Creating a space for narrating and showcasing the energy, the visions and the approaches of young designers, SaloneSatellite’s Permanent Collection features some of the most groundbreaking products shown over the 20-plus memorable years of SaloneSatellite.

Spearheaded by SaloneSatellite’s founder and creator Marva Griffin, the collection dedicates a space at the new Legno Arredo ITS Rosario Messina Foundation Training Facility at Lentate sul Seveso.

Adriano Design’s “Fuoripista”

Alessandra Baldereschi’s “De Castelli”

A true design canon, The Permanent Collection hopes to create a  pathway that will allow visitors to get to grips with the new artistic and methodological evolution that characterises contemporary design.

“The objects on exhibit may be sources of inspiration and learning, precisely because of having been  designed by other young people who made them fuelled by their passion, enthusiasm and desire to win,” says Griffin.

The authors of the works in the collection are a selection of the more than 11,000 young designers who  have passed through the ranks of SaloneSatellite. While the collection currently showcases around 500 products, it will continue to shape and grow for years to come.

Three different design approaches have informed these creative products. Many of the makers focused on typological innovation, attempting to rethink the traditional shapes of domestic objects. This means cleverly reinventing candlesticks, hooks, clothes hangers, tables, bookcases and more.  

Other designers focused on constructive experimentation by means of intelligent and astute  exploration of materials. While innovating, designers tried their hands at recycling, retrieving,  rehabilitating and transforming raw and semi-finished materials.

Lastly, there are a significant number of objects owed to formal  innovation, to the quest for sculptural value, decorative qualities and a cheerful and witty approach channelling metaphors and allusions. This means conjuring up pieces whose shapes  are reminiscent of the natural world, but are refined in terms of composition, proportion and rhythm.

The collection is intended not just as a place for revisiting the many products that “have made it,” but  also as a space for interacting with the territory and the upcoming generations, and for engaging with the design scene of the third millennium.

Photos courtesy of Salone del Mobile.Milano