Here is Icon’s preview to the biggest design event of the year, Milan Design Week 2012. We take a look at Tom Dixon's ambitious venue MOST, the launch of a new brand by Renato Preti, and the rest of the city’s must-see events.
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.
The Italian design duo’s Botanica range of vases reinvents plastic as a craft material by using long-forgotten plant and animal polymers.
Tomas Libertiny and his 60,000 bees tested the limits of Venetian glassmaking to produce their largest collaboration to date.
The simple, reduced forms of Floris Hovers’ miniature boats, cars and other vehicles should be seen less as designs, more as “playful thoughts” the Dutch furniture and toy maker says – it’s up to children to make something of them.
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.