Posts tagged with "Milan Design Week 2017":

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Specsheet>Just-released furnishings feature neutral tones and primitive shapes

With soft hues and organic shapes, the latest furniture and accessories take an all-natural approach. Woody table Marcel Wanders 
for moooi The exuberant Dutch designer takes a playful turn with a portable wood side table imbued with the charm of a timid deer—the inspiration for the form. Puff Ball Faye Toogood for Matter Made Faye Toogood’s first full lighting collection emulates mushrooms with its rounded forms and earth-toned hues. To achieve this effect, Toogood used raw fiberglass and tumbled aluminum. In addition to the table lamp (shown), there is a wall sconce, floor lamp, and room divider. Halves side table MDMS Studio for Muuto Canadian design collective 
MDMS joins the New Nordic club with an asymmetric side table. The piece is made from an acrylic-stone composite that calls to mind polished concrete. Catch Rock table light Lindsey Adelman 
for Nilufar Gallery The designer best known for her treelike glass-and-brass fixtures has branched out with a sculptural new table light that adds a granite block to the familiar material palette, with unexpected results. Cloudscape chair Diesel Living for Moroso Part of a collection designed for casual entertaining, this slouchy seat with stonewashed linen invites users to sink into its relaxed form.

The classic hexagonal City Park Paver® by Unilock comes to life with the Umbriano® granite-like finish, creating a modern pixelated pattern.

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The newest addition to Milan Design Week: Ventura Centrale

Amid the general chaos and event overload of Milan Design Week, Ventura Centrale's inaugural show was instantly welcomed to the fray a "must see." Although the organizers describe it as Ventura Lambrate’s “big sister," the show is smaller in addition to being newer. And this works to its benefit: In contrast to the sprawling Tortona, Brera, and—with its new mega IKEA pavilion—Lambrate neighborhoods, Ventura Centrale is compact and makes a targeted impact. The show featured Matteo Zorzenoni with MM Lampadari, Nason Moretti and Scapin, Swiss design studio Panter & Tourron, Lee Broom, Maarten Baas with Lensvelt, Salviati with Luca Nichetto and Ben Gorham, and Baars & Bloemhoff. Each "hall" is located in warehouses below Milan's Central Station that have been closed for 30 years. Each display was distinct and memorable, with crowds increasing as the week went on. Lee Broom's rotating musical carousel, the "Time Machine," drew the longest lines, but each show was cleverly presented and perfectly finished, with very little of the amateurish qualities so often found in inaugural exhibitions. "Set" featured a series of room vignettes with furniture and blown glass pieces by Italian designer Matteo Zorzenoni with the rounded forms and pastel hues dominating interior design as of late, but rendered beautifully and given a new context in its gritty warehouse location. "May I Have Your Attention Please?" by Dutch designer Maarten Baas debuted his eponymous 101 chairs for Lensvelt, surrounded by an installation of bull horns emitting indistinguishable voices to dramatic effect. For Salviati Glass, designer Luca Nichetto and perfumer Ben Gotham created 53 "totem poles" out of some 23,000 sheets of glass, filling the massive terminal and reexamining the potential for classic glasswork. Baas and Blomhoff also took their materials to new heights by commissioning six up-and-coming designers to create something new with it. Daphna Laurens, a veteran of last year's Salone Satellite program, crafted a whimsical and serviceable chair, table, and light set; Sabine Marcelis formed modern, circular lights; Klaas Kuiken created an "inside out" cupboard and dresser; Paul Heijnen designed a gridded wall sconce; and rENS made a series of black stools and seats. While one hopes that Ventura Centrale is popular, we can't help but wish it will stay true to its inaugural year—a smart, fun installation that doesn't require hours of wandering or mapping to navigate.
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SHoP Architects unveils new terra cotta installation for Milan Design Week

Yesterday, New York–based SHoP Architects unveiled a “sculptural terra cotta enclosure” designed for Interni Magazine’s Material Immaterial exhibition which will be on display during FuoriSalone 2017, in Milan. Called WAVE/CAVE, the structure was commissioned by Interni as a partnership among SHoP, ceramics manufacturer NBK Keramik, and aluminum products fabricator Metalsigma Tunesi to “explore the dual spirit of design.” Erected in the main courtyard of the Ca' Granda at the Università degli Studi di Milano, the enclosure is formed in three strata of aggregated terra cotta modules, each uniquely carved to create the undulating contours of the interior space. The 1,670 units were manufactured by the Germany-based NBK Keramik, which was able to produce 797 distinct profiles while using only one extrusion mold. Fluted on the outside and laced together on the interior with an ornamental web-like pattern, each block was left unglazed and when stacked they stand over seven meters tall. The enclosure functions more like a sculpture than an occupiable space, as one’s experience of the interior is largely viewed from the periphery or the second floor of the adjacent cloister. This was essential to the design concept that SHoP imagined for the assemblage; the firm stated that it is “open to the action of life around it but accessible only to the imagination and the gaze.” This is strategy is a reaction to the speed at which contemporary life is lived—a “deliberate counterpoint to the internal agitation and disrupted attention spans encouraged by contemporary media and technology.” Christopher Sharples, principal at SHoP, said:
We've always been interested in working with traditional materials.... Today's technologies allow us to draw out their material authenticity in new ways. The collaboration between SHoP, NBK Keramik, and Metalsigma Tunesi on WAVE/CAVE was an effort to demonstrate the poetic possibilities of terra cotta while suggesting new directions for its use in contemporary construction.
Lighting was designed by PHT Lighting Design Inc. and engineering by Arup. This project will be on display until April 15.