Product designer and artist, Elena Salmistraro lives and works in Milan.
Graduated from Polytechnic University of Milan in 2008, together with architect Angelo Stoli she founded her own studio in 2009, where she has been working on architectural and design projects ever since.
She works as a product designer and artist/illustrator for leading companies in the international creative industry, including Apple, Disney, Ikea, Vitra, Moooi, Alessi, Cappellini, Huawei, Lavazza, Nike, Bosa, Seletti, De Castelli,
Cc-Tapis, Timberland, Replay, LuisaViaRoma, Marella, Yoox, Ceditand others. Besides, she collaborates with prestigious Art and Design Galleries, such as Rossana Orlandi, Antonio Colombo Gallery, Dilmos, Camp Design Gallery, SecondoMe, My Own Gallery and Subalterno1.
Her creations are the result of a combination of art and design; utmost care for details, painstaking search for the harmony of shapes and poetic style characterize her projects. One of her work’s priorities is the search for the expressive language of objects, 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.
She was appointed World Ambassador of Italian Design in 2017 during “Italian Design Day”, an initiative promoted by Triennale of Milan in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities. Since then she has attended meetings in Zurich and Rome/Farnesina 2018.
The same year, 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 she was awarded with the “Best Emerging Designer Award” at Salone del Mobile- “Salone del Mobile Milano Award”.
In 2018 she was appointed Ambassador of Brera Design District for FuoriSalone in the occasion of Milan Furniture Fair and for this circumstance she designed an installation for Timberland in the very heart of the district.
In 2018 won the "Icon Award "of Marmomac with the project "Marea".
She wins several important and international awards such as the "Good Design Awards", "Archiproducts Awards", "Icon Awards", "Salone del Mobile Award", "Big See Award" and others.
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, Marmomacc (Verona), Cersaie (Bologna), Stockholm furniture and light fair (Stockholm, Sweden), Imm Cologne (Colonia).