Fresh from the Mint

An "elastic collective" steals the show at Salone Satellite 2012

Showing some of the most interesting work on view at Salone Satellite 2012, Fresh from the Mint is a self-described “elastic collective” from Germany. The group, whose members hail from the University of Art and Design in Offenbach, presents a united body of work with the common spirit of simplicity and innovative functionality, while at the same time retaining the distinct identity of its designers. …

Mettsass Relaunch

Ettore Sottsass' iconic design is resurrected after 40 years

To celebrate their 40th anniversary, Barcelona Design has just relaunched “Mettsass”, a table design by Ettore Sottsass from 1972. The original table marks both BD’s inaugural year as well as Sottsass’s first design for the company, which would be followed by the “Manhattan” ashtray and “Shiva” vase. Going on to found the Memphis Group, Sottsass’s early work bears the hallmark bright monochrome and rigid minimalism …

Swedish Love Stories

Sweden moves to Milan in a showcase of the country's brightest design minds

Milan will soon be swollen with darkly-clad design types as its mammoth Salone del Mobile furniture fair and plethora of off-site exhibitions, showrooms and installations open their doors to around one million visitors beginning Tuesday, 12 April 2011. The many post-Milan tales of new discoveries are just around the corner, and the shift to underline a product’s backstory is one we expect to see heavily …