Celebrating Achille Castiglioni’s Design Legacy in Milan

Iconic and previously unseen creations on show at Palazzo della Triennale

One hundred years after his birth, the city of Milan is paying tribute to Achille Castiglioni, one of the greatest designers of the 20th century, with the exhibition A Castiglioni at Palazzo della Triennale. Stefano Boeri, the new President of La Triennale, introduced the exhibition saying, “It is not a retrospective, but a dialogue,” referring to an approach that shows the masters’ work through the eyes of …

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 …

Patricia Urquiola + Glas Italia: Shimmer

Colorful fluidity in a robust glass table

Patricia Urquiola‘s poetically contemporary “Shimmer” table is brilliant in both its concept and physicality. Made from iridescent glass with a multicolored finish, the small tripodal table reacts with light, which allows its surface to seemingly change hue depending on your vantage point. The graceful shifts in color lend it a balletic energy, and the lack of construction materials (the parts are joined with glue) keeps …

Patricia Urquiola: Time to Make a Book

The Spanish designer's first monograph celebrates her eclectic, experimental style

Championed for her eclectic eye and design style, Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola is one of the most sought-after minds in contemporary design. To offer a comprehensive look at her expansive portfolio of architectural projects and product designs, Rizzoli recently published Urquiola’s first monograph, “Time to Make a Book.” The charmingly titled tome presents prototypes, process images and sketches alongside polished studio imagery of her most …

Interview: Patricia Urquiola

We speak with the Spanish designer about briefs, color and the contract space

In the 25 years since taking the reins at Kartell, owner and CEO Claudio Luti has collaborated with nearly every industrial designer of note, transforming the over 60-year-old company into the king of polycarbonate furniture and a darling of Italian design. This year Kartell proved their prowess again in Milan, taking center stage at the Saloni. On display alongside works by other contemporary legends, such …