Designing an Experience: Behind the Scenes at MIDO 2018

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                                The internet has undoubtedly made the world a smaller place, erasing distances, and assisting collaborative efforts between parties across the globe. Even so, industries with international reach like design, fashion, and technology still rely upon trade shows to allow designers, manufacturers, buyers, and even occasionally the public to congregate under one roof for valuable hands-on, in-person interactions to learn what&#8217;s on the horizon.
After attending MIDO – the world’s largest international eyewear show hosted each year in Milan, Italy – for three years in a row, we recognized an ideal opportunity to investigate the behind-the-scenes logistics, planning, and design of a trade show attended by over 1,300 exhibitors and 58,000 attendees from around the world. Though much is reported about what is on display at trade shows, rarely are the details of trade shows themselves revealed. We spoke with both Giovanni Vitaloni, the newly appointed President of MIDO, and Francesco Pagliariccio,
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10 Modern Tile Options from Coverings 2018

                                It&#8217;s been <a href="https://design-milk.com/12-favorite-tile-designs-coverings-2014/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">awhile</a> since we&#8217;ve taken in <a href="http://www.coverings.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Coverings</a> so we headed to Atlanta last week to check out everything that&#8217;s new in the tile and stone scene. And while you may just think of beige and white tiles that fill your showers, bathroom floors, and backsplashes, there&#8217;s an entire world out there of tiles in a million colors, patterns, shapes, and sizes that could easily blow your mind as well as your budget if you&#8217;re not careful. It&#8217;s impossible to share everything but we managed to narrow it down to 10 modern tile options from Coverings 2018 for you to check out.
                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/10-modern-tile-options-from-coverings-2018/coverings-2018-1-ornamenta-terrazzo/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/05/Coverings-2018-1-Ornamenta-terrazzo-810x1080.jpg" alt="10 Modern Tile Options from Coverings 2018" /></a>
                                <a href="https://www.ornamenta.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Ornamenta</a> is always a favorite as they deliver a range of beautiful basics to quirky and colorful, and everything in between. Their large slab terrazzo tile looks like one big confetti party and we like it.
Also loved Ornamenta’s Memphis-inspired 80s Bacteria tiles, by David Giulio Aquini, finished
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Our Essential Guide to NYCxDesign

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                                NYCxDesign is big. It&#8217;s growing. It&#8217;s a beast to cover with so much to do, lots to see all over the city.
We’re overwhelmed even with a team of people! So that’s why we wanted to create a handy printed map and guide for you, whether you’re a seasoned visitor, a first-timer, or somewhere in between. This curated guide to New York City’s annual celebration of design was created by our editors, who did the difficult job of hand-picking the best stuff to see and do, even creating a perfect 2-day itinerary if that’s all you’ve got. We’re dropping these all over New York City and Brooklyn over the next few weeks, so you will likely find one in a local NYC/Brooklyn design showroom, event, exhibition or hotel, but if you want a head start, you can download and print a compact copy for yourself right here. Share your adventure
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Discover a Borough of Creativity at BROOKLYN DESIGNS 2018

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/discover-borough-creativity-brooklyn-designs-2018/exterior-of-the-brooklyn-museum-brooklyn-museum-photograph-by-kolin-mendez/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/05/Brooklyn-Museum_Photo-by-Kolin-Mendez-810x540.jpg" alt="Discover a Borough of Creativity at BROOKLYN DESIGNS 2018" /></a>
                                It’s officially May which means NYCxDESIGN is just around the corner! For its 15th edition, <a href="http://bklyndesigns.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">BROOKLYN DESIGNS</a> will be kicking off the first weekend from May 11-13, 2018 with an exhibition to highlight and celebrate the borough’s creative community, presented at the Brooklyn Museum by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and co-produced with Novità Communications. There’s a lot to see for the three days of the exhibition, so here’s what you can expect:

