In the lead-up to the year’s biggest furniture fair, we preview products from British designers Barber Osgerby and Benjamin Hubert, shine a light on Greta Grossman’s reissued 1940s lamps, and ask Tom Dixon why he’s leaving the exhibition halls to break new ground.
The designer launched three products during the London Design Festival: a shoe for Camper, a watch for Rado and a telephone for Punkt. He gives us the guided tour.
A volcanic ash cloud stole the show in Milan. But then again it wasn’t difficult for a natural phenomenon to step into the limelight at the Milan furniture fair as it was a year dominated by safe launches. The daring and inventiveness we predicted that the recession would bring didn’t come to fruition this year either.
Chairless will be one of the talking points of Milan: it’s a chair with none of the attributes the word implies.
There is something slightly disingenuous about Vitra’s announcement that 2010 is the 50th anniversary of the Panton Chair.
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.