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Milan 2010

Milan 2010


(e)Business as Usual in Milan

(e)Business as Usual in Milan

There may have been fewer new products at this year’s Milan Furniture Fair, but there was a great deal of creativity and conceptual thought to be seen. Many manufacturers turned their attention to more affordable...

Ventura Lambrate big success

Ventura Lambrate big success

Bringing the focus back to content, the new kid on the Milan design block Ventura Lambrate was a welcome breath of fresh air during this year’s Design Week program. 

Weltevree

Weltevree

Inviting users to rediscover their environment, Weltevree take to the outdoors for their Milan presentation this year launching a diving board, outdoor oven and a new two-person Dutchtub.

Whatever happened to sustainability?

Whatever happened to sustainability?

Really sustainable design seems to be a contradiction in terms as most furniture companies pay little more than lip service to green materials and manufacturing processes in their work. However this week in Milan, a...

Milan Drawn Interview #3: Jorre van Ast

Milan Drawn Interview #3: Jorre van Ast

He calls himself a very tall designer. Arco's Creative Director and talented young designer Jorre van Ast draws for Design.nl today.

5 minutes in Milan with…Bertjan Pot

5 minutes in Milan with…Bertjan Pot

New works from Bertjan Pot were seen all over Milan this week including a knitted sweater chair with six arms for Established and Sons and rotten tomato bean bags for Food Marketo.

Wonderlamp

Wonderlamp

Studio Job and Pieke Bergmans' first collaboration has resulted in a series of archetypal oversized bronze objects that emit surreal blubs of light. 

When Local meets Global

When Local meets Global

Several shows in Milan this year explore Dutch history, local craftsmanship and manufacturing prowess. Inspiration and funding start on home turf and lead to a wider – and often ultimately global – audience.

The Copper Collection

The Copper Collection

Aldo Bakker's copper collection for Thomas Eyck gives new dimension and refinement to a much-neglected but beautiful material. Most visitors to the presentation mistook the soy sauce pourer for a smoking pipe. 

Milan Drawn Interview #2: BCXSY

Milan Drawn Interview #2: BCXSY

Today's subject for the Drawn Interview is BCXSY (Boaz Cohen and Sayaka Yamamoto) who have launched a new series of timber space-dividers crafted in the tradition of Japanese wood joinery. 

Autarky: Ode to the Grain

Autarky: Ode to the Grain

Eindhoven-based Italian duo FormaFantasma launch an exquisite series of tableware and lamps made from flour coloured with natural pigments derived from dried spices and vegetables, and brooms crafted from grain...

Diversity by Nacho Carbonell

Diversity by Nacho Carbonell

Inside the spectacular Palazzo Ferre, Nacho Carbonell unveiled his single largest body of new work: twenty prototypes - iterations of a chair/table- covered in materials such as hair, glass shards, branches and...

5 minutes in Milan with…Scholten & Baijings

5 minutes in Milan with…Scholten & Baijings

We speed-chat with design duo Stefan Scholten & Carole Baijings who are launching three new pieces this year with Established & Sons.

Shaped by Nature

Shaped by Nature

A recurring theme with emerging Dutch designers this year in Milan is how materials, nature and the odd insect - guided gently by the designer's hand - really do the talking for the product.  

Design Virus mutates into Monsters

Design Virus mutates into Monsters

In collaboration with textile company Innofa, Pieke Bergmans' Design Virus has manifest itself into a series of enormous and oddly playful design Monsters.

Milan Drawn Interview #1: Studio Glithero

Milan Drawn Interview #1: Studio Glithero

Every day this week Matylda Krzykowski (matandme.net) will be doing drawn interviews with Dutch designers. First up is Anglo-Dutch duo Studio Glithero who are presenting their process-focused works at various...

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