2020 vision: Call for entries to Ventura Future exhibition at Milan design week

Dezeen promotion: entries are now open for the third edition of Ventura Project‘s Ventura Future showcase at Milan design week, which in 2020 will feature experimental design projects. Between 21 to 26 April, the Ventura Future showcase will be taking over 3,500 square metres and two floors of the BASE Milano cultural project in the Tortona […]

Sony explores robot-human relationships with Affinity in Autonomy exhibition

Sony has staged an artificial intelligence-themed exhibition, featuring a field of white spheres that move as if they have their own personalities. The Japanese electronics company took over Spazio Zegna during Milan design week with the Affinity in Autonomy exhibition, which explored the future of robot-human relations. The exhibition was partly inspired by Aibo, Sony‘s […]

Seletti launches “crazy and over-the-top” retro cabinets with Toiletpaper

Italian brand Seletti has produced a series of cabinets decorated with eye-popping graphic images taken from the pages of Toiletpaper magazine. The six colourful cabinets are printed with the image-only magazine’s eye-catching artwork, including orange and black polka dots with a pair of lips that are emblazoned with the word “shit” and a chequerboard pattern […]

Nude debuts glassware collections in hidden garden installation by Sarah Izod

Dezeen promotion: glassware brand Nude presented three new collections in an installation by London-based designer Sarah Izod, which took inspiration from the hidden gardens of Milan. From tableware to decorative accessories, the three glassware collections – Silhouette, Ecrin and Opti – have been designed respectively by Danish studio Space Copenhagen, German designer Sebastian Herkner and Turkish industrial […]

Olafur Eliasson explores complex mathematical geometries with OE Quasi Light

A dodecahedron is nestled within an icosahedron to form this pendant lamp designed by artist Olafur Eliasson for Danish lighting brand Louis Poulsen. Debuted at the Salone del Mobile in Milan last month, the OE Quasi Light is designed to combine complex mathematical geometries, with atmospheric lighting conditions. It comprises two three-dimensional shapes that slot […]

Alibaba is redesigning the world’s geography says Design Academy Eindhoven curator

The world’s biggest e-commerce company, Alibaba, is changing the infrastructure of design, manufacturing and retail around the globe, says Martina Muzi, co-curator of the Design Academy Eindhoven exhibition Geo-Design. According to Muzi, the Chinese multinational conglomerate is building new digital, social and logistical networks that are transforming the world’s geography. “Alibaba is more than just a company, or […]

Gilli Kuchik and Ran Amitai use magnesium to create extremely light Vela chair

Tel Aviv designers Gilli Kuchik and Ran Amitai have used magnesium, one of the lightest metals, to create a stacking chair that weighs just 2.5 kilograms. Unveiled by Italian furniture brand Magis during Milan design week, the Vela chair plays to the strengths of its low-density material. Whilst structurally strong and easy to work with, magnesium weighs 30 per cent less […]

Anna Karlin combines natural and manmade forms in furniture collection

New York designer Anna Karlin has blended organic shapes with machine-cut forms to create a collection of furniture and objects. Karlin‘s Subverting Domestic Familiarity collection, which was presented last month at Milan design week, includes a chaise lounge, a coffee table, a table lamp, a floor lamp, stools and chairs. The totemic Form floor lamp features […]

Miu Miu’s M/Matching Colorstool is a “board game without rules”

Italian fashion brand Miu Miu has collaborated with creative agency M/M Paris to design a stool punched with holes that users can endlessly customise with a series of coloured pegs. Sturdy and stackable, the M/Matching Colorstool is a three-legged seat made of linden wood, with 300 systematically distributed holes across its surfaces. Described as “a […]

“Recycling ultimately legitimates consumption” says Marcel Wanders as he exhibits his used plastic bottle

Dutch designer Marcel Wanders has exhibited a plastic water bottle he used for three months at an exhibition promoting recycled plastic objects in Milan. Wanders submitted the bottle, designed by Ross Lovegrove for water brand Ty Nant, for Rossana Orlandi‘s Ro Plastic Masters exhibition – part of the Milanese gallerist’s Guiltless Plastic initiative. The subversive gesture was […]

