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.
Designer Ross Lovegrove was the quiz master at the second icon and Iittala pub quiz at the Book Club in London.
Gio Ponti deserves to be remembered for many reasons but above all as a peculiarly Italian phenomenon.
In Basel for the annual Design Miami collectors’ fair in June, veteran designer Alessandro Mendini got more than he bargained for when he opened the Sensory Deprivation Skull, the foam and polyester sofa by Atelier van Lieshout.