Winya is the first ever Australian company to be invited to exhibit at the Salone del Mobile. We’ll be showcasing our products from the 9th – 14th of April in front of an international audience with over 500, 000 attendees walking through the entry doors daily.
Winya as the leader in corporate social responsibility and Indigenous engagement has used this incredible opportunity to bring several other Indigenous businesses to showcase on the stand. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the New South Wales Federal Government are proud sponsors and supporters of Winya Indigenous Furniture.
Winya is hosting a Pre-Milan “Prosecco, Peroni & Pizza” evening in its Sydney office; Level 10, 387 George Street on the 2nd of April from 5pm. Danielle Mate Sullivan will be completing the Badminton chair on this evening.
Manapan is a non-for-profit high-end furniture manufacturer. Collaborating with some of the best Australian designers, Manapan creates beautiful furniture while providing employment in Arnhem Land. One of the pieces Manapan has created that will feature on the Winya stand at the Salone del Mobile is the art bench (pictured). Jon Mikilic’s art bench beautifully combines the traditions of the Milingimbi community with contemporary design. Spilt into two pieces, the timber forms the ‘thread’ that joins the five traditional spears, produced by the local elders, to the bench’s four-square shaped legs. The size of the four legs, slender in form, responds to the trunks of the trees from which they came. Finely executed scarf joints lock the two lengths together to form the wooden bench. Each Art Bench is unique. The spears are handmade and carry the colours of traditional hunting – no art bench will be the same.
Lumen&Co is an Indigenous lighting design and installation company. Lume&Co is passionate about creating aesthetic masterpieces and fulfilling all your design needs. Lumen&Co has designed entirely new lighting that will debut on the Winya stand in Milan. The Gili (pictured) is an outdoor/indoor bollard light that is both practical and beautiful. The Gili is virtually indestructible and incorporates Indigenous art. Matt; the director and owner of Lumen&Co, wanted to incorporate lighting with his heritage through Indigenous design. “The Gili can use art from whichever region it will be placed in” says Matt, “we can also screen print the story of the pieces used onto the Gili’s surrounding”. The concept of this light is to pay homage to the traditional owners of the region in a practical way. Matt worked with Danielle Mate Sullivan to create the pieces (pictured) that will feature on the Winya stand in Milan.
Danielle Mate Sullivan
Danielle Mate Sullivan is a proud Aboriginal woman, who is a descendant of the Murrawari through her Mother’s maternal side and Euahlayi through her Mother’s paternal grandmother and was encouraged by her art teachers to explore her Aboriginal art style. Danielle is inspired by her love of nature, animals and landscapes. Each of Danielle’s pieces is unique in its own way, her art is a true representation of her passion, heritage and soul. Danielle has worked with Matt from Lumen&Co to create the first Gili lights (pictured). Danielle has also begun painting on silk (pictured) for Salone del Mobile. Danielle has previously painted a mural on Winya’s Sydney showroom wall and will be live painting murals every day on Winya’s stand at Salone del Mobile. She will also be painting a one of a kind Badminton chair to be sold to the Milan Australian embassy.