Textiles Art Center

The show’s program includes a list of talks, presentations, and even a two-hour guided walking tour of Prospect Park to discuss the borough’s burgeoning hub of creativity. Jonathan Marvel, the founding Principal of Marvel Architects, is this year’s keynote speaker. He’ll be chatting with Paul Makovsky, the Vice President of Design at Metropolis, about the future of the Brooklyn skyline and his projects that currently line the sky. The show will also feature
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Discover a Borough of Creativity at BROOKLYN DESIGNS 2018

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/discover-borough-creativity-brooklyn-designs-2018/exterior-of-the-brooklyn-museum-brooklyn-museum-photograph-by-kolin-mendez/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/05/Brooklyn-Museum_Photo-by-Kolin-Mendez-810x540.jpg" alt="Discover a Borough of Creativity at BROOKLYN DESIGNS 2018" /></a>
                                It’s officially May which means NYCxDESIGN is just around the corner! For its 15th edition, <a href="http://bklyndesigns.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">BROOKLYN DESIGNS</a> will be kicking off the first weekend from May 11-13, 2018 with an exhibition to highlight and celebrate the borough’s creative community, presented at the Brooklyn Museum by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and co-produced with Novità Communications. There’s a lot to see for the three days of the exhibition, so here’s what you can expect:

Textiles Art Center

The show’s program includes a list of talks, presentations, and even a two-hour guided walking tour of Prospect Park to discuss the borough’s burgeoning hub of creativity. Jonathan Marvel, the founding Principal of Marvel Architects, is this year’s keynote speaker. He’ll be chatting with Paul Makovsky, the Vice President of Design at Metropolis, about the future of the Brooklyn skyline and his projects that currently line the sky. The show will also feature
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Milan Design Week 2018: Wellness & Wonder at Wallpaper* Handmade

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/milan-design-week-2018-wellness-wonder-wallpaperhandmade/design_milk_wallpaper_handmade_10-2/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/04/Design_Milk_Wallpaper_Handmade_10-810x810.jpg" alt="Milan Design Week 2018: Wellness &#038; Wonder at Wallpaper* Handmade" /></a>
                                Embracing the trend for wellness that is sweeping the design industry, <a href="https://www.wallpaper.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Wallpaper* Handmade&#8217;s</a> theme for their annual Milan showcase of craft and making was <a href="https://www.wallpaper.com/design/wallpaper-handmade-at-mediateca-salone-del-mobile-2018"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Wellness &amp; Wonder</a> with designers briefed to create &#8216;restorative treats&#8217; that were &#8216;dedicated to balancing the beauty without and within&#8217; for exhausted visitors to Milan Design Week. The exhibition was housed within Mediateca Santa Teresa on via della Moscova in the city&#8217;s Brera district.
Australian designer David Caon created Ceremony, a reinterpretation of the traditional Japanese tea ritual accoutrements, comprising two woven recycled PET plastic rugs (with aluminum support) by Christopher Farr and a mirrored table with an interior compartment to hold ice, drinks or snacks. British design studio Pinch created a tranquil space at the back of the exhibition showcasing a wide range of products and furniture. The Sunrise Mirror by Istanbul-based design studio 15 West and Dutch furniture makers Ghyczy creates a fractured reflection to
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Milan Design Week 2018: Ventura Future

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                                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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What We’re Looking Forward to at Clerkenwell Design Week

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                                Bigger, better and with more design than ever, the ninth edition of <a href="https://www.clerkenwelldesignweek.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Clerkenwell Design Week</a> opens its doors from May 22-24, 2018. London’s leading design district will be buzzing with hundreds of design-led fringe events, showroom presentations, workshops, talks and installations over the three days of the festival.
Clerkenwell Design Week is free to attend, you just need to register here. Here’s what we’re looking forward to… Did you know that the ecological footprint of a cotton tote bag is 327x worse than a plastic bag? If you have any totes that are going unused, give them a second life at the Print Club London #YourToteCounts installation where you can customize your totes designed by students of the Chelsea College of Art, with proceeds from an optional donation going towards Maggie’s, the official CDW charity partner. Modern design pays homage to olden times. The Royal Approval installation created by Kinetech
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What We’re Looking Forward to at Clerkenwell Design Week

