A recap of Latin American design at Milan Design Week

Last month’s Milano Design Week had plenty to offer in terms of Latin American design, starting with the theme, Africa & Latin America Rising Design/ Design Emergente at the SaloneSatellite. We saw more than a few expressions of Latin American design worth highlighting at this citywide fair, so keep reading for the details.  

 The 15% Collection by  Rodolfo Agrella .

The 15% Collection by Rodolfo Agrella.

SaloneSatellite

With the theme Africa & Latin America Rising Design/ Design Emergente, SaloneSatellite organizers placed the spotlight firmly on the southern hemisphere. For Humberto and Fernando Campana, curators of the Latin America section of the exhibit, the aim was to recapture the passion behind creation and craftsmanship. Read our full article about it heresalonemilano.it

Anáhuac University Mexico School of Design

In an effort to promote collaborative work between artisans and students of design, Anáhuac University Mexico teamed up with its local government to launch a collection created by artisans from the town of El Pañhe, Tecozautla. Their work, shown this year at Ventura Projects, presented a collection of objects crafted in golden obsidian from the municipality of Epazoyucan, Mexico. anahuac.mx

Marni

Italian house of fashion Marni has been exploring the world of Colombian craftsmanship for years by means of colorful outdoor furniture installations in the brand’s showroom during Milan Design Week. “La Vereda” is Marni’s most recent interpretation of the country: a bright, cheery festival of color and folklore that showcases the brand’s new collection, featuring home accessories and hand-woven furniture made in Colombia. Read our full article about it heremarni.com

Moak Studio

On show at the DIN Exhibition at Lambrate Design District was Cali-based Moak Studio with their ‘Interaction Collection,’ a prototype collection aimed to bring its users closer to the physical world and appreciate the movements that allow commonplace objects to function. While the Dina lamp requires a coin to turn on, the Volé lamp lights up when the user blows on a windmill-like feature on its side, and the Hilo speaker is a simple reminder of the obsolete gesture of manually turning up the speaker volume. Read our full article about the collection heremoakstudio.com

 Objects by Estudio Seis Nueve. Photo by Elisa di Marco.

Objects by Estudio Seis Nueve. Photo by Elisa di Marco.

eiDesign (España Italia Design)

The new Isola Design District showcased Latinoamerican Contemporary Design, an exhibit featuring 9 Latin American designers from Mexico, Brazil, Colombia and Argentina. Organized by eiDesign (España Italia Design), the exhibition featured a fusion of traditional objects with contemporary culture. The selected participants included Colectivo Mangle, Estudio Seis Nueve, Claudia Akel, Maricela Arrieta, Daniel Rubio, Martín Dalponte, Héctor Álvarez, Giovana Antunes, and  Jorge and Valeria Montañaei-design.org