and intense dialogue that LAUFEN has established over the years with the world of design, architecture and art has led to the collaboration with NM3 from Milan. What unites the two companies is the high quality of the products, the craftsmanship, the offer of bespoke solutions and experimenting together towards new expressive forms of living.
In Alcova, LAUFEN and NM3 present an installation that shows the visual strength of the pieces born from their collaboration.
A video work projected through a large LED wall shows the objects in their own compositional parts, stripped of their usual function and assembled into a fictional architectural space.
Two single, freestanding monoliths of highly polished steel are placed in front of the LED wall as a physical counterpart to the digital representation of NM3 objects, creating an imaginary dialogue with the images reflected on the mirrored surface.
The entire space is permeated by sound, which reverberates through the large steel structure like a giant sound system.
About LAUFEN BATHROOMS
The Swiss manufacturer LAUFEN has been creating bathroom experiences for body and soul since 1892. The company offers holistic bathroom culture with a focus on excellent design, sustainable innovation and technology leadership from a long tradition of high-quality craftsmanship. The LAUFEN vision of the bathroom as a living space gives the ceramic products, fittings, bathtubs, furniture, mirrors, and accessories a unique aesthetic - complemented by the associated installation systems and functions.
NM3 does interiors, products, and custom furniture with a strong focus on raw material and geometric rigour.
NM3 wants to extract specificity through the strict ordinary: average industrial elements are assembled through common techniques, focusing on form and composition which underlie, at the same time, their ordinary abstractness and infinite possibilities.
Leilei Wu / CURATED BY ALCOVA
Designer: Leilei Wu
Collaborators and other credits: Curated by Yicong Sun
Leilei Wu is a visual artist working between the virtual and the real, drawing inspiration from synthetic materials in developing her unique hybrid-form sculptural language. Leilei Wu will present her first solo show Bonny Tale at design week. Curated by Yicong Sun, Bonny Tale is a neo-gothic fairy tale inspired by Edward Lear's The Owl and the Pussycat, a love poem in which the protagonists marry in the land where the Bong-tree grows, four main anthropomorphic creatures in the show are algorithmically captured and domesticated in a narrative of metamorphosis expounded by the artist. They either interweave with industrial materials, or diverge and self-replicate in a twin form, constructing the exhibition site as an enigmatic, serendipitous shelter activated by a dark-romantic tale.
Leo Rydell Jost
Designer: Leo Rydell Jost
Artwork that balances between a visual approach and pleasurable home living. Going beyond merely aesthetic objects to functional art.
Designer: LLOT LLOV
Under the title BEND &BOLD, LLOT LLOV are showing a further development of their OSIS surface and the FRAN raffia lamp this year. In order to expand the processing possibilities of the OSIS material, the Berlin studio has experimented with flexible support material to enable round shapes. On show is a Brutalism sideboard that monumentally emphasizes the round undercut in the cuboid. The FRAN luminaire collection, which was previously only available as a pendant luminaire, will be given a base in 2022 to stand firmly on a tables or tiles.
"Magic Colour Machine"
Designers: Odin Visser &Charles Gateau
It is a small production line for coloring aluminum parts through an electrolytic process.
It is a small-scale version of an industrial process.
It is an exploration of a production model.
It answers the question: how to produce sensibly?
It is a small-scale infrastructure that allows creative and technical autonomy, without
sacrificing the efficiency and accuracy of the process.
It is not craft, nor industry.
It is a minimum viable production line.
It is a mix of art and engineering.
It disrupts classic ways to design and produce objects.
It makes the technical development permeable to the design process.
It creates porosity in all phases of designing and producing an object.
It works because of its rootedness, where the making process and the perpetual technical
research behind it, are at the source of the design decisions, and not the other way around.
It reduces the extractive aspects (unsustainability) of production.
It allows for a short-looped, sensible design process that is local while exploring relevant complex techniques.
It allows innovation while being small-scale and a viable tool of production.
It is the Magical Colour Machine
Designers: Jennifer June
Loose Parts is a furniture system that invites possibility within the modern interior. Designed and fabricated by Jennifer June, the invitation to assemble, disassemble, and reassemble drives the studio’s creative process. Loose Parts’ goal is ultimately reducing furniture landfill waste, encouraging reuse, and inspiring individual acts of agency.
Building off of the OAK Collection launched in 2021, this year Loose Parts will be debuting new lounge seating and accessories. These additions lend a sculptural and sinuous profile to the system while fostering more design possibilities.
Highlighting the modular nature of the collection, each day at ALCOVA 2022 the pieces will be reassembled to showcase the furniture’s multiple configurations and flexibility.
Loose Parts is committed to a sustainable design practice. The adaptability of Loose Parts reduces furniture landfill waste, while the use of responsibly sourced hardwoods, non-toxic finishes, and 100% natural cushioning and fibers ensure the health of our interiors, users and the planet.
"Teno: Sound in a New Light"
Designers: Max Gunawan
Come experience our immersive installation of sound and light. Against a dramatic Icelandic landscape, we present our latest product, Teno, an “invisible" speaker and light, in the form of a broken sculpture.
Our brand, Lumio, creates objects that blend forward-thinking technology with high-end craftsmanship. Through touch, sound, sight and scent, our creations engage the senses and leave you feeling more…human.
But what does human look like? Teno was inspired by kintsugi, the Japanese art of piecing together broken parts rather than throwing them away. We embrace the idea of imperfection to create a piece of functional technology that delights our senses.
As Teno patinas over time, we believe it will come to possess the soulful charm of a beloved, handcrafted object.
Maximilian Marchesani Studio
Designer: Maximilian Marchesani
Collaborators and other credits:
‘Unproduced’ comes from my fears. I witness the daily upheavals of ecosystems by industrial processes. Waste and substances contaminate and modify the planet.
‘Unproduced’ is my obsession with totally distorted environments and systems controlled by artifice, where humans take total control of the variables. I contemplate metropolitan natural ecosystems, when nature collides with artefacts, habits and alien species and adapts to them, rewriting the codes of its own biodiversity, genetics and aesthetics.
The absence of variables, the standardization due to the industrial process and the saturation of the environments, forces life forms to find new balances. This makes me to imagine worlds of material and functional exchanges between natural and artificial, where matter is no longer forced by anthropocentric desire.
A different evolutionary path of production.
Technology is digested by natural matter, which becomes its skin and skeleton.
The artificial is distilled in its only technological function, excluded from the aesthetic function. It simply plays the primary role it was created for.
Organic matter generates shape, the passing of time deteriorates it and corrupts its growth.
The natural element is updated, it evolves into new characteristics and functions that, as in nature, they vary, they corrupt, they lead us to surprise, and they force us to accept functions and geometries that were not designed by us or for us.
‘Unproduced’ dreams about a point of equilibrium who tries to hold together the natural world, irremediably contaminated, and the artificial world, which we cannot now think of giving up.
Designers: Vintage furniture sourced and curated for musegallery collection
Musegallery presents a selection of wrought iron furniture and conversation pieces inspired by conservatories and jardins d’hiver so much appreciated at the beginning of the last Century
Outdoor and Indoors merge in a new way of rethinking rooms.
The need of harmonious green spaces, botanical domestic areas and post pandemic strain has changed the way to decorate and reorganize interiors.
North and South is a recurring theme in the curation of the gallery’s vintage collection.
