This year’s iSaloni once again offered visitors a plethora of creative design solutions on an international scale. The show’s commitment to publicising up-and-coming talent took centre stage at the 16th edition of the SaloneSatellite exhibition, which displayed the work of 700 promising young designers, including students from 17 international design schools. The theme of the 2013 edition was dedicated to the relationship between design and craftsmanship.

The SaloneSatellite Award, a competition based on the product categories of the biennial trade shows that accompany the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, took place for the fourth time. Participants in the SaloneSatellite were asked to present, along with their qualifying prototypes, one or more additional designs belonging to the product categories of Euroluce and SaloneUfficio.

Winning entries

1st prize – Braque by Tania Da Cruz (Italy)
The Braque soundproofing system is adaptable to any context, thanks to the virtually unlimited possibilities for configuring the modules. It responds to the highest technical and aesthetic standards of design, while optimising the sustainability of natural cork.

2nd prize – Plastex by Re Design Studio (Egypt)
This fabric has a simplicity that makes it easily understandable for everyone. By adopting ancient weaving techniques, Re Design Studio has created a new, sustainable material with high performance and multiple uses. The product clearly conveys an important message of ethical responsibility.

3rd prize – Wave by Poetic Lab (UK)
The Wave lamp is an emotional interpretation of the relationship between light, glass and motion, relying exclusively on a simple, readily-available device and exploiting the natural reflective properties of the material.

Honourable mention

Hobbs Twins by Mecedorama (Spain)
Double rocking chair, Hobbs Twins, celebrates the marriage of ancient artisanal techniques and contemporary forms. Its playful message suggests new applications and developments for venerable techniques that risk extinction.

Maybe by Andrea Borgogni (Italy)
The underlying design of the Maybe chair has wider practical applications, and lends itself to industrial production. The product reduces materials and components,
focusing on economy of storage and transport.

Lamp Stick 210 by Matias Ruiz (Chile)
Stick 210 is a wooden lamp that combines function and aesthetics, capturing the spirit of contemporary style in an original way.

Images courtesy of Carola Merello