Wait & See teamed up with design duo mischer’traxler to create Balanced, an exhibition for Salone del Mobile 2012. The concept for the exhibition was "forma mentis" – a Latin expression that means nature of the mind, or mentality. This was expressed through the idea of scales, balancing the raw materials and equipment on one side with the final objects on the other.
|Mimosa pendant by Aqua|
|Downton Abbey still; image via Preservation Nation|
WGSN-homebuildlife explores how the show's distinctive aesthetic is influencing our tastes at design and retail level.
Friday, 27 April 2012
|Pet Studio Bone-Shaped Braid Rug at Pet Edge|
This braided polypropylene bone-shaped rug by Pet Studio is available in six bright colourways and fits perfectly with our braided Idiomatic rug design for spring/summer 2013, which uses recycled fabrics to create the same undulating shape.
This video by ECAL Visual Communication students Florian Luthi, Teo Schifferli and Chloé Tun Tun documents a series of foods as they explode, contract, degrade and develop over time - and was on show in Milan last week as part of the design academy's exhibition, Too Cool For School.
For more examples of food in advertising and communication, subscribers can read our food focus report Vegetal Design.
Floriade uses fields of flowers, stylish pavilions and a series of stalls to explore global flora and greenery.
Thursday, 26 April 2012
New Dutch lighting brand Booo launched its inaugural collection of LED lightbulbs at Spazio Rossana Orlandi last week - including this bursting bubble lamp by Front and a squishy rubber balloon-shaped bulb by Nacho Carbonell.
Wednesday, 25 April 2012
|Atomizer Collection by Design Attico|
Italian brand Design Attico's new collection, Atomizer, is a collection of table perfumes inspired by antique fragrance bottles, which aim to encourage gentle expressiveness at the table.
Brooklyn-based textile company Hable Construction, founded by sisters Katharine and Susan Hable, continues its ongoing collaboration with traditional American furniture company Hickory Chair with the High Point Market launch of the watercolour-inspired Painterly print. The sisters showcased the new print in bright blue and neutral brown alongside a small studio-like room, where they shared their inspiration boards and a glimpse into their artistic processes.
Tuesday, 24 April 2012
|Waddensea, Netherlands from Colour-Based on Nature by Irma Boom|
Covering everything from catwalks to street style, the WGSN Tumblr offers a snapshot of what is inspiring our international team of researchers, designers and analysts on a day-to-day basis - across 15 categories from product launches to ad campaigns and arts and culture.
The new Armani/Casa collection, The Golden Age, takes its inspiration from an imaginary journey from Venice to Japan. Rich decorative elements combine with pared-back forms to create a collection of tables, cabinets and seating with a soft golden glow.
An artisanal approach to detail, especially in wood mixed and matched with other materials, emerged as a key trend at this year's Salone Satellite.
Among the product highlights were Taiwanese designer Jackie Wu's Cracked vases - a series that mixes wood and marble and highlights the imperfection of the wood with bright green lacquer.
Los Angeles-made furniture and accessories from Cisco Brothers is always a highlight at High Point Market. A bit off the beaten path at Mill Village, High Point, North Carolina, the large industrial-styled showroom is packed to the gills with sustainable furniture that is both sophisticated and eco-conscious. Cisco Brothers have made a name for themselves using vintage materials and giving them new life, like this season's over-dyed burlap canvas used for upholstery and pillows.
Monday, 23 April 2012
|Creation World Wide Wood at BIG + BIH Bangkok, April 2012|
Friday, 20 April 2012
|Gaggenau at EuroCucina 2012|
A number of brands have employed a creative approach to VM at this year's EuroCucina, choosing to host live performances from chefs and even display their latest products in stands made up of ripe fruit and vegetables.
|Iron from Disassembled Household Appliances by Brittny Badger|
|Lamp No2 by Andrew Mitchell|
Thursday, 19 April 2012
The Orto Botanico (botanical garden) is a pleasant spot, largely unknown, in the heart of the Brera design district in Milan. A silent green area enclosed by patrician residences and by the Brera Accademia Art Museum. The garden is the lovely setting where glass and lighting company Barovier&Toso and marble inlay brand Citco presented The Secret Garden, an installation celebrating the company's specialties.
|Luminous eggs by Pieke Bergmans, Sundial by Philippe Malouin and Nature Toolbox by Minale-Maeda|
Wednesday, 18 April 2012
Seletti's outpost at Eurocucine is one of a handful of stands to present new tableware at the fair rather than kitchen furnishings. The Italian design brand is showcasing a range of new designs, from the production versions of its renowned Hybrid range to floral trivets and playfully extended china plates.