“Feminists have not understood the meaning of my work” says Gaetano Pesce after Up armchair protest

Italian designer Gaetano Pesce has accused feminist protesters of misinterpreting Up, his iconic armchair that depicts a woman as a prisoner, and defended the use of plastic in design products. Pesce, 79, spoke to Dezeen in Milan after an installation celebrating the 50th anniversary of Up was attacked by protesters. “I believe these feminists have […]

De Castelli unveils new furniture that shows how metal can have colour and texture

A set of cylindrical golden drawers and a set of geometric tables made from etched and oxidised metals are among the new products launched by Italian furniture brand De Castelli for 2019. De Castelli introduced four new metal furniture designs at the Salone del Mobile during Milan design week. They included a set of modular tables, a set of drawers, a console […]

“I make emotional things with a function” says Ini Archibong

Ini Archibong presented the second instalment of his Beyond the Heavens furniture for Sé during Milan design week. In this interview, the designer says his aim is make objects that help you “escape your mundane reality”. Archibong debuted the first half of the 22-piece collection in 2018. Designed to reference elements of both heaven and earth, it features lights that […]

Layer and Nio’s intelligent Pal scooter learns your favourite routes

Layer has teamed up with Chinese automotive company Nio to design an electric scooter that uses artificial intelligence and machine-learning technology to autonomously take you on your preferred routes. The smart scooter, called Pal, is a “near-future concept” that aims to alleviate the growing issue of congestion in cities by offering flexible and convenient last-mile travel. […]

10 up-and-coming designers and studios from this year’s Salone Satellite

Dedicated to the most promising designers under 35, the Salone Satellite show in Milan uncovers budding talent in the design industry. Design reporter Natashah Hitti has selected 10 of this year’s future stars. Yuue Berlin studio Yuue presented a collection of playful porcelain tableware inspired by Chinese puzzles at this year’s Salone Satellite. Comprised of a […]

Delta Light’s Milan showroom designed to be “laboratory of ideas”

Delta Light‘s first Italian showroom in Milan will educate visitors on architectural lighting says the Belgian lighting brand’s manager for Italy Gianluca D’Avino in this movie produced by Dezeen. The showroom based in Milan’s Tortona district opened to the public during Milan design week. D’Avino told Dezeen that along with showcasing Delta Light products, the space […]

“It’s your duty” as a designer to promote sustainability says Ross Lovegrove

Designers are responsible for improving sustainable practices across the industry, according to British designer Ross Lovegrove. Lovegrove believes it is designers, rather than brands, that need to set an example when it comes to environmental responsibility. “If you’re a known name in the design industry I think it’s your duty, I think it should be […]

Afropicks by Simon Skinner challenges perception of Swedish design

Swedish product designer Simon Skinner has created a collection of afro hair combs that explore the effect of migration on Swedish identity.  Called Afropicks, the collection of eight different combs was on show as part of the Hemma Gone Wild exhibition by Swedish Design Moves during this year’s Milan design week. Anton is a comb […]

Bethan Gray creates pearlescent furniture from discarded seashells and waste feathers

British designer Bethan Gray has teamed up with natural surface specialist Nature Squared to create a collection of iridescent furniture clad in leftover materials from the seafood and farming industries. On show at Spazio Rossana Orlandi during this year’s Milan design week, the Exploring Eden furniture collection comprises a shelving unit, lounge chairs, stools and […]

B&B Italia’s Dock modular sofa system is “a platform for life” says Piero Lissoni

Italian architect Piero Lissoni introduces his Dock modular sofa system for B&B Italia in this movie Dezeen filmed for the Italian furniture brand during Milan design week. Dock is a sofa system that can be configured with 84 different modular components, which B&B Italia launched with Lissoni at this year’s Salone Del Mobile furniture fair in Milan. B&B Italia launched the […]

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