Material Monday Industry Insight: Milan Design Week 2019

Material Monday Industry Insight: Milan Design Week 2019

Posted 15 April 2019 by Katie Kubrak

April is an exciting month. Not only it kicks off with few practical jokes and time change but it also brings one of the most exciting events in the creative community – Milan Design Week. This year it the event run from 9th till 14th April. As expected, there were several must not miss highlights as well as surprising innovations.

This Material Monday we present to you 5 projects that caught our eye. These include:

  1. Waste no More (Trend: Sustainable Production)

Eileen Fisher’s Waste No More exhibition was developed in collaboration with Sigi Ahl and unveiled at Galleria Rossana Orlandi. It focused on describing brand’s zero-waste initiative. Furthermore, this exhibit confronts visitors with the reality of society’s discarded clothing, while demonstrating the inherent aesthetics of recuperated materials in contemporary design.

  1. Plastic-Master’s Pieces & Ro Plastic Prize (Trend: Sustainable Production)

The Ro Plastic Prize, a joint venture between Dezeen and Rossana Orlandi launched last year, housed at the railway pavilion of Milan’s Museum of Science and Technology, celebrated thirty one-of-a-kind pieces made exclusively with recycled plastic. Displayed work featured acclaimed designers as Patricia Urquiola, Formafantasma, Nacho Carbonell, Barnaba Fornasetti, Piet Hein Eek, Piero Lissoni and Brodie Neill.

  1. Different Bodies (Trend: Creative Shift)

In design, ergonomics offer a standardised set of tools, which help with designing heights, widths and more so that the end product is accessible to widest pool of end users. ‘Different Bodies’, an exhibition by master students from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation (KADK), aims to convey the opposite. Entire exhibition offered an interesting insight into designing for accessibility while accounting for the fact that no human body is the same.

  1. Broken Nature (Trend: Nature-tility)

Under alarming circumstances of climate change and increasing environmental pollution, ‘Broken Nature’ exhibition states that it is not enough for designers to be politically and chemically correct. “Organic,” “green,” “environmental,” and “sustainable” are just buzzwords, which will not tackle the issues ahead. The display presented experiments on social justice and new ways how to generate mobility and economic development, while mending broken bonds between ideas of family, gender, race, class, nationhood and nature with support of new technologies.

  1. Studiolo Robotico R.U.R. (Trend: Future Production)

Studiolo Robotico R.U.R performative installation explored the relationship between hand-crafted labour, mechanical, digital and robotic production. Display was centred around a robotic portrait of the studio, which operation seemed highly automatised yet in the background it was operated by the traditional craftsmanship of young illustrators.

We hope you enjoyed Milan Design Week as much as we did! If you want to chat all topics: colours, materials, finishes and insights or would like a sneak peak on what’s coming next week please feel free to get in touch.