“Conservatory” emphasizes the serene romanticism of the past with today’s demand of peaceful soothing atmospheres.
Muthesius Academy Kiel
Designers: Nicolai Roscher, Hansol Kim, Jesse Jacobsen, Paul Meyer, Karl Sperhake, Jannick Steffen,
Bent Bischoff, Gunnar Kähler, Tjard Tensfeld, Julius Bahl, Arista Meier, Ben Wesch, Friederike Haeuser,
Christa Carstensen, Greta Lola Lauk, Lotta Kunft, Jonas Bendlin, Christin Großmann
Collaborators and other credits: Curators Martin Postler, Benjamin Unterluggauer
Sponsor: Muthesius Academy of Art &Design Kiel
Muthesius Academy Kiel - Industrial Design Department - Alcova Milano 2022
The “Big Air” exhibition is a curated selection of works by students of the Industrial Design Department of the Muthesius Academy of Art Kiel, Germany.
The show consists of a series of inflatable products that range from lighting to robotics using compressed air as the main component for product construction and design.
A group of 18 students across BA and MA levels at Muthesius Industrial Design Department used a CNC foil welding machine developed by Benjamin Unterluggauer for the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg to introduce individual digital production methods to the product development process.
The exhibition is curated by Martin Poster &Benjamin Unterluggauer with the help of the participating students.
Scenography and art direction by Martin Postler and Benjamin Unterluggauer.
Natalia Triantafylli / Andrew Scott
Designers: Natalia Triantafylli, Andrew Scott
Material Fixations is the collective output of two London based designers and investigative makers: Natalia Triantafylli and Andrew Scott. Each having their own material fixations, their work engages in a dialogue with the value attributed to the materials and objects that surround us. With an ‘agnostic’ approach towards matter, they create space for new narratives which subvert conventional attitudes about traditional material hierarchy. Ancient materials, such as clay and metal, and more contemporary inventions and processes, such as plastics and 3D printing, are combined and mutated to create a new visual language for design and realign our relationship to the material world in which we live.
In the exhibition, a series of metal furniture created from sheet-steel offcuts by Andrew Scott and a collection of hybrid objects made with photogrammetry and ceramics by Natalia Triantafylli will be presented to the public. The designers share a mutual respect and fascination with material culture and the history of objects; topics that are explored in this new body of work. Whilst the designers’ ‘hand’ is visible in each piece, a crossover between traditional methods of making and the deconstruction of contemporary production techniques adds a further dimension to their story: what it means to be human in the material world of today.
Nicolò Bertino / Emilie Brin
Collaborators and other credits: Gualini S.P.A.
Questioning the logic of gravity and perception of nature, we thought of an open pattern which integrates its surroundings, creating a free image with blurred boundaries. We designed a thin aluminium sheet of 2500x1200x3mm to be cut like a puzzle into perfectly corresponding shapes. We assembled the free shapes together with interlocking slits, the composition delicately reaching structural stability. The pattern creates a free-flowing, light partition, balancing matter and void, form and structure. The open pattern appears to be floating in its environment, reflecting parts and light, blending into the landscape.
Designer: Nicolò Taliani - Francesco Muran - Lorenzo Lombardi
Collaborators and other credits: Studio Ouruse
World Piece — an installation featuring Nita’s lighting designs — is a simultaneous macro and meta meditation on the human experience.
The Milan-based design studio evolves its previous explorations of Unity as the ‘state of being united or joined as a whole; a condition of harmony; or vibrant representations of the human race that subvert classifications and celebrate rather than expunge our differences’ through an experiential video exploring the travels of the Unity avatar. This journey illuminates the inexorable links between the Earth’s resources: its raw materials and the everyday relics that characterize our modern lives, as represented by the designs on display.
Ranging from Nita’s Tube, Circular, Ceramic, and Spot Element lights, these distinct expressions both represent the studio’s interdisciplinary, process-driven philosophy and tangibly reconcile artificial divisions, opening a doorway between universal consciousness and creation, individuality and entirety.
"CYCLE by NOMAD"
Designer: Jutta Werner
Back to the roots. Back to unity. Back to basics. Here at NOMAD, we believe in innovation, in pushing boundaries and redefining the image of re- and upcycling in the interior industry. Our goal is to create design products with a special feel, a unique look and a meaningful story, all the while supporting our weavers in India, who turned into our family. In difficult times, we need safe spaces to recover, to (re)consider our choices and actions as a community, to redefine what really matters: solidarity, concentrating on humans being one of a kind, an interwoven unity. NOMAD carpets are real personalities. Because they are not simply performers, but combine beauty with character, extravagance with authenticity, exclusivity with honesty, luxury with ethics - as poetic objects with an architectural aura in space.
Objects of Common Interest / Etage Projects
Designers: Eleni Petaloti, Leonidas Trampoukis
Collaborators and other credits: Etage Projects
Domesticity is nuanced by objects and their placement in space through articulation, association, and
activation. A continuous dialogue between the material and the void evokes feeling beyond our everyday comprehension. DOMESTICITY-AT-LARGE presents a series of objects, sensation driven investigations comprised of elemental pieces (chair, table, stool, light, mirror) within acts-of-living, familiar set ups of domestic life within a futuristic scenography environment of textural and formal ambiguity.
Act I: chair in front of mirror
Act II: light next to chair
Act III: seats around table framed by ceiling pendant
OLDER presents FURNIFORM
A design exhibition showcasing furniture made out of uniforms
Designer: Sam Klemick
When we fall in dreams, we often experience what is referred to as a hypnic jerk— that startling jump or landing we wake up to. Inspired by films such as Last Year in Marienbad, Tarkovsky’s Mirror, and Kurosawa’s Dreams, THE GARDEN by OTHERSIDE OBJECTS aims to capture that same visceral feeling.
Presenting handcrafted, dripping shapes that have seemingly fallen from the sky and landed in a topiary dream sequence, THE GARDEN is an exploration of the significance of memory and dreams conceived as a dialogue between soft, fallen forms and structured geometries. Gently draped fabrics and duvet-inspired cushions will allow visitors to achieve dream-like comfort in their waking hours.
At THE GARDEN, OTHERSIDE OBJECTS will present four pieces: LANDING STOOL, a more rounded and puffier version of CUTIE STOOL; PLAYSTATION, a site-specific and multi-functional, sculptural chair/communal structure inspired by jungle gyms; BENCH, and the coveted NAP CHAIR. The pieces have been handcrafted using salvaged materials: deadstock parachute nylon, deadstock canvas, and construction-grade Douglas Fir reclaimed from the streets of L.A. The wood has been hand-turned on a traditional lathe by Founder Sam Klemick; its cracks and imperfections filled with gold resin to highlight the material’s inherent beauty.
"CAMERA DI FATTO"
Designers: Maddalena Casadei e Studio Mist-O e BÜRO FAMOS
Collaborators and other credits: Set designer: Alessandro Mensi
Sponsor: Quadro Design e Kaldewei e Marsèll
The adjective marriage, which comes from the Lat- in, defined the woman in the bond for procreative purpose (mater-monium, the duty of mother). Today it remains linked to a marriage term, civil and/ or religious weddings and related objects.
