Milan Design Week 2018: Ventura Future

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/milan-design-week-2018-future-ventura-futura/design_milk_ventura_futura_08/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/04/Design_Milk_Ventura_Futura_08-810x810.jpg" alt="Milan Design Week 2018: Ventura Future" /></a>
                                Design Milk favorite Ventura Lambrate is no more, and this year <a href="http://www.venturaprojects.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Ventura Projects&#8217;</a> exhibitions were split across four locations, three of which made up <a href="http://www.venturaprojects.com/ventura-future-2018"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Ventura Future</a>, which we set out to explore – here are some of our favorite finds&#8230;
Triangoli is a collection of vases and vessels by Beirut-based designer david/nicolas for Editions Milano – handmade in Italy from blocks of different types of marble to create different colorways and effects. They were inspired by majestic crowns, making them at once serious and playful. On the subject of ‘playful,’ Andrea Maestri’s Ladies and Gentlemen collection is inspired by ‘the bizarre, colorful, hyper decorative world of funfairs and circus.’ This mirror is no exception and is sure to put a spring in your step before you leave the house in the morning. In response to the continuing trend for houseplants ‘Growing plants indoors’ by Dutch design workshop REM
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Milan Design Week 2018: Ventura Future

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/milan-design-week-2018-future-ventura-futura/design_milk_ventura_futura_08/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/04/Design_Milk_Ventura_Futura_08-810x810.jpg" alt="Milan Design Week 2018: Ventura Future" /></a>
                                Design Milk favorite Ventura Lambrate is no more, and this year <a href="http://www.venturaprojects.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Ventura Projects&#8217;</a> exhibitions were split across four locations, three of which made up <a href="http://www.venturaprojects.com/ventura-future-2018"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Ventura Future</a>, which we set out to explore – here are some of our favorite finds&#8230;
Triangoli is a collection of vases and vessels by Beirut-based designer david/nicolas for Editions Milano – handmade in Italy from blocks of different types of marble to create different colorways and effects. They were inspired by majestic crowns, making them at once serious and playful. On the subject of ‘playful,’ Andrea Maestri’s Ladies and Gentlemen collection is inspired by ‘the bizarre, colorful, hyper decorative world of funfairs and circus.’ This mirror is no exception and is sure to put a spring in your step before you leave the house in the morning. In response to the continuing trend for houseplants ‘Growing plants indoors’ by Dutch design workshop REM
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Swedish Design Brand Hem Launches New Products at Milan Pop-Up

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/swedish-design-brand-hem-launches-new-products-milan-pop/design_milk_hem_06-2/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/02/Design_Milk_Hem_06-810x810.jpg" alt="Swedish Design Brand Hem Launches New Products at Milan Pop-Up" /></a>
                                Stockholm-based online retailer <a href="https://www.hem.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Hem</a> is showcasing new product launches such as the Kumo Sofa by Norwegian studio Anderssen &amp; Voll and the Stripe Tufted Rug by modernist fashion designer Arthur Arbesser, alongside a curated selection of the brand’s existing furniture and housewares by designers such as Luca Nichetto and Arthur Arbesser – at Milan pop-up &#8216;Hem Brera Atelier&#8217; (Via Statuto, 8, 20121). &#8220;As a design company founded on the principle of collaboration, we are thrilled to return to Milan with a temporary atelier introducing our latest line-up of designs,&#8221; says CEO and founder of Hem, Petrus Palmér.
Design Milk was in Stockholm in February for a sneak preview of the modular Kumo – Japanese for ‘cloud’ – Sofa. The modular system was designed for efficient shipping (Hem offers free delivery to 34 countries worldwide) by Norwegian design duo Anderssen & Voll. Built around a single module, the Kumo can be
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SFF18: Kasthall Launches the New, Celebrates the Old, and Embraces the Different

