’Meet My Project’ exhibition at Studio Next, Milan
With Milan overrun with many a young designer this week, it’s hard to spot a wolf in the flock. Thankfully, the Parisian collective Meet My Project has done the hard graft for us by bringing together 30 bright talents from around the world to present the best that they have to offer.
Held at Studio Next, the exhibition poses the question of how design interacts with the user, while also exploring the relationship between object and participant. With designers hailing from as far as Japan, Poland, Colombia and Egypt, the resulting products on show are wonderfully varied and address all manner of modern requirements.
Akio Hayakawa’s ’Portrait in a Chair’ is one example that offers up a fresh idea; Hayakawa tilts just the back and seat for an otherwise traditional chair on a slight axis, giving it a creative spin. Elsewhere, Philipp Sussmann’s ’Happy Go Lucky’ picture frame addresses a contemporary conundrum by allowing photographs of varying sizes to be displayed in one single frame.
Other highlights range from a trio of cone-shaped pendant lights, by Samuli Naamanka, that have been cast from smooth porcelain, and even an electric scooter, complete with customizable parts and finishes, by Atsushi Onuma.
Displayed together under one roof, Meet My Project, which has also had a presence in Stockholm and Paris since its establishment in 2010, makes an unequivocal statement: the future of design is shining bright.