Sketch Artists

If you’ve ever wished you could take a peek at some of your favorite designers’ off-the-cuff sketches and exploratory doodles, you’ll soon have your chance. At this year’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile, in Milan, the Italian National Trust and Moleskine will present an exhibition of 462 drawings by 150 international designers. Called The Hand of the Designer, the exhibition will be accompanied by a book of the same title containing reproductions of the designers’ sketches; and, on May 13, the original drawings will be auctioned at Sotheby’s Milan. (All the proceeds from the book sales and the auction will go to the Trust–and, in particular, its maintenance activity for the Villa Necchi Campiglio.)

The doodling designers include the Bouroullec brothers, Michael Graves, Hella Jongerius, Karim Rashid, Matteo Thun, and many others (a few of whom were also included in last year’s The Hand of the Architect.) Check out several examples after the jump.

GravesMichael Graves

HayonJaime HayĆ³n

MedaAlberto Meda

MendiniAlessandro Mendini

RashidKarim Rashid

ThunMatteo Thun

Previously: We looked at Moleskine’s Glass House folios and the subsequent Modern Sketchbook, as well as its adoption of FSC-certified paper. Last December, we included Bauhaus-themed Moleskines in our Metropolis Holiday Gift Guide.

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