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SALONE 2013

Salone 2013

DESIGN
Interview: Giorgio Biscaro of FontanaArte
by Stefano Caggiano Nominated as FontanaArte's first art director ever, Giorgio Biscaro had 12 months to pick up the heritage of the historical lighting company that boasts Gio Ponti and to bring it to new levels. He spent the first month thinking...
DESIGN
Herman Miller Mirra 2
Inspired by the evolution we're currently witnessing within home and office environments, Herman Miller once again teamed up with Berlin-based design firm Studio 7.5 to revisit one of the most innovative and top selling office chair designs of the...
DESIGN
Interview: Patricia Urquiola
In the 25 years since taking the reins at Kartell, owner and CEO Claudio Luti has collaborated with nearly every industrial designer of note, transforming the over 60-year-old company into the king of polycarbonate furniture and a darling of Italian...
DESIGN
Five Hanging Lights
Innovations in LEDs, compounded with many designers' renewed interest in age-old illumination techniques, have brought new life to contemporary lighting design. To celebrate creativity in this enduring design sector, the following are five notable...
DESIGN
Interview: Nendo's Oki Sato
Arguably one of the most influential—and certainly one of the most prolific—contemporary design studios, Nendo is everywhere. From furniture collaborations to large scale architectural installations, the Japanese studio, led by celebrated designer...
DESIGN
Interview: Alessandro Mendini at Venini
Alessandro Mendini is a living legend in the field of international design and architecture. His versatility and outstanding ability to cross disciplines has helped pioneer the multi-pronged approach to design so commonly applied today, and has led...
DESIGN
Normann Copenhagen's Kabino and Sko
Always a go-to for smart, accessible Danish design, Normann Copenhagen holds a spot on our must-see list each spring during Salone del Mobile, and their showing last week in Milan only further inflated our confidence in the clever brand. Of the...
DESIGN
Marset Scotch Club Light
In 1959, having skipped the popular band format to play music on a record player, a local dancehall owner in Aachen, Germany asked a young journalist in the crowd to take over and announce and comment on songs as they were played to entertain an...
FOOD-DRINK
Smool Kitchen Tools
Dutch design agency Smool, led by founding designer Robert Bronwasser, presented an exhaustive collection of products for the home this past week in Milan as part of Ventura Lambrate. Among the furniture, television and even transportation designs...
DESIGN
Highlights from Design in Common
Last week in Milan we were pleasantly surprised to find Beijing Design Week presenting Design in Common—a selection of pieces from the capital city's fair. With a focus on communal furniture and tea-drinking pieces in particular, the exhibition was...
DESIGN
The Sandwichbike
First introduced as an imaginative concept by Dutch design agency Bleijh about seven years ago, the Sandwichbike has finally reached maturity. Upon its first introduction by designers Basten Leijh and Pieter Janssen, the mostly wood, flat-packable...
DESIGN
Interview: Aiko Telgen
Almost completely hidden in a small, dark booth inside Zona Tortona's Temporary Museum of New Design, German designer Aiko Telgen presented Ion Lamps, one of our favorite finds at this year's Milan Design Week so far. The captivating Ion Two—the...
DESIGN
Eames Collection Update by Vitra
While the work of Charles and Ray Eames is practically synonymous with Herman Miller for most of us in the States, several works by the prolific designers are actually under license by Vitra in Europe and much of Asia. This duality of production...
DESIGN
Renault Twin'Z by Ross Lovegrove
The Twin'Z was unveiled at La Triennale during Milan Design Week as the fifth concept car in Renault's six-petal "cycle of life." The car represents the "Play" petal, embodying the theme with a silhouette and material construction reminiscent of...
DESIGN
Re-lighting Gino Sarfatti Edition N°1 by Flos
Gino Sarfatti is possibly the most important lighting designer in the history of Italian design. Between founding the beloved Arteluce in 1939 and selling it to Flos in 1973, the self-taught designer had over 600 lamps and "light fittings" under...
DESIGN
Linha Combine Portable Table Set
Brazilian design company Bold announced this week Linha Combine, an all-in-one set for transporting family-style meals. During the presentation at Rio+Design, we were struck by the combination of sharp design, eco-consciousness and material innovation...
STYLE
Tom Dixon + Adidas
Both powerhouses in their own right, English designer Tom Dixon and German sporting brand Adidas do many things well in significantly separate spaces, rarely crossing over. However, to explore each other's abilities the two have paired up on a capsule...
DESIGN
"Tools for Life" by Rem Koolhaas for Knoll
Following in the footsteps of such visionaries as Mies van der Rohe, Eero Saarinen and Frank Gehry, Rem Koolhaas has been tapped by American furniture design powerhouse Knoll to create a collection of dynamic furniture to help ring in their 75th...
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