Image above: VOLTASOL planters by Xavier Mora & Sandra Compte for Livingthings and NAN lamp by Guimerà i Cinca for Estiluz - at Inspired In Barcelona: In & Out exhibition, Palazzo Isimbardi, Milan, 2017.
The A Joyful Sense at Work event within the context of Workplace 3.0, the biennial exhibition in Salone del Mobile 2017, Milan- showcases exceptional studios involved but more than anything, it is setting the future design of working space - a space going through severe transformation right now as societies evolve. The ambiance of the contemporary business has new notions flowing and incorporates new dynamics, turning enterprises into convolutional, advanced habitats of creativity and growth. A new design terminology is about to determine the working environment: Typological Evolution of Coworking, Humanscale Reshaped, Meeting Rooms Easy Configuration, Acoustic Performance Revisited, Neuroscience and Architecture, Shared Zones, Operative Management Design, Active Learning and Technology, Desired Connection instead of Required Circulation were some of the most prominent ones.
Products like MOSSwall® by Verde Profilo - already seen in variations at the exhibition halls- offer a revolutionary, eco-friendly technology in office acoustics, a major issue in companies such as call centers or busy industrial units, law firms or design studios. The Water Cooler experiment by Studio O & A and the Reset installation (picture bellow) were the two proposals at A Joyful Sense at Work that initiated an organic, fluid response to the workflow condition, as well as an emotional tranformation towards the state of stress, while working.
Inspired In Barcelona: In & Out was propably THE highlight of this year's parallel events at the Salone De Mobile and during the Milan Design Week. The Spanish Design Armada exhibited more than 80 iconic products, representative of the Catalonian school, a movement thriving especially the last 30 years-with companies and professional designers that influenced significantly the routes of European design. A fantastic event, organised by Emiliana Design Studio ( also exhibiting a handful of projects), with the participation of Barcelona Centre de Disseny and Catalonia Trade and Investment.
In a selection of photos bellow, from top to bottom: ABALLS lamp by Jaime Hayón for Parachilna and JAZZ sideboard by Borja Garcia Estudio for Mobenia - Dipping Light lamp(s) by Jordi Canudas - MON ONCLE barbecue by Mermeladaestudio for RS Barcelona, TOLEDO AIRE chair by Jorge Pensi for Resol, GAROTA OP1 lamp by Alex Fernández and Gonzalo Milà for Bover, MEMPHIS BRONZE by Fitnice Internal Team for Vertisol - SHOELACES lamp(s) by Curro Claret for Metalarte - ZIGZAG planter by Emiliana Design Studio for KETTAL
As an epilogue, approximately 350.000 people attended the Salone del Mobile this year. The expectations are once more fulfilled, regarding the most important, commercial, design fair in the world...press wise the Germans were talking money, the Latinos were talking content, the young designers were seeking leads, the Scandinavians were exploring new points of sale, the French new networks. Italy was ready to respond to every single task again, keeping an augmenting pace. It is an augmented design reality the Salone del Mobile after all... Back to it in 2018, from 17th to 22nd of April!