The Milan furniture fair may be a spring rite of passage for design aficionados, but tucked away from the crowds in an old tie factory is a year-round wealth of artful chaos: AN correspondent Arlene Hirst pays a visit to the Galleria Rossana Orlandi, an irresistibly quirky emporium chock-full of cutting-edge wares. Plus, Julie V. Iovine profiles furniture giant Vitra's latest showroom-cum-public laboratory, VitraHaus, and Alan G. Brake previews Manhattan's newest outpost for Italian design, the Triennale di Milano New York, preparing to open its doors on West 53rd Street.
AN profiles four young designers who want to make a difference. RISD-trained Jessica Carnevale has parlayed stints at Martha Stewart Living and Marcel Wanders Studio into an exuberant, fashion-tinged collection. Brooklyn-based Karl Zahn is making the quantum leap from cottage industry to a future with large manufacturers. Tokyo-born Jonah Takagi is launching an American craft-based collection for Matter at ICFF. And Brooklyn's Kristen Wentrcek applies an entrepreneurial spirit to bringing space-starved New Yorkers affordable, inventively designed furniture.