Elena Salmistraro: “Milan is back. This year I felt excited as if it was my first design week”

AXO IN FABULA by Elerna Salmistraro X Cappellini - Courtesy of Cappellini.

We sat down with Elena Salmistraro to talk about her projects at Milan Design Week, what the pandemic has taught us for good, women in design, and her positive attitude toward the future.

Natural Capital: Carlo Ratti visualises trees’ key role in reducing CO2 through data

NATURAL CAPITAL by CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati x ENI - Photo by Marco Beck Peccoz, courtesy of CRA.

Energy company Eni and CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati present the ‘Natural Capital’ exhibition highlighting the importance of protecting and conserving forests. At the Brera Botanical Garden, a landscape of floating bubbles visualises through data how much CO2 each human produces and how much each tree species can capture and store.

‘Fantastic Smartphones’ and how to hack them… For our sake!

Fantastic Smartphones - Courtesy of ECAL University of Art and Design Lausanne.

Let’s admit it; our smartphones often outsmart us. With the FANTASTIC SMARTPHONES exhibition, students at ECAL University have developed tongue-in-cheek devices, robots and interfaces able to hack our mobiles and make us reflect on how much we have become dependent on Tinder, Instagram, What’s Up or TicToc.

A flame for research: 10 candleholders to fight cancer

A FLAME FOR RESEARCH - Photo by Matteo Imbriani.

Hope, togetherness, grief and remembrance are the intimate feelings that inspired international designers such as Jaime Hayon, Federica Biasi, Luca Nichetto and Marcel Wanders to create ten candleholders for the A FLAME OF RESEARCH project by Mingardo. The unique pieces will be auctioned to support cancer research.

Fuorisalone 2021: 20 top destinations at Milan Design Week

Design Variations @ Milan Design Week 2021 - Courtesy of Mosca Partners.

Finally, Milan Design Week is back! Supersized beach cabins, a courtyard filled with orchids and a pavilion made from sustainable chairs. Fuorisalone 2021 unveils former military barracks and forgotten bakery factories and unlocks new destinations in the unexplored west side of the city.

Milano Design City 2021: the best physical and virtual events on show

Life in Vogue - Photo by Vogue Italia.

Milano Design City 2021: the world’s design capital hosts a phygital week with product launches, installations, archi-walks, virtual talks, and exhibitions.

Milano Design City: 10 furniture designs launched at Fuorisalone fall edition

FRISÉE chair by Cristina Celestino for Billiani - Photo by Chiara Cadeddu.

Fuorisalone fall edition: origami-like tables, armchairs experimenting with binary geometry, seats inspired by milking stools and a tribute to Beirut resilience.

Milano Design City: 8 highlights on show

Milano Design City. ANTOLOGY installation by Ferruccio Laviani @ Lea Ceramiche showroom - Courtesy Lea Ceramiche, ph. by Alessandro Nassiri.

Orphan of its major design week, Milan shows its reinvigorated resilience with Milano Design City, a 2 weeks programme of virtual and physical events, product design launches, exhibitions, talks and showrooms openings. Until October 10.

Artist and architect of light Nanda Vigo passed away aged 83

Nanda Vigo - Courtesy of Archivio Nanda Vigo

Master of light, transparency and immateriality, Nanda Vigo was one of the most visionary postwar Italian architects and artists. Her creative journey began as a child fascinated by Giuseppe Terragni’s architecture and Flash Gordon comics. During her carrier she collaborated with some of the most influential avant-garde movements and creative minds such as the Zero Group, Lucio Fontana, Piero Manzoni and Gio Ponti.