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/sff18-kasthall-launches-new-celebrates-old-embraces-different/design_milk_kasthall_07/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/02/Design_Milk_Kasthall_07-810x810.jpg" alt="SFF18: Kasthall Launches the New, Celebrates the Old, and Embraces the Different" /></a>
                                Swedish rug brand <a href="http://www.kasthall.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Kasthall</a> launched four new rugs for Stockholm Design Week, won an award for an existing rug and collaborated with <a href="http://www.stellarworks.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Stella Works</a> for a showroom display. &#8220;We are slowly adding new carpets into the grand collection of Kasthall,&#8221; says creative design advisor and co-founder of <a href="http://www.claessonkoivistorune.se/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Claesson Koivisto Rune</a>, Ola Rune. &#8220;We are trying to lead the trends, find new techniques and make new yarns. I think if we do that we will continue to have a legacy.&#8221;
All four new rugs were designed by Central Saint Martin’s graduate and in-house designer Maja Johansson Starander. The first, Freyja, is hand tufted with a chunky wool which is felted and twisted into its final curly form. “Freyja is a textile interpretation of moss and lichen, of stone, soil and mineral,” says a statement from the brand. The tufted loops are left uncut at different heights to create an uneven surface,
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Stockholm Furniture Fair 2018 Shows Progress at Greenhouse

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/stockholm-furniture-fair-2018-shows-progress-greenhouse/design_milk_greenhouse_10/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/02/Design_Milk_Greenhouse_10-810x810.jpg" alt="Stockholm Furniture Fair 2018 Shows Progress at Greenhouse" /></a>
                                With the strapline &#8220;showing progress&#8221; 2018&#8217;s <a href="http://www.stockholmfurniturelightfair.se/greenhouse?sc_lang=en"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Greenhouse</a> – the <a href="http://www.stockholmfurniturelightfair.se/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Stockholm Furniture Fair&#8217;s</a> showcase of emerging talent – was as strong as ever. &#8220;Greenhouse aims to serve as a springboard for unestablished designers and a platform where exhibitors can reach new audiences and share their visions and dreams,&#8221; said a statement from the show. 27 design schools and 37 independent designers and studios were selected from hundreds of applications by a jury comprising designer <a href="http://jensfager.se/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Jens Fager,</a> interior architect <a href="http://sebton.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Anya Sebton</a>, architect <a href="http://www.white.se/employee/monica-von-schmalensee/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Monica von Schmalensee</a> and designer <a href="http://www.formuswithlove.se/people/john-lofgren/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">John Löfgren</a>.
Let Go by University of Bergen student Imkeliene Boersma will only work when two smartphones are inserted into the slots in its base, encouraging people to put the technology down and really engage with one another. In the meantime, the lamp charges the cell phones, so both parties can get back online as soon as they’ve finished their ‘IRL’ conversation. The lamp
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New Launches and Collaborations – Highlights from the Stockholm Furniture Fair 2018

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/new-launches-collaborations-highlights-stockholm-furniture-fair/design_milk_stockholm_furniture_fair_07/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/02/Design_Milk_Stockholm_Furniture_Fair_07-810x810.jpg" alt="New Launches and Collaborations – Highlights from the Stockholm Furniture Fair 2018" /></a>
                                In 2017, over 40,000 people visited <a href="http://www.stockholmfurniturelightfair.se/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Stockholm Furniture Fair</a> from more than 60 different countries. The numbers for 2018&#8217;s show are not in yet, but it felt bigger and better than ever before with Guest of Honor Paola Navone. &#8220;Paola Navone is one of today&#8217;s most interesting and outstanding designers,&#8221; says Cecilia Nyberg, the show&#8217;s project area manager. &#8220;We admire her creativity and eclectic aesthetic, as well as the amazing breadth of her output. Whatever she chooses to do, she always manages to create a unique atmosphere.&#8221; And her installation (above) was indeed a riot of color and curiosities.
Swedish brand Voice launched A New Standard overseen by their designer and creative consultant Mattias Stenberg who says he wanted to create “the fundamentals of the modern home.” Agda by Swedish design studio Front for Ire Mobel employs classic materials, but by exposing the weaved textile straps and metal
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What to Look for When Shopping for Accessories

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A few tips can make shopping for accessories much easier. Image: Studio Duggan Ltd.

