Milan Salone 2017 Preview: Life cycles

31 : 03 : 2017 Milan Salone 2017 : Whole-system Thinking : Product Design

Milan – Age of Man explores humanity’s destructive impact on the earth as a new geological era.

  • The Anthropocene period – in which man became the dominant influence – is believed to have started in 1950
  • Curated by the collective Form & Seek, the exhibition will offer various visions for the future
Circadian Tapestry by Rive Roshan for Age of Man, Milan Circadian Tapestry by Rive Roshan for Age of Man, Milan
Hues Textiles by Rive Roshan for Age of Man, Milan Hues Textiles by Rive Roshan for Age of Man, Milan
Jordan Söderberg Mills for Age of Man, Milan Jordan Söderberg Mills for Age of Man, Milan
Jule Waibel for Age of Man, Milan Jule Waibel for Age of Man, Milan

Located in The Wheelshop at Ventura Lambrate, the exhibition explores an array of potential futures by taking inspiration from the past while borrowing from the technologies of the present. The works, which include existing and new designs, have been created in a variety of materials including human hair, and span a range of mediums, from sculptures to textiles.

A highlight is design partnership Rive Roshan’s contribution, which includes its Circadian Tapestry, a kinetic piece crafted from printed cotton and oak, inspired by the cyclical nature of life.

'In a response to the growing awareness of the consequences of our actions we think that as designers we can play a leading role in shaping our future attitudes towards natural resources, production processes and the consumption of goods,' explains the press release.

The Big Picture

As consumers become more aware of the impact of humanity on the environment, there has been a shift towards more sustainable, Whole-system Thinking. The next iteration of this evolving attitude is being driven and shaped by designers and artists alike.

Milan’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2017 runs from 4 to 9 April. Check back here for our live coverage.