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                                Bigger, better and with more design than ever, the ninth edition of <a href="https://www.clerkenwelldesignweek.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Clerkenwell Design Week</a> opens its doors from May 22-24, 2018. London’s leading design district will be buzzing with hundreds of design-led fringe events, showroom presentations, workshops, talks and installations over the three days of the festival.
Clerkenwell Design Week is free to attend, you just need to register here. Here’s what we’re looking forward to… Did you know that the ecological footprint of a cotton tote bag is 327x worse than a plastic bag? If you have any totes that are going unused, give them a second life at the Print Club London #YourToteCounts installation where you can customize your totes designed by students of the Chelsea College of Art, with proceeds from an optional donation going towards Maggie’s, the official CDW charity partner. Modern design pays homage to olden times. The Royal Approval installation created by Kinetech
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Milan Design Week 2018: Mutant Matter

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/milan-design-week-2018-mutant-matter/design_milk_franklintill_dutch_invertuals_01/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/04/Design_Milk_FranklinTill_Dutch_Invertuals_01-810x810.jpg" alt="Milan Design Week 2018: Mutant Matter" /></a>
                                British futures agency <a href="http://www.franklintill.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">FranklinTill</a> and experimental Dutch design collective <a href="http://www.dutchinvertuals.nl/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Dutch Invertuals</a> teamed up to create <a href="http://www.dutchinvertuals.nl/exhibitions/mutant-matter/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Mutant Matter</a>, an exhibition exploring the future material potential of waste streams – driven by the understanding that we have entered the era of the &#8216;Antropocene&#8217; when human-made materials and processes have become irreversibly intertwined with those from the natural world. &#8220;Geologically speaking, the fruits of the Anthropocene are yet to be witnessed,&#8221; says Caroline Till. &#8220;However, the acceleration of human industry has already made permanent changes to the planet, to the point that artificial geological phenomena are being documented worldwide. As a result, designers are beginning to consider not only the complications caused by these vast ecological changes but also the potential.&#8221;
Ten designers presented concepts that ranged from new materials and re-evaluations of old ones to experiments with recycled objects and repurposed waste streams and entirely new ways of making and
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Milan Design Week 2018: Mutant Matter

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/milan-design-week-2018-mutant-matter/design_milk_franklintill_dutch_invertuals_01/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/04/Design_Milk_FranklinTill_Dutch_Invertuals_01-810x810.jpg" alt="Milan Design Week 2018: Mutant Matter" /></a>
                                British futures agency <a href="http://www.franklintill.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">FranklinTill</a> and experimental Dutch design collective <a href="http://www.dutchinvertuals.nl/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Dutch Invertuals</a> teamed up to create <a href="http://www.dutchinvertuals.nl/exhibitions/mutant-matter/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Mutant Matter</a>, an exhibition exploring the future material potential of waste streams – driven by the understanding that we have entered the era of the &#8216;Antropocene&#8217; when human-made materials and processes have become irreversibly intertwined with those from the natural world. &#8220;Geologically speaking, the fruits of the Anthropocene are yet to be witnessed,&#8221; says Caroline Till. &#8220;However, the acceleration of human industry has already made permanent changes to the planet, to the point that artificial geological phenomena are being documented worldwide. As a result, designers are beginning to consider not only the complications caused by these vast ecological changes but also the potential.&#8221;
Ten designers presented concepts that ranged from new materials and re-evaluations of old ones to experiments with recycled objects and repurposed waste streams and entirely new ways of making and
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Milan Design Week 2018: Mindful Danish Craft at MINDCRAFT18