But the “we” of today is not what it was then, our needs, the social conditions are different so it would sound natural to rethink the adjective that defines the rooms, the beds, the contexts. After all, in our mind, double, associated with the bed, the room is more synonymous with comfort, large size than thalamus. And why not, then, flank him abundant, idle, opulent, so much! Or relative to the people who use it bed-partnership, bed-couple, bed-de facto!
The master bedroom in the 19th century was equipped always thinking of the private world of women, with a desk for make-up, table with chairs for tea time and a sofa bed for daytime rest. They were very large spaces.
Today’s room, in particular the hotel room, seems to be an attempt to reproduce, miniaturize, these environments. Wardrobes, desks, chairs, bed, bed- side table and a separate bathroom. A rigidity and a repetitiveness that does not make you feel at home, let alone lead to an experience.
This is the intention of Paola Zani to initiate a reflection by proposing a setting in which the elements are free and mobile immersed in a silvery, abstract, fluid space that wants to stimulate a journey into space.
Pictalab / Nicolo Castellini Baldissera
Designers: Orsola Clerici, Chiara Troglio, Nicolo Castellini Bladissera
Collaborators and other credits:
The Portaluppi Herbarium, offered in different colours, is a quotation from the famous garden room by architect. Piero Portaluppi at the Casa degli Atellani in Corso Magenta in Milan.
The Casa degli Atellani represents an emblematic piece of Milanese history. It is located opposite the Last Supper in the Basilica of Santa Maria delle Grazie and was a 15th-century Milanese residence that belonged to Ludovico il Moro, Duke of Milan.
In this splendid 15th-century palace, the architect. Portaluppi, the greatest protagonist of Milanese architecture in the early 20th century, represents in his restoration work a cultured example of the insertion of naturalistic elements into the architecture of domestic places.
Pictalab, a Milanese decoration workshop, in collaboration with Nicolò Castellini Bladissera, Portaluppi's nephew, have made a faithful reproduction of the decoration of the entrance to the family home based on an ad hoc photographic survey, with the aim of proposing the decoration printed in high quality on paper to enhance its beauty while respecting the pictorial details.
The project's ambition is to promote and spread the taste, style and flair of Milanese creativity, particularly linked to 'living in beauty', starting from the great classics and combining craftsmanship experience with the use of new technologies.
Designers: Charlotte Tarbouriech, Pauline leyravaud
Collaborators and other credits: PINTON, Atelier Veneer
POLCHA is the link between the climatic anguish that inhabits us and the unchanging hope that remains within us.
To free ourselves from consumption and find a colored freedom.
To impose a circular production to respect our commitments.
Each piece becomes a unique and precious piece of art through the association of materials, colors and know-how.
POLCHA is Charlotte Tarbouriech and Pauline Leyravaud.
Our duo is a reflection on fashion and pictorial arts,
We imagine collections, frescoes, layouts of places and spaces to bring you into our dreams and our imagination.
Designers: Lauryn Menard, Baillie Mishler
Collaborators and other credits: Brendi Wedinger + ByBorre
PROWL, the design and foresight studio based in California, presents a new furniture collection in ALCOVA Milano for Milan Design Week 2022, bringing the harsh realities of our impending environmental disaster to the forefront. The space seeks to bring the visitors on a journey, from the current status of events in California with annual raging wildfires, into a world in which the charred earth can regenerate and heal itself.
PROWL uses Alcova as a platform to illustrate the connection between our desires as consumers and our consumption’s effect on the planet. They hope that attendees will leave the space hopeful about the future and empowered to educate themselves more on the material world.
As a studio, we seek to uncover the larger stories that are fatiguing to think about.
"reaserch and design laboratorio"
Designer: Jay Vosoghi
Collaborators and other credits: Tommaso Caldera, Alessandro Mensi
A creative studio driven by a reverence for aesthetics and purpose. We believe in the beauty of form, power of colour, and character created through honest traditions. Understanding the threads that connect modern architecture, art, design, and fashion inform our process, and in turn, our products.
Our Mission; An intrinsic belief in research and design is at the heart of our namesake and projects. Providing experience and the impetus for collaborative exchange with classic artisans and small traditional manufacturers. Together, we work as a team to create highly distinctive products that are functional, sustainable and meaningful for modern life.
Designers: Angie West, Alberto Velez
Collaborators and other credits: Sarah Wilson, photography
Holotype is a Refractory exhibition above Alcova’s E-space, a former psychiatric care center whose attic was enveloped in concrete during WWII, a space that invisibly held air above the visible and infinitely nuanced work of psychiatric care.
A holotype is, by definition, rare and acute, the single specimen designated by an author or researcher that therefore assigns the name-bearing representative of a new species or group.
Refractory is an American studio quietly punctuating seen and unseen boundaries in international collectible furniture and fabrication philosophy. In Holotype, Refractory offers a contemplative, unassuming ensemble of its work alongside the eerily clear yet existential collaborative works of American photographer and documentarian Sarah Wilson and her work amidst paleontological specimens and phenomenon.
Above, below, and parallel to assumed arteries of culture and commerce, new and ever-faster lanes are insatiably built, the heretofore becomes the new, and the pace across ecosystems is incalculable. Culture, art, design, manufacturing, and perhaps most importantly, plain-old beautiful simplicity, are out-paced.
Makers and artisans dig into a collective dilemma, a reverence for materiality, a desire to be durable, and a livelihood that is chronically undervalued in terms of the rarity of the modern fabricator. The most elevated and collectible works in the world are expected to be quiet and in many cases beyond reach, vocal from a brand point of view yet silent from the making.
Distinctly within the grit of these creative industries and dilemmas is mental health, the kaleidoscopes, spectrums, and crossover journeys that hold creative teams and cultures together.
There a versus among us. New holotypes are craved.
Collaborators and other credits: Rinck x Maison Thevenon
IN JUNE, AT ALCOVA MILANO, RINCK WILL LAUNCH TWO BRAND NEW COLLECTIONS: AMARANTE, ITS 2022 CONTEMPORARY FURNITURE ENSEMBLE, AND A SERIES OF TEXTILES IN COLLABORATION WITH MAISON THEVENON, THE FRENCH EDITOR AND DESIGNER OF UNIQUE HIGH-QUALITY FABRICS.
Amarante is a complete ensemble for a home office, designed and produced by Rinck, using its first fabric collection edited by Maison Thevenon. The collection includes a desk, a chair, a rug, an ottoman, a daybed, a bookcase and two columns / side tables.
The collection was inspired by nature, interrogating our newly rekindled relationship with her. Rinck design work was guided by the themes of connection, continuity, deconstruction and reconstruction: creating new forms from existing ones, imagining new uses, bringing about transformations.
For Maison Thevenon, Rinck designed 6 different textiles declined in various colours: Intarse, Métamorphose, Sarment, Éveil, Frise and Filigranes. Fabrics from the Rinck x Thevenon collaboration are used in the Amarante collection for the upholstery: Éveil on the chair and ottoman, and Métamorphose on the daybed.
"Figure of Light"
Designer: Ryuichi Kozeki
The project shows the beautiful relationship between light and place, as seen in the caves and the canyons created by nature or in the elaborate architecture in the field of design.
By creating a shape only by the idea of superimposing geometrical forms, the aim of the design becomes apparent, and the impressive figure of light arises there.
"SEM. Serial Craft."
