One of the most interesting exhibitions I’ve seen during the design week was “Delirious Home” by ECAL. The exhibition featured a series of objects that they interpreted the concept of “smart home”.
The “Delirious Home” exhibition presents with humour and originality a selection of projects arising from fruitful collaborations between Bachelor students in Industrial Design and Media & Interaction Design at the ECAL. For one semester, students worked in groups to concoct friendly mirrors that reflect only our image when we look at them: hypersensitive cactuses that like it when we give them a caress, two armchairs that invite you to enjoy a lively and meaningful “tête-à-tête”, a series of food domes that celebrate taste sensations with mellow sounds when they’re opened, a group of containers that defies the laws of gravity, a clock that imitates your gestures, a very accommodating curtain, a fan that amplifies your breath, and a spoon able to follow a cup wherever it goes.
Finally, the Danish brand Hay arrived in Milan!
During the week of the Salone del Mobile, in the heart of Design District of Brera, Hay presented the new collection of objects and accessories. Besides the new products presented exclusively for the Salone del Mobile, was also present WrongforHay, the collection edited by Sebastiang Wrong, already presented at the London Design Week. Within this space, there was also a temporary shop where you could buy some items of the Hay’s collection. I really enjoyed this shopping therapy!
Febrik is a new Dutch brand of interior textiles founded by Renee Merckx and Jos Pelders. Beginning life as Innofa with a collection of knits, the ambition of Febrik is to show the world a next generation of textiles by re-exploring existing techniques. The introduction of Febrik is accompanied by three new textiles and one presented in an updated colour palette. The new ones are a result of a collaboration with young emerging and established designers like Bertjan Pot and Sylvain Willenz.
The photo series of is part of Febrik’s new identity curated by Raw Color. The setting is based on half open boxes that are painted in the gray coulour scheme of the identity. The volumes can be used from the outside or from the inside to appear more as open angles.
“Every time I take the train, I sit by the window and watch the series of perfectly parallel strings connecting the pylons, as we move at high speed. I love the way they divide the landscape and how spheres are occasionally beaded through the wires at random intervals.
I also love how, in Mediterranean cultures, strings of lights are stretched between posts to mark an outdoor space for an evening party in a village square. And finally, I love how human ingenuity works around problems created by everyday things in the house (like switches and power points) that others have chosen to position where we don’t want them.”
This is how Michael Anastassiades, a Cypriot designer based in London and born in 1967, describes the principle that inspired the String Lights ceiling lamp for Flos: a black electric wire that sets up a relationship with the architecture of a space, precisely becoming part of the lines formed by the walls of a room. And stretched out along these lines are two different light sources: one in the shape of an isosceles triangle, the other in the form of a sphere.
Milia Seyppel runs her own design studio since 2010 in Hamburg Germany, creating furniture, accessories and lighting designs. Milia Seyppel graduated in design at the Bauhaus University in Weimar. She gained experience in several Design Studios: Denis Santachiara in Milan, Joris Laarman in Rotterdam and Christian Werner in Hamburg. In 2006 she founded frenchknicker with Laura Straßer. 2009/2010 she also worked for the Museum of Arts and Crafts Hamburg, specialized on design history and contemporary design.
Milia Seyppel’s design speaks a unique, poetic and sensual language, constructing forms, sculptures, playful objects and finding new ways of use. Her design intends to test limits and explore new possibilities of materials and forms. Milia Seyppel’s aim is to develop products of high quality, uniqueness and long life.
Sight Unseen, the influential online magazine, will launch Sight Unseen OFFSITE, a brand new design fair that will run from May 16 – 20, concurrently with the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, and is a featured project of the citywide festival NYCxDESIGN.
The branding and identity designs for Sight Unseen OFFSITE were created by Kokoro & Moi, a creative agency delivering progressive concepts and ideas for the future with a focus on brand identity, art direction, and design. The agency creates authentic and innovative strategies and crafts unique and intelligent design solutions for print, digital, products, and environments. Kokoro & Moi’s designers have a penchant for the curious and the extraordinary; they love asking questions, challenging accepted explanations, and inferring possible new worlds. The company’s international clientele represents a broad range of commercial players from multinationals to start-ups, as well as a variety of cultural and public institutions. Kokoro & Moi was founded in 2001 by designers Teemu Suviala and Antti Hinkula.
I love the raw materials in these still life. Styling by Stefanie Maas and photography Mirella Sahetapy. Stefanie was born in 1977 in Breda, the Netherlands. After her Bachelor of Communications, she worked for ten years as communications advisor in the cultural and creative industry, media and advertising. In 2010 she graduated cum laude in interior styling at the Artemis Academy, based in Amsterdam.
Stefanie is a full-time stylist. She develops and produces styling concepts for magazines, stills, food, advertising, retail and exhibitions. Clients are ELLE Decoration, Volkskrant Magazine, Simply Slow, Quooker, and Toonkamer Center for Interior Design, amongst others.