Eight students and alumni from the College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD) at the American University of Sharjah (AUS) exhibited furniture at SaloneSatellite in Milan, Italy.
CAAD is the first and only design school which was invited to take part in the tradeshow from the Middle East.
The students, all female with Middle Eastern heritage, were accompanied by two faculty members and the dean of the college to the exhibition. Created in 1998 in Milan, SaloneSatellite is a show for promising international young designers and design schools.
“While the main fair focuses on commercial and mainstream manufacturers and suppliers – Salone Sateliite brings together up-and-coming young designers with talent scouts and trend spotters,” said Pallavi Dean, freelance interior designer, former GAJ associate.
“This is a highly competitive platform and the work I came across here was truly innovative. The main highlight for me was seeing the works of home grown talent from the American University of Sharjah. The eight furniture pieces on display were produced in a furniture design studio taught at the school.
“Besides the obvious aesthetic appeal – the work had a strong graphic and cultural component. The stand itself made a strong impact and generated a lot of curiosity about the university and the region as the whole.
“Many of the prototypes presented in previous editions of Salone have gone into production – these young Arab designers are definitely the ones to watch.”