I-MADE, an exhibition curated by Giulio Cappellini at the Saatchi Gallery, debuts at the London Design Festival 2019

Much more than just an exhibition, I-MADE is a platform to celebrate the best design Made in Italy. The world’s best-known design icons will be displayed alongside contemporary products, made by the best Italian brands.

Events and highlights of the London Design Festival 2019

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Saatchi Gallery, photo Jack Gavigan

Among the products selected by Giulio Cappellini for this first edition of I-MADE, a collection of objects by the Japanese studio Nendo, and the Thinking Man’s Chair, designed by Jasper Morrison, and discovered in London by Giulio Cappellini himself in 1987. There are also milestones in the history of design, including the Mies armchair by Archizoom for Poltronova, which celebrates its fiftieth anniversary.

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Mies armchair, design by Archizoom for Poltronova, 1969

Alongside these great classics, there will be products by Living Divani, which celebrates its fiftieth birthday, and Moroso, with sofas by Patricia Urquiola and Johannes Torpe. The lighting will be represented, among others, by Luceplan and Icone Luce, and finally the bathroom area will feature Ceramica Flaminia, with whom Cappellini has been collaborating since 2004.

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Thinking Man’s Chair, designed by Jasper Morrison in 1987, manufactured by Cappellini

The design of the chair

A special section of the I-MADE exhibition, held in London during the London Design Festival, is Take a Seat, dedicated to companies which made the history of chair design. Here you can find products by Ceccotti Collezioni, De Padova, Driade, Flexform, Giorgetti, MDF Italia, Molteni&C, Poltrona Frau, Unifor and many others.

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Small armchair T.54, designed by Paolo Tilche in 1954, re-edited by De Padova nel 2018. From historical archive Bonacina 1889.

I-MADE and e-commerce

Finally, to promote Italian design on a global scale, I-MADE has entered into a partnership with Artemest.com. The portal, which offers a platform to sell furniture online to more than 700 of the best Italian craftsmen and designers, is the official e-commerce partner of the exhibition. [Text Spencer Foil]

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Chairs Blumer and Borghi, by Poliform

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I-MADE, Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Rd, London SW3 4RY
September 20-22 (September 19 opening by invitation)

Events and highlights of the London Design Festival 2019