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/milan-design-week-2018-mindful-danish-craft/mindcraft18_exhibition_05/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/04/MINDCRAFT18_exhibition_05-810x810.jpg" alt="Milan Design Week 2018: Mindful Danish Craft at MINDCRAFT18" /></a>
                                In a shaded courtyard in a corner of Milan, a gentle breeze and quiet music welcomed the weary <a href="https://design-milk.com/tag/milan-design-week/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">Milan Design Week</a> visitor to stop for a while, recharge and take in some Danish craft. The exhibition was entitled <a href="http://www.mindcraftexhibition.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">MINDCRAFT18</a>. &#8220;The Danish crafts and design scene is very strong right now,&#8221; says curator Ditte Hammerstrøm. &#8220;The participants I have selected are among the very best in their field and able to produce site-specific works for the exhibition venue. They all employ an experimental process and take a unique approach to their materials. As a group, they represent the high level of diversity, innovation and quality that characterizes Danish crafts and design.&#8221;
‘Sakyu’ (Japanese for ‘sand dune’) is a pine bench shaped by a CNC (computer numerically controlled) milling machine and hand-finished with Japanese planers and scrapers. “The wavy pattern is based on sine curves, which can be calculated mathematically and
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Celebrate Design at the 30th Edition of ICFF!

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/celebrate-design-at-the-30th-edition-of-icff/icff-2018-052117_jbascom_2t0a0308/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/04/ICFF-2018-052117_JBascom_2T0A0308-810x540.jpg" alt="Celebrate Design at the 30th Edition of ICFF!" /></a>
                                There is less than one month to go before the <a href="http://www.icff.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF)</a> officially opens the doors to the largest design show of the year! We are pretty excited to say the least—we&#8217;re bringing the <a href="https://design-milk.com/tag/milk-stand/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">Milk Stand</a> again!
ICFF NYC 2018 is the place to be to see the latest and greatest in upcoming contemporary design—if you’re going to any design event, you want this one to be at the top of your list. The international design trade event is housing a whopping 900+ exhibitors from all over the world this year at the Javits Convention Center in NYC to showcase their newest collections. Register to attend today at no cost. Here’s a sneak peek of the International design you can expect to see this year…

Astek | Booth #2026

Using the ancient Japanese marbling process of suminagashi, Ukiyo is a contemporary take on the floating ink technique.
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Best of Dwell on Design and the LA Design Trail 2018

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                                This past weekend, the sun decided to come out in Los Angeles during this year&#8217;s <a href="https://www.dwellondesign.com/en/home.html" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Dwell on Design</a> show. We walked the floor and the city on the #LAdesigntrail to discover new design and chat with the city&#8217;s local makers and artisans. Here are some of our favorite moments&#8230;
How cool would this table by Swing Tables be in a backyard space? They’re made in New York and break down for easy assembly and re-assembly. Since we love discovering new ways to travel, it was fun to check out all the bells and whistles of a Happier Camper in person and now we want one to take on the road ourselves. Since design is also changing the workplace, we thought these smartblock cubes would be great in open workspaces which more and more offices are incorporating these days. Our favorite room for the Design Box Challenge 2018 was
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A Look Behind 3 Dining By Design 2018 Vignettes Benefitting DIFFA

                                This month&#8217;s <a href="https://design-milk.com/column/deconstruction/"  rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">Deconstruction</a> goes a different route as we&#8217;re taking a closer look at three vignettes from this year&#8217;s <a href="https://diffa.org/dining-by-design/"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Dining By Design</a>, a yearly event held by <a href="https://diffa.org/"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">DIFFA</a> (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS), where local and international designers are invited to transform an empty space into a striking dining environment. These vignettes, all housed next to the Architectural Digest Design Show at Pier 92 in New York City, are the backdrop for five days of events and fundraising to help DIFFA raise money for fighting HIV and AIDS. While there were many dining vignettes at the event, we can&#8217;t feature all the designers so we selected three, including Rapt Studio, the Rockwell Group with The Rug Company, and Franke with Marc Thorpe Design. Take a look.
                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/a-look-behind-3-dining-by-design-2018-vignettes-benefitting-diffa/decon-diffa-dbd-1-rapt/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/04/Decon-DIFFA-DBD-1-Rapt-810x792.jpg" alt="A Look Behind 3 Dining By Design 2018 Vignettes Benefitting DIFFA" /></a>
                                <h1>Rapt Studio</h1>
2018 marks Rapt Studio’s first year participating in Dining By Design and their focus is on something we’re probably all lacking
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Introducing the 2018 LA Design Trail

