FONDAZIONE ACHILLE CASTIGLIONI
Fondazione Achille Castiglioni's Epic, Ingenious "100x100" Exhibition
Achille Castiglioni liked to play with objects. One of the greatest passions of the Italian master was collecting pieces of ordinary and anonymous design, objects without brand or precise author. Some of them became the inspiration for his own designs...
MILAN DESIGN WEEK
Preview: MC Escher Wallpaper Collection by Jannelli & Volpi
The name Maurits Cornelis Escher (more commonly known as MC Escher) is intrinsically linked to the concept of infinity. An exploration of repetition and impossibility permeates his artwork—derived from science—creating worlds that are as surreal as...
MAISON ET OBJET 2018
Maison & Objet 2018: Playing With Cities
From street signs to familiar buildings, color palettes, bridges and more, many cities around the world are instantly recognizable through their iconic visual components. At this year's Maison & Objet, we found several ways in which designers are bringing...
MAISON ET OBJET
Maison & Objet 2018: Products for City Commuters
With some 54% of the world's population living in cities (a percentage that continues to increase), it's no surprise that we found a lot of products for commuters—specifically cyclists—at this year's Maison & Objet. From headphone cleaning kits to...
Maison & Objet 2018: Wall Clocks
Time is a complex concept, yet we're all familiar with ideas about how time flies, time is money and time is a luxury. During 2018's Maison & Objet, it was evident that time can be decoration, as well. Among the countless gadgets and design objects...
Heimtextil, International Trade Show for Home Textiles
Inside of Heimtextil, the exposition presents a must-see forecasting area for industry professionals. Here, design and lifestyle developments are brought to life by seven research and innovation agencies from around Europe. For the 2018 edition London...
LOUVRE ABU DHABI
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Inside the Brand New Louvre Abu Dhabi
While in Dubai for Design Week, we took the opportunity to take a quick tour of the new Louvre Abu Dhabi, possibly the most anticipated architectural opening of the year. The museum, designed by architect Jean Nouvel, welcomed their first guests just...
DUBAI DESIGN WEEK
Dubai Design Week 2017: Global Grad Show
Sometimes graduate shows can be a mixed bag. There are great ideas but poor output or beautiful products without much to say. That said, some such shows are exceptionally interesting, and this is the case with Global Grad Show. The international showcase...
Studio Visit: Italy's Crea Concrete Design + Foscarini Lighting
Foscarini is the third largest Italian lighting company and yet they do not own a factory. Their entire production relies on collaboration with skilled artisans, each of whom is specialized in a particular material or craft, from glass to carbon fiber...
HELSINKI DESIGN WEEK
Helsinki Design Week: HDW HOP City Installations
Helsinki Design Week is the biggest design festival of the Nordic European countries, with 250+ events all over the city. The 2017 edition was filled with talks, conferences, awards, trade fairs, exhibitions and temporary installations. The latter...
HELSINKI DESIGN WEEK
Helsinki Design Week: Yriö Kukkapuro's "Experiment"
Designer Yriö Kukkapuro is a legend in Finland. Born in 1933, he dedicated his entire life to design and education. In the '70s he was professor at University of Arts and Design Helsinki, then rector; today specialist lecturer. During his career...
Richard Deacon's "SOME TIME" at Middelheim Museum
Antwerp's Middelheim Museum is a surprise that's worth a trip to the Belgian city. The unique open-air sculpture museum—where nature and art establish a constant peculiar dialogue—is a 27-hectare institution that's home to sculptures of several...
SANTA CROCE SULLARNO
Factory Visit: Christian Louboutin's Aurelien Production Facility
Tuscany's international renown stems from its nature and art—the beauty of the hills and the enduring magic of the Renaissance. The crafts of the region are also very well known—leather in particular. But most people are unaware of the level of sophistication...
VENICE BIENNALE ARTE 2017
Venice Biennale 2017: Thematic Highlights
Anticipation takes hold before we head to Venice for the Biennale Arte, as we consider (and wonder about) what topics will emerge. It's easy to experience the Biennale, now in its 57th iteration, as if you've never seen art before. Curator Christine...
ENTRYWAYS OF MILAN
INGRESSI DI MILANO
Karl Kolbitz's "Entryways of Milan: Ingressi di Milano"
Over the centuries, Milan's style has been defined by its geographical position and illustrious history. The Italian city lies on a plain, equidistant from the sea and the mountains, and its climate is colder than Mediterranean Italy. Of course, French...
MILAN DESIGN WEEK
MILAN DESIGN WEEK 2017
BRERA DESIGN APARTMENT
Milan Design Week 2017: Studiopepe's "The Visit"
How do we offer access and exclusivity through design at the same time? How do we maintain intimacy in the age of social media? These are questions that seem to have yielded one of our favorite projects at Milan Design Week this year; "The Visit...
MILAN DESIGN WEEK
MILAN DESIGN WEEK 2017
MILANO DESIGN AWARD
Milano Design Award 2017: Winning Installations
Each year, after visiting Milan Design Week, everybody wants to discuss their own list of favorites. A few years ago Elita had the idea of turning the gatherings of designers and friends that used to happen at Valentina Ventrelli’s home into a real...
BIENNALE INTERNATIONALE DESIGN SAINT-ETIENNE
Interview: Curator Joseph Grima of Space Caviar
"Player Piano: A Subjective Atlas of a Landscape of Labour" was one of the most cerebral, engaging exhibitions we saw at this year's 10th Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne. It was the final exhibition in the exploration of the Cité du Design...
Fondazione Prada, Milan
With over 100 years of history, Prada has long been respected for originality and subtle contradictions—and finding a visually striking balance between dichotomies is what makes the fashion house unique. Milan's Fondazione Prada complex maintains the...
SAINT-ETIENNE DESIGN BIENNALE
Highlights From Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne
Located in the south east of France, the coal mining city of Saint-Etienne launched the Biennale Internationale Design 20 years ago. The 10th iteration recently opened (and will run through early April). Within, one will find an exploration of the...
Dear Data Postcard Project
"Dear Data," an “analog data drawing project” founded and conducted by Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec, is essentially a personal data visualization correspondence exchange between the aforementioned artists, illustrated by hand on postcards...
Hotel Milu, Florence
Florence tends to be synonymous with art, but oftentimes we think of ancient palazzos, classic paintings and iconic sculptures. The city, however also has a vibrant contemporary side, driven by fashion, art and food. Hotel Milu, a new boutique property...
Interview: Mika and Studio Job
Pop star Mika's visual world is notoriously imaginative and bright, poetic and surreal. Unsurprisingly, his forthcoming TV show, “Stasera CasaMika,” boasts a set that truly embodies this wild, joyful universe. For this, Mika teamed up with Belgian...
Interview: Christian Louboutin
Being in Christian Louboutin’s Paris studio is overwhelming. We meet Monsieur Christian Louboutin in his museum-like studio (like a tiny Louvre, which, coincidently, is just a few blocks away) for an exclusive preview of ShoePeaks, his latest (and...
Grundig and the Future of Food, Design and Interaction
When it comes to designing and engineering household appliances, one of the most significant issues is energy and water consumption. But the waste of other precious resources (like food) is also the driving force behind Grundig's most recent projects...