Scuola Politecnica di Design at the SaloneSatellite 2007 with a selection of recent projects by the Master’s students.

Greenlounge, chaise longue. Design by Guillaume Cazaudehore (France).
Tutor: Luisa Bocchietto. In collaboration with Serralunga.

A low chaise longue in plastic gives relaxing moments immersed in a green embrace. As you lie back, lounging in the chair, you can find deep containers dug out that run up the back piece and arm rests. All you have to do is choose the seasonal flowers or plants according to your mood to give you the illusion of lying in a garden in direct contact with nature.

A tavolaaa, ceramic dinnerware collection. Design by Fabio Pansera (Italy)
Tutor: Cristiana Vannini.

It is a collection of ceramic trays and dishes. A single size, only two pieces either to be placed on top or to be slotted into each other in an incredibly simple way, similar to some designs by Joe Colombo. The idea is practical, the lines are sophisticated, the range of colours and combinations are infinite, presenting a one-off design.

DolceVita, inflatable laptop case. Design by Marie Victoire Winckler (France) and Tamara Rushlow (Canada).
Tutor: Denis Santachiara. In collaboration with Piquadro.
DolceVita adds a sexy and luxurious touch to a traditionally technical product. The laptop bag becomes an object that can be blown-up like a toy thanks to the plastic valve that contrasts with the richness of the bag. The air bag protects the computer in a very simple and effective way. Empty, DolceVita takes up very little space; it can be blown-up in a few seconds, maintaining its lightweight characteristics. The external material is in decorated three-dimensional leather that gives the piece the retro look of a classic sofa.

Thonet Tomorrow, lounge chair. Design by Alessandro Pasotti (Italy), Francesca Imperiali (Italy).
Tutor: Riccardo Blumer. In collaboration with Gebrüder Thonet Vienna.
Sitting is a dynamic action. The organic shapes of the seat are modelled in order to offer the chance to sit down in several ways. The body is made of curved beech wood – pure Thonet – and is divided into three distinctive elements: seat, back and armrest, designed as modules that can be assembled. In this way, the single chair easily becomes suitable for waiting areas and any large spaces, to be combined creating unlimited architectures.

Thonet Tomorrow, easy chair. Design by Laura Affinito (Italy), Nicola Zappelli (Italy).
Tutor: Riccardo Blumer. In collaboration with Gebrüder Thonet Vienna.
An interlacement of filiform and apparently fragile elements – thin bands of wood curved by steam – allow the object to support itself and others, even without a structural frame. The pattern of the weaving is a homage to the Viennese straw, imprinted in Thonet’s DNA. The quality of this project consists in the sinuous forms that stretch and create the seat and legs, in the rhythm of the interlacement, in the lightness and transparency of the material. It is a well balanced contrast between the unstable aspect of the grid, so slight and open, and the strength of a structure that finds a strong ally in the elasticity of the wood.

Thonet Tomorrow, stool and table system. Design by Elisa Ceci Neva (Italy), Sara Mezzetta (Italy).
Tutor: Riccardo Blumer. In collaboration with Gebrüder Thonet Vienna.

One element creates a wide landscape of stools, benches and occasional tables. Curved wood has been chosen as the only construction material of the project and value is given to the structural characteristics through the study of forces expressed in the curvature and tension of fibres. The geometric design of the band recalls a full volume still maintaining its typical lightness, while the surface exalts the graphic effects of the material. The strong points of the project are the geometry of total volume and the pattern, also found in the more complex combinations, that the consumer can chose and change, like in a game.

Thonet Tomorrow, chair. Design by Estefanía Fernández (Spain), Alfredo Sandoval (Venezuela).
Tutor: Riccardo Blumer. In collaboration with Gebrüder Thonet Vienna.
A successful chair thanks to the pureness and simple perfection of Spanish design. The object takes its origin from a single band of curved wood that faithfully interprets the character and formal qualities that are typical of Gebrüder Thonet Vienna. The chair is intended to be essential and absolutely contemporary. The design of the seat, created by crossing wood, goes beyond the first interpretation, hiding an unexpected comfort. The whole project aims at balancing aesthetic, functional and ergonomic qualities as well as innovation in the production process.

Vogelgrippe + Haushalt, wallpaper. Design by Milan Hansel (Germany)
Tutor: Luca Fiammenghi, Marco Romanelli. In collaboration with Vertical Vision.
Vogelgrippe (Bird Flu) and Haushalt (Household Objects) are the inspiration celebrating the long awaited return of wallpaper. It is an ironic and informal interior graphic design project that focuses on pattern, reproduced on different scales and with a decisive contrasting colour range. There are two patterns to choose from for different environments or to match together in total freedom.

Pee on a tree, urinal. Design by Pepin Gelardi (USA), Katia Mattioli (Italy).
Tutor: Huub Ubbens. In collaboration with Ceramica Flaminia.
Pee On a Tree frees the urinal, for those who love to go to the toilet in the open air and for those who simply no longer do so. The bathroom becomes a forest. The pleasure of simple gestures is the main theme in a space that tends to be removed or covered up. The design plays between the aspect of a monument of a column in porcelain and in the style of a tree inviting to a little transgression. Other pieces with the same approach from the FlaminiaForest Collection: the toilet bowl Sit on a Stone and the shower Canopy involving a tap that sprays water, and the same light as if in a tropical forest.

SPD at the SaloneSatellite 2007
Salone Internazionale del Mobile
from April 18th to April 23rd, 2007, 10 p.m. – 7,30 p.m.
pavillion 22-24, boot E9, Fiera Milano Rho Pero