Top 4 from Milano Design City
- Grow-Your-Own: For his latest project, named Banana, Israeli designer Erez Nevi Pana grows his own materials by cultivating banana trees, and weaving the fibre from the stems and leaves into a textile to create a bean-bag, rocking chair and hammock.
The project embodies our A/W 21/22 Design Direction Earth and reflects the growing urgency for brands and designers to use local, nature-derived materials.
- Promoting Material Diversity: Italian gallery Nilufar’s Brassless exhibition calls for greater material diversity with a cast of works made from materials that are meaningfully chosen to suit the product’s function. The modular table from US studio Objects of Common Interest, for example, is made of magnetic metal, enabling different elements (tabletop, legs and arched connecting segments) to attach together in various configurations.
The exhibition advocates designers to choose from a broad range of materials so to not overuse certain resources (see also Metals for a Modern World).
- Surveillance Shut-Off: Italian designer Sara Ricciardi’s No Signal Zone installation fills a palazzo square with purple balloons to provide a private space for visitors. The designer also developed two digital filters that disguise the user’s identity with moving purple bubble-like graphics.
This project illustrates that designers and brands must create work that translates in-person and online now that many fairs are switching to the digital realm.
- Wellness Interiors: For its latest furniture collection, Italian brand Porro employs a textured paint made using rice harvest waste that promises to absorb CO2 to purify the air.
The launch emphasises the need for ‘healthy’ materials that promote user wellbeing, a theme we explore in our S/S 22 Design Direction Flourish.