ventura future presents: the future is now. milan design week 2018.
from 17-22 april the doors of loft, a beautiful milanese gallery space, and futurdome, the former meeting place of the futurist movement, become home for a demonstration of the future epoch of design.
being in milan, at the heart of italian design, we also show the best italian contemporary design out there. we are excited to introduce you three italian studios that embrace their heritage in innovative ways and have collaborated with both the most famous names in the design world and its rising talents. and ventura would not be ventura if it didn’t serenade with designers that experiment with the possibilities of new technologies and seek the limits of physics. ventura future again accommodates never before seen production methods – from 3d concrete printing to ‘random acts of violence’.
made in italy
after taking over his father’s metal workshop mingardo, daniele mingardo has made the leap from artisan iron work to full blown design. the workshop is one of the last true traditional carpenters in italy. federica biasi, the art director, invited designers who work with different materials, like glass and textile, to the workshop. this innovative spirit is captured in the ventura future exhibition mingardo rendez-vous, a collection of new products designed by talents like federica biasi herself, denis guidone, valerio sommella and the dutch designer mae engelgeer.
editions milano is a true milanese label that celebrates the design heritage of italy. federico peri, who joined ventura lambrate right at the beginning and is responsible for a new collection of bauhaus-inspired suspension lights. patricia urquiola brings two new collections: a series of furniture made of re-interpreted traditional material and a capsule of objects in marble. the welsh designer bethan gray shows two new series of home accessories, handmade in marble by editions milano’s tuscan craftsmen. federico pepe is presenting his first series of mirrors. the design duo david/nicolas shows an extension of their triangoli collection of vases – awarded with the wallpaper* best design award 2018.
mason editions is a start-up company born from the encounter between the entrepreneur fabio mason and three independent italian designers with an international experience: martina bartoli, serena confalonieri and matteo fiorini.
to print, to mould, to fold
philipp aduatz will show his latest experimental material technologies. he teamed up with the austrian start-up incremental3d, who is specialized in the field of 3d concrete printing. this experimental technology allows to print very fine and detailed freeform geometries. the technique will be made visible at their combined exhibition in the form of a lounger, the main piece of the show. their mutual interest in experimental and scientific material research and in the creation of complex shapes for furniture design will also be displayed through aduatz’s ‘cloud chair’ and ‘gradient tiles chair’ and several products by incremental3d.
dutch designer nick boers conceived a machine that does exactly that. his ‘random press tool’ creates unique vases with the use of randomly generated codes, that regulate the way the machine’s arms press into a cylinder of cast wax.
aectual floors, a 3d-printed flooring system that invites designers to stretch the possibilities of floor making. several elements make this project very special: the software allows for complete design customizing, the bio plant-base material is sustainable and the printing technique offers a wide choice of colors & patterns to create massive seamless floors. the visitor will see a variety of compositions and styles, among which patterns designed by dus architects for the public areas at schiphol airport, ready to be installed in 2018. it will become clear that this production technique can be used for many more applications than only floors – a true innovative architectonic material.
above image> 3d-printing robot by aectual / photo credits> ilse leenders