Designers: Zaven, Maya Leroy and Mario Tsai
SEM CREATES EXCEPTIONAL FURNITURE CRAFTED IN CUSTOMISABLE UNLIMITED SERIES.
Born as a spin off of the renowned Milanese brand Spotti, SEM combines 70 years of knowledge and cultivated craftsman relationships with a drive for experimentation, developing new typologies of furniture conceived for modern living.
Based within the legendary Milanese hinterland the epicentre of design in the 1950s we created SEM to fill a gap in the industry, answering the demand for personalized and finely crafted design that companies with high volume production can’t ordinarily offer. Their unlimited editions show an obsession with
function and a curiosity for collectible design.
On the occasion of Milan Design Week 2022, SEM will unveil three new international collaborations with Zaven, Maya Leroy and Mario Tsai in the spaces of Alcova.
Sema Topaloglu Studio
Designer: Sema Topaloğlu
Collaborators and other credits:
The designer Sema Topaloglu in the “Reflective Gardens” installation proposes a garden of glass and lighting for reflection. She has designed and created a series of lighting fixtures in glass and brass that both emit and reflect light. In this way these lights as plants create a manmade “bioluminescence”. These plant lights are arranged in a grassy field inspired by the natural topography of Bodrum designed. Topaloglu’s plant lights, suggest a new type of “Refective Gardens” as a synthesis of art and design for urban settings. “Reflective Gardens” is an installation that explores, reflection as thought and reflection as light, but more so creates a new setting for nature in urban contemporary life today. The gestural forms of Topaloglu’s lights in handmade glass are as unique as the flowers of nature suggesting a hybrid of nature and craft of which Topaloglu has been a master of for the last 20 years. Visitors can walk and interact in this “Reflective Gardens” - an organic realm – at once full of new motifs carved in glass – that becomes a natural biophilic formal garden. As in Topaloglu’s previous works the forms are organic yet studied, decorative but decidedly raw. An ornamental function has been replaced by an abstract form in lighting with its own rigid materiality and new notion of organicism in light.
"Venus in Lycra"
Designers: Serena Confalonieri per SERVOMUTO
Venus is the new SERVOMUTO lamp collection designed by Serena Confalonieri.
The pendants are inspired by the sinuosity of the female body and made of metal and lycra.
Just like the human body, the fabric is imagined as a dress to be worn and changed at will, dressing and undressing the forms in a game of seduction.
Initially called 'K-fibre', Lycra was born in the 1950s and immediately became part of ladies' everyday life: containment girdles, stockings, swimwear up to the catwalks where it has made a comeback in recent years.
Perfect as a covering because of its elasticity, ideal in lighting because of its transparency, this material has also been experimented in furniture by some of the great masters of 20th century design.
In line with Servomuto's DNA, the project combines the lighting technology part with an important decorative value and a creative irony shared by the designer and the company.
The installation, entitled Venus in Lycra, refers to the film 'Venus in Fur' erotic drama by Roman Polanski, imagined in a multicoloured and ironic key.
Playing with the elasticity of the material, the set recreates a sort of stage, where the lamps are dressed and mirrored, vain and winking
Creative direction : Isabella Del Grandi
The 'Silentscape' installation becomes a metaphor for the Slalom world that envelops the spectator in a chromatically intense and, at the same time, gently silent magic. The space is enveloped in its entirety in a whirlwind of bright colours, soft surfaces and unusual textures that transform it into a muffled sphere, an all-embracing experience between the dreamlike and the real.
"SolidNature - Monumental Wonders"
Collaborators and other credits: Sabine Marcelis, OMA/AMO
SolidNature presents Monumental Wonders, a group show of newly commissioned pieces realised by Dutch designer Sabine Marcelis and international architecture firm OMA.
SolidNature has invited OMA to design an immersive experience which will take place at Alcova’s Lavanderia building, in a challenge to showcase the different strategies on how natural stones can be presented.
An impactful installation of nine different types of onyx forms a 3-D entryway designed by OMA, leading the way to the exhibition where the seductive work of Sabine Marcelis takes centre stage. Marcelis’s installation is a monolithic state of the art bathroom of Pink Pale Hue onyx that can be admired from different angles as a sculpture.
The exhibitions continues with OMA’s creations: Balance, a multi-functional cabinet made out of Satin Verde Marble with shelves in Fresh Flow onyx, Inhabitable, a bed intended as a block of natural stones that reveals hidden functions and The Technological Stone, a block of natural stone with rough finishing transformed into a power plug creating a bridge between nature and technology.
The visit of Monumental Wonders culminates in the Lab Room, where SolidNature demonstrates the possibilities of the materials, especially by using marble dust to create new textures.
"Anti-nostalgic high craft for casual-luxury living"
Designers: Dainelli Studio
Somaschini is a new-born brand, with a strong, innovative attitude, and rich artisan heritage in 1940s Brianza—a hard-working region of Lombardy, internationally renowned for the production of high quality design.
It thrives, however, on new ideas and contemporaneity and never lapses into nostalgia but rather masters its own high craft.
It shows a certain obstinacy in pursuing techniques honed over decades, preferring to make them speak through new languages. Hence it challenges tradition with a bold, intelligent, and confident approach.
Close and somewhat unconventional encounters between designers and craftsmen, has brought the know-how of Somaschini to dialogue with new ideas, innovative forms, and impactful volumes in line with contemporary living.
Presented on the occasion of Milan Design Week, the first collection — including sofas, armchairs and chairs, tables, consolle, cupboards and bookshelves—and the artistic direction of the brand are in the hands of the of the Milan-based Dainelli Studio, which nurtures the project balancing these intriguing alchemies between past and contemporaneity.
Designer: David Pompa
Mexico city based studio davidpompa presents its new sculptural collection Meta Parallel and creates a vertical displacement at Alcova 2022 in Milan. Embracing the industrial blue tiles, the studio reinforces the tone by creating a backdrop where blueness takes over the space. Magmatic Parallelism explores the deconstruction of a volcanic event, both vertical and horizontal elongated pieces suspend against this monotone space, creating a volcanic landscape of hanging rocks. The Mexican studio brings its signature into the physical space, setting materials in focus. A lower pedestal displays atypical stone shapes lined up, arising a new perspective; a parallel process: the solidification of lava and that of the production process of the pieces. The question for visitors arises, visualizing the bridge between what they see and the aesthetic of the final object.
Meta Parallel collection
Shaped by two material parings: volcanic rock combined with coated aluminum or fiorito stone with brass, the collection suspends its elements in different axes. Formed into cylindrical shapes the stones are bridged by an elongated vertical or horizontal metal sheet. A displacement of the metal piece brings the stones into several levels, the watermark of the collection aesthetic. A mirrored balance combines the roughness of the stones, high end light technology and industrial processes. The result is a warm sleek atmosphere in a sculptural piece.
Studio Gonzalo Bascuñan
"Equilibrium/ is a collection of contemporary lighting design objects."
Designers: Gonzalo Bascuñan
“EQUILIBRIUM” is a collection of lighting designs by Studio Gonzalo Bascunan.
An essential and absolutely minimalist line made clear by the use of two geometric tridimensional shapes – the line and the sphere – which, with various combinations, gives life to different light objects, each of them sharing the same substance.
A translucent glass sphere represents the perfection of form, a place of points in space that all have equal distance from a fixed point, the center. Equidistance as a synonym for union and balance; a concept that is emphasized by the position of the sphere which floats on the line in supernatural equilibrium.
