Mindcraft is an annual showcase of Danish design that takes place in Milan during the design week. Previously located in the Ventura Lambrate district, for 2015 the show has moved to a new venue – Chiostro Minore di San Simpliciano, a historic religious cloister in the Brera district of the city.
This year's curators, Danish and Italian design duo Stine Gam and Enrico Fratesi, have covered the floor of the courtyard in the middle of the cloister with mirrors supported on a temporary platform.
The pair commissioned 14 designers and artists to create new pieces for the exhibition on the theme "In Between". These are housed inside black metal cages on top of the mirrored floor or hung from temporary supports in the covered walkways that wrap around the space.
“We chose the theme “In Between” because it reflects the fact that Danish craftspeople and designers work in a field of tension in between mind and craft. This exhibition covers the full range of that span, including fully developed ideas, conceptual qualities and sublime artistic and technical accomplishments, coupled with a unique understanding of the materials,” explained the Danish-Italian design duo.
Credits Jeppe Gudmundsen
As every year, Milan Design Week is an excellent showcase for emerging designers. This year one of the most interesting things that I saw was the Body Language exhibition of Dutch Invertuals.
Dutch Invertuals is a group of designers who are expanding the limits in their profession. Designers with different backgrounds, but with one thing in common: experiment is principal. After five successive years of presenting their work at the Salone del Mobile, the design-collective is becoming an esteemed regular, turning their exhibition at O’ into a well-known hotspot. Within the context of the future way of life the designers explore the esthetics and complexities of an increasingly virtual world. Technology is becoming invisible. The in-tactile world is gaining ground in the understanding of who we are. While physical objects lose function, forms are freed, orphaned and adopted. What is left are merely bodies reflecting our identities. All this requires a renegotiation of the space around us and it’s effects on being human. Generations to come will refer to the past as primitive. This exhibition is an exploration that reflects, moves, shines and glows. Crafting materials with character rather than function. Flirting with new esthetics and usabilities. At the same time they cultivate the presence of a new kind of language: BODY LANGUAGE.
As you already know, one of my favorite items are lamps. I believe that they are the only products that give me a thrill when I look them. Precisely for this reason, I fall in love often during Euroluce. Also this year, I found several lamps that fascinated me, like those of Michael Anastassiades. I've always been a big fan of Anastassiades, and I think that besides being a great designer, he's a poet of light. Just for this, its lamps seem always artworks, or sculptures. Don't you think? These are his last lamps presented at the fair in Milan.
We are in love with our products, but also the stories that revolve around you. And this is precisely Way Point Atelier: not a collection, not a brand, but an account of an experience. The beginning of a new story, still without an ending, that we have chosen to tell.
This is the philosophy of Way Point, that during this design week presents 9 new products designed by emerging designers. The result of this research is a series of beautiful and playful lamps, such as those designed by the talented Tommaso Caldera, Studio BrichetZiegler and Studio Sovrappensiero.
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Éléonore Delisse designed a light that rebalances our daily cycle. She created this light as a part of her design academy Eindhoven graduation project. A dichroic glass rotates alongside a lamp to project the colours we need to rebalance our circadian rhythm. Our natural body clocks are programmed to respond to light. In some people, dropping light levels in autumn and winter disrupt our internal clock, or circadian rhythm, setting off a depression called Seasonal Affective Disorder. The lamp is set to generate a blue hue in the mornings, to lessen melatonin production and stimulate wakefulness. In the evenings a warm amber glow sets off melatonin production and makes you drowsy. It's a perfect solution to get rid of the winter blues.
Rexa is an Italian company that produces furniture for bathroom. These are pictures of their latest collections, Esperanto and Moode. I think the mix of materials and colors that they have chosen is perfect.
Esperanto suggests a new way to live the bathroom area according to personal the tastes and needs: “ The idea is to have all necessary things well in view, without creating an impression of untidiness, in opposite, suggesting the actions to undertake in our daily routine with a lightly mood, exactly as it happens on a well laid table.” The collection is made of modular cabinets with hinged doors that can be wall-hung or combined with trestles in order to give more support and personality. The composition is completed by basins, integrated or over-counter, mirrors and holders. The collection materials are the Corian®, the KorakrilTM, the Cocciopesto, the gel and the ceramic in different colors combinations, to totally customize the space.
In order to customize the bathroom area and create an harmony of spaces, colors and solutions, Moode suggests laminated cabinets to dress with with different materials and finishing, integrated or over-counter basins, mirrors and holders. Materials as the Corian®, the KorakrilTM, the Cocciopesto, the gel and the ceramic customize the room and turn it into a place to live.
“ The internal structure of the Moode storage units is the same for all finishes and is carried out with a decoration inspired to a herringbone fabric. Same for the drawers. The general tidiness effect is thus not too rigorous and…soft.”
One of the most exciting news of the last Stockholm Design Week, was the launch of the new Sinnerlig collection designed by Ilse Crawford for ikea. The new products will be available from August 2015. I can't wait! Definitely I'll buy the jug, it's amazing.