So what is MEET MY PROJECT? For a couple of years now, MEET MY PROJECT has been at the fringe of Fuorisalone (i.e. the set of events distributed in different areas of Milan on the same days when the Salone Internazionale del Mobile takes place). Founded and curated by Francesco Pirrello, it's usually tucked away in the corner of the Brera Design District at the Next Agency space.
Their mission? To promote design and contemporary creativity and unite the various actors of the design world supporting this process – architects, retailers, press and manufacturers. It aims as well to increase appreciation for design across the society by highlighting the values delivered through design and by making design accessible and understandable to the public.
Hence, for this year's edition, one will get to see 28 international designers coming from four corners of the earth: UK, USA, Iceland, Romania, Russia, Poland, Lebanon... just to name a few. And representing Asia, there are three South Korean designers that will be presenting their new furniture designs and Japanese designer Hiroshi Nakayama, who will be responsible for the scenography and the art direction.
Will these designers make us proud and become the next international design stars? We certainly hope so.
Dokkaebi Stools, now at Hangang Art Park.
Lightning Lamp (L) and Conbox (R).
If you find that Jiyoun Kim's designs looked familiar, that's because we've already had a glimpse of his work at last September's London Design Festival. And since our last encounter, his Dokkaebi Stools designed especially for Hangang Art Park have already been placed there (as seen above). While we can't help but to admire these stools once again, we sure hope that the Hong-Ik University graduate will bring along his most talked about flat-packable fan concept Conbox or the latest, totally "kawaii" lamp Lightning Lamp.
Color Flow cabinet by Orijeen.
Since graduated from Hongik University in 2006, designer Jeen Seo has been working at Kesson International and as a part of Studio KAMKAM until 2015. Then, he founded his studio Orijeen (as in ORIGIN, also a play on his first name) that same year and launched his Instagram-worthy cabinet series: Color Flow. With a lenticular surface that can change its color depending on your position and movement, Color Flow's visual change hopes to remind the viewer about the relationship between the object and the user.
"Since we spend a lot of time with diverse objects around us in daily life. During that time, many activities happen, but we rarely know that," explained Jeen, "And so colour is one of the most immediate characteristics of visual perception. So I thought changing colour is the effective and dramatic way that people recognise the interaction between the user and furniture through the lenticular process." By changing its colour depending on the user's position and movement, she or he can immediately realise the connection between them. And this recognition might help people more actively and joyfully experience the objects and communicate with them.
Technicolor stools: Looked like pieces of dessert!
Although unknown to most of the design industry, Hee Kyung's Technicolor collection does have a certain allure of simplicity and is yet full of fun with an interesting combination of colours. Exploring the transparency of epoxy and the fluidity of liquids, she added colours to epoxy to make a unique pattern. Not only this can be made with different size and design, but also and with various colours. Now made into stools and vases, they can also be a focal point when placed strategically in specific spaces.
MEET MY PROJECT will be on show during Milan Salone, from 17th to 22nd of April.
Address: Next Agency, Viale Crispi 5
More info: https://www.meetmyproject.com/
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