The desire to conceive furnishings with deliberately minimalist tridimensional shapes has led to the use – in the composition – of a single color, white.
The monochrome is carried out also through by the use of ultra-thin steel wires connected to walls and ceilings to suspend spherical or conical lamps. It is not only an element for hanging the objects on the wall, but enriches the design by outlining (almost imperceptibly) the perimeter of the lamp, thus creating an ethereal, soft and continuous space between the line and the sphere.
This monotony is broken by the use, for some pieces, of solid elements made by sand, inspired by the landscapes of the Atacama desert and characterized by the warm colors of the earth. Sand is a material already used by the Studio for previous artistic productions and that will be the key of future productions too.
The pendant lamps and floor lamps evolve between the cealing and the floors of the space revolving around the most perfect geometrical use the latest generation of LED bulbs, emits a soft, diffused and flattering white light, which allow for greater energy savings with a view to maximum sustainability.
Studio Luca De Bona
"PENSIERI / LUCA DE BONA X LANIFICIO LEO"
Designer: Luca De Bona
Reaching the headquarters of Lanificio Leo is a physical and mental, professional and human. A journey back to the lesser and more authentic Italy, where the abused concepts of made in Italy, craftsmanship, know-how lose their slogan connotations to return to being everyday and spontaneous actions. Here, tradition is the truth of handing down knowledge not so much through words as through hands. Here the terms art and craftsmanship rediscover their common root in a new vocation for design, the sincere one, thought before it is produced. Thinking hands: in addition to the juxtaposition of warp and weft, every fabric derives from the interweaving of gestures that intersperse and give rhythm to the thoughts of both the designer suspended between reality and imagination as much as of the operator bent over the loom. The tapestry-plaid collection designed for Lanificio Leo is called THOUGHTS. A play on words that
emphasises the value of the raw material by evoking the Latin etymology of the term pensum which indicated the quantity of wool entrusted to the spinners. An invitation to think by freely following the lines of the design which, seen from close up, appear as graphic strokes made by hand on a neutral background. As in the preparatory sinopias preparatory sinopites of ancient frescoes, the choice was made to renounce colour in order to emphasise the sign, intense as a human gesture. And, as in a contemporary triptych, the collection consists of three independent but modular elements. The narrative iconographic, vaguely surrealist, describes Calabria according to a reading both horizontal and vertical, linking its paradigms: lived orography, cultivated nature and intrinsic archaeology.
After graduating in Architecture from the IUAV in Venice, he specialised in the fields of design and museography by attending masters and advanced courses training at the Milan Polytechnic, the IED in Florence, the Lighting Academy at the Cà Foscari University in Venice. After collaborating with important architecture studios in Venice, Madrid and Milan, specialising in the entertainment, hospitality, museum and retail sectors, in 2010 he opened his own studio with offices in Padua and Milan.
He is part of the duo DEBONADEMEO founded in 2013 with product designer Dario De Meo. In addition to developing architectural projects for private and public clients, he designs objects and furniture for Italian and foreign companies, and taking care of the artistic direction of organisations and companies, he works as a freelancer with prestigious institutions, including the Biennale di Venice, the Canova Museum in Possagno, the François Pinault Foundation, Venice Design Week and the Academy of Fine Arts in Verona.
Micro- and macro-scale research that reinterprets and merges various fields: from architecture to interior design, from museography to hotellerie, from graphics to decoration
from furniture to lighting, to create innovative environments and objects capable of tell stories and induce emotions. Parallel to his design work, he also lectures at
as a lecturer at institutes and universities in the sector.
He is the creator and curator of the Belvedere brand, which aims to re-propose contemporary vedutismo in the form of furnishings exhibited in important Italian art galleries.
Italian art galleries, as well as author and creator of the site-specific installation HYPERURANITY, to be realised in 2021 at the Contemporary Cluster gallery in Rome.
Studio Makkink &Bey
"WATERSCHOOL - GARDEN OF DELIGHT"
Curators: Rianne Makkink and Jurgen Bey
WaterSchool Team: Anja van Zoomeren, Michou de Bruijn, Nai-Dan Chang, Timothy Liu, Antoinette Veneman, Hsiang Ching Chuang, Daan Veerman, Pichaya Puapoomcharoen
WaterSchool Participants, Studio Klarenbeek en Dros, Helmut Smits, Urban Reef, Aliki van der Kruijs and Jos Klarenbeek, Tamara Orjola, Philipp Kolmann, Arvid &Marie, SERVIES, Gijs Schalkx, Novo Typo, Zhu Yingchun, Maidie van den Bos, Studio Ossidiana, Govert Flint and Bart Hess, Emma van der Leest, Frank Bruggeman, Giuditta Vendrame, Paolo Patelli and Giulio Squillacciotti, Basse Stittgen, Ance Janevica, Livin Farms
Stichting Droom en Daad
Stichting Droom en Daad
Programmabureau M4H Rotterdam
Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations
City of RotterdamWebsite:
What do we need to start from scratch – to start being human again?
WATERSCHOOL, a self-initiated design and research project of Studio Makkink &Bey, looks into the possibilities of founding a holistic school revolving around water as an essential material, subject, and socio-economic and political phenomenon — where education and curriculum are entirely rethought.
WATERSCHOOL’s site-based research and a ‘learning by doing’ approach focuses on Rotterdam’s Merwe-Vierhavens (M4H) harbour district. Operating as a test site, WATERSCHOOL shows a speculative landscape where the 6,300 residents implement the regenerative use of raw materials and resources, allowing for balanced cohabitation between all local organisms, communities, and environment.
Together with selected Rotterdam-based designers, architects, artists, and a WATERSCHOOL library, the exhibition, supported by Stichting Droom en Daad, contributes to a sustainable, circular and regenerative learning environment in order to meet our looming ecological challenges.
In WATERSCHOOL’s Garden of Delight, human presence is not immediately perceptible. It is a place where the fundamental elements composing the human body and our essential resources simultaneously become valuable nutritional sources, building materials and filtering agents. The garden, a humble starting point, grows into a new type of household, fostering completely new ways of living.
Studio Malm / CURATED BY ALCOVA
Designer: Mathias Brask-Nilsen Malm
‘Ugress’ is a furniture series that explores an imposing and expressionist approach to modern furniture
design. By utilizing algorithmic technology, the furniture grows its own shapes digitally and tributes the
mathematical representation nature has had in art and ornamentation. The growth principles are based on
the same as in nature, which illustrates a correspondence between natural growth and computing power.
Still, with their unpredictable shapes and form, ‘ugress’ reflects on the unfamiliarity nature represents to
many, as strange and intimidating. Fully functional, the furniture was built using small-scale and modern
Studio Plastique, Snøhetta, Fornace Brioni
"Common Sands - Forite Tiles"
Designers: Studio Plastique, Snøhetta, Fornace Brioni
Common Sands is a collection of recycled glass tiles made from the glass components found in discarded ovens and microwave ovens. A prototype project to address both silicate scarcity and growing volumes of electronic waste, Common Sands tiles are developed in a collaboration between Studio Plastique, Snøhetta and Fornace Brioni as the result of more than 3 years of research and experimentation. With the aim of creating sustainable, smart and refined architectural products, the project creates new value for an abundant yet unexploited group of materials.
