Designer's House by Esterni @ Salone del Mobile, Milan

Esterni is a non-profit cultural association based in Milan since 1995. A group of professional workers whose aim is to develop and produce cultural projects in Italy and worldwide.
Esterni has been developing and realizing projects and solutions for public space. It choose public space as its main location: this is the place where city is recognizable as a community, a meeting and exchanging point, where new and positive relationships might come to light, a place for democratic, cultural and civil growth, where it is possible to skirt the isolation imposed by private spaces, to solve conflicts and combine differences.

Public space is the starting point for designing the new cities of the future.

Starting from this knowledge, Esterni has been developing through years the Public Design subject and published in 2007 a manifesto that illustates its projects’ main direction and guide lines.

The Designer’s house: the alternative hospitality project designed by esterni in 2005 comes back to put an end to the lack of low-cost accommodations in Milan (specially during events like the Salone del Mobile). The Designers’ House is a meeting point, a melting pot of ideas and projects.
For ten days young designers from every corner of the world share a place where they can exchange ideas and experiences. In 2010, the House was located in The Hub’s premises (8, via Paolo Sarpi).

Designer's House by Esterni @ Salone del Mobile, Milan

The house offers to young designers e visitors during the Salone del Mobile the possibility for stay in a place that is accessibile both for the price and for the human and professional exchange. The objective is to ensure that Milan is not seen as an anonymous place of passage or just a venue for major events, but as a city that can offer ideas to share.

Designer's House by Esterni @ Salone del Mobile, Milan

Designer's House by Esterni @ Salone del Mobile, Milan

Designer's House by Esterni @ Salone del Mobile, Milan

Bedsharing: bed sharing is a service with the aim of offering reliable accommodation solutions by creating a network which directly connects applicants to potential hosts.

I offer 2 square metres, I’m looking for 2 square metres. This is bed sharing, an alternative form of hospitality, a public design project to show cities’ hospitable side. Being accessible and open to everyone, bed sharing is a platform for demand and supply to meet, it represents an alternative accommodation possibility to hotel rooms, that are sometimes too pricey or impossible to find.

Bedsharing by Esterni @ Milan

You can put to disposal your couch, or a bed, or a room, because the aim of this iniziative is sharing, making experiences, meeting people with the same interests, exchanging views, growing from a cultural point of view.

In the era of social networking and virtual relationships, bed sharing represents a concrete and real occasion of meeting and exchange, to get people to interact again, and introduce a new idea of accommodation.

(photos and info from www.esterni.org, www.publicdesignfestival.org, flickr, www.bedsharing.org)