Philippe Starck’s Mary Poppins-inspired chandelier and Nathalie Dewez’s counterbalanced desk lamp both shone brightly this year.
A sculptural installation of porcelain tiles and fluorescent lights transformed an 18th-century courtyard at the University of Milan during the furniture fair.
A selection of the best chairs from the Salone del Mobile, including one made from hemp, a ghostly outline of a classic, an architect’s angular creation and another designed as a tax dodge.
Not content with presenting 12 projects during the furniture fair, the Spanish designer also staged her first exhibition of limited-edition pieces on the theme of wastefulness.
Riccardo Blumer and Matteo Borghi’s chair is based on the designers’ belief that the body is a machine for movement.
The Venetian designer has recently opened a second studio in Stockholm and is letting his new, bicultural existence influence his work.
With several new buildings in Tbilisi, Michele De Lucchi is bringing Italian design to the historic heart of Georgia’s capital. But is his latest work a powerful statement or a bridge too far?
At next week’s Milan Furniture Fair, there’ll be a new exhibition dedicated to showcasing the best in British design. Designjunction will be taking over the Zegna showroom in the heart of Zona Tortona to bring together products from exclusive brands including Modus, Innermost, Benchmark and Anglepoise.
Lambrate – a former industrial district on the outskirts of town – scooped-up the design scene’s young talent this year.
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.
The Milan Furniture Fair promises to be as vibrant as ever, although the recession is still likely to loom large.
Origami was the starting point for Masataka Matsumura’s first womenswear collection for the Italian-Japanese fashion brand Giuliano Fujiwara.
After a year of public brawls between co-founders Gijs Bakker and Renny Ramakers leading to Bakker’s resignation, we can’t say we were expecting much from Dutch conceptual design company Droog – but it came up trumps.