Piero Lissoni designs modular Dock seating system for B&B Italia

B&B Italia Dock sofa


Dezeen promotion: Italian architect Piero Lissoni has created a modular sofa system for B&B Italia, which can be reconfigured with 84 different components. Read more


De Castelli unveils new furniture that shows how metal can have colour and texture

Pandora drawer unit by Martinelli Venezia Studio for De Castelli


A set of cylindrical golden drawers and a set of geometric tables made from etched and oxidised metals are among the new products launched by Italian furniture brand De Castelli for 2019. Read more


10 up-and-coming designers and studios from this year’s Salone Satellite

Salone Satellite roundup 2019


Dedicated to the most promising designers under 35, the Salone Satellite show in Milan uncovers budding talent in the design industry. Design reporter Natashah Hitti has selected 10 of this year’s future stars. Read more


Panasonic and Vitra Transparent OLED Technology Is a Pane in the Glass

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/panasonic-and-vitra-transparent-oled-technology-is-a-pane-in-the-glass/vitrine-panasonic-rybakken-b/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2019/04/Vitrine-Panasonic-Rybakken-B-810x654.jpg" alt="Panasonic and Vitra Transparent OLED Technology Is a Pane in the Glass" /></a>
                                Panasonic&#8217;s numerous iterations of <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5eT9s3ZA24"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">concept displays</a> outfitted with OLED screens capable of magically switching between see-though transparency to vibrant televisions have been an interesting technology to watch evolve over the years. The displays have grown larger, the contrast between transparency and vibrancy have noticeably improved. Perhaps noting the growth in consumer demand for decor-friendly technologies intended to coordinate holistically within modern homes, Panasonic used Salone del Mobile to announce a partnership with Swiss furniture brand Vitra. The fruits of their labor is the Vitrine, an <a href="https://panasonic.net/design/works/milan2019/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">OLED concept</a> designed to seamlessly blend into living spaces.

Designed by Red Dot Award winning Scandinavian designer Daniel Rybakken, the Vitrine is a curious example of technology operating concurrently as a piece of furniture. It’s certainly more substantial in size than any typical modern flat screen television, reminiscent of once popular mid-century shadow box mirrors. There’s a practical reason for the size of the Vitrine’s surrounding

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USM and UNStudio explore “third space” between home and office with Haller modular furniture


Haller modular furniture can be used to create a “third space” between the workplace and the home, say Thomas Dienes of USM and Ren Yee of UNStudio in this movie produced by Dezeen during Milan design week. Read more


USM and UNStudio explore “third space” between home and office with Haller modular furniture


Haller modular furniture can be used to create a “third space” between the workplace and the home, say Thomas Dienes of USM and Ren Yee of UNStudio in this movie produced by Dezeen during Milan design week. Read more


MDW19: Missoni and Alessandra Roveda Create Playful Home with Crochet

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/mdw19-missoni-and-alessandra-roveda-create-playful-home-with-crochet/lrg_dsc00636/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2019/04/LRG_DSC00636-810x541.jpg" alt="MDW19: Missoni and Alessandra Roveda Create Playful Home with Crochet" /></a>
                                On via Solferino, Milan, in the Brera Design Disitrict, the Missoni space was transformed into a surreal, playful landscape by Italian artist <a href="http://alessandraroveda.it/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Alessandra Roveda</a>. A masterful crocheter, Roveda covered furnishings and everyday objects from the past with colorful woolen threads to create a fantastic world, “Home Sweet Home,” that looks more like a dreamscape than a Milan Design Week showroom.

Photo by Keshia Badalge

With textures and furnishings, the Missoni space became a habitat for experiencing the sensuality, colors, and softness of knitted materials. Roveda’s vision was to create a nexus between the past and the future; of loved everyday objects of the past becoming fanciful, colorful characters in the present.

Roveda’s completely-manual artistic process articulated the Missoni language of colorful threads and crochet stitching that come to life in a single, pictorial landscape.

Photo by Keshia Badalge

A world in which reality becomes a fairytale and imaginatively surreal and

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Nendo, the Bouroullecs and Patricia Urquiola launch new lamps with Flos

Flos Milan collections


Lighting suspended from belts and lamps that appear to grow out of tables were launched as part of Flos‘ extensive 50th anniversary collection at this year’s Salone del Mobile. Read more


Marni Moon Walk Pays Tribute to the Universe

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/marni-moon-walk-pays-tribute-to-the-universe/1_marni_moon-walk/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2019/04/1_Marni_Moon-Walk-810x508.jpg" alt="Marni Moon Walk Pays Tribute to the Universe" /></a>
                                This year, during Salone del Mobile 2019, <a href="https://www.marni.com/us"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Marni</a> paid tribute to the moon through Marni Moon Walk. The outdoor sensory journey shares a dimension in which primitive allure blends seamlessly with the future. The universe of Marni presents a series of original products that were created using unexplored materials to create a path ripe with furnishings, accessories, and designer objects. The brand&#8217;s unpredictability is present in the details, inviting visitors in to closely explore the work of a community of Colombian artisans who have been working with Marni for years.

