Marcel Wanders Designs Home Fragrance Objects + Signature Scents For Alessi

A new category for the renowned Italian firm begins with five collaborative aromas

In the midst of Milan Design Week, Italy’s charming, prestigious design house Alessi unveiled the unexpected: a line of home fragrances with objects to match. They are far from the first design brand to enter this sensory sector, but rarely have others approached it in this manner. “We think that fragrance is part of interior design. It becomes part of the experience of the home,” …

Milan Design Week 2018: Google’s Debut Installation “Softwear”

A sensory show that explores the human aspect of our tech-drenched world

Envisioned by Ivy Ross, VP of Hardware Design at Google, “Softwear” marks Google‘s debut installation at Milan Design Week. The underlying concept is the brainchild of trend forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort (also the curator of the show) who, in 1998, predicted that technology and nesting would combine for a lifestyle that seamlessly blends the two together. Think cozily working from home on a rainy day or …

Interview: Ivy Ross, Google’s Head of Hardware Design

How the former head of Glass is turning the company into a product design powerhouse

In her role as VP of Hardware Design at Google, Ivy Ross brings creative expertise in everything from fashion and jewelry to toys and art and even sound healing and Mien Shiang (the Chinese art of face-reading). She dropped out of college right before graduating to open a design concept store in NYC, but still managed to attend Harvard Business School and was recently given …