Common Sands Tiles are designed by implementing the specific knowledge and expertise of each member of this cross-disciplinary collaboration, resulting in a unique process and product. Studio Plastique are designers and researchers with a strong focus on shaping the world of tomorrow through a collaborative, holistic and systemic approach to design. Their in-depth research into silicate material streams and infrastructures initiated the project 3 years ago. Snøhetta is an internationally focussed, collaboration-oriented, transdisciplinary design practice with a major emphasis on meeting contemporary sustainability challenges. Snøhetta helped to focus the product development from the project's intitally experimental material research, before positioning the team to make contact with a wide range of stakeholders. Finally, Fornace Brioni is an Italian manufacturer of tiles with a long heritage of exquisite craftsmanship. Fornace Brioni decided to join the adventure as producer of the tiles, helping to further develop them as aesthetic, sustainable, functional and technically relevant products.
"COME, STAY, TASTE"
Designers: Nino (Eva Noemi Marchetti), Jufà (Francesca Guarnone), Riccardo (Riccardo Brunetti)
Collaborators and other credits: Mingardo Daniele, Eleonora Grigoletto, Giulio Ghirardi, Ferrari Renata La Perla Veneziana
Realizable in infinite variations and dimensions, the curtain of pearls in Murano glass and terracotta powder is the entrance to a space that is at once open and closed, free and collected.
It comes alive with the breath of a light breeze and tells, with a relaxing tinkle, the movements and exchanges, the instant in which someone enters, passes and maybe stays.
The sparkle is amusing, a game of precious reflections, like countless winks from mischievous spheres.
Inside "il Caramellaio", a prank to unwrap, tasty pearls of crackling jelly.
It is the creation of objects with a soul, that want to involve activating perceptions, even of sound and taste, to convey a feeling of well-being, improving the quality of environments and human relations.
We use ancient techniques and gestures that look to the past but speak of the future, giving life to intimate and personal objects and environments ready to listen and collect life stories.
The use of sustainable materials such as earth or its heat, which can become glass, to recover a harmonious connection with nature, sure that nowadays, the personalization of the living space is the foundation to enjoy a personal environment in which to find oneself.
TABLEAU + Post Service
Designers: TABLEAU, Post Service, Alexander Kirkeby, Arnaud Eubelen, Boris Peianov, Bram Vanderbeke, Esben Kaldahl, Jacob Egeberg, Kevin Josias, Kim Lenschow, Laurids Gallée, LABLABLA, Leo Maher, Oliver Sundqvist, Paul Cournet, Willem Hooff
Collaborators and other credits: Cedric Elisabeth, Kiosk48th
The exhibition “CONFESSIONS” addresses mental health; in particular, men’s mental health. The multidisciplinary studio TABLEAU curated 14 male-identifying artists, in collaboration with the therapeutic clinic Post Service, for the exhibition to explore the relationship between art, design and mental health. Both parties aimed to highlight the subject of male mental health and toxic masculinity and explore the ideas that are increasingly relevant within contemporary society.
The artists have been asked to create a piece that somehow expresses functionality, and at the same time their own interpretation of their overall mental health or something they’ve struggled with throughout their life. This will be accompanied by a sound piece created by musician Cédric Elizabeth in collaboration with each of the different artists.
TABLEAU and Post Service are well aware that asking only men to participate was a delicate thing to do, but wanted to do so in order to create awareness around the reality that male mental health is not often addressed compared to general mental health issues. The exhibition aims to promote a dialogue within society around destigmatizing the mental health realities of all populations of people, particularly those who are socialized to be less forthcoming around vulnerability and the self.
THE EMPTY DINNER
"Dukhan (Many Grievances)"
Designer: Alisha Phichitsingh
The collection of work titled Dukhan holds a special place in my heart as it is dedicated to my late father who recently passed. The loss of a loved one causes an emptiness and fluctuations of emotions like no other, there are no words that can describe it nor words to soothe the feeling of loss. The pieces in this collection are my way of describing and expressing the feelings that come upon you within the grieving journey. As these pieces may not be seen by everyone but they will always be present like the grief that many people hold within. The exhibition embodies the stages of grief, with each piece taking you through a different aspect of that journey. Two of which will be presented called “Absence” and Presence”.
THE HOUSE OF LYRIA
"Journey Into A Dream"
Designers: Riccardo Bruni
Collaborators and other credits: Production designer: Alessia Anfuso
Project manager: Carl Versfeld &Monica Kelly
Based in the Tuscan city of Prato, the heart of Italy’s textile industry, Lyria produces original, timeless fabrics unlike any in the region. Founder Riccardo Bruni, the creative force behind Lyria, is an auteur of textiles who merges tradition, experimentation, and emotion to create materials with a wholly unique character. The company is named after a rare, elegantly spiraling conch shell. It symbolizes the freedom of the ocean, a wide-open realm in which to dream and explore.
After two decades of working with the world’s leading designers and fashion houses, Lyria has now expanded into the world of interiors. The House of Lyria offers a generous selection of blankets and pillows that ranges from subtly rustic simplicity to the complex refinement of faded opulence, all realized with an aesthetic philosophy of the “perfectly imperfect”, imaginative craftsmanship and authentically sustainable production.
Lyria creates fabrics for use in private residences, yachts, boutique hotels, and other commercial projects by leading architects and interior designers. We collaborate to create customized one-of-a-kind furniture and to refresh existing pieces with our textiles.
For their debut exhibition on the top level of Alcova’s new E/Space, The House of Lyria has partnered with one of Italy’s most renowned cinematic scenographers, Alessia Anfuso, to create an emotive installation that will showcase their one-of-a-kind fabrics and invite visitors on a journey into a dream.
The Back Studio / CURATED BY ALCOVA
Designers: Eugenio Rossi, Yaazd Contractor
The Back Studio, a dynamic collaboration between Eugenio Rossi and Yaazd Contractor, was established in late 2019. Drawing from their experiences in Turin, Italy and Mumbai, India respectively, as well as their shared journeys at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the duo’s portfolio is purposefully eclectic.
Industrial construction pieces interact with hand-blown neon creations, resulting in a repertoire of assemblages that are simultaneously sculptural and functional. Heavily influenced by the ubiquity of architecture – a discipline that invariably moulds and informs the interactions of our daily lives – they believe in harnessing the highly tactile yet stubborn materiality of architectural forms in their projects. Apart from revealing the inconspicuous and often completely invisible elements of architectural processes in a novel context, The Back Studio’s creations are a commentary on duality; where the near-obsolete skill of cold cathode glass working and the rapidly evolving environment of digitized mass-fabrication are adroitly juxtaposed.
TIPSTUDIO / STUDIO F
Designers: Imma Matera, Tommaso Lucarini
Collaborators and other credits: STUDIO F
The result of a reflection on climate change, Disrupted Stability is a collection of ripped and burned wood elements, a scenario on how the future might look.
At Alcova 2022, TIPSTUDIO in collaboration with STUDIO F will presents the new collection which highlights the deleterious relationship between man and the environment through the exploration of a natural material, the wood.
The installation will show a post-apocalyptic landscape where the effects of our actions disrupt time and space, destabilize them, testing not only the places but the relationship between man and nature.
