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D’SIGN’s Weekly Dose: Design Week Milan "The City"

Milan Design Week 2012
From 7 to 22 April, the Salone Internazionale del Mobile and the FuoriSalone or together “The Milan Design Week 2012, were held from 17 to 22 April. Inte­rior design pro­fes­sion­als and addicts from around the world were gear­ing up to the great­est home fur­nish­ing exhi­bi­tion at the moment. The Milan Design Week is the design event of the year, and if you want to build a name for your self, or count at all in the international design world… this is “The event” to exhibition your work. And that shows… with more than 2500 exhibitors and with more than 200.000 square metres of exhibition space, a lot to see and ground to be grasped and for those who hadn’t the time or the opportunity to go.. we made sure to do a overview with the newest designs and all that is showing and got our daring eye. Let start with a bit of information about the The Milan Design Week.
Milan Design Week 2012
Milan Design Week 2012
The Salone Internazionale del Mobile was held for the 51st time. New this year was the special Saloni for bathrooms, kitchens and furnishing accessories so well as the Satellite expo where 750 talents under the age of 35 showed there creative and innovative designs. The hole event is enormous, the activities where located in 5 itineraries, which integrate whole districts into creativity and there where special created showrooms next to the residential shops and workshops to attend to. There was a abundance of stunning art, performances and amazing installations all located in the centre of Milan. Fresh and daring according to Salone del Mobile it self; “it’s the fringe fes­ti­val of the trade fair and fine art”. This year they made it possible for public to visit this event to days in state of one, “the public is getting more and more involved in design and that was our idea behind it to open it the whole weekend”. Explains Salone the Mobile to D’SIGN magazine. “People want to make there own opinion about design and what they want to use it in there home and environment”.
Milan Design Week 2012
Milan Design Week 2012
And like each year, a large number of Dutch designers travels to Milan to present their latest designs. Our Dutch Designer, Premesela was supporting and promoting Dutch design and fashion during the Milan design week. With the exhibition “Spring” consisting the work of 30 Dutch designers. And a symposium with Hella Jongerius and breakfast meetings with the possibility to discus design where a huge success. All with all there a number of 176 Dutch furniture designers and brands presenting there work during the Milan design week. Because the Milan design week is so enormous, it’s hard to maintain an overview, and not enough space or time to let you see everything of this event. But we have tried to show you the highlights. And you know why you have to go next year.
Juliet by Benjamin Hubert
Juliet by Benjamin Hubert
‘Juliet’ by Benjamin Hubert is the winning design of italian furniture  company Poltrona Frau’s international competition whose brief asked participants to utilize traditional upholstery techniques under the theme ‘a chair to spend time in’.
Juliet by Benjamin Hubert
Juliet by Benjamin Hubert
Hubert’s Juliet chair was inspired by the Italian Renaissance fashion detail the “Juliet sleeve,” a sleeve which tightly fits the arm and has a large deconstructed “puff” on the shoulder.
Designer/architect Andy Martin
Designer/architect Andy Martin
Designer/architect Andy Martin will be showing a table that can be modified by the user.
Designer/architect Andy Martin
Designer/architect Andy Martin
By inserting colour plugs into a grid.
Dandies Mirror by benandsebastian
Dandies Mirror by benandsebastian
The Dandies Mirror by benandsebastian. Inspired by historic plate glass manufacturing techniques.
Beetle Chair
Beetle Chair
Beetle Chair with a beetle’s tough exterior and soft interior. The “insect’s dynamic movement in space is reflected in a four-legged chair on wheels.”
Papercutes by Louise Campbell
Papercutes by Louise Campbell
Papercuts is a series of lamps made ​​of paper by Louise Campbell.
All Good Things Come in Threes by Peter Johansen
All Good Things Come in Threes by Peter Johansen
All Good Things Come in Threes by Peter Johansen. Three nesting tables inspired by the tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
Crane Lamp by Charlie Davidson
Crane Lamp by Charlie Davidson
Designer Charlie Davidson showing his Crane Lamp, featuring a 1:50 scale model of the worlds tallest crawler crane.
Fine porcelain works by Heinrich Wang
Fine porcelain works by Heinrich Wang
Fine porcelain works by Heinrich Wang
Fine porcelain works by Heinrich Wang

Collection of contemporary fine porcelain works by Heinrich Wang. Lighter than White is an interpretation of traditional Chinese culture and philosophy in a modern context.

Tray table by Katie Stout
Tray table by Katie Stout
Tray table from Katie Stout Made from laser cut plastic cafeteria trays.
Blue chair by Neven Kovacic
Blue chair by Neven Kovacic

 Blue chair by Neven Kovacic, a collection of work inspired by tourism.

STRIKKS Tea Time project
STRIKKS Tea Time project
STRIKKS developed this fabric as part of the Tea Time project curated.
Academy of Fine Arts Maastricht
Academy of Fine Arts Maastricht

by the Academy of Fine Arts Maastricht and open to their graduates.

Studio Aberrant Architecture
Studio Aberrant Architecture
Studio Aberrant Architecture have created pub tables that can be adapted into desks by day and games tables by night. In rest mode each table provides a simple dining surface, but in work mode this tabletop folds open to reveal a bureau-style desk concealed beneath.
Studio Aberrant Architecture
Studio Aberrant Architecture

 These skittle also open up to become pen-pots.