If you’ve been an interior design aficianado for any length of time, you know that including the right accessories can make or break a room. However, beyond giving that initial piece of advice, most design sites are vague in terms of how to find the decorative items that will complete your design. That confusion stops here. If you’ve been wondering how to find decorative items that work, you’re in luck. We developed a guide on shopping for accessories. Use our tips to help gain clarity before your next spending spree. That way, you can be sure you’re purchasing pieces that take your design to the next level.
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Many décor elements can be considered accessories. Image: Arkee Creative

Know your options

Before you can start shopping for accessories, it’s helpful to know what to look for. In
Statement piece
vary sizing
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From an Orphan Saucer to a Thriving Business – Richard Brendon Reflects

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/orphan-saucer-thriving-business-richard-brendon-reflects/richard_brendon_design_milk_fi-2/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2017/11/Richard_Brendon_Design_Milk_FI-1-810x810.jpg" alt="From an Orphan Saucer to a Thriving Business – Richard Brendon Reflects" /></a>
                                British designer <a href="https://richardbrendon.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Richard Brendon&#8217;s</a> career started with a beautifully simple idea to solve the problem of the &#8216;orphan saucers&#8217; he saw for sale at Notting Hill&#8217;s <a href="http://www.portobelloroad.co.uk/the-market/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Portobello Road Market</a> after their matching teacups had been lost or broken. &#8216;I noticed that many of the antiques dealers had piles and piles of tea saucers, some of them really spectacular, and I felt it was such a shame that they were sitting there; unused and irrelevant,&#8217; he says. &#8216;I spent a long time coming back to the idea of these ‘orphan’ saucers and finally had the idea of pairing them with reflective cup – the design is reflected back and the saucer is brought back to life.&#8217; This simple idea formed Richard&#8217;s Reflect Collection launched at his graduate show and one of the brand&#8217;s most popular collections to this day.
Richard’s interest in ceramics began at an early age. ‘My mother
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Best Style + Fashion Posts of 2017

                                In 2017, Design Milk covered everything when it came to Style + Fashion – including wearable devices, architectural jewelry, geometric games, and eyeglasses made from sheet metal. Want to see which post from this category got the most love this year? Read on to find out&#8230;
                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/best-style-fashion-posts-of-2017/ces2017_motiv-ring-011111/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2017/12/CES2017_motiv-ring-011111-810x556.jpg" alt="Best Style + Fashion Posts of 2017" /></a>
                                10. <a href="https://design-milk.com/ces-2017-motiv-activity-tracker-ring/"  rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">CES 2017: The Titanium-Encased Motiv Activity Tracker Ring</a><br />
This lightweight, waterproof titanium ring keeps tabs on the wearer’s daily activity, heart rate, and quality of sleep for up to 5 days per charge.
  1. Contemporary Jewelry Designed by an Architect
    Architect Ayça Ozbank merged her love of urban cities and jewelry to create Mara Paris, sculptural jewelry that’s wearable.
  1. The Essential Travel Shoe: Allbirds Wool Loungers
    The cozy Wool Lounger from Allbirds combines the comfort and softness of a slipper with the style of a trendy, slip-on shoe.
  1. Jiwoong Jung’s “Hidden Time” Watch Is a Minimalist Magic Act By the Hour
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Kirsty Whyte and Paul Tanner Create Timepieces in Their Spare Time as Freedom to Exist

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/kirsty-whyte-paul-tanner-create-timepieces-spare-time/design_milk_freedom_to_exist_fi_0/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/11/Design_Milk_Freedom_to_Exist_FI_0-810x810.gif" alt="Kirsty Whyte and Paul Tanner Create Timepieces in Their Spare Time as Freedom to Exist" /></a>
                                London-based product designers <a href="https://www.kirstywhyte.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Kirsty Whyte</a> and <a href="https://www.mrpaultanner.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Paul Tanner</a> designed their first timepiece after Kirsty couldn&#8217;t find a watch small enough for her delicate wrists – or at least one that wasn&#8217;t covered in branding or diamontes. They had spotted a gap in the market: between fashion-driven overtly feminine watches and masculine, hyper-connected digital watches, there was space for something classic, understated and quiet – and <a href="https://www.freedomtoexist.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Freedom to Exist</a> was born. &#8216;We wanted a little space away from the overwhelming noise of branding and technology,&#8217; says Kirsty. &#8216;We believe freedom is the freedom to choose, to fall in love, to wear what you want, how you want to. It is the Freedom To Exist.&#8217;
The first Freedom to Exist watch was the 30 Edition, named after its 30mm case – the watch Kirsty was looking for but couldn’t find. ‘While we were on the hunt for a watch for me,
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