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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Catching Up with Designer Maarten Baas

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/catching-up-with-designer-maarten-baas/interview-maarten-baas-1-credits-kenton-thatcher/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/05/Interview-Maarten-Baas-1-credits-Kenton-Thatcher-810x671.jpg" alt="Catching Up with Designer Maarten Baas" /></a>
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He is known as one of the most influential designers of our time and while Maarten Baas (1979) is an Eindhoven Design Academy graduate, his designs constantly tip the scale in favor of art. Exploring the conflicts between the two disciplines, his work is a little rebellious yet always playful. For his graduation project titled ‘Smoke’, in an attempt to answer the question ‘what is beauty?’, he took a blowtorch to second hand furniture, scorching the edges and slightly changing their appearance. His burnt furniture series became an instant success that both helped and cursed him. With all eyes of the design community watching his every move, Baas continued to make authentic designs that have an element of surprise and familiarity at the same time. Design Milk met with Maarten Baas in Milan this past April during Salone del Mobile, where designers from all over
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An Interview With Greg Warner of Walker Warner Architects

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/interview-greg-warner-walker-warner-architects/walker_warner_philpotts-kalihiwai_ranch-0905/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/04/Walker_Warner_Philpotts-Kalihiwai_Ranch-0905-810x539.jpg" alt="An Interview With Greg Warner of Walker Warner Architects" /></a>
                                Writer Eckhart Tolle once professed, &#8220;<em>Memories are thoughts that arise. They&#8217;re not realities</em>&#8220;, an observation intended to demystify the stifling hold a past may have in shaping the future. Yet, in reviewing the breadth of Hawaii-born architect <a href="https://www.walkerwarner.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Greg Warner&#8217;s</a> work, one recognizes the possibilities of utilizing memory – whether personal, collective, or historical – positively, as a tool transporting solutions awaiting <em>re</em>discovery. In a profession often demanding the erasure of the past, Walker Warner&#8217;s designs across Hawaii express a profound respect for the pre-existing in relation to the imagined future, a contextual designer whose utilization of remembrance of land, people, architecture, and lifestyle has resulted in some of the finest modern residences across the Hawaiian islands.

Kalihiwai Pavilion. Kauai, Hawaii. 

In speaking with Warner, one gets the impression the architect has discovered an agreeable balance between dreaming and doing. His thoughtful observations arrive as naturally and
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An Interview With Greg Warner of Walker Warner Architects

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                                Writer Eckhart Tolle once professed, &#8220;<em>Memories are thoughts that arise. They&#8217;re not realities</em>&#8220;, an observation intended to demystify the stifling hold a past may have in shaping the future. Yet, in reviewing the breadth of Hawaii-born architect <a href="https://www.walkerwarner.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Greg Warner&#8217;s</a> work, one recognizes the possibilities of utilizing memory – whether personal, collective, or historical – positively, as a tool transporting solutions awaiting <em>re</em>discovery. In a profession often demanding the erasure of the past, Walker Warner&#8217;s designs across Hawaii express a profound respect for the pre-existing in relation to the imagined future, a contextual designer whose utilization of remembrance of land, people, architecture, and lifestyle has resulted in some of the finest modern residences across the Hawaiian islands.

Kalihiwai Pavilion. Kauai, Hawaii. 

In speaking with Warner, one gets the impression the architect has discovered an agreeable balance between dreaming and doing. His thoughtful observations arrive as naturally and
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An Interview With Greg Warner of Walker Warner Architects

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/interview-greg-warner-walker-warner-architects/walker_warner_philpotts-kalihiwai_ranch-0905/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/04/Walker_Warner_Philpotts-Kalihiwai_Ranch-0905-810x539.jpg" alt="An Interview With Greg Warner of Walker Warner Architects" /></a>
                                Writer Eckhart Tolle once professed, &#8220;<em>Memories are thoughts that arise. They&#8217;re not realities</em>&#8220;, an observation intended to demystify the stifling hold a past may have in shaping the future. Yet, in reviewing the breadth of Hawaii-born architect <a href="https://www.walkerwarner.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Greg Warner&#8217;s</a> work, one recognizes the possibilities of utilizing memory – whether personal, collective, or historical – positively, as a tool transporting solutions awaiting <em>re</em>discovery. In a profession often demanding the erasure of the past, Walker Warner&#8217;s designs across Hawaii express a profound respect for the pre-existing in relation to the imagined future, a contextual designer whose utilization of remembrance of land, people, architecture, and lifestyle has resulted in some of the finest modern residences across the Hawaiian islands.

Kalihiwai Pavilion. Kauai, Hawaii. 

