Elena Salmistraro

“Children will find the strength and courage to fight to build a better world only if they are able to imagine things that do not exist”, said Gianni Rodari. And this is exactly the inspiration of AXO, a project conceived by Cappellini in collaboration with Elena Salmistraro, presented during Salone del Mobile 2021. AXO is a diminutive of Axolotl, a unique species of salamander with a sort of magical power: the extraordinary ability to recover and regenerate itself.


AXO is not just a design product: it is an object that aims to launch a message of awareness, environmental sustainability and solidarity. The project by Elena Salmistraro focuses on the impact of the textile industry on the environment and addresses the importance of socio-cultural regeneration, in particular the re-integration of women in difficulties into society, to offer them a new opportunity of life and a sort of rebirth.


Every single AXO originates from the collaboration with the Cooperativa Alice, promoter of “Ethically made in Italy”, the first made in Italy supply chain guaranteed by WFTO (World Fair Trade Organization), together with “Il Laboratorio” based in Quartoggiaro and “Fiori All’Occhiello” in Baranzate.


Cappellini has decided to engage in this project because it firmly believes in the importance of the social role of a company, conceived as an entity deeply rooted in the territory and close to social contexts.

AXO is a real Manifesto of Rebirth: rebirth of material, of craftsmanship, of life.


Elena Salmistraro

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Elena Salmistraro

Designer e artista, Elena Salmistraro vive e lavora a Milano.

Laureata al Politecnico di Milano, ha fondato il proprio studio nel 2009, lavorando come designer e artista/illustratrice per aziende leader nel settore creativo.

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