The collection – tables evoking spaceships, tribal alien figures, and stools in the shape of animals – adapts surprisingly well to any space. It also includes primitive benches and stools crafted from wood and leather that are reminiscent of totems. Colorful cushions made from wool and other natural fibers, along with glasses and blown glass bottles continue the celebration of

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Marni Moon Walk Pays Tribute to the Universe

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/marni-moon-walk-pays-tribute-to-the-universe/1_marni_moon-walk/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2019/04/1_Marni_Moon-Walk-810x508.jpg" alt="Marni Moon Walk Pays Tribute to the Universe" /></a>
                                This year, during Salone del Mobile 2019, <a href="https://www.marni.com/us"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Marni</a> paid tribute to the moon through Marni Moon Walk. The outdoor sensory journey shares a dimension in which primitive allure blends seamlessly with the future. The universe of Marni presents a series of original products that were created using unexplored materials to create a path ripe with furnishings, accessories, and designer objects. The brand&#8217;s unpredictability is present in the details, inviting visitors in to closely explore the work of a community of Colombian artisans who have been working with Marni for years.

The collection – tables evoking spaceships, tribal alien figures, and stools in the shape of animals – adapts surprisingly well to any space. It also includes primitive benches and stools crafted from wood and leather that are reminiscent of totems. Colorful cushions made from wool and other natural fibers, along with glasses and blown glass bottles continue the celebration of

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COS x Mamou-Mani’s Conifera Installation Bridges the Worlds of Nature, Architecture and Technology

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/cos-x-mamou-manis-conifera-installation-bridges-the-worlds-of-nature-architecture-and-technology/cos-x-mamou-mani-conifera-2/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2019/04/COS-x-Mamou-Mani-Conifera-2-810x540.jpg" alt="COS x Mamou-Mani’s Conifera Installation Bridges the Worlds of Nature, Architecture and Technology" /></a>
                                Every year we get excited to see who <a href="https://www.cosstores.com/en_usd/explore/projects/event/cos-x-mamou-mani.html" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">COS</a> has tapped to create yet another extraordinary installation to be unveiled at Salone del Mobile in Milan, and this year was no exception. For the eighth consecutive year, COS demonstrated its commitment to the art and design worlds, luring Milan Design Week attendees to its public installation, this time designed by architect <a href="https://mamou-mani.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Arthur Mamou-Mani</a> and his eponymous studio. Situated inside the Palazzo Isimbardi, “Conifera” was a 3D printed structure made from 700 interlocking modular bio-bricks that gradually changed from a wood + bioplastic composite that started inside the courtyard to a translucent + white bioplastic that extended into the surrounding garden.

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Conifera was constructed using Delta WASP (World Advance Saving Project) 3MT Industrial 3D printers and Mamou-Mani’s open-source software that creates parametric design. The translucent bio-bricks are made of pure PLA, the white bio-bricks have an added pigment, and the brown

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Kohlo: A Story of Serpents, Serendipity and Creative Alchemy with a Surface that Mimics the Moon

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/?attachment_id=371521" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2019/04/12_MadeByChoice-MDJ-KOLHO-Creds_PerttuSaksa-810x944.jpg" alt="Kohlo: A Story of Serpents, Serendipity and Creative Alchemy with a Surface that Mimics the Moon" /></a>
                                The chair looks like a flat panel sitting on a serpent finished with a mysterious, luminous glint. The surface, inspired by the Apollo landing, is a scaled representation of the moon. The vision for this ethereal object was first formed in the small town of Kolho, Finland, and then cast onto four colors of Formica.

The Kolho chair made an appearance at Milan Design Week this year. It can be considered both a considerate collaboration and a series of coincidences between artist Matthew Day Jackson, Finnish contemporary design company Made by Choice, and the inventors of high-pressure laminate, Formica Group.

Milan Design Week installation

The chair, Kohlo, is a product of serendipity. For starters, it takes the name of the Finnish town near the Serlachius Museum where Matthew was preparing for an upcoming exhibition. As Matthew later learnt, Kohlo was also the birthplace of James Vehko, who emigrated

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Moooi’s A Life Extraordinary Showcased New Designs at Salone

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/mooois-a-life-extraordinary-showcased-new-designs-at-salone/moooi_milan_a-life-extraordinary-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2019/04/Moooi_Milan_A-Life-Extraordinary-1-810x607.jpg" alt="Moooi&#8217;s A Life Extraordinary Showcased New Designs at Salone" /></a>
                                Salone del Mobile 2019 may have come to a close, but <a href="https://www.moooi.com/us"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Moooi&#8217;s</a> presentation lives on through new product launches with Marcel Wanders, Kranen/Gille, Rick Tegelaar, and Claire Vos. A Life Extraordinary, hosted at a new location in Brera, showcased a series of furnishings that fall right in line with the Dutch brand&#8217;s ever-expanding whimsical collection.

