April 2016
09:30 am

Pre-Work Talk @Salone del Mobile Milano "IoF" – Internet of Furniture

Milan, Italy
Are furniture makers and designers really making the most of the IoT space? How can connected furniture in the domestic environment, for instance smart bathrooms and kitchens, be further explored? These were just a couple of the questions we asked at this year’s Salone del Mobile, the annual furniture design fair that attracts over 300,000 visitors to where else but Milan; Italy’s design capital.

On April 14th, we partnered with Italy’s fablab and bottom-up research hub Opendot for a special Pre-Work Talk on "IoF" (The Internet of Furniture).

At the Opendot space, Carlo Ratti (Carlo Ratti Associati), Jessica Nebel (Steelcase), Alessandro Masserdotti (dotdotdot), our own Reto Wettach, spoke about what is making waves in the IoF space – trends, implications for services and business models, and what it all means for the individuals – as well as introduced us to new innovations of their own.

It was a great morning of open discussion, with a witty audience throwing in their two cents. After the talks, the crowds stayed around for a glass of prosecco, snacks and networking, as well as a special “Expert Exchange” – all speakers were available to discuss projects and ideas in the area of IoF.

Thanks for all those who came along and to our friends at Opendot for a great collaboration. 

Carlo Ratti, Carlo Ratti Associati / MIT Senseable City Lab

We were very excited to welcome architect and engineer Carlo Ratti, Director of MIT’s Senseable City Lab and Founding Partner at Carlo Ratti Associati, the innovation and design firm that investigates the impact of digital technologies on architecture, planning and design.

Carlo has presented around the world on the theme of smart cities, and has been showcased in leading publications and exhibitions globally. Hear the latest insights on smart and connected living from the man who’s been named among Fast Company’s “50 Most Influential Designers in America” and Wired Magazine’s “Smart List 2012: 50 people who will change the world”.

Jessica Nebel, Steelcase

Jessica Nebel is Senior Industrial Designer at Steelcase, a company that helps create great experiences for the world’s leading organizations, offering a portfolio of furnishings, products and services designed to unlock human promise and support social, economic and environmental sustainability.

At our Pre-Work Talk she shared Steelcase’s concepts and visions of connected ways of working and how connectivity makes working life more efficient and enjoyable.

Alessandro Masserdotti, DOTDOTDOT

Alessandro Masserdotti is the Co-Founder of DOTDOTDOT studio, a multidisciplinary practice established in 2004 that combines attention to architecture, art, design and visual communication with technology and new media.

In his talk he asked: How much data is man able to process? What if machines could do it instead? If the ratio of disparity is 1 to 1 vs. 1 to 1,000, then the bigger achievement would be to create furniture that connects and interacts with each other autonomously, without human control and notifications. The real AI is not making objects smarter as human beings, but allowing them to develop their own intelligence and personality.

Reto Wettach, IXDS

Reto is our Founder at IXDS. In addition to being responsible for the strategic development of IXDS and IXDS labs, he's a Professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam, where he teaches physical interaction design and service design. In his research he explores innovative, body-focused approaches to human-computer-interaction and new methods in innovation, mostly based on the startup approach.

If you missed it, check out all the speakers here!