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05/06/2022 | MILANDESIGNWEEK2022

DONNE&DESIGN. WOMEN PROJECTS. EACH TO HER OWN

This year we return to the theme of women’s creativity: 12 + 21 authors present their “creative self-portrait” in the language that is most natural to them, the design and ideas that enrich our everyday environments. 

For archistar Paola Navone is ‘Poetry House’, a house for imagination that is all to be imagined, on the ceramic rugs by ABK Ceramiche; for the award-winning Ilaria Marelli is the bench-fire pit for Steeles: minimalist and elegant design, with a surface perforated by endless holes to suggest an interplay between fullness and emptiness. For the 21 artists and artisans and the three curators Caterina Misuraca, Sandra Faggiano e Valentina Martin of the Food Design Stories group is the set table, both ethical concerning the materials and process, and aesthetical for the flowers and clouds fluctuating mid-air. Along them, in a sort of design mirror that confronts each author with her latest creation, Ana Marìa Gomez, Colombian designer, who with “Oruga” proposes furniture nomadism, pieces that are conceived as fluid objects that suit the body of the wearer. The UK Malin Iovino tells her personal stories through “Expression Through Weave”: colorful pieces made with the unique Swedish loom technique of snören, she had learnt from her grandmother; Camilla and Valentina Gallo, founders of the Jamais Sans Toi lab, found themselves in “Icon of Style”, a contemporary version of the old Bizantium icons, symbols of regenerated refinement. Another return is Adriana Lohmann who signs for the startup Klakdesign “Enjoy”, a modular bench thought for conviviality, fitness and meditation which is, meanwhile, a plexiglass writing to hang on walls and lean on a mobile. Tina Rugelj is the shores of her country, Croatia, with “Tales of the Adriatic”, five pieces of furniture with a marine inspiration, that tells about the dry wood of olives and the white stone of Braþ through which she realizes tables, fishing nets weaved so as to shape lamps; Sabine Baz, founder of SABBA Designs is represented by music, true inspiration of “Harmonious Living”, where Switzerland design graphic precision is combined with the quality of Italian luxury and each object draws and epitomizes an idea or musical concept. Ellesanti’s “ritual and gesture” turns jewels into the center of a world of integrity and beauty that is based on gestures and creative exchange, dedicated to tactile and visual experiences, funny and joyful. Architect Diana Zabarella speaks the language of Venice, of ancient techniques of glass, wood and fabrics in her Laguna collection, where peculiar green and blue colors dominate. Last but not least is Laura Zeni, designer and artist whose funny and ironic furnishings gained her fame, and whose silhouettes and profiles of stylized faces are inspired by her interior portraits.


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