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Cool Hunting Video: Studio Formafantasma on Creative Collaboration
Based in The Netherlands, Studio Formafantasma is the Italian design duo Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin. The creative team met and began conceiving projects before deciding to apply for a design degree at the Design Academy Eindhoven. After graduating...
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Ilse Crawford's Nature-Inspired Grönska Collection for Kasthall
Ilse Crawford's work is known all over the world for its assemblage of style and comfort. In her design projects for clubs, shops, interiors and objects, the English designer continuously merges an intimate dimension with an international and recognizable...
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Milan Design Week 2018: Yael Reboh's "Primavera"
From some 1300+ entries, just 12 finalists were chosen in the prestigious Lexus Design Award this year. While each and every one has its own merits—be it environmentally sound, tech-forward, or simply beautiful—one of our favorites for the 2018 iteration...
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Milan Design Week 2018: Lexus Pavilion
While exploring the countless exhibits on show during Milan Design Week, the Lexus pavilion offered an immersive experience that was well worth the visit. The otherworldly space, designed by Japanese architect Sota Ichikawa of dNA (double Negatives...
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Cool Hunting Video: Creative Collaboration at Hermès Home
We caught up with Hermès maison co-Deputy Artistic Directors Charlotte Macaux Perelman and Alexis Fabry during Milan Design Week in their spectacular installation at the Museo della Permanente. Featuring rooms covered in 600,000 colorful Moroccan...
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Link About It: This Week's Picks
1. The Story Behind One of Prince's Most Famous Songs Almost exactly two years after Prince's tragic accidental overdose and death, the original story and recording of "Nothing Compares 2 U" has been released by the musician's foundation. Paul...
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Marcel Wanders Designs Home Fragrance Objects + Signature Scents For Alessi
In the midst of Milan Design Week, Italy's charming, prestigious design house Alessi unveiled the unexpected: a line of home fragrances with objects to match. They are far from the first design brand to enter this sensory sector, but rarely have others...
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Milan Design Week 2018: Google's Debut Installation "Softwear"
Envisioned by Ivy Ross, VP of Hardware Design at Google, "Softwear" marks Google's debut installation at Milan Design Week. The underlying concept is the brainchild of trend forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort (also the curator of the show) who, in 1998...
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The Lexus Design Award 2018
Since 2013, the Lexus Design Award has honored critical thinking by challenging emerging creatives to solve problems through design. This year's theme is "CO-" from the Latin prefix meaning togetherness or harmony. Harnessing the concept of limitless...
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Lee Broom's New Lighting Collection: Observatory
Unveiled at the 2018 Milan Design Week, Lee Broom's new lighting collection, called "Observatory," is as dreamy and luxurious as we've come to expect from the British design brand, while showcasing the designer’s maturation and skills. With signature...
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Fuorisalone, The Board Game
With the 15th anniversary of Fuorisalone approaching, a commemorative Milan Design Week board game has been imagined by Studiolabo in collaboration with Cranio Creations. The board itself features 68 important venues and the goal is to navigate hundreds...
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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...
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Applications are Open for the Lexus Design Award 2018
Every year at Milan Design Week we're excited to see what creators and innovators of the future have to offer as part of the Lexus Design Award. And every year we are impressed. This isn't just a statuette and an honor for a resume, it's an opportunity...
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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...
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Interview: Multimedia Artist Yuri Suzuki
One of the more powerful installations at Milan Design Week 2017 was London-based multimedia artist Yuri Suzuki’s “First of all, it’s not 100% demonstrating a car, but they really wanted to demonstrate the concept—the philosophy behind what they...
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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...
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Link About It: This Week's Picks
1. Scent Detectives Define the Smell of Old Books You know the sensation of pressing your nose into an antique book or walking through a historic library. But we've long struggled with the exact adjectives to describe these scents. Thankfully...
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Milan Design Week 2017: Konstantin Grcic's "Noctambule" Lamp
by Kyle Raymond Fitzpatrick Konstantin Grcic’s newest Flos lamp is a meditation on opposites. When off, the glass structure appears invisible, blending into the background. In turning the light on, it becomes a glowing line powered by multiple cinched...
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Milan Design Week 2017: Lee Broom's "Time Machine"
Within an abandoned vaulted storage room next to the historic Milano Centrale station, a white carousel spun—the only object in a raw, unfinished space. On that carousel, visitors found reimaginings of furniture, objects and lighting drawn from ten...
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Milan Design Week 2017: Formafantasma's Imaginative Lighting
by Kyle Raymond Fitzpatrick "We’re not one of those people who say ‘less is more,'" Andrea Trimarchi of Italian design duo Formafantasma explains. His partner Simone Farresin agrees. "Actually, no," he says. "Not at all." Trimarchi completes the...
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The Lexus Design Award: Predicting What Comes Next
The Lexus Design Award and event is always one of the highlights of Milan Design Week—and 2017's incarnation is no exception. The award celebrates design's potential by reaching out to new voices around the world to see how we can solve problems through...
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