A rendering of Sony's space at the Officine Stendhal at Via Stendhal 35 in Zona Tortona. The space is designed by London-based studio BarberOsgerby and has been constructed from sound-absorbing cones to transform it into an anechoic chamber as a backdrop to Sony's new products
Every year the Satellite exhibition at the Fiera is a sure card for spotting new talent from all over the world and seeing products in the raw, before they are picked up and perfected by manufacturers. This year, the Satellite exhibition will be divided into five parts, to reflect the different continents (the Americas are lumped together and Antarctica isn't included this year). They all meet at a central square designed by five continental representatives: Cory Grosser represents the Americas, Paolo Ulian Europe, Charles O'Job Africa, Tonerico Inc Asia and Darcy Clarke Oceania.
If you missed the launch of Skitsch last year, make sure to see the new store this time around. Straight after opening a new outlet in London's Brompton Design District, the Italian brand is on the offensive with over 50 new products launching in Milan. The new crop of designers includes London-based Peter Marigold, who will present a combined wardrobe and mirror "to enable people with small houses to give the impression of having grand furniture", Paris-based 5.5 Designers, who will present a kitsch lamp that mimics an open fire, and Venice-based Luca Nichetto who has designed a tubular steel and plywood chair (pictured).
Alle chair by Luca Nichetto for Skitsch
SPAZIO ROSSANA ORLANDI
Orlandi's design gallery is everyone's favourite hang-out when in Milan. Its quiet courtyard and serene setting is a relief after a day of rushing around. Besides, the gallery is usually filled to the brim with interesting projects, from limited editions to mass production. This year the Campanas presents a collection of new vases in resin and natural fibers, ARTEK shows a new chair by Shigeru Ban and a shelving system by Naoto Fukasawa.Fukasawa will also present some new pieces for PlusMinusZero.
The courtyard will house a number of outdoor projects such as Urban Buds by Gionata Gatto (pictured overleaf) and Giant Flower Pots by TAF.
Urban Buds by Gionata Gatto is showing at Spazio Rosanna Orlandi
This year Tom Dixon's display is titled Industry and aims to transform the showroom into a factory, bringing the industrial process directly to the consumer.Three new products will launch: the Peg stackable chair, the Offcut bench and the Void lamp. However, it's not the furniture that's interesting this year but the collaboration with Philips. Together they have developed Flat lamp, a collection of OLED (organic light emitting diode) light bulbs expected to replace the conventional LED bulbs in the
next few years. It comes in a strip, a square and a round shape.
Void Lamp by Tom Dixon
UNEXPECTED GUESTS: HOMES OF YESTERYEAR, DESIGN OF TODAY
If you fancy a break from all the bustle of the fair your ticket to the Fiera in Rho also gives you free entry to four of Milan's most famous villa museums. This year they have had a bit of a makeover with contemporary furniture being displayed alongside the historical interiors. The 1930s Villa Necchi Campiglio is a must-see, as is the morbidly gloomy Museo Bagatti Valsecchi from the 1880s, fashioned in a neo-Renaissance style.
Last year Zona Romana was the new area to visit, this year it's Ventura Lambrate, further to the east. Just like Zona Tortona it's an old industrial quarter that is currently enjoying some regeneration. Initiated by the Dutch company Organisation in Design, this is where you will see some of the most interesting new work, not yet picked up by manufacturers. The graduates from Design Academy Eindhoven are exhibiting here (Via Ventura 6) and so is Maarten Baas (Massimiano 25), guaranteeing a fair bit of footfall.
NACHO CARBONELL, DIVERSITY
Spazio Rossana Orlandi received last-minute funding to stage a large-scale exhibition of Nacho Carbonell's new work at the Spazio Gianfranco Ferré, by the Castello. The space is normally used for catwalk shows and will provide a grand backdrop for Carbonell's sculptural pieces. The show is called Diversity and will present a collection of 15 different chairs, made using Carbonell's trademark plant derivative raw materials.