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Flash back on Atelier Luma at the Milan Design Week

The pavilions project presented at the Milan Design Week began with a question launched by WeWork during the first Luma Days in May 2016. Can a global business use local knowledge and resources in high volume whilst remaining economically competitive?

After a series of workshops, in collaboration with Cookies, to further investigate this issue four pavilions came up. These pavilions will display a selection of Atelier Luma's projects developed from the use of Camargue's natural resources to create sustainable and innovative materials such as biopolymer or biolaminate.

Eric and Maartje, the designers of the Algae Lab tell us about their Algae Sushi Bar.

The pavilions will be assembled in situ according to a modular design principle (III+1, Lukas Wegwerth) and covered with biomaterials produced by Atelier Luma. Designed as an overview of the Arles lab, Atelier Luma's proposal will bring to light the work that has been undertaken for the past two years around federative projects, using design as a tool for transition to enlarge the possible uses of resources and waste from the bioregion. This social and circular design initiative thus promotes new means of production that rely on local know-how and combine craftsmanship and technology.


APRIL 17 / 11-12AM Breakfast and launch of Disegno #18 Palazzo Courtyard Please RSVP to ccastellas@luma-arles.org


— APRIL 17–20 / 10–11AM Join Atelier LUMA at the Palazzo Clerici for a series of conversations that brings together Atelier LUMA designers and distinguished design figures to discuss the future of materials. For this year’s Salone del Mobile, Atelier LUMA returns to the Palazzo Clerici, to present STUDIOLOS. This public installation, designed by Cookies and III +1, investigates a radical redefinition of producing in a global context, addressing the question of revitalizing local crafts, decreasing the circulation of materials and promoting new design practices. STUDIOLOS will act as an open platform, hosting each day a different conversation that highlights a specific aspect of design, production, and materiality manifested in the installation. Confirmed speakers include Paola Antonelli, Aric Chen, Deniz Ova, Matylda Krzykowski, etc…

The talks are free and open to the public.

— TUE 17 - 12 AM Designer Lukas Wegwerth & design collective Cookies in conversation with Daniel Bell (Atelier LUMA) Nathan Clark (WeWork), Ooze architects (Eva Pfannes & Sylvain Hartenberg), architects of Atelier LUMA

— WED 18 - 10am Designers Tjeerd Veenhoven & Brecht Duijf (Burò Belen) in conversation with Henriette Waal (Atelier LUMA), Deniz Ova (Director of the Istanbul Design Biennale) and Joseph Grima (creative director of Design Academy Eindhoven, co-founder of Space Caviar)

— THE 19 - 10am Studio Klarenbeek & Dros in conversation with Johanna Weggelaar (Atelier LUMA), Oli Stratford (editor in chief of Designo) and Paola Antonelli (curator at the MoMA, New York)

— FRI 20 - 10am Coralie Gourguechon in conversation with Jan Boelen (Atelier LUMA), Matylda Krzykowski (designer and curator) and Aric Chen (curator at the M+ Museum, Hong Kong)

Please note that program is subject to change due to weather conditions.


— APRIL 18 / 11AM–6PM The Emerging Talents program, presented by HAY, is a one day performative presentation series during Salone del Mobile di Milano of emerging talents selected from recent graduates of the world’s top design schools. Nine young designers, selected by a group of international advisors, will be awarded a bursary to attend the world’s most important design summit in Milan, and given a platform to present their work to some of the leading voices in the industry. The Emerging Talents program continues Atelier Clerici’s tradition of providing a platform for independent designers and companies in the heart of Milan Fuorisalone. With Guus Beumer, Jan Boelen, Stefano Boeri, Michel Charlot, Aric Chen, Nate Clark, Stefan Diez, Joseph Grima, Guta Moura Guedes, Mette Hay, Rolf Hay, Justin McGuirk, Paola Nicolin, Deniz Ova, Zoe Ryan, Tad Toulis, and Nina Yashar.


  • Victor Alge - Konstfack
  • Nicola Baratto, Yiannis Mouravas - Sandberg Institute
  • Magda Gąsiorowska, Justyna Strociak - School of Form
  • Zahra Hosseini - Royal College of Arts
  • Audrey Large - Design Academy Eindhoven
  • Jules Mas - ECAL
  • Emma Pflieger - HEAD - Geneve
  • Virginie Tan - LCC
  • Rona Zinger - Bezalel


— April 17–22, 10am–8pm

Pop-up bookstore featuring independent publishers

April 17–22 / 10AM–8PM Atelier Clerici Palazzo Clerici’s courtyard Via Clerici, 5, 20121 Milano