Brexit uncertainty causes problems for British furniture brands ahead of Milan design week

Salone del Mobile photo by Saverio Lombardi Vallauri.

The ongoing uncertainty over Brexit is causing havoc with UK furniture brands’ preparations for Milan design week, which starts 10 days after the country is due to leave the European Union. Read more

Join Snyder Diamond + the LA Design Community for Milan Design Week

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                                Was travel one of your New Year’s resolutions? This April, Los Angeles kitchen and bath showroom <a href=""  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Snyder Diamond</a> will embark on its second annual trip to Salone del Mobile in Milan, Italy—and <a href=""  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">you’re invited</a>. Founded in 1961, Salone is not only one of the oldest furniture and design fairs in the world, it’s also the largest of its kind. The event reaches beyond the confines of the Milan Convention Center to all corners of the city with satellite fairs, exhibitions, panel discussions and parties. Lots of parties. With more than 2,500 exhibitors and some 435,000 attendees in 2018—and even bigger numbers anticipated this year—it can be a bit daunting. Having a plan and knowing you’ll see friends when you get there makes all the <div class="post-limited-image"><img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-364038" src="" alt="" width="810" height="416" srcset=" 810w, 800w, 768w, 500w, 1280w" sizes="(max-width: 810px) 100vw, 810px" /></div>

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SaloneSatellite and Rinascente Open the Design Supermarket with 9 New Designers

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                                Marking their 6th year as partners, <a href=""  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">SaloneSatellite</a> and <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Rinascente</a> have collaborated on the 2018 edition of the Design Supermarket where they&#8217;re featuring 12 design-focused products from nine international designers that will be on sale until Christmas. With SaloneSatellite&#8217;s reputation of finding the best talent under 35, high-end Italian department store Rinascente hand-picked the material-driven products on display, which includes the works of Nöme (Russia), Alizarina Studio (Italy), Mauro Baronchelli (Italy), Kenkö (Germany), Stefano Carta Vasconcellos (Italy), Visser + Meijwaard (Holland), and Valentina Zuendel (Italy/Austria). The designs were selected due to their &#8220;quest for new solutions&#8221; with the hope of creating a better future based on their reference to the past with inspiration coming from age-old craftsmanship and ancient materials.

Nöme (Russia): Perception

Alizarina Studio (Italy): Pannelli

Alizarina Studio (Italy): Pannelli

Mauro Barochelli (Italy): La Poltrona

Mauro Barochelli (Italy): Giraffona \ Giraffina

Kenkö (Germany): Palestra

Kenkö (Germany): Palestra (close up)

Kusheda Mensah Designs Furniture to Overcome Loneliness

Hiroto Yoshizoe’s mirrored mobile reflects light from a single bulb

Japanese designer Hiroto Yoshizoe’s mirrored mobile reflects the light from a single light-bulb to explore the relationship between the moon and the sun. Read more

Emmanuel Babled remodels marble sculpture into upholstered chair for Offecct

Emmanuel Babled remodels art sculpture as a chair for Offecct

French designer Emmanuel Babled has reworked his marble sculptural chair into a piece of upholstered home furniture for Swedish brand Offecct. Read more

Catching Up with Designer Maarten Baas

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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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Jaime Hayon designs rattan chairs for Expormim

Dezeen promotion: Spanish designer Jaime Hayon has added a series of chairs to his rattan furniture collection Frames. Read more

MINI Living Imagines the Future of Urban Living [VIDEO]

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                                While in Milan for Salone del Mobile and <a href=""  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">Milan Design Week</a>, we visited the incredible <a href=""  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">MINI Living</a> installation that focused on #ConceptualLiving for the cities of the future! Watch our interview with designer Oke Hauser and architect Nina Tolstrup of <a href=""  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Studiomama</a> and their interest in exploring the future of urban living. Watch:

Thanks to MINI Living for making this video possible.

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Moooi pays tribute to extinct animals with range of wallpapers

Archive drawings of bygone creatures feature in The Museum of Extinct Animals, a new range of wall coverings and textiles from Dutch brand Moooi. Read more

Swedish Design Brand Hem Launches New Products at Milan Pop-Up

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                                Stockholm-based online retailer <a href=""  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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Konstantin Grcic creates steel furniture for Magis using industrial methods

Konstantin Grcic has designed a range of steel furniture using manufacturing techniques more commonly utilised to create industrial storage containers.

