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 …


Formafantasma took on the daunting task of beautifying water filtration and succeeded to the extreme. The Still purifier combines an engraved crystal decanter with copper attachments and utilizes active charcoal to elevate humble drinking water to its proper stature. Picked by The Macallan Whisky Maker, Bob Dalgarno

Formafantasma: From Then On

London's Established & Sons taps the Italian duo to create a site-specific installation reflecting on the various passages of time

One of the more cleverly named design studios, London’s Established & Sons has lived up to its moniker over the years, and 2015 will mark the progressive company’s 10-year anniversary. To celebrate the indelible impact they’ve had on the industry—which is in large part due to the intelligent, experimental nature of founding partners Sebastian Wrong, Tamara Caspersz, Alasdhair Willis, Mark Holmes and Angad Paul (the …