Preview: Milan Design Directions

01 : 05 : 2015 Milan Salone 2015 : Design Fiction : Haptic Experiences

Milan – In a snapshot of our Inspire section, we look at the design directions emerging from this year’s Salone del Mobile.

  • Designers injected objects with uncanny features, such as spiritual presence or synaesthetic qualities
  • Other projects explored the potential of haptic interaction with new surfaces and textures
Moon Jelly by Eva Walkuski Moon Jelly by Eva Walkuski
COS x Snarkitecture installation COS x Snarkitecture installation
Touch That Taste by Eva Walkuski Touch That Taste by Eva Walkuski

In stark contrast to last year’s dystopian Polarity Paradox attitudes, this year designers presented bright and optimistic visions of the future, explored through speculative scenarios and design fiction. Traditional approaches to communicating design concepts were challenged through satirical, offbeat storytelling. For more on Salone Satire, Transient Landscapes and Uneasy Tensions, read our Milan inspire Part 1 and Part 2.

The Big Picture: Although brands and designers are increasingly becoming sceptical about the commercialisation of the event, Salone del Mobile upholds its reputation as a hotbed of new trends and design directions. 

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