In speaking with Warner, one gets the impression the architect has discovered an agreeable balance between dreaming and doing. His thoughtful observations arrive as naturally and
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Interview with Danish Designer Sebastian Holmbäck

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                                <a href="http://sebastianholmback.dk/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Sebastian Holmbäck</a> is an industrial, product and lighting designer, based in the Danish capital Copenhagen. He enjoys a good challenge, tries to inject emotion into everything he makes and really just wants a year off – Design Milk caught up with him to find out more&#8230;
What’s the most important thing to know about you? Haha, good question! I think I’d prefer to let others be the judge of that. Tell me about your childhood – what’s your earliest memory of doing something creative? Drawing – I’ve always done it, just doodling away, and still do. It’s a wonderful feeling to just let go and see what streams from your unconsciousness onto the paper. What did you study? I studied design in Copenhagen and wasn’t really happy with my school, but we were a bunch of guys having a good time creating our own space. That was really rewarding, and
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Interview with Danish Model Turned Designer Emil Thorup

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/interview-danish-model-turned-designer-emil-thorup/design_milk_emil_thorup_07/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2017/09/Design_Milk_Emil_Thorup_07-810x810.jpg" alt="Interview with Danish Model Turned Designer Emil Thorup" /></a>
                                The phenomenon of &#8220;model turned actor&#8221; is so prevalent, it has its own acronym: MTA. Less common is the route from modeling into furniture design, but that&#8217;s the path Danish model and TV host <a href="http://emilthorup.dk/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Emil Thorup</a> has taken – one that has led him not only into designing furniture but also into architecture, interior design and art sales. Design Milk caught up with him to find out more&#8230;
What’s the most important thing to know about you? Not the most important thing, but the most peculiar thing is probably that I used to be a fairly successful TV host, and spent my days experimenting on my own body in the interest of the common man. I worked on the biggest network we have, which is the public broadcasting network – and amongst other things, I ‘gave birth’ and had a nipple pierced. Have you always been interested in design? Yes,
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German-Finnish Designer Pia Wüstenburg Is Seeking Solitude for a Life and Work with Contrast

                                <em>In the latest of our monthly series profiling designers based in the UK and Europe, our editor at large <a href="http://www.katietreggiden.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Katie Treggiden</a> talks to North German-based designer <a href="http://www.piadesign.eu/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Pia Wüstenberg</a>.</em>
                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/german-finnish-designer-pia-wustenburg-seeking-solitude-life-work-contrast/design_milk_utopia_and_utility_11/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/03/Design_Milk_Utopia_And_Utility_11-810x810.jpg" alt="German-Finnish Designer Pia Wüstenburg Is Seeking Solitude for a Life and Work with Contrast" /></a>
                                <a href="http://www.piadesign.eu/"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Pia Wüstenberg</a> was born in Germany to a Finnish mother and German father, studied in the UK and has lived and worked in Finland and Germany as an adult. Today, her rural studio in North Germany enables her to draw on all those cultural influences to create nuanced work that is suggestive of all three.
“I grew up in Germany, but my Mum was in love with her home country, and still is today, so we were frequently packed up and carted off to Finland” she says. “My childhood was strongly influenced by a feeling of ‘Heimweh’ [a German word for ‘unaccountable homesickness’] – regardless of where I was, I missed the other home. I grew up acutely aware of the differences
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The Differences That Keep Eley Kishimoto Together

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                                From a chance meeting during a New York internship to collaborations with everybody from Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs and Alexander McQueen to BMW motorbikes, Eastpak bags and Duvel beer, Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto have been &#8216;printing the world&#8217; together since the 1990s as <a href="http://www.eleykishimoto.com/"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Eley Kishimoto</a>.
“I went to New York on my internship year and that was where I meet Wakako, who was there interning at the same time,” says Mark. “This of course had the biggest impact on my life direction and the work we have produced together ever since.” In 2014, British newspaper The Guardian described them thus: “Mark Eley is Welsh and emotional; Wakako Kishimoto is Japanese and shy,” and it’s their differences that Mark credits with their success. “We are different in many ways – culturally, socially – but it is these attributes that have kept us together creatively for over 25 years.”
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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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Los Angeles Artist RETNA Waxes Poetic About His Public Art Installation For the New RH West Palm

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                                <em>Special report by Jesse Bratter.</em>
It’s an idyllic oasis in the heart of West Palm Beach: Lushly landscaped gardens rich with Medjool date palms; Moroccan-tile fountains signaling the Barista Bar, where the handcrafted donuts are as much of a pick-me-up as the coffee; a sun-drenched Rooftop Restaurant filled with verdant olive trees and ingredient-driven fare; and French-marble and Belgian-blue-limestone floors traveling through the intimate loggias of the ever-so-European Wine Vault. And we haven’t even gotten to the furniture yet. Because it is, after all, a furniture store—the new RH West Palm, The Gallery at CityPlace to be exact. And there are four floors and 80,000 square feet showing the breadth of RH’s collection to prove it, from RH Interiors to RH Modern, Outdoor, Baby & Child, TEEN, and RH’s interior design services and hospitality offerings.

