Archive for April, 2010

Swarovski Crystal Palace

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

One of the highlights of Milan Design Week was the Swarovski Crystal Palace, just for the sheer amount of sparkle.  Yves Behar presented his new Amplify pendants, gem-shaped lights made from recycled paper.  Also on display was an amazing installation by Tokujin Yoshioka.  One side of a fog-filled room held Yoshioka’s LED light, covered with 10,000 crystals.  The other side showcased a tank with another globe that was growing crystals inside.

Frederike Top

Friday, April 16th, 2010

‘Caleidoscope’ lights by Frederike Top at the Tuttobene display in Milan.  The pendants can be combined with different graphic inserts, which reflect off the interior walls.

More Milan posts to come, being here and posting here are two very different things.  Have over 1,000 shots, but there is still so much to see!  In the meantime, check out our group coverage at MoCo Loco.

Ana Kraš

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Ana Kraš is a Serbian designer who will be presenting at Salone Satellite this year.  Her ‘Bonbon’ lamps are beautiful handmade pieces – made by knitting yarn over steel wire frames.  Also on display will be her simple ‘Ksilofon’ clothing rack, initially designed at the request of her freinds who wanted an easy an affordable clothing stand.

(introduction to Ana via Sight Unseen)

5.5 Design: Cuisine d’Objets

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Some of the exhibitions I am most excited to see in Milan are the ones that don’t involve any new products, just re-imagined ones.  The show Cuisine d’Objets by 5.5 Design is one of those events.  The designers will be presenting ‘recipes’/instructions on how to create new objects from regular household items.  Similar in spirit to the Droog show, these events seem much more appropriate right now than lavish design-art pieces.  Perhaps a post-trip compare and contrast is in order.

New Jointed Jewelry by:AMT

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

Looking forward to seeing the new collection of ‘Jointed Jewelry’ by:AMT.  The studio will be showcasing several new necklaces, which are made from laser-cut interlocking ball joints, during the Meet My Project show in Milan next week.

Karen Barbé

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Beautiful textile work by Chilean designer Karen Barbé – above are the screen printed strips of a future quilt.  Barbé also has a nice blog where she documents vintage finds and inspirations.


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