Ancient Japan in Milan

If design is in the details, at this year's Milan furniture fair the key shift is away from flawless surfaces and toward Japan's ancient aesthetic of wabi sabi, which rests on the concept that beauty is imperfect, impermanent and incomplete. In today's often jejune design world, it's refreshing to see the remnants of the artisan's work, reflecting the randomness of nature instead of what at …

Eelko Moorer: Jungle Vase

Dutch 34-year-old designer Eelko Moorer best known for his urethane bearskin rug, continues to create provocative work, as evidenced by his latest design the Jungle Vase. A urethane vessel covered in a full head of silicone hairs and created using rotational molding, the vase comes in two hair lengths, 100 cm or 50 cm (click above for expanded views). The longer version allows users to …

Mixko Alexander Vases

Fresh from the studio of those cut-up British designers Mixko, these ceramic vases take on the unexpected form of human knees and elbows. We like how the "Michaelangelo meets Dexter" vessel's organic contours are subtle enough to pass for an abstract objet. Both versions are £100 and available now from DA in Moscow and from Mixko's online store later this month. Also on Cool Hunting: …