New Talent: Elena Salmistraro

Product designer and artist, Elena Salmistraro lives and works in Milan. She graduated at Politecnico of Milan on 2008 and the following year she founded Alko Studio together with the architect Angelo Stoli. Her project was displayed at Fuorisalone 2012 and it is part of the travelling exhibition “The New Italian Design”, hosted by the Triennale Design Museum.

What is for you Fuorisalone?

Fuorisalone is for me an extraordinary event, something unique in the world of design. The design gets hold of Milan as an anarchic energy that can revitalize dead parts of the city. I would say that it is the symbol of design ability, the ability to give new life, to see the world from new perspectives.

The key thing you discovered or learned at Fuorisalone?

Attending Fuorisalone helped me to have more visibility, giving me the chance to get close to people and businesses. Many of the objects presented are the results of young emerging designers, who would not otherwise have many opportunities to show the value of their creative process.

Your event or product that has been more successful at Fuorisalone?

Surely “The Lankies's Family”, a self-produced collection of vases and objects for the house with a strong artistic appeal. I remember that it was one of my very first appearances at Fuorisalone (2012); today that collection is still around in the most important museums of the world.

What do you present to the next edition and where?

There are several projects under construction, for the moment I can only say that I will present my new wallpaper illustrated designed for Texturae Company at via Statuto 13 in Milan.

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