Milan Design Week 2017: Konstantin Grcic’s “Noctambule” Lamp

From a "naive, stupid start" to a beautiful execution

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 LED waists. The lamp’s name “Noctambule” reflects this balance—it means “the night owl” in French. Grcic clarifies the duality of this word, “It can also be …

Milan Design Week 2017: Formafantasma’s Imaginative Lighting

Designs from the visionary duo that reduce materials but avoid the concept of minimalism

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 sentiment, “Minimalism? We hate that kind of stuff.” This might not be what you would guess from Formafantasma’s two big Milan Design Week 2017 showings. Both showings—their …

Milan Design Week 2017: Highlights

Eight stand-out experiences and presentations happening right now

by Kyle Raymond Fitzpatrick Milan Design Week is happening now, and continuing through 9 April with events scattered all over the city. While the Fuorisalone offerings might overwhelm with options, rest easy knowing you can turn into almost any space for a well designed display. There’s something for everyone, too—museum shows, retail pop-ups, industrial showcases, cocktail parties, etc.—but the following eight were our favorite showings …