Maison et Objet is once again turning the spotlight on the Rising Talents, one of the most anticipated events for talent scouts and trend hunters all over the world. Maison et Objet Paris’s dedication to promoting design in all its diversity is best illustrated by the Rising Talent Awards: every edition young designers from a different country are invited to present their work to the international community of interior design professionals.
This time (from 19 to 23 January 2018), the Rising Talents will all be from Italy, a country where a new generation is finding its voice in design. A new generation of determined and
committed designers are once again asserting their identity, proving their capacity to connect with local artisans and their unparalleled level of excellence, and bringing new momentum to SMEs and historic brands through innovative ideas. This is best demonstrated by the fact that many young Italian designers, who choose to move abroad for their studies or first jobs, eventually find their way back to their home country. And those who haven’t yet never missed a chance to underscore how much of an impact Italy has had on their careers.
Federica Biasi, Antonio Facco, Marco Lavit Nicora, Kensaku Oshiro, Federico Peri and Guglielmo Poletti are the six Italian designers (though some now live abroad) who have been chosen for the Rising Talent Awards Italy. A wonderful opportunity for them to show the entire design community their immense potential and the direction Italian design is headed.
“I chose Federica Biasi for her quintessential design and poetic ideas, which deliver subtly, yet very particular messages ” commented Andre Branzi, her mentor for the Rising Talent Awards Italy.
For Maison et Objet, Federica Biasi has chosen to tell the story of her own creative background, with a selection of iconic products from the past, revisited using unexpected materials, as well as a series of exclusive objects designed especially for the occasion. Among those: a faience tableware collection, with motifs hand-painted by Christian Pegoraro (Bottega Nove) and a rug designed in collaboration with CC-TAPIS, inspired by a night she spent in the desert, which associates earthly tones with North-African fabric patterns. Her exhibition will be entirely framed by a metal
structure crafted by Mingardo.
ANTONIO FACCO NOMINATED BY GIULIO CAPPELLINI
The reason why Giulio Cappellini, Art Director of the eponymous Italian brand, picked him as his Rising Talent is plain and simple: “Despite his young age, Antonio Facco is very attentive to changes in contemporary design and to communication. His projects are largely inspired by his observations of the younger generations, of their expectations and their behaviors. He has also developed a keen interest in materials and production methods, whether industrial or artisanal. His projects are always surprised because they are the perfect synthesis of his thought process and sensitive nature. I believe Antonio Facco is truly one of the most promising representatives of the new design trends in Italy.”
For Maison Objet Paris, his research will focus on the importance of time and our relation to it in today’s society. He will present a multidisciplinary and participative exhibition – featuring product designs, as well as interior projects –, to engage visitors in his singular metaphysical world.
MARCO LAVIT NICORA NOMINATED BY ROSITA MISSONI
For Marco Lavit Nicora, a lounge chair is “the most complex piece imaginable to design: because no other type of furniture interacts with the body quite as much, almost as an article of clothing.” In 2017, he also designed a treehouse for the park of the Château de Raray, as well as several floating cabins for a hotel in Châteauneufdu-Pape.
For fashion designer Rosita Missoni, “Marco Lavit Nicora is a young talent, heir to a long line of Italian designers who have placed function at the core of their practice and who have learned to use only the best materials and artisans our country has to offer to achieve that vision. I was especially moved by how light his pieces look, despite the fact that they are deeply anchored in classical design.”
At Salon Maison et Objet, Marco Lavit Nicora will be presenting his Venezia collection, the Reconvexo table, and Atem, a modular sofa, all produced exclusively by Milan-based Nilufar Gallery, as well as another project still in development: a chest of drawers incorporating a table and stool.
KENSAKU OSHIRO NOMINATED BY PIERO LISSONI
For architect and designer Piero Lissoni, who has worked with him for eight years, Kensaku Oshiro’s work bridges “the gap between the Japanese and Western perspectives on simplicity/complexity.”
For Maison et Objet, Kensaku Oshiro will be presenting some of his most meaningful pieces, inspired by notions he has repeatedly investigated. To him, this exhibition is a wonderful opportunity to make new contacts with people from all over the world.
FEDERICO PERI NOMINATED BY LUCA NICHETTO
“I’ve noticed in his work a natural inclination to design products as a way to create an experience through materials or the environment produced by the objects themselves,” Italian designer Luca Nichetto commented. It is this type of completely instinctual process that makes Federico particularly interesting on the Italian scene. But it’s also what gives him immense potential abroad. I am especially curious to see how his approach will evolve as he shifts towards more industrial processes. The result will most likely be very moving.”
For Maison & Objet, Federico Peri will be presenting his limited-edition products, as well as series- produced pieces. All of them exemplifying his research on multifunctionality and lighting, both of particular interest for Italian designers.
GUGLIELMO POLETTI NOMINATED BY ROSSANA ORLANDI
Since the very beginning, Poletti has developed a clear, yet truly personal language, deeply rooted in his research on materials and their limitations. His simple structures and elementary constructions stand as metaphors of defeated complexity, especially through the use of unconventional details. His approach is based on a ‘thinking by doing’ philosophy, which he combines with a good deal of intuition, to produce extremely coherent results. The Design Museum Gent has recently acquired a prototype for his Equilibrium stool as part of their permanent collection.
For Maison et Objet, he will be showing different pieces from his Equilibrium series, which was originally his graduation project at the Design Academy Eindhoven. It was in fact during his graduation show that Guglielmo Poletti and Rossana Orlandi met. Several new elements, including a chair and a lamp, have been added to the original series, which consisted of a console table, a bench, a coffee table and a stool.