Amid the extravangance of Milan design week, these new products launched at the Salone del Mobile really made their mark.
Fierce competition has made exhibition stand design is a vital part of making Milan design week a success. ICON picks out some of the most striking stands from Salone del Mobile 2018.
The 2015 Expo showed the capital of design that commercialism and the public sector needn’t be at odds, but the uneasy partnership feeds into existing challenges the city faces.
In south-east Spain, on Cartagena’s harbourfront, Madrid-based practice SelgasCano has created a vibrant auditorium and congress centre that makes ingenious use of low-cost materials and glows at night like a radioactive Chinese lantern.
Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, the designers of the 2012 Olympic torch, are the UK’s best-known design duo. The self-described “masochists” explain how they design simple things that turn out to be fiendishly difficult to make.
Our selection of objects presents the coming together of fashion and utility, craftsmanship and industrial production.
Designers have found inspiration in everything from knitting needles to Japanese rock gardens for the pick of this year’s exhibits.
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.
Ineke Hans’ first UK solo show, Mind-Sets, is at London’s Aram Gallery during the London Design Festival.
Clerkenwell Design Week celebrates the east London neighbourhood that is host to thousands of architects and designers and 60-odd design showrooms.
The Milan Furniture Fair promises to be as vibrant as ever, although the recession is still likely to loom large.
This year's Milan furniture fair is shaping up intriguingly, with some of the most important brands not exhibiting at I Saloni.
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.
Giulio Cappellini is dressed immaculately, but in a way that could only be described, to use his own definitions, as "classic" rather than "contemporary". The blue blazer with paisley handkerchief is not, perhaps, a uniform one would associate with one of the men who has shaped the firmament of contemporary furniture design.
Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec work in a studio in Saint Denis, a gritty northern satellite of Paris that smells of piss. When icon's photographer suggests they go outside to pose in the street, they express concern that the cameras will get stolen.
Maybe we were looking in the wrong places. But while there are some designers you can't avoid, the one we were really looking for was never there. Not at Milan; not at any of the parties over the summer; not at the show openings. We once thought we saw him at the Design Museum but before we had made our way across the room, he'd gone.