At eporta, we are always seeking out brilliant new designers to invite to join the platform, so that our trade buyers can find the newest designs and stay ahead of the trends.

Our talent spotters selected 10 of their top new designers from Salone Satellite – which champions young designers at the fair.

Amongst the thousands of projects on show at Milan Design Week, it’s easy to get lost and forget that designers have spent months considering every aspect of what’s on show. To give you some real industry insight into these talented new designers, we spoke to them about what design buyers should know about their work, asking ‘What was the inspiration for your project?’


1. Romanian Moods by Dare to Rug

Dare to Rug, Romanian design duo Andreea Batros and Flavia Scînteanu, reinvigorate the rug trade.

What was the inspiration for your project?

We are interested in the way design interacts with our economy. We wanted to reinvigorate Romania’s declining rug manufacturing industry. Our rug designs are based on traditional Romanian patterns. The name challenges customers to rediscover the rug trade in Romania that fell out of favour during the Soviet era.


2. Eps Collection Stoves by Klaas Kuiken

Dutch designer Klaas Kuiken presents a collection of stoves using the lost foam technique.

What was the inspiration for your project?

I visited the Lovink Technocast factory and was fascinated by the lost foam technique, used primarily as an industrial process in the creation of engine parts. I wanted to see if this process could be applied to products outside of an industrial setting. These stoves are made by hand-sculpting a block of polystyrene. Liquid cast iron is then poured into the mould, melting the foam to create a form that picks up all of the bubbly detail of the original.


3. Domestic Collectibles by Grace Souky

Venezuelan designer Grace Souky makes a modular tableware set.

What was the inspiration for your project?

Domestic Collectibles was inspired by the ritual of food. I wanted the collection to explore the way each of us interacts differently with the same objects. Divided into three categories: surfaces, tools and containers, the objects fit together in various ways and perform various functions, playfully engaging us in the ritual of eating. 


4. Hang Out by Proof of Guilt

German design collective, Proof of Guilt present Hang Out, a range of pieces designed to cater for our wardrobe overspill.

What was the inspiration for your project?

Hang Out was a response to the problem we found we had in common with almost everyone we know: what to do with those clothes we take off at the end of the day that aren’t quite ready for the wash? No matter how much wardrobe space there is, we always find that we have clothes strewn across chairs in our bedrooms. With Hang Out, we wanted to create pieces which enabled casual hanging to maintain a visual order.


5. Quid by Sara Ricciardi

Italian designer Sara Ricciardi creates a colourful, marble effect range of furniture.

What was the inspiration for your project?

I wanted to investigate the ancient technique of Scagliola also known as ‘fake marble’, that came into fashion in the 18th century. Scagliola uses gypsum to imitate the effects of marble. For me the material was more than just an imitation of marble and created patterns and colours otherwise unattainable. I wanted to raise the status of the process by creating a collection of unique pieces.


6. Hybrid Chair by Studio Lorier

Dutch designer, Studio Lorier, presented a range of modular and convertible designs. Amongst them, the Hybrid Chair.

What was the inspiration for your project?

I wanted to create a seat designed to function as both a desk and a lounge chair. Our living spaces are becoming smaller and smaller; our furniture needs to respond to this change by fulfilling more than one function. The pulley system at the back of the chair means the seat adjusts in both height and angle to accommodate both modes of sitting. The Hybrid Chair was a response to a world in which space is at a premium and more and more people choose to work from home. 


7. Tatous by Valentin Van Ravestyn

Belgian designer Valentin Van Ravenstyn, creates a flexible wooden chair.

What was the inspiration for your project?

Tatous is an exploration of the way wood behaves. Using the technique of laser cutting, I wanted to design a cut that allowed the wood to be flexible but also maintained enough resistance and strength to be structural.


8. Fondue Light by Satsuki Ohata

Japanese designer Satsuki Ohata presented a multifunctional light inspired by fondue!

What was the inspiration for your project?

I have been experimenting with the process of dipping. The Fondue light was my attempt to create a light multi-modal light. The function of the light is dictated by the level to which the light source is immersed in the oil filled cylinder. Completely immersed, the lamp gives off an orb-like glow, or pushed right to the bottom of the cylinder, it becomes a spotlight for reading.


9. Prototipi by Dapha Laurens

Eindhoven graduates, Studio Daphna Laurens, brought together a collection of prototypes unified by colour.

What was the inspiration for your project?

As a studio, we think of ourselves as form makers. The beginning of the design process for us is often twisting paper and examining geometrical forms. That was precisely the case for ‘Cirkel’. The conical wall lamp that forms part of our Prototipi collection for Milan was the result of an ‘exercise with a circle’; drawn out, cut, folded, rolled and examined. 


10. Oriental Series by Frank Chou Studio

Beijing based design studio, Frank Chou presented the Kong Chair.

Frank Cho

What was the inspiration for your project?

With the Oriental Series we wanted to blend Asian and European sensibilities. The Kong Chair is a modern take on Art Deco and traditional Chinese forms. From a commercial perspective, the studio wanted to consider the need to create furniture that appeals to both Eastern and Western markets.


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