Design Voices by Salone del Mobile x STIR brings design leads in engaging dialogues

Presented by Salone del Mobile and STIR and produced by Dog Ear, this daily dispatch aims to collect and amplify the voices of creative thought leaders at the Milan Design Week 2022.

by Anmol AhujaPublished on : Jun 04, 2022

The design world stands at an important and unprecedented juncture today. The Salone Del Mobile is poised as a festival for the city of Milan and witnesses a coming together of international cultures and creative disciplines. In its return to this epicentre following a hiatus of over two years, the outlook of the Milan Design Week has transformed with more mindfulness in its themes and undertakings. The lessons from this gap, enforced by the pandemic — and its impacts, learnings, and solemn reflections — do not seem lost on this year’s version of the fair. As design talent from across the world converges in scale and on stage into one big creative pool in Milan, Salone’s vision and perspective are decidedly oriented toward the future, underlining how the collective design community may partake in the creation of what’s NEXT.

Presented by Salone del Mobile and STIR, and produced by Dog Ear, Design Voices - #thinkNEXT is a video and podcast series with an aim to collect and amplify these voices of creative thought leaders from around the world at the fair this year. With a daily dispatch from a cross-disciplinary curation of changemakers from the fields of product and interior design, art, architecture, lighting design, and digital creation, STIR engages these design contemporaries in stimulating conversations on the NEXT in the world of creativity. Hosted by Amit Gupta, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, STIR, and co-hosted by William Bagnoli and Charlotte Bräuer of Quei Studio, these outtakes dive into thought-provoking dialogues on emerging phygital paradigms and the creative economy, a mindful exchange of ideas, anecdotes, perspectives and buzz on latest ventures. The voices invite us to reflect on inclusive design and its development across the world. How will human creativity be able to create sustainable futures? How will we move within the context of digital technologies, NFTs, the virtual and real world? It is time to empower and exhort creative minds to break down inter-disciplinary, geographical, socio-cultural and temporal walls, challenge the perception of what seems possible today, and explore the multiple futures that lie beyond.

A certain romanticism for the past has paved the way for a bold and optimistic new future; opulent luxury has stepped aside to usher heightened utility; the physical has melted away into the digital realm and material richness begun to find substitution through renewability. At the cusp of a climate crisis and a long impending digital revolution, MDW 2022 seeks to be a beacon of innovation, diversity, sustainability, and mindful trade. With these paradigms in tow, the 60th anniversary edition of Salone del Mobile.Milano bears the potential to be a historic event for the global creative community. STIR seeks, and mines, a voice for its global audience to engage with: a voice that is the embodiment of the values of Salone and STIR. A voice that can herald and relay the NEXT in design.

In a time of immense cultural upheaval and environmental uncertainty, having an enlightened voice seems just as important as broadcasting it. Our select group of designers, curators and industry pioneers who are probing the NEXT thus include Yves Behar, Jakob Lange, Luca Nichetto, Aric ChenRichard Hutten, Stefan Scholten, Beatrice Leanza, Daan Roosegarde, Marius Myking, Bryan Young, Inga Sempé, Naoto Fukasawa, Francesca Lanzavecchia, and the young winners of the Salone Satellite Award. Design Voices hopes to travel far and wide for the international creative community as we simulcast it across digital platforms as a series of videos and podcasts, and bring extended interviews with all the leading creatives who are participating this year. Keep watching this space for the full conversations.

You can now listen to the podcast on the following platforms:

Spotify | Spreaker | Apple Podcast | Amazon Music | Google Podcast

Experience Salone del Mobile and all the design districts - 5vie, Brera, Fuorisalone, Isola, Zona Tortona, and Durini - through STIR’s extensive coverage of Milan Design Week 2022, Meanwhile in Milan. 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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