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Salone Satellite: Students and emerging designers make waves at 2010 Milan furniture fair

April 19, 2010 |  9:32 am

The Milan furniture fair may be the premiere showcase for the world's top designers, but there's a reason why, after trekking across convention hall after convention hall, visitors still make time for Salone Satellite. In a small area designated for emerging and student designers, you can see some audacious ideas come to life.

Helena Karelson, an Estonian exhibiting with Kingston University of London, took on task of reconceiving lowly mini-blinds. She tossed linearity to the wind and gave us Kontour, precision-cut wood slats that create a rolling landscape inside your window.

The design appeared to function just as well as traditional blinds, and because a bulge on one side naturally creates an indentation on the other when the wood is being cut, there's no waste in production.

Milan_SatelliteDunnage Recycled dunnage bags used for cargo shipping were the material of choice for Agata Kulik-Pomorska and Pawel Pomorski of the Polish studio Malafor. Their sofa, Blow, consisted of just four other things: plastic liner, metal rack, rubber straps and air.

Blow was surprisingly comfortable but a little loud (crinkle, crinkle). The piece ships flat and costs 262 euro, about $340.

We've got more Salone Satellite designers featured in our Milan photo gallery.

-- Craig Nakano

Photo credits: Franco Forci / For The Times

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