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Seen at Salone 2019

No_Code by the fames shoe-maker Tods examined the rapid changes in contemporary life: the way people work, live, relate to others and even dress. To accommodate these changes, Korean designer Yong Bae Seok created a new category of footwear for Tods. The No_Code Shoeker is an amalgamation of the classic shoe and the sport sneaker, a flexible, versatile hybrid combing the best characteristics of each with Italian craftsmanship. The second part of the installation, No_Code Shelter: Stories of Contemporary Life by Studio Andrea Caputo explored the synergy between technology and craftsmanship through the theme of shelter.
Consentino, the creator of beautifully durable surfaces including Sileston and Dekton® unveiled Raytrace, an immersive installation in collaboration with Benjamin Hubert of LAYER. Made with Dekton® Slim, an ultracompact, ultrathin surface material, the triangular structure appeared to balance on a single edge. When visitors walked through the 25-meter long and 6-meter high tunnel, a mesmerizing pattern slowly danced across the surface to evoke the serenity of being underwater. Mirrors at both ends reflected a multitude of glass spheres and LED lights to provide an interactive experience.
Photo: David Zanardi
In homage to their equestrian origins, the leather, brass and silk used in the Hermes Home Collection at Salone de Milano reference the materials originally used in saddles, tack and even the jerseys worn by jockeys. The range of striking new products on show include a folding, multi-purpose tray holder crafted with bridle leather supports and a series of Paddock vases hand-painted with the geometric and colorful language of a jockey’s vibrant silks. Silk and cashmere textiles as well as wallpapers reference plaids, graphics and basketry of their origins. Photo: François Lacour
The Light Gate, designed by Alfonso Femia Ateliers, is the new headquarters of iGuzzini. Located in the Brera area of Milan, it is 1,000 square meters of flexible space on two levels. The entrance hall, accessed from the courtyard of the nineteenth-century building features the iconic black, red, opal and chrome Drop by Drop pendant signed by Alfonso Femia and made by iGuzzini. The different areas are connected by luminous gates and red portals that use light to represent iGuzzini’s corporate values of Innovation, Beauty, Openness, Humanity and Integrity.
Photo: Paolo Carlini
In recognition of the importance of craft in today’s culture, the prestigious leather house, Loewe, invited ten prominent international artisans to interpret the themes of basketry, hand quilting and calligraphy. Artisans from Japan, US, South Africa, and Ireland created a gallery of one-off works that include original objects as sculptures from flattened bamboo as well as rice straw, baskets from homegrown willow and Japanese calligraphy applied to textiles.