Milan Design Week 2015: Marina Mellado’s Luz

An architectural, color-changing lamp made by a young Spanish designer who was mentored by Max Lamb

by Jill Singer One of the more intriguing installations we found during this year’s spectacular Milan Design Week came courtesy of Lexus, who created a three-part experience inviting visitors to take a journey through the senses. Though the first part was focused on the more commercial aspects of the brand—a concept Lexus sedan sat parked within a cocoon of convex mirrors—the other two zones took …

Milan Design Week 2015: Transforming Historical Spaces

Site-specific installations in neoclassical palazzos wowed at the annual design fair

When you walk in the streets of Milan, you immediately realize that its classic architecture can somehow be cold and austere. But behind many façades, there are gardens—beautiful and carefully hidden. Some of the installations at the latest Milan Design Week seem to have focused on this quintessential aspect of the Milanese spirit, allowing visitors to gain access to some of its most magnificent palazzos. …

Milan Design Week 2015: Nicola Formichetti

The megastar creative discusses cultural differences, gender and childhood inspiration

Fashion editor, creative director, stylist and a mega-star in his own right, Nicola Formichetti embodies contemporary creativity. From collaborating with the likes of Lady Gaga, Diesel and Mugler, Formichetti has a unique and thoughtful approach which can elevate an individual or a brand’s appeal beyond belief. At the moment, Formichetti is an ambassador for the Pepsi Challenge, an international competition aimed at redefining the brand’s …