Rocky by Marc Newson for Italian brand Magis.
Rocky by Marc Newson for Italian brand Magis.

Australian designer Marc Newson presented this child’s rocking horse for Italian brand Magis. Called Rocky, the toy is moulded. from plastic in one colour with a rope slotted through the mouth as reigns.

Jules et Jim by JoeVelluto (JVLT)
Jules et Jim by JoeVelluto (JVLT)

JoeVelluto (JVLT) with the bedroom set called Jules et Jim. Made of walnut, this bedroom set made of a nightstand, bed, dresser, and wardrobe.

Gorgiera Pack by Macarena Pollock.
Gorgiera Pack by Macarena Pollock.

I loved Gorgiera Pack by Macarena Pollock. Made of Yupo paper, this fruit packaging turns into a display stand with a simple twist.

Mine All of Us Collection is inspired by human anatomy
Mine All of Us Collection is inspired by human anatomy

Ana Fatia presented something much more organic – the Mother Mine All of Us Collection is inspired by human anatomy

Rui Alves works under the title My Own Super Studio
Rui Alves works under the title My Own Super Studio

Portuguese Rui Alves works under the title My Own Super Studio, he is a third generation craftsman working.

Fabrica, the research group for Benetton.
Fabrica, the research group for Benetton.

Display system created by Fabrica, the research group for Benetton.

Fabrica, the research group for Benetton.
Fabrica, the research group for Benetton.

Object Coloré is a modular shelving and display system designed to complement the product its meant to showcase.

Rayuela by Alvaro Catalán de Ocón
Rayuela by Alvaro Catalán de Ocón

Alvaro Catalán de Ocón design studio, based in Madrid, Spain, has created the geometric-inspired Rayuela.

Hidden dragon by Zhang Ke
Hidden dragon by Zhang Ke
Chinese architect zhang ke of beijing-based practice standardarchitecture has designed ‘hidden dragon’, physical interpretation of the dragons usually invisible movement.
Nika Zupanc for Spazio Rossana Orlandi
Nika Zupanc for Spazio Rossana Orlandi
Slovenian designer Nika Zupanc presented a set of outdoor furniture and lamps like huge pink bubbles at Spazio Rossana Orlandi.
The Summertime collection by Nika Zupanc
The Summertime collection by Nika Zupanc
The Summertime collection includes folding chairs with metallic pink frames, and a table with turnkeys at the sides so the top flips upright to become a blackboard.
Kart by Ed Carpenter
Kart by Ed Carpenter

‘Kart’ by Ed Carpenter is a family of wooden serving dishes on wheels. The variety of shapes and sizes are ideal for snacks and hors d’oeuvres, encouraging sharing across the dinner table. the simplicity of the design allows the food to stand out.

LED candles by Moritz Waldemeyer
LED candles by Moritz Waldemeyer

German-born, london-based new media designer Moritz Waldemeyer presents his LED candles, showcasing the soft lighting pieces in a threaded chandelier, as well as scattered throughout the space as candlesticks.

Led candles by Moritz Waldemeyer
Led candles by Moritz Waldemeyer

Full view of chandelier.

Chameleon Cupboard for Porro
Chameleon Cupboard for Porro

Chameleon Cupboard for Porro, a colour changing cupboard.

Gentle Chair for Porro
Gentle Chair for Porro

Gentle Chair for Porro, a chair in the shape of two joined arches. Made of wood and upholstered leather. Front comprises a thick spring wrapped in black leather.

 

Doodle Sofa for Moroso
Doodle Sofa for Moroso
 Doodle Sofa for Moroso.
Discipline Collection by Max Lamb
Discipline Collection by Max Lamb

Discipline present their collection at Via Pietro Mascagni. Discipline has involved an international team, now including 14 designers from 10 different countries. A life that is increasingly focused on respect and on a natural need for everyday harmony.

Discipline Collection by Max Lamb
Discipline Collection by Max Lamb
With copper furniture and accessories by Max Lamb
Lars Beller
Lars Beller
Stools with cork seats by Lars Beller.
Rhode Island School of Design. Spiral Stack by Radhi Desai & Varsha Menon
Rhode Island School of Design. Spiral Stack by Radhi Desai & Varsha Menon

The students from the Department of Interior Architecture at Rhode Island School of Design have created a collection entitled Prototyping the Domestic Environment. Spiral Stack partition wall, console, sitting, shelving unit designed by Radhi Desai & Varsha Menon.

Fanlight Wall by Ayisha Verma
Fanlight Wall by Ayisha Verma

Fanlight Wall wall with lighting fixture designed by Ayisha Verma, Beatriz Cardona & Monica Alicea Matos.

+ONE Modular Shelving by Erin Truax & Sandhya Jethnan
+ONE Modular Shelving by Erin Truax & Sandhya Jethnan

+ONE Modular Shelving room divider & shelving system designed by Erin Truax & Sandhya Jethnani.

Tactile Stars by Aarti Kathuria & Srikirti Sreedhar
Tactile Stars by Aarti Kathuria & Srikirti Sreedhar

Tactile Stars 3-D wallpaper designed by Aarti Kathuria & Srikirti Sreedhar

Source: Dezeen, design blog – DesignAddict, Design Milk, Designboom – Weblog, MoCoLoco

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