Milan Design Week 2015: Mixed Metals

From chairs to tape dispensers to lamps, the best in metallics at this year's event

by Jill Singer In recent years at Milan Design Week, it’s almost become a game to guess which metallic might be deemed in vogue that particular season. The pendulum has swung from brass to copper and back again many times, occasionally alighting on a more rarefied metal, like rose gold. But this year, designers and manufacturers seemed to throw up their hands at the idea …

Milan Design Week 2015: Sound Projects

Three installations that played to the eyes as much as they do to the ears

Sound and music play pivotal roles in our daily lives, whether it’s at home, in public places or in transit. Companies and independent designers at Milan Design Week are aware of this—and understand what it means to include (or exclude) their thoughts and ideas on aspects relating to sound. The following three selections represented the most interesting sound products, installations and innovations we viewed in …

Milan Design Week 2015: Incredible Mirrors

From the iridescent to the structural and trippy, designs that take viewers through the looking glass

by Jill Singer What is it that makes the mirror such fertile ground for experimentation among designers? Is it its stubbornly unchanging material DNA? After all, is a mirror made from anything other than glass really a mirror? Whatever the case may be, designers this year across Milan Design Week took the challenge to reinvent this enduring everyday object to heart. From iridescent and ombré …