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                                We are thrilled to announce the launch of the <a href="https://www.dwellondesign.com/en/LAdesigntrail.html"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">LA Design Trail</a>, a collaboration between Design Milk and <a href="http://modenus.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Modenus</a>, powered by <a href="https://www.dwellondesign.com/en/LAdesigntrail.html"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Dwell on Design</a>.
This year, the trail will include shops, showrooms and studios in the areas around Melrose Ave and La Cienega Blvd as well as Downtown LA and East LA and run from April 5-7th. The Participating businesses will be listed in a specially-designed digital and printed map and locations will be collecting visitor information for an opportunity to win a trip to the Interior Design Show (IDS) in Vancouver, Canada in September 2018. Further expansion for 2019 is planned for a powerful event that connects the vast offering of design resources in and around LA. Follow along this weekend with hashtags #designtrail #dodla18. Visit dwellondesign.com for more information.
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WantedDesign’s Launch Pad 2018 Participants + Vote For Your Favorite

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/wanteddesigns-launch-pad-2018-participants-vote-for-your-favorite/launchpad-2017-judging/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/03/Launchpad-2017-judging-810x507.jpg" alt="WantedDesign’s Launch Pad 2018 Participants + Vote For Your Favorite" /></a>
                                We are excited to sponsor <a href="https://www.wanteddesignnyc.com/wd2018/manhattan/launch-pad/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">WantedDesign&#8217;s Launch Pad</a> at <a href="http://www.wanteddesignnyc.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">WantedDesign Manhattan</a> in May 2018 alongside <a href="http://www.dwr.com/"  rel="external noopener noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Design Within Reach</a>. This year, we will once again award TWO winners: one in furniture/accessories and one in lighting. See the list of 40+ designers <a href="https://design-milk.com/announcing-wanteddesigns-launch-pad-2017-participants/" data-wpel-link="internal">here</a>.
The Launch Pad is a place to showcase emerging design talent in the fields of furniture, decor and lighting. Launch Pad designers bring their best new designs and prototypes and a jury of industry professionals review the presentations and award the best. The Launch Pad is the perfect way for up-and-coming designers and small design brands seeking manufacturing and distribution partners to participate in NYCxDESIGN. The 2018 participants that have already been announced and voting is also now open. VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE HERE Furniture/Accessories:

Ernesto Pastore

Kelly Harris Smith

Soft Geometry (Mitre Bowties)

PHAEDO

Kaiwen Zhao

Eliseo Quintanilla

Studio Brana

Filipe Ramos Design

Studio Maiju Uski

PORTHOZ

A DesignMarch Recap + Five Icelandic Designers on Our Radar

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/designmarch-recap-five-icelandic-designers-radar/iceland-harpa-concert-hall/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/03/iceland-harpa-concert-hall-810x1080.jpg" alt="A DesignMarch Recap + Five Icelandic Designers on Our Radar" /></a>
                                Earlier this month we traveled to Reykjavik, Iceland to celebrate <a href="https://designmarch.is/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">DesignMarch’s 10th anniversary</a> and check out the latest and greatest on the Icelandic design scene. During these festival days, the entire city of Reykjavik was alive with excitement and pride as everyone (including the mayor of Iceland and Björk herself – true story!) traveled the design circuit to explore exhibitions, installations and showrooms. We came, we saw, we soaked. Here&#8217;s a recap of our favorite moments:
During DesignTalk, we listened to Dr. Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg who just finished her PhD and wrote her entire thesis about the idea of better. She asks: “What is better? Whose better? And who gets to decide?” At a time when designers and companies are striving to innovate for the better, create for a better future, and better today’s environmental issues, she encourages the design community to dig deep and question whether a
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