Elena Salmistraro

Product designer and artist, Elena Salmistraro lives and works in Milan. Graduated from Polytechnic University of Milan in 2008, she founded her own studio together with architect Angelo Stoli in 2009, where she has been working on architectural and design projects ever since. She works as a product designer and artist/illustrator for various creative industry’s leading companies, including  Alessi, Bosa, Seletti, De Castelli, B-Line, Bitossi Home, LuisaViaRoma, Yoox, NasonMoretti, Massimo Lunardon,   Okinawa, Texturae, Stone Italiana, Effecte, MyHomeCollection, Durame. Besides, she collaborates with prestigious Art and Design Galleries, such as Dilmos, Rossana Orlandi, Camp Design Gallery and Secondome. Her creations are the result of an art – design mix; utmost care for details, painstaking search for shapes’ harmony and poetic style characterize her projects. One of her work’s priorities is the search for objects’ expressive language, which may fascinate people by evoking emotions. Her projects have been selected for some of the most important art exhibitions including: “The New Italian Design”, a traveling exhibition organized by the Triennale Design Museum of Milan, curated by Silvana Annicchiarico and Andrea Branzi, with stops in San Francisco, Santiago de Chile, Cape Town; the “The New Aesthetic Design” at 2013 Shanghai Biennale for Triennale Design Museum and at  2015 Gwangju Biennale, South Korea. In 2016, during the XXI edition of the International Exhibition of Triennale of Milan, she took part in W-Women in Italian Design,  Triennale Design Museum’s ninth edition. In the same year, during the art event “Normali meraviglie La Mano “ curated by Alessandro Guerriero and Alessandra Zucchi, she painted a hand designed by the artist Mimmo Paladino, which was exhibited at the Triennale of Milan. In 2017 was appointed Ambassador of Italian Design in the world, on the World Day dedicated to italian design - “Italian Design Day” - an initiative promoted by the Triennale di Milano in collaboration with Ministero degli Affari Esteri and Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali. On the occasion of the “White in the City” event, promoted by Oikos and curated by Giulio Cappellini, she contributed with Alessi to the project/installation “L’esercito delle spazzole”. In 2017 won the “Best Emerging Designer Award” at Salone del Mobile- “Salone del Mobile Milano Award”. Elena Salmistraro’s works have been displayed at major Italian and international design industry fairs, including Salone Internazionale del Mobile (Cosmit-Milan), Step 09 (Milano), Maison&Objet-Paris, Homi, Stockholm furniture and light fair (Stockholm, Sweden).