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
<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> <div id="attachment_342528" class="wp-caption alignnone"><a href="https://design-milk.com/?attachment_id=342528" rel="attachment wp-att-342528" data-wpel-link="internal"><img class="size-large wp-image-342528" src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/05/Interview-Maarten-Baas-0-credits-Kenton-Thatcher-810x1214.jpg" alt="" width="810" height="1214" srcset="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/05/Interview-Maarten-Baas-0-credits-Kenton-Thatcher-810x1214.jpg 810w, https://design-milk.com/images/2018/05/Interview-Maarten-Baas-0-credits-Kenton-Thatcher-800x1199.jpg 800w, https://design-milk.com/images/2018/05/Interview-Maarten-Baas-0-credits-Kenton-Thatcher-768x1151.jpg 768w, https://design-milk.com/images/2018/05/Interview-Maarten-Baas-0-credits-Kenton-Thatcher-500x750.jpg 500w, https://design-milk.com/images/2018/05/Interview-Maarten-Baas-0-credits-Kenton-Thatcher.jpg 1280w" sizes="(max-width: 810px) 100vw, 810px" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Photo by Kenton Thatcher</p></div>
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<a href="https://design-milk.com/mini-living-imagines-the-future-of-urban-living-video/mini-living-installation-milan/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/05/mini-living-installation-milan-810x810.jpg" alt="MINI Living Imagines the Future of Urban Living [VIDEO]" /></a> While in Milan for Salone del Mobile and <a href="http://design-milk.com/tag/milan-design-week" rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">Milan Design Week</a>, we visited the incredible <a href="https://www.mini.com/en_MS/home/living.html" 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="http://www.studiomama.com/" rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Studiomama</a> and their interest in exploring the future of urban living. Watch:
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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
<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 & 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 ‘Hem Brera Atelier’ (Via Statuto, 8, 20121). “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,” says CEO and founder of Hem, Petrus Palmér.
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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
<a href="http://design-milk.com/way-on-providing-solutions-for-new-habits-of-society/eina-standwayonsallone-2/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://1.design-milk.com/images/2017/04/EINA-StandWayOnSallone-2-810x540.jpg" alt="Way On: Providing Solutions For New Habits of Society" /></a> This year at Salone del Mobile 2017, the <a href="https://www.eina.cat/en" 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="http://static.eina.cat/files/EINA-cataleg-Satellite-Milano-2017.pdf" 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.
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<a href="http://design-milk.com/how-carnevale-studio-domesticates-neon-and-brings-it-inside/decon-carnevale-neon-16-2/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://3.design-milk.com/images/2017/05/Decon-Carnevale-neon-16-1-810x586.jpg" alt="How Carnevale Studio Domesticates Neon and Brings It Inside" /></a> New York-based artist and designer Jessica Carnevale, of <a href="http://www.carnevalestudio.com/" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Carnevale Studio</a>, is recently back from Salone where she introduced <a href="http://www.carnevalestudio.com/index#/neonlights/" 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 ‘Open’ 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’s done, in this month’s <a href="http://design-milk.com/column/deconstruction/" data-wpel-link="internal">Deconstruction</a>.
- 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.
- Bending glass over an
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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
<a href="http://design-milk.com/dafi-reis-doron-for-white-young-innovation/drd_white_05_m/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://2.design-milk.com/images/2017/05/DRD_white_05_M-810x540.jpg" alt="Studio Dafi Reis Doron For White Young Innovation" /></a> At Salone del Mobile 2017, <a href="http://design-milk.com/tag/Dafi-Reis-Doron/" 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.
Art Direction: Maya Cohen
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“We were fascinated by the mix of hard and soft material, and how they attach to each other,” says Blanche. “The different pieces create a shell when combined together, a protection in three-dimensional form. We were also intrigued by the fact that this armour conveyed a strong sense of the personality of these warriors.” For Salone del Mobile, Fredrick Färg and Emma Marga Blanche held a solo exhibition in the former church – now theatre, Teatro Arsenale. They showed a retrospective of their work together with 10 new furniture
<a href="http://design-milk.com/milan-design-week-2017-farg-blanches-armour-mon-armor/design_milk_fargblanche_mdw17_fi/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://1.design-milk.com/images/2017/04/Design_Milk_FargBlanche_MDW17_FI-810x810.jpg" alt="Milan Design Week 2017: Färg & Blanche’s Armour mon Armor" /></a> Stockholm-based Swedish-French design duo <a href="http://www.fargblanche.com/" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Färg & Blanche</a> are known for their experimental upholstery, which in the past has seen them sew through wood and form objects from molded felt. Inspired by a three-month residency in Japan and in particular by the armor worn by Samurai warriors, for their latest furniture collection, they have been putting metal through their hardy sewing machines.
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