Gifts Today magazine

HOMI spotlights emerging creativity

A variety of dedicated design initiatives at HOMI Milano offer professional opportunities for young people

The Lombardy Region’s Design Competition, Creatività contest is accepting submissions through 18 February.

Original, creative and future-focused. The winning accessories from the Homi Maker Design Award competition and the most interesting proposals in terms of design research into objects for the home and the individual – these will be some of the key themes during the next edition of HOMI, the Lifestyles Show put on by Fiera Milano and scheduled to run from January 29 to February 1.

Behind these forms is the substance offered by the many emerging creative talents that are keeping alive the craftsmanship of art and companies, which are often small. They do this by combining research and manual know-how along with innovation. New professions that come about out of ancient traditions, or revolutionary style ideas conceived by designers who have successfully taken risks with their own creativity and bold entrepreneurial spirit.

Offerings from these designers and makers from Italy and abroad will find HOMI to be an excellent platform in the Creazioni area, organised along with Artex – Centre for Artistic and Traditional Craftsmanship in Tuscany - in the Homi Creazioni Design and Homi Maker Design Award sections.

The first area has a specific focus on research and will host designers and makers who present innovative products and projects. The second area will host the winners of the contest, meant for creative people under the age of 35 who are taking their first steps in the world of design and who will be able to introduce themselves to a larger audience at HOMI.

The contest winners to be present at HOMi include Inner Gestalt Jewellery, Spazio Am, Jenia Design, Interno 99, Dunadesign and Michela Damone. Offerings of accessories for the individual include elegant, laser-cut jewels in poplar wood or created out of hand-cut metallic plates or even out of leather and aluminium with all pieces being made by hand.

And we couldn’t fail to mention the special backpack that turns into a handbag or clutch created out of recycled paper and fashioned with natural adhesive. In terms of ideas for the home, there’s classic Bourgie abat-jour lamps
reinterpreted with corrugated cardboard, a towel holder where you can let a plant grow thanks to a hybrid concept that is as simple as it
is original, and accessories for the kitchen that are innovative in look and created out of natural materials like wood and ceramic.

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