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Isola to harness and celebrate togetherness at Milan Design Week 2022
Isola Design Gallery at Milan Design Week
Image: Courtesy of Isola

Isola to harness and celebrate togetherness at Milan Design Week 2022

Adorning its theme ‘Together as one’, the Isola district is all set to celebrate every actor of a design process while focusing on sustainability in design.

by Anushka Sharma
Published on : May 19, 2022

Isola works its way towards an exciting display during the Milan Design Week 2022 with the theme ‘Together as one.’ This year, the district pushes all the boundaries to celebrate every actor of the design community, since the design itself is not the final act but a process that involves many. “With Isola, we play a strong role in connecting emerging designers and professionals in the design industry. The physical and digital platforms aim to empower our fast-growing network, connecting people from different backgrounds and disciplines, allowing them to learn from one another, push their limits, and harness togetherness” says Gabriele Cavallaro, Isola’s Co-founder and CEO.

Isola will be hosting almost 250 international designers and studios along with local galleries and workshops, all of which align themselves in a collective commemoration of design. The district will curate its spread over 30 locations, festooning the streets of the lively neighbourhood. The exciting platform for design enthusiasts to wander through, features a vast variety of exhibitions and installations by the brightest of talents from around the world. Highlighting this year’s theme, Isola will actively participate as a physical and digital platform to connect all professionals from the design industry. It aims to do so by creatively curating a design habitat based on the core values of sharing, collaborating and experiencing, while keeping the heart of the district’s creative production and sources of inspiration intact. The exhibitions will individually explore different themes focused on circular designs, new materials and modern craftsmanship while being particularly sensitised towards eco-responsible and social designs.

Studio Fer - Isola Design Gallery Image: Courtesy of Isola
No Space For Waste

Keeping environment-responsive design at its heart, Heura sponsors an exhibition dedicated to eco-sensitive products. No Space for Waste will showcase a plethora of exhibits each of which holds unique narratives but with one common aim- creatively designing products using industrial waste. Within the theme, many designers will be displaying their latest collections and installations curated out of waste for instance, Riccardo Cenedella’s upcycled carpets, Studio Kilikolo’s durable and multifunctional furniture, Macarena Torres Puga’s vases made out of lished bricks, Camille Calvo’s products owing to demolition waste and Muhammad Shareef’s showcase of a table made of carpentry waste, Nicole Chrysikou’s series of vases made of bacteria and ceramic waste and Yaroslava Glayko’ coffee table made out of recycled plastic.

Nicole Chrysikou for No Space for Waste Image: Courtesy of Isola
The New Paradigma

The New Paradigma, taking place in an abandoned small factory in Via Confalonieri 21, is an immersive exchange of know-how via performances and exhibitions. Six selected designers, including Jonathan Bocca, Annalisa Iacopetti and Sarah Roseman, will design, build and perform their works conducted in a variety of materials.


Materialised, in its third edition, will spotlight the research about sustainable and innovative materials. Biomaterials created by Kuori; vases created with glass scraps and mussel shells devised by Studio Peipei; tiles made with paper waste by By the End of May; and a selection of biomaterials made in the labs of Basque Bio Design Center, among others, earn a spot in this showcase.

Atelier LVDW - Materialsed Image: Courtesy of Isola
The Seaweed Archives - Materialised Image: Courtesy of Isola
Isola Design Gallery

This time around, a contemporary and eclectic factory-turned loft in the heart of Isola Design District will house the Isola Design Gallery. A celebration of extraordinary and rare craftsmanship, it is a paradise for design-lovers, collectors and scouts. Olivier Van Der Mark, Jaclyn Pappalardo, Victor Hahner, Artish Studio, Object Density, Aina Kari, Alexandre Labruyere, Evgeniya Plotnikova, Juliana Maurer, Kaoi Studio, Lebanto, Lola Van Praag, will be joining the list of more than 50 designers from across the globe participating in the showcase.

Evgeniya Plotnikova - Isola Design Gallery Image: Courtesy of Isola
Rising Talents

Bringing emerging designers from international academies, top students and recent graduates who are to step into the professional world of design, to the forefront of the scenario is the exhibition Rising Talents. Hosted by an industrial loft on Via Farini 35, students aim to put their best foot forward with innovative designs that represent their universities. Works like the Trespade collection created by the Italian design studio Testa Tonda, 3D printed structures by Stav Raguan and the coffee tables by Sara Simoska will be presented among others.

Studio Fuho - Rising Talents Image: Courtesy of Isola
Testatonda - Rising Talents Image: Courtesy of Isola
The Dutch Atelier

The Dutch Atelier presents collectible designs by selected Dutch designers from the Isola Design Community. The inspiring works show new perspectives, approaches and identities through locally-produced home and heritage works representing then and now. Designs made with traditional glass blowing, knitting and weaving techniques will take centre stage. The multidisciplinary exhibition will encompass works of young designers Hanna Kooistra and Teun Zwets to the works of established artists such as Bas Kosters and White Noise Dada.

Hanna Kooistra - The Dutch Atelier Image: Courtesy of Isola
Monkey 47 Presents Wunderbar

The gin brand from the Black Forest of southern Germany, Monkey 47, will transform the park of the Vertical Forest to present WunderBar!: a diverse, open-air gin garden, an amalgamation of the art of mixology, design and creativity. A stunning vintage caravan where mixologists alternate with their signature cocktails will be the protagonist of the display. An entire facade overlooking the park will morph into a mural with special effects. Complementing the mural and WunderBar! is an outdoor furniture set, where Johannes Budde exhibits his concrete fabric works with Rug ’n Roll, next to the collection of Felix Angermeyer.

A Brand-New Platform Launch During Milan Design Week

Isola is not merely a physical event and will be unveiling a reinvented version of its digital platform during Milan Design Week. The website that was first launched in 2020 in the middle of the pandemic, has gained an audience, bringing the latest news in world of the design and designers globally. The release is scheduled for the beginning of June so that Milan Design Week’s visitors can subscribe and indulge in a new social network harnessing design and creativity, aiming to connect designers with creative professionals, businesses, and design lovers.

STIR takes you on a Milanese sojourn! Experience Salone del Mobile and all the design districts - 5vie, Brera, Fuorisalone, Isola, Zona Tortona, and Durini - with us. STIR’s coverage of Milan Design Week 2022, Meanwhile in Milan showcases the best exhibits, moods, studios, events, and folks to look out for. We are also excited to announce our very own STIR press booth at Salone del Mobile - Hall 5/7 S.14, Fiera Milano RHO.

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