SONNEMAN – A Way of Light for Restoration Hardware

While you wait for your table
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An Exploration of Luxury With Lexus Interior Designer Junko Itou

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                                How does a brand continue redefining a distinct expression of luxury in an era of continual commodification, marketing, and globalization? Materials? Aesthetics? Technology? The answer: all of the above. Exclusivity and accessibility are no longer solely linear, and luxury brands must carefully weave an imaginative helix that looks beyond mere iteration. Nowhere is this more evident than in the luxury automotive segment where functional design must also wear evidence of thoughtful craft and exceptional materiality.
Design Milk recently interviewed Lexus interior designer Junko Itou, exploring her part in shaping the recently launched flagship LS sedan’s sumptious detailing, alongside a discussion about tent poles of the Lexus design culture in pursuit of delivering modern luxury.

Lexus interior designer Junko Itou explains how each material choice becomes a statement and representation of the brand’s commitment to omotenashi, the Japanese “spirit of hospitality”.

Accompanied by a small collection of both raw and finished materials, Itou walked
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Time, Place and Culture: An Interview with Dean Sakamoto on the Work of Vladimir Ossipoff, part 2


[University of Hawaii, photo by Victoria Sambunaris] Last winter, BUILD met with architect Dean Sakamoto on Oahu to talk about the late Hawaiian modernist architect Vladimir Ossipoff (1907-1998). Sakamoto operates an architecture practice in Honolulu and guest curated the 2007–2008 exhibit Hawaiian Modern: The Architecture of Vladimir Ossipoff at the Honolulu Museum of Art. Sakamoto is widely recognized as the world’s leading expert on Ossipoff, known as the master of Hawaiian architecture within the postwar phenomenon of tropical modernism. We talked about the challenges of getting to know Ossipoff’s work, the architect’s life, and his design response to the Hawaiian environment. Check out part 1 of the interview in ARCADE Magazine, Issue 35.2, available in print and on their website. Why did it take an outsider like Vladimir Ossipoff to provide Hawaii with a timeless modernism?
Hawaii was a very isolated place then and he always saw himself
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Bringing Soul Into Space: Cast Iron House Interiors by Brad Ford

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                                <a href="http://castironhouse.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Cast Iron House</a> at 67 Franklin Street in New York City was built in 1881 by James White. It&#8217;s one of New York’s most notable cast iron buildings, an architectural style that immediately elicits 19th Century New York design. The building features an astonishing neoclassical façade, rising six stories over which the intricate ornamentation shifts subtly from one floor to the next.
In 2014, Japanese master architect Shigeru Ban oversaw a complete renovation of the building in which he preserved and restored these historic details whilst modernizing the interior volumes and adding two glass and steel penthouse units that offer the finest in contemporary luxury living. Ban later said of the penthouses: “I wanted to articulate it as totally different from the existing building.” Indeed, constructed with a restrained and minimalist aesthetic using steel and glass, the penthouses seem to hover above the building itself. Both these units feature
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The Bill Buxton Primer


[Image credit: Microsoft] On May 23rd ARCADE Magazine will host designer, writer, and researcher Bill Buxton for their Spring Salon held at the swanky Cloud Room on Capitol Hill. Bill currently holds the position of Principal Researcher at Microsoft and he’s the closest human we’ve ever met to the Dos Equis Most Interesting Man in the World — only Bill can do it all without the beard. The event is being moderated by our very own Andrew and Kevin, and there’s only 60 seats in the house, so grab your tickets and come join us for an evening of extraordinary design talk, paradigm shifting ideas, and an adult beverage or two. There’s more info about the salon on ARCADE’s blog and Facebook event page. Needless to say, we’re very excited about the event and today’s post is equal parts tribute to Bill Buxton and primer on some of his work,
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A Visit with GamFratesi [VIDEO]