TIPSTUDIO has been researching and experimenting with ash wood that derives from trees recovered, fallen after natural events. The project connects the solidity of the wood with its most intimate part, showing different levels of the material. The corroded surfaces confer an apparent instability to the object, the simple structures give it lightness. There is a structural inversion, a slender panel, ripped, burned, which recalls the men destructive action, supports a triangular wooden profile, a typical architrave shape. A series of objects: mirror, console and side table/ bench in limited edition come to life.
Disrupted Stability is at the same time a physical presence and immaterial line: a sensory exploration is determined between the different layers of wood, the individual is called to interact with objects to enter into a symbiotic relationship with the temporal destructive and generative phases of nature.
Tokio. is a contemporary design brand with a focus on technically top-end products for today’s thinking individual with an eye to the future.
Asobi is a design studio established by Gorazd Malačič in 1999. The studio made its international debut in 2005 at the London Design Festival with their prototype of the spellbinding Isle Lounge sofa. In 2006, Asobi received the Design Distinction (Silver) Award in I.D. Magazine’s 52nd Annual Design Review for their fluid, futuristic Gwig LED luminaries. In 2014 Carbon Light, a high-performance modular LED suspension light, was selected as a finalist in lighting products at the Architizer Awards. Totem is the latest and newest in a series of extraordinary products designed by Asobi.
All Tokio products are made with the dedication and precision of skilled craftsmen able to exploit technologically advanced manufacturing and assembly techniques. All these considerations and more ensure the look, installation and user experience of Tokio products is second to none.
Inspired by Japanese craftsmanship – refined, minimal and timeless design lines of Tokio brand talk to more premium end of the market – using modern materials, latest technology and smart features.
"TRAME - Alhambra.gcode"
Designers: Arthur Mamou-Mani, Wonmin Park, Amandine David, Julie Richoz, Maria Jeglinska, Maddalena Casadei, Sophie Dries, Object of Common Interest, Giovanni de Francesco
Collaborators and other credits: Studio Vedet (Artistic Direction), Giovanni de Francesco (Set Design)
TRAME is a homeware brand exploring new domestic landscapes across the Mediterranean. Every collection of homeware is inspired by a historical episode, reflects a cross-cultural journey. By introducing contemporary designers to both traditional craftsmen and digital technologies TRAME brings a fresh point of view to those who have spent generations refining artisan techniques and provides economic benefits for local communities, while helping to conserve our common cultural heritage.
The Alhambra.gcode collection began in a traditional way: after bringing its past collaborators on inspiration trips to Meknes (Morocco) and Calabria (Italy), the brand anchored its third series in Andalusia, the historical region of Southern Spain, with the designers Arthur Mamou- Mani, Amandine David and Wonmin Park.
Inside the Alhambra mythical red fortress, the designers’ attention was particularly focused on the walls and ceilings and their hypnotic muqarnas — rigorously geometric, ornate vaulting patterns that reproduce infinitely in multiple dynamic combinations. Each of them developed designs which were then realized in 3-D printed ceramics before being hand-glazed, making each piece unique.
Taking a new step in the evolution of craftsmanship, the young brand is redefining design and, true to its initial mission, opening new perspectives for contemporary creators.
Designer: LLOT LLOV
Collaborators and other credits: Ttrash2Treasure, Catrice
With a look back, the Berlin design office LLOT LLOV looks ahead. They are creating a new cycle for their current collection. GLACIER is an ultra-modern terrazzo made from surplus nail polish bottles, lacquer, marble, concrete and fibre glass, which was further developed in pattern and colour in 2022. In cooperation with the German cosmetics brand Catrice from cosnova beauty, they process valuable waste into a high-quality material that is used for BASE side-table. Each table is one of a kind. For the show installation in Milan New Cycle is one of the two rooms designed by LLOT LLOV for Alcova 2022, in which the two designers present another new project, also created in cooperation with Catrice and Trash2Treasure. Glass, matt make-up vessels are transformed into a chandelier. For this project, the old jars were reworked into an individual new lighting object. Together they form a large light body, which forms the centre of the room.
Students of the Studio of Fashion and Footwear Design:
Aleš Hnátek, Tereza Chytilová, Valerie Jurčíková, Barbora Kotěšovcová, Kristýna Lovasová, Yuval de Picciotto, Natálie Pospišilíková, Magdalena Rajnohová, Anna Ryšánková, Júlia Sadloňová, Jan Smejkal, Hana Valtová, Jaroslav Vích, Valerie Vrbová
Students of the Studio of Photography II:
Jakub Delibalta, Lukáš Hlavín, Alžběta Chrudimská, Ondřej Kubeš, Jurii Ladutko, Viktorie Macánová, Samuel Petráš, Kateřina Sýsová, Miriam Pružincová, Adéla Zlámalová, Barbora Žentelová
Unique Client, i.e. "unique or extraordinary customer", was the name of the assignment for the students of the Studio of Fashion and Footwear Design at UMPRUM, The Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, during the summer semester of 2020/2021. These UMPRUM students worked on the project under the guidance of visiting costume designer Simona Rybáková and Assistant of the Studio Vojtěch Novotný. The main inspiration for the semester’s assignment was Simona's previous encounter with a high school graduation candidate named Marek, whose physical constitution differs from that of the majority of his peers. Because ready-to-wear fashion conforms to "standard" physical proportions, it was extremely difficult for Marek to find a suit in which he could attend the senior prom that would not be noticeably different from the clothes of his classmates.
Through in-depth consultation with Marek, the UMPRUM students designed a collection of clothes for various occasions that today form most of his custom wardrobe. However, this endeavor did not rest with Marek: In the next phase, the burgeoning designers had the task of assisting other clients with "non-ready-to-wear" attributes, specific needs, wishes and aspirations. The unique proportions and qualities of the physiques of some of these clients were caused by congenital predispositions, serious illness or injury. In terms of their humanity, though, the "atypicality" of their clothing preferences also emanates from their individualism, self-identity and lifestyle.
The cooperation of the students of the Studio of Photography II was an important part of the project, as well. Under the leadership of Václav Jirásek and Štěpánka Stein, they recorded and photographed the entire process with care and skill.
Designers: Stefania Carlotti, Harris Epaminonda, Diego Perrone, Andrea Sala, Bojan Sarcevic, Bill Woodrow
Collaborators and other credits: Dalle Nogare Marmi, Joseph Dalle Nogare, Fonderia Fusioni Arte 3v, Walter Vaghi
Ceramica Gatti, Davide Servadei, Luca Cipelletti, shelf designer
Giustini/Stagetti Gallery, Riccardo Venturi, critic text
Delfino Sisto Legnani, photo courtesy
Tommaso Tannini, photo courtesy
URNE.RIP meets the need of an aesthetic-minded production of cinerary urns, ones made in a limited edition and conceived by artists, architects and designers, thus aiming to reappraise the concept of loss and absence.
Urne.rip invites artists and designers to create a model of Urn made with classic materials, marble, bronze, ceramic and wood in collaboration with major Italian artisans. The team follows the tailor-made project and is available for customized production of urns, historical monuments, tombstones, taking care of its realization and putting the artist and client in direct contact.
