Marta Sala and Frank Chou join us on day two of Milan Design Week to discuss if it is even possible to create fully sustainable furniture, and how their commitment to quality has shaped their business into what it is today. They also speak on the ever evolving Chinese market and the lure of Italian craftsmanship. Dive in!
Shaped since childhood by a strong family aesthetic, Marta Sala founded her brand Marta Sala Éditions (MSÉ) in 2015, to report her own design stories. The design editor grew up into one of the most iconic families of the Italian Design; her uncle Luigi Caccia Dominioni, Ignazio Gardella and Corrado Corradi, with her mother Maria Teresa Tosi, founded in 1947 the well known Azucena (bought in 2018 by the B&B group). After studying architecture and philosophy, at the age of 23 she began working for the family business in the project-oriented field.
Frank Chou, founder and creative director of Frank Chou Design Studio, is born to be interested in creativity and art. As a representative and independent designer with accumulation of working experience in Europe and maturity of design cognition, Frank Chou keeps capturing the essence of materials and objects, and creates elegant and significant design pieces. He has collaborated with renowned design brands home and abroad both as a designer and a strategic consultant.
Over the past years, Frank Chou was nominated for the Designer of the Year by industry organizations and authoritative media, and awarded Rising Talent Awards China in 2019 Maison&Objet and Salone Satellite Award during 2016 Milan Design Week. In 2021, Frank Chou was invited to be the first mainland Chinese designer for Louis Vuitton Objets Nomades.
Meanwhile, Frank is the curator of Talents area in Design Shanghai and initiator of the public welfare Create Cures, which aims to promote the development of public health in a designer's way.
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