Konstantin Grcic has created a range of metal cabinets and drawers for Magis, using manufacturing techniques he observed at a steel factory in northern Italy. Read more

Dassault Systèmes teams up with leading designers to tackle air pollution

Milan design week exhibition by Dassault Systèmes will showcase concepts to reduce air pollution by designers including Kengo Kuma, as revealed in this movie Dezeen produced for the 3D software brand. Read more

Salone del Mobile launches manifesto calling on Milan to “up its game”

Milan’s annual furniture fair, the Salone del Mobile, has published a manifesto calling for the city and the design industry to promote innovation and sustainability at this year’s event. Read more

Way On: Providing Solutions For New Habits of Society

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                                This year at Salone del Mobile 2017, the <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">University School of Design and Art of Barcelona (EINA)</a>, put their students front and center with <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Way On</a>. Showcasing six projects developed by third and fourth year students in the Design program, each project explored the idea of user experience and provided solutions to an ever changing world. The Way On initiative was coordinated by professors Javier Nieto and Oriol Ventura.

Though Nomad may first seem like a giant chair, it is in fact a shelter for everyday life. This shared space, designed by Ferran Gesa and Caterina Vianna, is a different way to work together and get a moment’s respite during a busy day.

Köllen Tryk is no ordinary wall hanger. Students Oriol Campillo, Núria Jané, Adrián Soldado and Paula Terra combined forces to create an interactive hanger that the user can play with. By pushing the knobs in or out, the

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Jasper Morrison expands wood and steel furniture collection for Maruni

T&O tables by Jasper Morrison for Maruni

Subtle shapes of letters peek out from British designer Jasper Morrison‘s newly expanded T&O furniture collection for Japanese brand Maruni. Read more

Benjamin Hubert’s Tent chair for Moroso is made from a single piece of knitted nylon

Layer Tent chair for Moroso

Benjamin Hubert’s design studio Layer used digital knitting techniques to create this seamless chair for Moroso, which is based on the construction of a tent. Read more

How Carnevale Studio Domesticates Neon and Brings It Inside

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                                New York-based artist and designer Jessica Carnevale, of <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Carnevale Studio</a>, is recently back from Salone where she introduced <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Group 18</a>, a collection of neon lights for the home. When you think of neon, those bright, garish &#8216;Open&#8217; signs at restaurants or beer signs in a bar probably come to mind, but so much more can be done with Neon, Krypton, and Argon, the noble gases in Group 18 of the periodic table. For this collection, Carnevale Studio decided to domesticate neon lights and create a series of five colorful lights for your desk or table. Take a look at how it&#8217;s done, in this month&#8217;s <a href="" data-wpel-link="internal">Deconstruction</a>.
  1. This video is what convinced me I had to make a neon light collection. I’d never seen the miraculous effect that electricity has on these gases up close.
  1. Bending glass over an

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Molteni&C wins legal battle to stop Cassina producing identical Gio Ponti chair

Ponti chair by Patricia Urquiola for Cassina

The Italian courts have sided with Molteni&C in a legal dispute against Cassina that saw both brands exhibit the same chair during Milan design week. Read more

Studio Dafi Reis Doron For White Young Innovation

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                                At Salone del Mobile 2017, <a href="" data-wpel-link="internal">Studio Dafi Reis Doron</a> participated in White Young Innovation, a special exhibit directed by Giulio Cappellini that takes place in the city center. In the heart of a unique space with a garden and loft, White Young Innovation features work by young, internationally established designers.

Each piece of furniture featured has one requirement—that it has an experimental way of production. Studio Dafi Reis Doron designed Lignes de Capiton to be featured in the exhibit.

The collection takes traditional upholstery techniques and turns it upside down. They used polyurethane foam in an experimental way, by casting the foam in an open mold with a wooden structure in the interior. Thanks to chemistry, the foam expands into the structure, creating an organic, free rising shape with its own personality. Finally, it’s finished off with a nontraditional take on buttoned furniture.

Photographer: Tamuz Ranchman
Art Direction: Maya Cohen

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