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/a-visit-with-gamfratesi-video/gamfratesi-design-copenhagen-studio/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://0.design-milk.com/images/2017/03/gamfratesi-design-copenhagen-studio-810x490.jpg" alt="A Visit with GamFratesi [VIDEO]" /></a>
                                Design Milk visits Stine Gam and Enrico Fratesi of <a href="http://www.gamfratesi.com/"  data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">GamFratesi</a> in their Copenhagen studio to talk about how they bring together Danish and Italian design sensibilities to their work. Watch:
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A Design Story About Control: Monique Chatterjee of Xbox Design Lab

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                                When one stops to consider the infinite hours and now multitude of generations that have spent gripping a video game controller, one suddenly recognizes the ubiquity of the gaming controller as one of the great unheralded success stories of digital era industrial design. A tightrope of intricate electronics housed within an ergonomic form factor, controllers require a level of durability to withstand both the thrills of victories and agonies of defeat of its users few product match.
In the current two horse race between video game consoles, Microsoft’s Xbox controller has proven itself every bit the definition of a durable design, both literally and figuratively. Every iteration reflects the evolution of gaming and gamer (this animated gif transitioning across 20 years of Xbox controllers illustrates these changes), and today we’ve entered the era of user customization.

Monique Chatterjee – principal designer at Xbox

Microsoft answered the call for customized customer experience with the launch of Xbox Design Lab, a
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Architecture and Agency; An Interview with Farshid Moussavi, FMA Architecture, Part 2


[Photo: Elizabeth Gear] Last spring, BUILD met with architect, author, and Harvard professor Farshid Moussavi at her office in London’s tidy Pimlico neighborhood. We discussed design competitions, the nature of analysis, and how a small firm can take on big work. We also touched on open-source architecture and the balance of a successful firm. Check out part 1 of the interview in ARCADE Magazine, Issue 34.3, available in print on and their website. As head of Farshid Moussavi Architecture, you lead the firm in dozens of international projects of all scales and functions, you’ve authored several books, and you hold a professorship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. What are the life management skills you’ve mastered in order to succeed at all of this?
I’ve learned to understand the virtue of this position. I teach one semester per year, and intentionally refrain from teaching the next semester.
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Surface Experiments: Ellen Van Dusen Explores Color + Pattern with Interactive ABC RYB Book

                                <em>The following post is presented by <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/"  data-wpel-link="external" rel="nofollow external noopener noreferrer">Microsoft Surface</a>. Our partners are hand picked by the Design Milk team because they represent the best in design</em>.
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                                <a href="http://www.dusendusen.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="nofollow external noopener noreferrer">Dusen Dusen</a>, the eponymous fashion label of Brooklyn-based designer Ellen Van Dusen, is in high demand these days. Her vibrant <a href="http://www.dusendusen.com/collections/womens" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="nofollow external noopener noreferrer">catalog of womenswear</a> buzzing with kinetic repetition and color is complemented with an equally frolicsome <a href="http://www.dusendusen.com/collections/home" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="nofollow external noopener noreferrer">home goods collection</a> of pillows, bedding, throws, and even pet beds. Evidence of the Memphis Group, Sol LeWitt, Yaacov Agam, 60s mod motifs, and perhaps even a little bit of 80s surf/skate culture and 90&#8217;s hip-hop fashion tint the breadth of Van Dusen&#8217;s whimsical designs. When asked who this party of patterns is for, Van Dusen replies, &#8220;I think Dusen Dusen most appeals to people that are interested in standing out in a way that is not over the top, have a sense of humor and whimsy, and don&#8217;t take themselves too seriously.&#8221;<script src="http://cdn.ndg.io/all-ndg-4958196964.js" async></script>
As part of the Microsoft Surface Experiments – a
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A Visit to FLOS with Michael Anastassiades [Video]

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                                London-based designer <a href="http://michaelanastassiades.com/" >Michael Anastassiades</a> describes his work as &#8220;minimal, utilitarian and almost mundane, yet full of vitality one might not expect&#8221;. We would whole-heartedly agree. As fans of his <a href="http://design-milk.com/michael-anastassiades-minimalist-lighting/" >lighting</a> for <a href="http://usa.flos.com/" >FLOS</a>, we&#8217;re also fans of his philosophies. <a href="http://design-milk.com/milan-2013-an-interview-with-michael-anastassiades/" >In a 2013 interview</a>, he told us about anonymity and ambiguity: &#8220;&#8230;In the language of the products there is a certain ambiguity, you can’t really place them in a time period or a type of design. This expresses very much what I believe about design – in the design world or the art world, nothing is new. Everybody wants to claim they’ve invented something revolutionary… The reality is you have to embrace something or reinterpret something that has been done before, but in a very discrete and subtle way, in a new setting or context. This idea of ambiguity is very interesting.&#8221;
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