Less Glam, More Design

By kristin

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Sustainability and quality are two words to summarize the 48th Milan Furniture Fair, held April 21-27. Financial crisis was pretty evident during the whole exhibition, but the austerity in exhibits, locations and cocktails (it’s the first time popcorn was offered as an aperitivo at Bulgari) focused the attention back on products. Yes, we needed a global crisis to enjoy design in its original meaning.  Innovation and research seems to be the renewed interest of designers and manufactures, who are now concentrating on eco-friendly materials and processing to help secure  the future of the planet and for our everyday life.  The message is clear: if you love sitting on that beautiful chair, sleeping on your favorite designer bed, showing your friends your awesome tabletop, first of all you need to survive. 


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A young design fan reads a poem in Richard Ginori's 1735 pavilion designed by Paola Navone.

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“House of furniture parts” by Studio Makkink & Bey

“House of furniture parts” by Studio Makkink & Bey

 

Kris Kabel for Droog

Kris Kabel for Droog

 

Lacrime di un pescatore ("fisherman’s tears") by Ingo Maurer

Lacrime di un pescatore ("fisherman’s tears") by Ingo Maurer

 

A young design fan explores Giacomo Sanna's Ceramica Coem tile installation

A young design fan explores Giacomo Sanna's Ceramica Coem tile installation

 

 

 

 

 

Chair by Paola Lenti

Chair by Paola Lenti

 

Fabio Novembre's polycarbonate table at the Kartell booth

Fabio Novembre's polycarbonate table at the Kartell booth

 

Patricia Urquiola and Beatrice Campagnol at Mutina

Patricia Urquiola and Beatrice Campagnol at Mutina

 

A beautiful light show directed by Sou Fujimoto to present LF-A, an ultra high performance sports concept car by Lexus, at Museo della Permanente

A beautiful light show directed by Sou Fujimoto to present LF-A, an ultra high performance sports concept car by Lexus, at Museo della Permanente

 

French designer Regis-R's “l’art d’accomoder les Regis-R restes" exhibit

French designer Regis-R's “l’art d’accomoder les Regis-R restes" exhibit

 

Fabio Di Liberto, Przemek Godycki and a friend at the Tokyo Fiber Senseware exhibition.

Fabio Di Liberto, Przemek Godycki and a friend at Tokyo Fiber/Senseware - an exhibit of the most innovative materials from Japan, presented in Milan through original projects.

 

Nendo's "Blown Fabric" project at the Tokyo Senseware exhibit

Nendo's "Blown Fabric" project at the Tokyo Fiber Senseware exhibit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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