Marcel Wanders Designs Home Fragrance Objects + Signature Scents For Alessi

A new category for the renowned Italian firm begins with five collaborative aromas

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 approached it in this manner. “We think that fragrance is part of interior design. It becomes part of the experience of the home,” …

Miami Art Week 2015: Louis Vuitton’s “Objets Nomades”

An exhibition of leather homewares and exotic florals in the city's Design District

In Milan, earlier this year, we witnessed Louis Vuitton’s transformative presentation of their “Objets Nomades” collection—leather homeware pieces designed in collaboration with some of the best established and emerging designers. Now, in conjunction with Miami Art Week 2015, the brand unveiled an exclusive new piece by Dutch designer Marcel Wanders, as well as an immersive exhibition by floral events designer Ron Wendt that showcases the …

Celebrating European Craft at Homo Faber, Venice

Far from a traditional design festival, this island event shows artisans at work

Two years in the making, Venice’s Homo Faber: Crafting a More Human Future, a new biennial fair, celebrates the range and depth of fine craftwork in Europe. On now through 30 September, the two-week event includes 16 exhibitions and an extensive program of talks celebrating not the past, but the vision of a possible future. Created by the Geneva-based Michelangelo Foundation—founded by Johann Rupert (CEO of the Richemont Group) and …

Fondazione Achille Castiglioni’s Epic, Ingenious “100×100” Exhibition

100 designers celebrate 100 years of Achille Castiglioni, with special gifts

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, while some were just a way to get in touch with the ingenuity and skills of unknown but bright minds. The shrine of that attitude …

Studio Visit: Jólan van der Wiel

The experimental Amsterdam designer shows the strengths of using gravity as a medium

With its large weighted wooden frame, pulleys and ropes aplenty, Jólan van der Wiel‘s experiments into gravity as a natural design force is a perfect example of The Netherlands’ process-driven design ethos. An extension of the work by those rogues at Droog and the provocative Marcel Wanders, his work is driven by a transparent creative streak, and progressive use of materials and production methods. The …