Milan: Designersblock 31.03.08

Designersblock will present work by 40 designers at their show in Milan this year. Curated as ever by the London duo Piers Roberts and Rory Dodd, the 2008 show is more international than usual, with a large number of young Italian designers showing work.

“Italy hasn’t really brought through any young Italian designers,” says Roberts, “partly because the attention is still on the success of the old masters. Maybe education is changing, but there’s now an underlying sense that it’s not all good in Italy.” This is something he claims young Italian designers are beginning to explore.

Notable exhibits include Italian designer Marcella Foschi’s lit up clothes, more of a concept than a design. Foschi wants to encourage people to find a new use for objects they don’t want anymore. Also wanting to re-use the dated and undesirable is [re]make, a series of shrink-wrapped, old table lamps, produced by socially motivated design group [re]design. The “preserved” lamps can be unwrapped if they come back into fashion.

Designersblock will also hold performances. Design Species, a collective of Eindhoven-based designers, will present a fashion show that questions the origins of fashion. Inspired by Charles Darwin’s “On the Origin of the species by means of natural selection”, Design Species will explore the “means of fashionable selection.”

Designersblock will take up a space at Piscina Argelati, Piazza Arcole, Via Fillippo Argelati. The opening party is on Wednesday 16 April from 18.00 - 23.00, and there’s another on Saturday the 19th from 20.00 - 24.00.

Granny, a chair you can sew on to, by Belgium based JAMES design.

Sound Tag by Matthew Plummer-Fernandez. The UK based designer translates sound into sculptures.

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