Following two years of delays and cancellations, this year's Milan Design Week saw thousands of designers, artists, and craftsmen put their skills on display and present different solutions for the future of manufacturing, interior design, materials, and the environment. As every year, renowned architects also took part of the week-long event, using products, furniture pieces, and installations to share their professional angle and answer some of the biggest questions of the practice, showcasing how it can contribute to the betterment of the environment and society as a whole.
Focusing on sustainability and environmental awareness with respect to furniture production, this year's architectural contributions at Salone del Mobile saw innovative takes on “inclusive” design.
Read on to discover our selection of 8 architect-designed products and furniture pieces displayed during the 2022 Salone del Mobile.
Alphabet of light begins with essential geometries to create a new font that translates into light, giving shape to spaces. The elements give users the ability to design light in space with words, as well as with graphic signs. Two linear elements and two round ones are combined with a system of letters, numbers, and symbols, and can be separated into modules to form everchanging geometries.
UNStudio x LaCividina
Designed in collaboration with LaCividina and developed with UNSx, UNStudio’s in-house multidisciplinary team, the Node+ collection features a structured range of padded pieces, backrests, dividers, and accessories that can be used to design micro-architectural systems that encourage work, privacy and socializing, responding to changing requirements over the course of the day.
UNStudio x Delta Light
Designed in collaboration with Delta Light, the sensor-based lighting fixture responds, learns, and adjusts according to people's daily activities. Taking into account environmental factors including light, sound, scent, air quality and temperature and how they have a huge effect on health, Soliscape is a human-centric lighting solution that can be tailored to its individual user to have a positive effect on their wellbeing.
MVRDV x Delta Light
High Profile series
The range of luminaires are inspired by leftover aluminum profiles. The design looks at the manufacturing process, finding opportunity and beauty in elements that are normally discarded as waste. These scrap elements became the starting point of the design, by varying the scale and size of the extensive Delta Light profile range.
Handmade Rugs Collection
ZHA explored the intricate craftsmanship and materiality of ILLULIAN's rugs for this collection. The rugs, made of interwoven threads of silk and Himalayan wool, are complemented with the manipulation of perspective, form, and space within ZHA's architecture, generating a dynamic interplay that alters with changing light conditions and perspectives.
Cordoba is designed as a timeless addition to the office or home for recreational purposes. Using the structural and tactile attributes of timber, its materials are pulled and tensioned around the frame to create an extremely supportive seat, that caters to the users' ergonomics.
Foster + Partners x Artemide
The IXA lamp has a unique dynamism that allows it to inhabit different typologies of light, from task focused lighting to decorative and ambient compositions. The unit is inspired by Alexander Calder’s sculptures, and illustrates versatility through different designs and configurations: on tables, floors, and walls.
The large-scale installation, which was one of the most anticipated installations within the Fiera, demonstrated the various ways people can improve their relationship with nature, inviting visitors to eat, drink, converse, and work in a 1,400 sqm piazza-inspired space.
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