The BFF Sofa, by Marcel Wanders, features 17 modules (plus a footstool) in various colors, shapes, and forms with a diagonal quilted pattern. Wanders designed it to be a friend that would embrace you when you were sleepy, celebrate with you during games, and make your friends and family feel welcome.

Kranen/Gille’s singing chandelier, The Party, includes five fixture heads that each represent a member of a family of five – Ted, Coco, Bert, Ted, and The Mayor. Each one has history that connects them with the rest, bringing the entire family together to surprise

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Design Holding makes Salone del Mobile debut with “probably the biggest” stand the fair has seen

Design Holding Salone del Mobile


Design Holding, the new furniture and lighting group made up of B&B Italia, Flos and Louis Poulsen, has marked its first show at Salone del Mobile by presenting the biggest stand the Milan fair has seen in decades. Read more


Vitra and Panasonic collaborate to create glass cabinet that is actually a TV

Vitra Panasonic Vitrine glass television


Vitra, Panasonic and designer Daniel Rybakken have joined forces to create the concealed Vitrine television, on show at Milan design week. Read more


Philippe Starck, Kartell and Autodesk unveil “world’s first production chair designed with artificial intelligence”

Philippe Starck designs chair with AI for Kartell


This captioned video produced by Dezeen for Autodesk reveals Philippe Starck‘s A.I. chair for Kartell, which the software company claims is the first chair designed using artificial intelligence to be put into production. Read more


Minotti explores “new forms” with its latest furniture collection

Tape Cord outdoor furniture by Nendo for Minotti


Minotti’s art director Rodolfo Dordoni describes how the brand is working with a diverse range of international designers to develop its identity in this movie shot by Dezeen for the Italian furniture manufacturer during Milan design week. Read more


House of Finn Juhl reissues Grasshopper chair

Finn Juhl Grasshopper chair


The Grasshopper, a chair designed 81 years ago by Danish designer Finn Juhl, has been reissued by the furniture brand that bears his name. Read more


David Chipperfield’s Refined Redesign of an Italian Modern Classic for Alessi

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/alessi-moka-express-david-chipperfield/alessi_moka_lifestyle-2_credit-santi-caleca/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2019/04/Alessi_Moka_lifestyle-2_credit-Santi-Caleca-810x562.jpg" alt="David Chipperfield&#8217;s Refined Redesign of an Italian Modern Classic for Alessi" /></a>
                                In the pantheon of the practical, the Moka Express designed in 1933 by Alfonso Bialetti stands as arguably the paramount symbol of functionality in service of ritual. The <a href="https://www.bialetti.it/it_it/moka-express-527.html"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Moka Express</a> – with its machined 8-sided aluminum elegance delivering audible and tactile pleasure with every turn of its screw-top design, punctuated by the pot&#8217;s joyful proclivity to gurgle when complete – stands in stark contrast to the pop-n-press sterility of pod-based machines popular today. But as much in life, convenience eventually eclipsed sophistication, and the luster of the Moka faded only just recently to a doubtful future.

Charged by Alessi to revitalize a design synonymous with Italian mid-century modernity and epitomizing the inconspicuous simplicity coined as sprezzatura, British architect David Chipperfield has thankfully affirmed rather than abandoned the spirit of the original design with an astute and cautious refinement. By adding two additional panels, flattening its top, and softening the

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David Chipperfield’s Refined Redesign of an Italian Modern Classic for Alessi

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/alessi-moka-express-david-chipperfield/alessi_moka_lifestyle-2_credit-santi-caleca/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2019/04/Alessi_Moka_lifestyle-2_credit-Santi-Caleca-810x562.jpg" alt="David Chipperfield&#8217;s Refined Redesign of an Italian Modern Classic for Alessi" /></a>
                                In the pantheon of the practical, the Moka Express designed in 1933 by Alfonso Bialetti stands as arguably the paramount symbol of functionality in service of ritual. The <a href="https://www.bialetti.it/it_it/moka-express-527.html"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Moka Express</a> – with its machined 8-sided aluminum elegance delivering audible and tactile pleasure with every turn of its screw-top design, punctuated by the pot&#8217;s joyful proclivity to gurgle when complete – stands in stark contrast to the pop-n-press sterility of pod-based machines popular today. But as much in life, convenience eventually eclipsed sophistication, and the luster of the Moka faded only just recently to a doubtful future.

Charged by Alessi to revitalize a design synonymous with Italian mid-century modernity and epitomizing the inconspicuous simplicity coined as sprezzatura, British architect David Chipperfield has thankfully affirmed rather than abandoned the spirit of the original design with an astute and cautious refinement. By adding two additional panels, flattening its top, and softening the

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