“To be human means above all to bury”
Robert Pogue Harrison, The Dominion of the Dead
Designers: Stefania Vasques
Collaborators and other credits: Filippo Bamberghi - Fotografo, Silvia Rivoltella - Fotografo, Stefania Giarlotta - logo, Giuseppe Roccella - graphic, web design, video Thea Sturme - web design - social
Beppe Vicenti - consulenza marketing, Mirko Dal Pra - artigiano, Caterina Amato - artigiano, Niccolò Pozzi - artigiano, Sikania wood - artigiani, Roberto Agosta - Video e musica, Stefano Ghittoni - musica
Sponsor: Atelier Rezina - Paintup
0.design is a label that produces and distributes exclusively handcrafted products with the aim of handing down tradition, revised in a contemporary key and promoting a product that is "beautiful" in that it is useful, of quality and good workmanship, durable over time, and adheres to the cradle to cradle principle. The name "0.design" was created by thinking of "0" as the origin, the principle of all things and symbolically also of manufacturing in its most traditional form, "design" thought of as the study and development of tradition and contemporaneity. "0" also symbolizes circularity, femininity, fecundity, root, circle, center and centrality, place of all possibilities, absolute emptiness and fullness, earth and sun, origin, end and rebirth. In this first edition, 0.design presents the project that most symbolically summarizes the thought of this label: "Compost," a composter for domestic use made entirely of iron, and "Compost," a ceramic garden composter both entirely handcrafted. Also featured will be "Essenza," home scenters made of lathe-turned solid wood combined with natural essences from the Franciscan herbalist shop of the same essence as the wood.
"Circle" solid oak stool created only with joints without the use of glues or other derivatives. A hole in the center to make it easier to grip but also to allow it to be used for outdoor use. "Everything in its own time" a clock that marks conventional time and that of matter in its "natural" becoming. The face of the untreated iron clock will gradually turn to rust, symbolizing the "relativity" of time marked by the cyclical transformation of nature.
VETRALIA | Functional Art based in Venice
"VETRALIA | Functional Art based in Venice"
Designers: Lucia Massari, Giovanni Luca Ferreri, Tal Waldman, Leo De Carlo, Alessandro Trambaioli
Collaborators and other credits: Yevgeniya Kulikova
Active in the collectible design proposal, Vetralia is an atelier based in Venice that acts as a meeting place between creatives, whose wish is to combine contemporary artistic forms with the multiple Venetian craftsmanship skills, expression of a culture of excellence that has its roots in the Renaissance workshop.
Vetralia wants to demonstrate how artistic interpretation, full of cultural inclusive as well as different values, can become an object of design created through the incredible - often hidden - centuries-old skills of Venetian high manufacturing.
The result of this research is the creation of unique artefacts, capable of confirming the rewarding influence between the productive spirit of a place and an international creative vision; objects that are aimed at a clientele capable of appreciating a profound design notion, expressed through unattainable manual skills.
Wall &dec ò with CARTEdition
"Unrolling stories - when wallpaper meets art"
Designers: Fabrice Hyber, Labinac, Liliana Moro, Riccardo Previdi, Francesco Simeti, Donatella Spaziani, Patrick Tuttofuoco
Collaborators and other credits: Samantha Punis, communication responsible Atemporary Studio
Wall &dec ò with CARTEdition is a research project resulting from the collaboration between Wall &dec ò and AtemporaryStudio, born with the desire to investigate the relationship between contemporary art and wallcovering through a collection of artists' projects on wallpapers of high cultural significance.
With the curatorship of Giovanna Felluga and the involvement of the artists Fabrice Hyber, Labinac (a collective founded by Jimmie Durham and Maria Thereza Alves), Liliana Moro, Riccardo Previdi, Francesco Simeti, Donatella Spaziani and Patrick Tuttofuoco, CARTEdition intends to offer new solutions for contemporary living.
A collection destined to be enriched year after year, "unlimited" and of international scope. An initiative whose added value lies in the curatorial approach focused on the analysis and development of "habitable" works of art.
Wallpaper is thus transformed from a decorative element into an artistic tool, used to extend the investigative path towards new frontiers of the production and enjoyment of art, enriching the environment with cultural cues and new inspirations.
The projects are proposed in the format 5.40 x 3.60 m: a wide-ranging image that becomes a wall for an immersive effect of great scenic impact.
Thanks to CARTEdition Wall &dec ò embraces new languages by addressing the world of art.
Designers: SIMONE BONANNI, MADDALENA CASADEI, VALERIO SOMMELLA
Collaborators and other credits: PAOLA BOMBELLI, ANDREA CAMPESATO, MATTIA COSSI, GUIDO DAL PRÁ, MATTIA GREGHI
WEED'D is the newborn Milanese brand that offers smoking design objects, designed in Italy and produced in limited quantities by traditional manufacturing companies located throughout the country.
WEED'D does not perceive the act of smoking as an opportunity to get high, but rather as a chance to slow down, relax and take a break from the hectic pace of modern life, thus attempting to challenge the traditional narrative associated with cannabis use.
Born in 2022, as a spin-off of WOOD'D, WEED'D enjoys a community of professionals from the Milanese creative scene. Led by Simone Bonanni, Design Director of the project, they all share the conviction that a different approach to the theme is more than necessary and that Good Design could be the key.
For this first drop WEED'D asked three of them to design their own personal versions of a bong: Simone Bonanni himself, Valerio Sommella and Maddalena Casadei.
Designers: Parasite 2.0
For Parasite 2.0, systematic experimenters on the fronts of architecture, design and stage design between London and Milan, direct experience is the basis for any possible advancement of meaning. The goal is not the realisation of an object or any finished product - or at any rate not only, and certainly not in the case of this work. Armed with a peculiar language, empathetic and intuitive, they have intervened in a complementary manner with respect to the data explored in the scientific laboratories, where innovation, sustainability (over 51% of some special formulas are recycled, or in some cases obtained from 30% bio-resins) and the physical-mechanical properties of XL EXTRALIGHT® are developed. The six paradoxical machines, staged in the Alcova garden on the occasion of Milan Design Week 2022, talk to visitors without mediation. The activation of this large installation lies in the glance of the people observing it, without the need for captions: the interaction with the movements, the more or less explicit suggestions. If the perspective of observation changes, the scenario is completely transformed.
"Ponds of Colour"
Designers: Formstelle, Mathias Hahn, Läufer &Keichel, Britta Nehrdich
Offcut Bar: Formstelle, Läufer &Keichel
ZEITRAUM creates high-quality furniture for living areas and the commercial sector. In collaboration with international designers, the furniture collection has grown to 90 products. The company’s essential collection includes chairs, tables, beds, sideboards, home and office furniture.
Founded in 1990, with over 30 years of experience and passion for solid wood, ZEITRAUM stands for a modern, minimalist design vocabulary and a sustainable approach to design. ZEITRAUM’s values are rooted in respect for nature with the precise intent of preserving its diversity for future generations as a source of inspiration and sustenance.
The three cornerstones of ZEITRAUM commitment are economic sustainability through the decision to produce timeless furniture locally; ecological sustainability, thanks to the responsible use of natural resources and careful management of recycling processes; social sustainability, including respect for workers and human rights.
A piece of solid wood furniture serves to ground us in a world of non-durable consumer goods and fast-paced society. It provides a person with a sense of identity and roots. The wood working trade is a jewel that ZEITRAUM is preserving and constantly developing further with new technologies. ZEITRAUM focuses on functionality and high quality and builds furniture as a bridge between generations.