Marni's L’Arte del Ritratto project some weeks ago (see it here), we went to visit the series of 100 chairs for ourselves - and can recommend them as some of the best colour inspiration to be found in Milan this year.
|L'Europe Animale, Physiologie Comique by André Belloguet, 1882|
Un Atlas Imaginaire: Cartes allégoriques et satiriques by Laurent Baridon (Citadelles & Mazenod, 2011) shows how the world would be if it were simply more creatively arranged - using examples dating back to the Renaissance.
|Broom chair by Philippe Starck for Emeco|
As part of La Triennale's exhibition programme for Milan Design Week, creative research centre Fabrica is showcasing Objet Coloré, a series of store fittings designed by its research team for United Colors of Benetton apparel displays.
Tuesday, 17 April 2012
|Floating table by Ingo Maurer for Established & Sons|
Dutch designer Jo Meesters' Tumblr, called The Observatory And The Realm of The Imagery, serves as an online scrapbook of his creativity and interests. Much like his work, there is a focus on the intersection of ancient craft and digital design, as well as art, film and quotes from pop culture and curators alike.
WGSN-homebuildlife subscribers can read our interview with Meesters here.
American designer Stephen Burks introduced his newest works at Dedon this week at its showroom in Zona Tortona. Dala is a collection of woven outdoor furniture that perfectly complements Burks' well-received works of colourfully hand woven pieces made in partnership with artisans from around the world. Dala takes its inspirations both from the "improvised" seating arrangements of the developing world and from the skillful artisans who inhabit it. The woven material is a first for Dedon, a fiber that is a combination of recycled food-and-drink packaging and fully recyclable polyethylene.
Monday, 16 April 2012
|Fall in Pop by Canon at Superstudio Più|
Architects Ryuji Nakamura and fashion studio Mintdesigns have worked with video artist Shimura Nobuhiro to create three installations - Spring, Fall in Pop and Super Nature - which use projected imagery and colours to transform inert structures into seemingly alive organisms. Watch the video below for a taste.
Japanese design studio Nendo is exhibiting a series of experimental glass pieces, supported by Czech lighting brand Lasvit, this Milan Design Week. The collection is on show in a basement space at Superstudio Piu, Zona Tortona, and explores the conventions of glassblowing - while often defying them.
Sunday, 15 April 2012
Cosmit at the Triennale di Milano (Viale Alemagna, 6).
Friday, 13 April 2012
Republic of Fritz Hansen has released a video of its preparations for Salone next week, where it will be launching miniscule, a new chair designed by Cecilie Manz, at its showroom on Corso Garibaldi.
Stay tuned for live reports direct from Milan, where the WGSN-homebuildlife team will be highlighting the unmissable events all through the week.
Arabeschi di Latte's projects are fast becoming a highlight of Milan Design Week. For this year's edition, they will present a series of different projects across the city, continuing their exploration of food and its power to create compelling situations and relationships.
|SodaStream Source by Yves Behar|
One of the food & drink highlights of Milan Design Week is set to be Yves Behar's redesigned SodaStream machine and dedicated Soda Bar - which will provide all the refreshments at new design destination MOST next week in the first step of a brand mission to put an end to disposable water bottles.
Wednesday, 11 April 2012
DesignMarketo will bring its Bar Alto collection to Milan next week for the Salone - where it will take up residence at designers' favourite Bar Basso, the venue it was inspired by.
Running until 22 April, the exhibition includes commissions by a host of designers who were asked to let their creativity loose on the classic Duralex Picardie drinking glass. WGSN-homebuildlife subscribers can read more about where to go in Milan during Salone here.
While ceramicist Edmund de Waal had a surprise global bestseller with his compelling family memoir The Hare With Amber Eyes, his latest book sees him firmly back on craft enthusiast ground - with a fascinating look into the history of ceramics.
Tuesday, 10 April 2012
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|Noma food lab, Copenhagen; image Adam Mõrk|
Two-Michelin-starred restaurant Noma has opened the doors to its research laboratory. The newly-built division has been created by Danish architects 3XN in keeping with strict rules by Noma founder René Redzepi: no glue, nails or shelving could be attached to the walls, resulting in a series of modular units.
MINI John Cooper Works Countryman
The New York International Auto Show, which runs now through April 15, brings the world's best automobiles to the American market, including the latest from MINI USA. MINI John Cooper Works Countryman made its North American debut at the show, and offers the updated model with optional automatic transmission. In addition to the John Cooper Works Countryman, three special-edition models – MINI Convertible Highgate, MINI Bayswater and MINI Baker Street all made their first public appearance in North America.
Monday, 9 April 2012
|Pin Up Dog at Japan Pet Fair 2012|
|Sincere Japan at Japan Pet Fair 2012|
The trend epitomises Japanese pet culture, where pet dogs in particular are treated with the same reverence as favourite children. WGSN-homebuildlife subscribers can read our full report here.
|Top Zoo at Japan Pet Fair 2012|