Traditional French crystal maker Baccarat and Spanish designer Jaime Hayón are working together to create a body of work combining the old and the new – including a 170-year-old goblet design that now has Mickey Mouse ears.
The Spanish designer is on a mission to rescue the bathroom from dismal functionality and turn it into a place to linger. His art-deco inspired range for Bisazza is just the start.
Marcel Wanders has turned his eye for the decorative on one of the least appealing spectacles of the modern world – the in-flight meal. But does whimsy work at 30,000ft?
A collection of flowery tables and chairs, a revolving chandelier and a super minimal task light are all part of Moooi’s new collection, displayed in their new Zona Tortona showroom in Milan.
The conference we've attended these past few days reflected the fact that things have really changed in the world over the past six months...
The rendered image has seduced photography. There was a time when the computer-generated image wanted to be like a photo. Now, it’s the other way round.
So farewell Milan and hello, er, Rho-Pero. With the Salone Internazionale di Mobile moving to a new out-of-town location next year, this year’s furniture fair marked the end of an era.
“When I was a student, porcelain was associated with kitschy souvenirs or stupid mugs,” recalls Czech designer Maxim Velcovsky. “But recently a new wave of ideas has revived the material and placed it in a different context.”
When icon was invited on a whistlestop tour of the Dutch design scene, we of course said yes. But the trip took on new meaning when, in last month’s issue, Marcel Wanders said design in the Netherlands was in crisis, stifled by state subsidies and a lack of business sense. So what do leading figures in Amsterdam, Eindhoven and Rotterdam think?
The defining event at this year’s Milan Design Week was not a product launch or a party, but a takeover announcement. Cappellini – the most aristocratic of Italy’s small, family-run furniture houses – has been rescued from bankruptcy by a conglomerate and its figurehead, the legendary Giulio Cappellini, forced to surrender day-to-day management to the suits.
“I can do anything. I could have been a dentist and I would have been the best dentist ever. I could have been a farmer. I really feel I could have done a lot of different things and I’m pretty sure that whatever I’d have done I’d have done it with so much passion and love that I’d do a great job.”